View RSS Feed


R.I.P Vanilla, a beloved pet rat

Rate this Entry
R.I.P Vanilla, a beloved pet rat

Vanilla was an albino rat, a "fancy rat" her tag in the pet store called her. We purchased her and her fellow female friend, later named Smokey, almost one year ago.

Vanilla, being an albino, couldn't see that well. And I could recognize this trait in her. As she crawled on my lap or on the arm of the Lazy-boy recliner that I was on, she'd extend her nose along the edges to test by feel and by smell whether there was anymore "there, there" for her to walk upon.

Because of her poor vision, Vanilla was a first-rate pet for our two girls (8 & 5); she never ran quickly and, she was meditative, never trusting her judgement to sight alone (a good lesson for me and the rest of humanity) but always testing her knowledge of the world against the conferring feelings of sense and smell.

Vanilla never bit anyone and tolerated even the most ungentle affection (by the 5 year old) with a dignity common to most animals.

. . . . . .

Vanilla died two days ago. Mrs. Comedian and I knew it was coming. The evening before her extremities (paws and tail) were growing cold. And her movement was clumsy.

That morning, I put Vanilla in a small, cardboard box and buried her in the woods near our house. The two girls wanted to say a "silent prayer" for her, so we did. I put a large rock on the spot where she was buried.

The other day the oldest girl said "when I think of Vanilla, I get a lump in my throat. . . .I miss Vanilla."

And that gives me a lump in my throat.


  1. zoolane's Avatar
    I sorry hearing about Vanilla.
  2. LadyLuck's Avatar
    Losing a pet is always so hard for children Mine still talk of our one dog we had to have put down, and it still puts a lump in my throat some nearly two years later.
  3. Buh4Bee's Avatar
    Oh, that's sad for the little ones. Sorry to hear, am sure they are quite sad.

    We have a regular pet cemetery in the woods behind our house- a cat, rabbit, and a dog. All beloved creatures and we visit every time we go for a hike in the woods.
  4. qimissung's Avatar
    I think I would have liked Vanilla. I'm sorry that she's gone, and I'm sorry that your little girl had to lose her sweet pet.
  5. NikolaiI's Avatar
    Qi - it's better that than to have an immortal pet. : - )

    But they are sweet, aren't they?
  6. The Comedian's Avatar
    Thanks guys.

    Vanilla was a good little pet, but you're right Nik and immortal rat might be too much for one family to endure! :-)

    @Lucky -- I get so choked up when the girls get choked up. The loss of Vanilla, while sad, I can handle, but when the the kids feel the pain of loss as an unfamiliar novelty. . . .man, that just kills a guy (metaphorically, that is. . .).
  7. Virgil's Avatar
    Oh that is sweet, and sad of course. I've given thought how my son will react when our dog passes on.