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Thor on the Rainbow Bridge

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Thor was an old rescue rat born inbetween october 2006 and october 2007 (no one knew his real age). He passed away April the 15th 2010 during his sleep... Good bye my little friend :tears:

This little guy was about to be killed by a breeder who wanted to get rid of all his breeding stock (over 60 rats).
He came from the same rescue mission as my Bélial.
All of them suffered from several diseases, many of them died because they had suffered too much and couldn't be healed anymore.
I took six of these ratties home as a foster family and adopted two of them (Bélial and Thor). The four other ones have found great families, some of the ratties from the same rescue mission are still up for adoption in other foster families and animal shelters.

Thor was blind and suffered from chronical respiratory troubles.
Although he was afraid of humans and "roared" when breathing when I took him home, he learnt to trust human beings and healed (but he remained blind).
At the beginning, he couldn't move because he had lived in a very small box for over two years. He ended running everywhere after some months home and played with my hands and his rattie friends.
He was also able to breathe without making noise anymore.
Thor loved to explore my house although he could not see anything, he was one of the most curious rats ever.
I would have NEVER imagined such a hurt rattie would heal that well and would learn to love humans... I loved him very much and I miss him... I know he has left peacefully though... :heart:

Stock used :

Wings : [link] by :iconhatestock:
Clouds : [link] by :icondrilli-stock:
Rainbow : [link] by :iconlucieg-stock:
Thor is from my own photos.

Thanks a lot for the wonderful stock! :heart:
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rionka's avatar
rionkaHobbyist Traditional Artist
this fits so much to my mood right now... thank you
Shadowcommander's avatar
That remaid me of my little Shyera. My first pet rat... my girl past three year ago. She was sick, she was not able to move any more... I take her to vet, so she can sleep peacefully... In the night after that day I dream about her. She have brown-withe wings. She say: "Don't cry mommy! I'm ok now, nothing hurt anymore. We will see again! I promise."

I cry even now....
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Silvercrow02Hobbyist Photographer
I posted form my husband's account, sorry!
horsesforlife's avatar
horsesforlifeHobbyist General Artist
why do breeders always seem to just get rid of the animals as if they are objects? i mean, they are cute fuzzy lovable rats, not frying pans. why are people always so mean to animals? i just dont get it.
divamentalis's avatar
What a heartwarming story! Thor was truly and deservedly loved at the end. Rats are much maligned creatures - they make affectionate and intelligent companions.
MagpieandFox's avatar
Thanks you for sharing such a heartwarming story. Thor is surely upon his rainbow bridge just now. Very awesome and excuse my rubbish words to describe a tale so touching.
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Honeysucle10Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry. Such a beautiful pic to remember him.
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DisneyPhan01Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a wonderful manipulation, and a touching story. I only wish I could do this on my own with a picture of my sister's rattie...






I can't help but remember something when I see "rainbow bridge", especially in here, with the symbolism behind it... When I was little, I used to play a computer game about My Little Pony ALL. THE. TIME. I still remember the name of my first pony on there... Pinky Pie. :XD: She was this pink little pony, and both my sister and I played with her on the game.

Anyway, in the game, when you trained your pony to a certain extent and taught them how to cross a bridge to go into the town, you were able to send them across a rainbow bridge to a city on clouds in the sky. My sister and I were so excited that Pinky Pie was finally able to cross the rainbow bridge, and we hurriedly sent her over... only to realize that once the pony crossed, they weren't coming back. Ever.

We were devastated, and our parents tell us they hated the computer game company for selling something that sent us through that much grief, even if we were only 3 and 5 (I think, at least) and it was a virtual pony.







Sorry for the random story for my past, but I knew that if I didn't explain why the "rainbow bridge" in the title sparked up a memory for me, I'd be forever wishing I had. :shrug: I'm weird like that. >XD
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DestyPanthera Filmographer
Such nice tributes to your little rat friends. :-) These are beautiful pictures and I'm sure your little fuzzy buddies would have loved them.
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bunnykissdHobbyist General Artist
You do beautiful work! This series is so touching...
meikusje's avatar
You do such good work with saving all these little creatures :)
I think it's lovely when an animal can revive from such awful conditions and die in a happy, loving home :)
DianePhotos's avatar
DianePhotosProfessional Photographer
Thanks a lot, seeing them revive and enjoy life is really priceless, it makes me smile to see my big rattie boys licking everyone's hands while they were afraid of people at first...
These little creatures are so sweet :heart:
meikusje's avatar
I can never understand how people can mistreat animals, using them as though they are some old pair of shoes.
And rats are so intelligent and sweet, they are no less than any other species!
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gilbert86IIHobbyist Traditional Artist
i'm so touch with your story...
but don't you worry in Christian beliefs says that an animal has a soul but has no spirit compared to us.. and i know that your rattie is still there running everywhere and can able to see..
DianePhotos's avatar
DianePhotosProfessional Photographer
Thanks for your nice words =)
gilbert86II's avatar
gilbert86IIHobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome..
drilli-stock's avatar
Thanks for using my stock! I really like your work! :heart:
DianePhotos's avatar
DianePhotosProfessional Photographer
Thank YOU for this wonderful stock :hug:
MizuhimeOndy's avatar
Joli montage comme toujours pour un beau et courageux pépère!

Qu'il s'amuse bien là-haut avec ses copains et qu'ils veillent sur toi et tes gros =(...

Merci de tout coeur pour lui avoir offert une superbe vie et tout cet amour...

Je t'embrasse fort fort fort...
DianePhotos's avatar
DianePhotosProfessional Photographer
Merci beaucoup miss, il me manque le bonhomme... Ce soir je l'enterre avec Parzifal et Gaheris, j'avais gardé son corps en attendant d'acheter une plante pour mettre sur sa petite tombe, je vais les mettre ensemble...

Comment va ta Praline ? Elle se remet ?

Gros bisous et plein de courage, j'espère qu'elle va vite guérir si ce n'est pas déjà le cas
MizuhimeOndy's avatar
='( Je penserais fort à toi ce soir...

Je comprends ,ici aussi on mets toujours une fleur avec un ange ='(...


Praline s'est stable, bon on a du reprolonger son traitement car elle retoussait, elle a fait une petite rechute et en ce moment ça va =/... On arrêtera le traitement en question que quelques jours avant ses examens de début mai par prévention, à voir quoi :(!

Hier elle a pu profiter du jardin avec les filles (mais une par une car: gérer ma chienne, tenter de prendre des photos et gérer une ratoune, c'est du sport! loll) =) j'ai mis des photos sur fb, j'en mettrais surement quelques unes ici aussi =)!


Par contre ici la boule de Nouméa a encore grossit :( c'est pas bon signe j'ai peur que ça soit devenue une tumeur pour de bon...


Merci de même à tes gros, à Ahmar et toi notamment! :hug:
DianePhotos's avatar
DianePhotosProfessional Photographer
J'espère qu'elle va guérir, c'est déjà un bon point si elle est stable au lieu de chuter... courage et plein d'ondes positives pour la jolie louloute !
J'imagine qu'elle a dû adorer le jardin ^^
Pour facebook j'arrive pas à y accéder pour l'instant, il veut pas charger mon profil :/
Je voulais donner des nouvelles d'Amhar mais je vais devoir attendre que ça remarche... J'irai voir tes photos dès que ça fonctionnera :)

Pas cool pour Nouméa par contre, j'espère que ce n'est qu'une fausse alerte et un truc genre abcès qui pourra être facilement soigné... courage et papouilles à tes puces !
MizuhimeOndy's avatar
Désolée du temps de réponse ma belle X_x...

J'espère que tu tiens le choc toi, je pense fort à twa :(...

Pour Nouméa, elle a eu beaucoup de mal à reprendre conscience (quasi 20h :s ) mais depuis elle est épuisante et tout va bien =)!
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metalpugHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, that's adorable!
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