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This is so sweet:

Why Rats Are Only With Us A Short While

One day, some angels went to God and asked if they might spend
some time on Earth, to learn and perhaps to teach.
He answered that some of the people might be frightened of the angels,
that His children's idea of beauty might not be His own.
The angels replied that maybe those who could look past the differences
deserved the blessings that they could give. But God was still concerned.
The angels needed Heaven's air to breathe; they would suffocate down on Earth.
The angels promised to hold their breath as long as possible, and would return
when they could not hold it anymore. God agreed and sent down the angels.

Many people were frightened of these creatures, despised them, and
tried to kill them in large numbers. However, the few who recognized the
angelic qualities in the beings took them in and sheltered and fed
them. In return, they received more joy and laughter than they could
possibly imagine. But alas, soon the angels could hold their breath no
longer. After just a short time on Earth, they left to go back to Heaven.
But they were sure to tell the next group of angels exactly who to
seek out when they went down.
 

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here's another cute one that was posted at the vet clinic i worked at (it's technically about dogs but think about how much more meaningful that makes it for rats!):

Why dogs don't live as long as people...

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very much attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be
good for the four-year old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family
surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker'stransition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?"

The four-year old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
 

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I have always liked that one DFW. :) thank you for posting it.

I have another one (since we are sharing :)) that some posted on my Portia RIP thread on another forum.

MORE THAN AN ANGEL

The young pup and the older dog lay on shaded sweet grass, watching the reunions.

Sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, sometimes a whole family would approach the Rainbow Bridge to be greeted by their loving pets and cross the bridge together.

The young pup playfully nipped at the older one:"Look! Something wonderful is happening!"

The older dog stood up and barked:"Quickly! Get over to the path."
"But that's not my owner," whined the pup, but did as he was told.

Thousands of pets surged forward as a figure in white walked toward the bridge.

As the glowing figure passed each of the animals, that animal bowed it's head in love and respect.

The figure finally approached the bridge, and was met by a menagerie of joyous animals.

Together they walked over the bridge and disappeared.

The young pup was still in awe. "Was that an angel?" he whispered.

"No, son" the older dog replied. "That was more than an angel. That was a RESCUER!"

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There's a "rewrite" of the Rainbow Bridge that is about rescuers. Yours reminded me of it, lilspaz68. I was sent it when Lil' Bit died and again by someone else when we had to put Jojo down.

The Rescue Rainbow Bridge

Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.

It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.

He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge. With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.

One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for awhile to explain it to him.

"You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge."

The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.

"Watch, and see.", said the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.

"What happened?"

"That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of his work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge."

"I think I like rescuers", said the first animal.

"So does GOD", was the reply.
 

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OnlyOno said:
here's another cute one that was posted at the vet clinic i worked at (it's technically about dogs but think about how much more meaningful that makes it for rats!):

Why dogs don't live as long as people...

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very much attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be
good for the four-year old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family
surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker'stransition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?"

The four-year old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
Oh man, that one made me tear up a bit...lol, I am such a sissy...but seriously, very beautiful. I love dogs, too, so I can see how it would apply to both. :D
 

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What I believe cannot be put into words. I can barely draw it in the form of artwork, however, I am happy that you guys have found a way to accept the frustratingly short lifespan of our little guys.

Maybe, it is because I am not so good at metaphor, but I can tell you this: I would not consider "rat brained" an insult... however confused the person issuing the insult might be, I would still say "thankyou, it is an honor to hear that".

I have said this before to one of the members here, but, time is almost like a liquid that pours through the present. In that sense, we are very lucky to have the world shaped and molded with the help of our rats, because it is just as probable that we may have never known the joy. While I have not "god" in the sense of the word to thank, I still appreciate the stroke of good luck that brought me to this moment in the precise order that allows me to write this about the rats that we hold dear.

Do any of you guys feel odd loving little tiny rodents? Or, do you feel special? I am curious, because sometimes I am not sure how to feel.
 

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I am not religious at all but the only word for it is "blessed" to share my life with them. :)

I also believe our rat's lives are so short because of the extremely bright personalities/spirits that they have. It wouldn't be fair for them to be so personable and wonderful and have long lifespans as well. :roll:

I know which of my rats tolerate me, like me, like me a lot or truly love me. :D
 

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all of these make me cry like a baby. but the rescuers stories make me want to do great things with my life. :D
 

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yashu said:
Do any of you guys feel odd loving little tiny rodents? Or, do you feel special? I am curious, because sometimes I am not sure how to feel.
I do, actually feel both odd and special. No one gets it (at least no one in my immediate circle) and I feel as strongly about these rodents as I do about most people in my life...

I feel like I know something magical that most people don't. That makes me feel special.
 

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Awww thats so true. Thanks for posting.
 

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When I come home for work and the rats are just BEGGING for treats... coming to the side of the cage and sticking their little noses out and trying to reach out to me... yes at that moment it is very special. I can look at them and tell what they are thinking. Or my newest rat Stone, you know what he did the other day... that guy laid flat on his back in the corner of the cage with his head propped up like he was lying on a beach, and I reached in and began to pet his belly... he LOVED it... I expected him to move, but he just sat there and began giving me licks (kisses)... I sat with him like that for about 5 minutes, it was the most amazing and most cute thing... especially when he would lift his little arms up and groom his face.
 

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