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RIP

Yesterday I came home from a lovely festive weekend with le_loup_peint and raja_laba_laba to find my elderly, cantankerous gerbil, Point, had quietly died. He was in his bed, looking utterly comfortable - a textbook 'went to sleep and didn't wake up' if ever I saw one.

It wasn't unexpected; he had been gradually winding down for some time. A few weeks ago he decided that he could no longer be bothered to eat anything that wasn't a pumpkin seed or other treat, and consequently became thin and wobbly. As he seemed perfectly happy pottering around his cage, I decided that if this was how he wanted to go, it was probably best to let him get on with it. Last week he even stopped bothering to gnaw toilet roll tubes, though he remained otherwise alert and engaged, and I figured it wouldn't be long.

I got Point and his brother Click in September 2009, from RSPCA Medway. The small-animal lady there said they were a year old; I'd have put them at slightly younger, as they were still quite jumpy. Either way, Point was at least three and a half, probably more like four, which is an impressive score for a derb (Click went more than a year ago).

Point was a constant source of amusement and conversation, he was a small helpless being for me to look after, and when I moved this year he helped make the new flat feel like home. I miss him loads already.
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I'm very sorry. He sounds lovely.
He was A Character - which sounds stupid when you're talking about a beast with a brain the size of a peanut, but he was! Thank you.
Alas, poor critter. At least he had a good life!

-TG
Gerbil can seldom have had better! Thank you.
I liked seeing that ol' gerbil whenever I visited, and I'm sorry he's not around to keep you company any more.
He was always a talking point for guests! Thank you.
Awww... *Hugs* I'm really sorry to hear that. They always have a little personality of their own, and they're always missed.
Thanks. *hugs* He had several funny little ways that were unique to him, especially the little yawn and stretch he'd do when waking up.
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that - sadly short-lived little beasties on our timescales, but he sounds like he was a lot of fun.
Good things come in small packages!
I'm sorry for your loss. *hugs*
Thanks. *hugs*
Oh, poor Point. Even if you saw it coming it must still be a shock.

Still, if ever a gerbil fell squarely on all four paws, I'm sure he did when you took him and Click in. I'm glad you have lots of happy memories of the pair of them.
I do think they had a pretty nice life, within the limited parameters required by gerbils! Thanks.
Meg and I add our warm thoughts. It's always horrible to lose a family member.
Thank you both, and hugs to your own furry family!
My condolences.
Thank you!
Aw, I'm really sorry. *hugs* He (like Click) had a good life with you, at least.
To the best of my ability, I think they did. Thanks.
Aww I'm sorry to hear that! I liked your furry charges too - I always liked to say hello when I visited.

*hugs*

Wardy
They were fun, weren't they? *hugs*
That is a good innings for a gerbil! I'm very glad he went peacefully.
Thanks! Nice to see you around again, too.
Poor little guy. My condolences.
Thank you.
My condolences.

I'm sure his long life was proof (as if any was needed) of the good care you gave him.

Edited at 2012-12-03 10:41 pm (UTC)
I hope so. The boy done good!
Awwww..... I know how you feel. When my two, Sacha and his girl Abby, passed away curled up around each other, there was a definite loss of noise in the house that I missed.

Point had a good life, if he lived that long, lemme tells ya. Oswald, my last gerbil from Sacha and Abby, lived to be about 5 or so before he too, just went to sleep.

They're all in the big Habitrail in the sky, thumping their feet and chee-cheeing.
5!! Wow.

I remember reading about your two who passed away together - I got a lump in my throat then, too.
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