Presenting: RDPY Sterling's Gem

RDPY Gemmi


Born On Description Personality/Temperament Health/Illnesses
06/27/08 Black Bareback w/Headspot
Rex

Sterling's Gem, who I affectionately call Gemmi, is Sterling's first born daughter. If you want to know how important that is to me read about RH Sterling's Loverboy on My Children's page. She is dear to my heart as she will remain as a fond remembrance of her beloved Father and Mother.

Ratties just don't live long enough. The only thing that keeps me going as a breeder, surviving the heartache over and over again of, loving and losing these great fur friends, is I'm blessed with their son's and daughter's. As long as I have a part of them in my life somehow I get over my grief and carry on.

She is quite the little monkey. Standing on her hind legs like Remme from Ratatouille or hanging upside down off the picture taking ledge because she got a little too adventurous, lol. In this picture she is trying to jump from the ledge over to me, just before she just about fell off. (Yes, I caught her just in time and was rewarded with a little kiss on my lips :>)

Ratties are just plain characters. Making me laugh and cry with delight at the antics they are capable of getting themselves into and then hoping us humans will bail them out, lol. :>) I love this dear fuzzy girl.

Update: 12/09/09 Gemmi's tumor started to grow inward as it ran out of room to push outwards and started pushing up on her internal organs, thus causing her ulitmate death. She was a good rattie girl who left way too young. I miss her but I know she is probably more comfortable released from her failing body and living at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again sweet girl...may you rest in peace.

Update: 09/12/09 Gemmi's tumor is now on both side of her lower body on either side of her urinary area. It's growing rather slowly, but it's so depressing to me. I know that Gemmi will be leaving me to be with her sister probably by the end of this year. Meanwhile I'll just shower my time and attention on her and enjoy her company for the short while God is allowing me to have it.

Update: 08/29/09 Gemmi's tumor has returned on the opposite side from where the original one was. This one appears to be a slower growing type than the first one was. It will take several more months before it's big enough to hinder her. Meanwhile her sister Shimmer is dying and Gemmi is mothering her and making her final days as comfortable as possible. I'm so sadden about losing both of Sterling's daughter at such a early age. Sterling himself however is doing great. I know he'll see his third birthday! I've already got a party planned for him. I'm trying to grasp some kind of positive out of such a negative situation.

Update: 06/22/09 after Gemmi's cyst was stitched up, right beneath this she developed an abscess at the wound site. I cleaned the area out with peroxide and then apply Neosporin Plus to help it heal. It healed up on it's own in about a week. No other medical attention was needed.

I have decided that many could benefit from me displaying pictures of the kinds of medical issues I'm dealing with. So in an attempt to help others with their own pet rats I'm going to start taking pictures of all medical problems and documenting what they were and how they were resolved. Therefore I'm going to offer a picture of Gemmi's abscess.

Click here to see a picture of her abscess. You can still see the scarring from where she had her tumor removed. Warning PG14! This picture is graphic and not intended for young family members eyes. I'm offering it for educational purposes only.

Update: 05/28/09 6:25pm. I just returned from the vets and have some great news! This is not another tumor. It was a liquid filled cyst, that sometimes occurs if all loose skin isn't pulled tightly in place after surgery, a pocket can form where liquid can collect. Also the doctor felt her tumor was not cancerous! So maybe Gemmi is finally on the mends and will now live a long happy and healthy life!

Update: 05/28/09 Ok, well I'm really watching this now as Gemmi is back in for more surgery. Another small tumor appeared on the opposite side from the other one. If it returns yet again I'll have her spayed in an attempt to stop or shrink it. She may have to be put on Tamoxifen for the rest of her life if the tumors keep reappearing. Poor Gemmi...

Update: 05/15/09 It's possible the tumor is cancerous and the doctor hopes he got it all. I'm watching this lineage closely now to see if anything else of this nature surfaces in the future.

Update: 05/12/09 I finally found a really good doctor to work with in my area. He was able to perform laser surgery on Gemmi's massive tumor and she had very little bleeding and is recovering comfortably.

They said it was the biggest tumor they had ever removed.

It took me about a week to get scheduled for surgery and just in that short of time it had grown the size of a walnut on top of the orange it already was.

Dr. Reabe, is willing to learn about pet rats care so I will be buying him another Rat Health Care booklet from Debbie Ducommun so he can have it on hand. He is an accomplished surgeon with 30 years of experience, so I got lucky.

The name of my new pet rattie health care provider is The East Bay Animal Hospital in Traverse City, Michigan. It is almost an hour drive to get there.

Dr. Kevin C Reabe , DVM is the name of the vet. He seemed very caring. He only gave her a 50-50 chance of making it through the surgery but I took the chance even if it meant losing my money.

Gemmi has so much life left in her. Even though the tumor was bigger than she was she was still trying to climb up my shirt to climb inside it and be with me.

She melted the vet techs hearts and got them interested in pet rats. They are all out visiting the Rat Fan Clubs web site trying to learn everything they can now because they know I run a rattery and I'm depending on their services to keep my animals healthy.

It's been a long hard road to find this vet. I've tried several and they just didn't "feel" right. One was only interested in money and not my pets. The other had experience with pet rats but was just astronomically expensive. I just knew there had to be a happy medium somewhere and now I've found them!

It is hard to find exotic pet vets, but the fact that the East Bay Animal Hospital's veterinarian and staff is willing to learn and become knowledgeable in this fast growing field of pet medicine speaks for itself! Thank you East Bay!

Yeah Gemmi you made it!! Against all odds! I knew your spunky will to live would pull you through. They are making a little collar for her so she won't chew her stitches and she comes home later today! :>)

Update: 05/06/09 My sweet little licky Gemmi has developed a mammary tumor. She started to get it shortly after she gave birth to her babies. In just two months time it has grown the size of an orange! She is scheduled for surgery on 05/12/09 to have it removed. I'll keep you posted on how she does. Please say a prayer for her that she awakens after surgery because many times they don't.

I'm scared of losing her, but I have to try to remove it, it's growing too big too fast. She won't make it to her first birthday if I don't try to help her. I love her so much I guess it's a risk I'll have to take.

There is nothing more heartbreaking then having your vet tell you your loved one didn't make it through the surgery. I've been there done that so many times.

As of 10/15/08 her health is excellent. Nothing to report at this time.

Pedigree Of: RDPY Sterling's Gem
D.o.B06/27/2008
SexDoe
BreedBlack Bareback w/Headspot Rex
ParentsGrandparentsGreat GrandparentsGreat Great GrandparentsGreat Great Great GrandparentsGreat Great Great Great Grandparents
RH Sterling's Loverboy of RDPY
080047/M
American Blue Teddy Rex Dumbo
RH Sterling
Platinum Berkshire
RH Billy Bleau
American Blue Berkshire Dumbo
RH Cotter Pin
Pearl Merle Self Dumbo
RH Bruce the Bruce
Russian Blue Self Dumbo
Unknown
Unknown
RH Whisper
Mink Dilute Berkshire
Unknown
Unknown
RH Zoom-Noodle
Topaz Berkshire Rex Dumbo
RH Hogart
Odd-Eye Beige, Variberk, Rex, Dumbo
Darrow of RH
American Blue, Patchwork Hairless, Dumbo
Valentine of RH
Double Odd-Eye, Mink Variberk, Standard Ear
RH Zoom-Deedle
Blue Agouti Dumbo
Unknown
Unknown
RH Divena Devore
American Blue Self
Keen Eddy of RH
American Blue Berkshire
SGR Epiphany
American Blue Berkshire Dumbo
Unknown
Unknown
CELT Amythest of RH
American Blue Berkshire
Unknown
Unknown
SFR Dayna's Raffin of RH
Platinum Irish Dumbo
DCR Talisman
Mink-Based Platinum Self Dumbo
OTR Amaretto
Lilac Self Dumbo
RH Queen Anne's Lace of DCR
Pearl Merle Blazed Berkshire
WSR Star in a Jar
Platinum Mismarked Hooded
Unknown
Unknown
RATL Tujaque-Blauw of RH
American Blue Self Double Rex Dumbo
RATL BonGo
Black Berkshire Rex Dumbo
RRLM Frank
Russian Blue Double Rex
RRLM Lunk
Agouti Self Dumbo
RRLM Binky
Blue Agouti Self Dumbo
RRLM BB
Blue Beige Self
RRLM LouAnn
Lilac Self Rex
CWR Mick
Mink Irish Merle Dumbo Rex
RRLM Ophelia
Dove Self
RRLM Jezebel
Blue Hooded Rex Dumbo
RRLM Boy Angel
Himalayan Rex Dumbo
RRLM Dave
Blue Agouti Hooded Dumbo
RRLM Isabella
Blue Agouti Self Dumbo
LDR Daisy Jr.
Blue Berkshire Dumbo
Sleepy
Lilac Self Dumbo
RRLM Daisy
Blue Variberk Dumbo w/headspot
RATL Dot
Black Berkshire Rex Dumbo
RRLM Frank
Russian Blue Double Rex
RRLM Lunk
Agouti Self Dumbo
RRLM Binky
Blue Agouti Self Dumbo
RRLM BB
Blue Beige Self
RRLM LouAnn
Lilac Self Rex
CWR Mick
Mink Irish Merle Dumbo Rex
RRLM Ophelia
Dove Self
RRLM Jezebel
Blue Hooded Rex Dumbo
RRLM Boy Angel
Himalayan Rex Dumbo
RRLM Dave
Blue Agouti Hooded Dumbo
RRLM Isabella
Blue Agouti Self Dumbo
LDR Daisy Jr.
Blue Berkshire Dumbo
Sleepy
Lilac Self Dumbo
RRLM Daisy
Blue Variberk Dumbo w/headspot
TTR Abba Zabba of RDPY
080050/F
Russian Blue, Mock Masked, Capped/Bareback Mismarked
TTR Dal-icious
Black Dalmatian
HSTR Templeton of TTR
Black Wedge Blaze Dalmatian
HSTR Dominick
Black Dalmatian
HSTR Freedman
Black Dalmatian
HR Stimpy
BEW
HR Patches
Black Patched
HSTR Crockity
Black Freckled
HR Stimpy
BEW
HR Patches
Black Patched
HSTR Bella-Nova
BEW
HSTR Freedman
Black Dalmatian
HR Stimpy
BEW
HR Patches
Black Patched
HSTR Crockity
Black Freckled
HR Stimpy
BEW
HR Patches
Black Patched
SFR Belly Dance of TTR
American Blue Self
SFR Under Covers
American Blue Self Dumbo
DCR Basil
05DCR0107/05M
Black Berkshire Dumbo
6H Mesmer
Midnight Blue Berkshire
DCR Fetish
Pearl Merle Self Dumbo
DCR Blackberry
Black Self Dumbo
6H Mesmer
Midnight Blue Berkshire
DCR Fetish
Pearl Merle Self Dumbo
DCR Giselle of SFR
American Lilac Self
ALR Bootstrap's Bootstrap
American Blue Down-under, Berkshire Manx
Unknown
Unknown
DCR Jasco
Black Self
Unknown
Unknown
TTR Cookie Crisp
Russian Blue, BEW Mismarked
SFR Odeko
Russian Blue Agouti Berkshire
AMR The Groom
Russian Blue Agouti Variberk w/headspot Dumbo
ZRR Pippin
Russian Blue Agouti Possum Capped Dumbo
ZRR Sebastian
Agouti Blazed Possum
ZRR Bindi
Agouti Patched Dumbo
SFR Jiliard
Russian Silver Irish
DCR Winchester
Russian Silver Self
SFR Legend of Zelda
Black Variegated
SFR Bisou Bisou
Russian Dove Irish
SFR Raphael The Raven
Silvered Black Lightning Blazed Berkshire Dumbo
DCR Talisman
Mink-Based Platinum Self Dumbo
RB Rhiannon
Russian Blue Rex Berkshire
SFR La Femme Nikita
Russian Silver Irish
DCR Winchester
Russian Silver Self
SFR Legend of Zelda
Black Variegated
CuRR Paris Hilton
BEW Half Masked Rex Dumbo
JM Spike
Black Berkshire Rex
TYR Cody
Beige Berkshire Rex Dumbo
LIL Leo
Beige Berkshire Dumbo
TYR Emily
Black Bareback Rex Dumbo
JM CloverUnknown
Unknown
EFK Crystal
Masked Russian Blue
EFK Freckles
Black Dalmatian Dumbo
LHM Busy Bee
Beige Variegated w/headspot Dumbo
Snow White
BEW Mismarked
Noel
Russian Blue Variberk
Agouti Guy
Agouti Dalmatian
Crystal
American Blue Berkshire


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