Here is a poem I wrote for Sweetheart on July 17, 2005, the day she passed away.
There is a hole in my heart today.
My Sweetheart girl has passed away.
Know longer can I hold her near,
and share the love we held so dear.
The road we traveled I now walk alone.
I can't believe she is really gone!
To the Rainbow Bridge she now must go.
I just know I'll miss her so.
Sweetheart didn't just get her name from the heart shaped spot on her back, her personality was another reason. She is so darn sweet! So lovable, so affectionate, she is truly a "Sweetheart" of a rattie.
UPDATE: 03/01/05 As Sweetheart has gotten older she has gotten sweeter and sweeter. She now seeks out my company rather than explore and play. She is very content to just sit on my lap and be petted. If I'm anywhere in the rattery she will climb up my leg to be with me. This rattie truly loves me, has bonded with me, and trusts me. She would rather spend time with me than her own rattie friends. I feel so blessed to have her in my life. It is having ratties like her in my life that makes me realize what great creatures they truly are.
|As of 03/04/05 her health has been excellent.
Sweetheart developed a small tumor, (it was the size of a lima bean), on her right lower side on 03/28/05. On 04/05/05 this tumor was surgically removed by my vet. The tumor has been sent to Michigan State University for analysis, to determine exactly what it is, and if the vet got it all.
It was a mammary gland tumor. It keeps shrinking and I think it has completely gone away. Sweetheart appears to be tumor free currently and doing very well. Her sweet loving self.
Update: October 27, 2005.
|Pedigree for RDPY Sweetheart|
|Sire: RDPY Boo Boo
Black Berkshire with nice head spot.
|Grand Sire: Unknown|
|Grand Dam: Unknown|
Dam: RDPY Marshmellow
Beige hooded, standard coat top ear
Grand Sire: RDPY Tanner
Beige Berkshire w/o head spot
|Grand Dam: RDPY Camie
Beige non standardized Berkshire, w/irregular blaze.