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As some of you may remember, my old man Gus who defied all laws of rat aging being 4 1/2 years old passed away yesterday suddenly. I'm completely devastated even though he had an abnormally long life. He was the best rat, he was always the alpha male of the cage even until the end with the loss of use of his hind legs. He was strong and tough as nails, still would claw his way up and down all the levels of the cage using only his front legs. I spent every night with him on the couch for a couple hours after my girlfriend and her dogs went to bed just hanging out and cuddling, he love to sit with me. He was sweet and loving as could be. He went quickly during the day which I'm happy about instead of a long drawn out hospice situation which I had to do with his brother Templeton and was not easy towards the end emotionally... so I'm happy about that, but I will miss him dearly. He had a long good life after we rescued him from lab testing, RIP my sweet boy Augustus :(
 

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Ohh I'm so sorry to hear Gus has passed, even though I never met him I got to know and love him through you and I feel lucky to have had that. I'm wishing you all the love and luck moving forward, I hope you're doing as well as you can be.
 

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Thanks to both of you... shibezone, it was a bit of a shock cause he really had turned a corner, wasn't have as many seizures and his UTI was completely cured and he had all this new energy, so thought he was going to last a little bit longer. I'm sad but also feel very lucky to have had him and his brother around for such an amazing long time, they were a special pair for sure, I mean Templeton was 4 and Gus made it to 4 1/2, pretty amazing all things considered... but I'll miss my late night snuggles on the couch with both of them...
 

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Awww, hugs from me. You have looked after your two oldies so well. It is sad to see them pass and while we know that one day they will, it is still not easy and they leave a hole in our lives.
 

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Evening snuggles are the best. I'm about to give my 2.5 year old eve snuggles and I know what you're missing, but I also know what you gave... soo much love.
 

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Thanks for the comfort messages, got to say it was pretty lonely and boring without my hang time on the couch with Gus last night, missing him hard and sad he's gone :(
 
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