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        11-29-2012, 09:29 PM
    What a thing to wake up to...

    About two years ago my two epileptic gerbils, Elvis and Jagger, died of seizures. My brother felt bad for me so he took me out to replace them and we ended up coming home with the cutest little broken-marked champagne fancy mouse buck. I named him Skirmish.

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    I don't know how old he was when I got him, but typically a fancy mouse will live approximately one and a half years...and I had Skirmy for two and a half. I suppose it was his time, but it surprised me when I went over to his habitat this morning for breakfast and found him peacefully passed on. Since we rent, I can't dig around our yard to bury him, and I refuse to bury him in a public area (I don't even know if that's legal anyway). I'd really love to be able to get him freeze dried or taxidermied, but that's expensive. Until I can figure out if I'll be able to afford something like that soon, he's in a sandwich baggy in the freezer...I'm crazy, I know.

    Rest in peace, my little wheel-crazy squeaker.
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        12-04-2012, 10:11 AM
    Ummm kinda freaked out
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        12-04-2012, 10:14 AM
    Originally Posted by Showjumper1289    
    ummm kinda freaked out
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    Why? He was her pet and she loved him. Size doesn't matter when it comes to love.

    OP, don't feel weird. I had a goldfish that grew to a monstrous size, and he lived for 10 years. When he died it was in winter and the ground was frozen, so I stuck him in the freezer until spring.

    A fish like that deserved a burial, not flushed down the toilet. Not that he would have fit, anyway.
        12-04-2012, 10:16 AM
    Sorry for your loss. Love is love no matter how large or small the pet. Have you thought about cremation? I don't know what that would cost but likely not much since it goes by size. I have had several pets cremated. There is something comforting about having them close by. Rest in Peace little Skirmy.

    I also understand where you are coming from with the seizures. I woke up yesterday morning to one of my dogs having a seizure. He is already on Phenobarb for them but has been stressed due to my schedule as of late so... had one seizure. Hopefully that is it now for another few years.
        12-04-2012, 01:49 PM
    Sorry for you loss! :(

    I know with my guinea pig that I had for 7 years (Yes 7 years!) We couldn't find the perfect spot to burry her for a while, so she stayed in the freezer for a few years! Don't feel weird about it
        12-04-2012, 05:00 PM
    To me it's the 'want to preserve the body' part that's weird XD

    My BO has offered to allow me to bury him on her property, but if I end up moving and taking Reno with me then I'd have to leave the mouse's remains. Dilemma.

    Inga, I'm in a bit of a tight spot (hence why he's still in the freezer) moneywise. Thank goodness once my seasonal job is up this month I already have some pet sitting clients lined up for a relatively full-time job (my BO also is working something out with me because sitting will me Mon-Fri and I currently work at the farm on Wednesdays...so I'll probably do more odd jobs on Sundays after my normal work is done). We did get our dogs cremated last year, and I even got my boy's ashes placed in a necklace vial. I don't know if a mouse could be cremated well, they're so small and there wouldn't be much left.
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        12-04-2012, 11:04 PM
    Its not the part that she loved her mouse its that he's in her freezer
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        12-04-2012, 11:19 PM
    Who cares. Her freezer, he is in a bag.

    Rats will always have a soft spot in my heart. I love them dearly and they are such great pets. It's just so hard to lose them and their life span is so short :(

    Have you considered ordering a memorial stone of sorts? Or making your own stepping stone in memory of him? And giving the remains to your vet to dispose of?

    I hate burying animals here, even if we cover their grave with rocks. Stray dogs here would dig it up and that would be another emotional wave.
        12-04-2012, 11:20 PM
    I have scarier things in my freezer than a tiny mouse....

    Rip little mouse!! Hugs for your loss Reno!!
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        12-04-2012, 11:28 PM
    Originally Posted by FlyGap    
    I have scarier things in my freezer than a tiny mouse....

    Rip little mouse!! Hugs for your loss Reno!!
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    That would make an interesting thread... Weirdest thing you have in your freezer.
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