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Thor on the Rainbow Bridge by DianePhotos Thor on the Rainbow Bridge by DianePhotos
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:

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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 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this fits so much to my mood right now... thank you
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Shadowcommander Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
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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Silvercrow02 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I posted form my husband's account, sorry!
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horsesforlife Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist 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.
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divamentalis Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
What a heartwarming story! Thor was truly and deservedly loved at the end. Rats are much maligned creatures - they make affectionate and intelligent companions.
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MagpieandFox Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
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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Honeysucle10 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry. Such a beautiful pic to remember him.
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DisneyPhan01 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist 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 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010   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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bunnykissd Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You do beautiful work! This series is so touching...
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meikusje Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
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 :)
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
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:
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meikusje Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
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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gilbert86II Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist 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..
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Thanks for your nice words =)
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gilbert86II Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome..
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drilli-stock Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
Thanks for using my stock! I really like your work! :heart:
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Thank YOU for this wonderful stock :hug:
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MizuhimeOndy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
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...
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
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
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MizuhimeOndy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
='( 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:
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
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 !
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MizuhimeOndy Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
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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metalpug Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, that's adorable!
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Thank you!
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BamboleSenzaOcchi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
I understand the pain.
I do not get used to the death of the animals I love. Surely after seeing so much death (I'm volunteer for cats) is faster for me the psychological recovery. But pain is always the same every time.
I guess all of them waiting for me under the Rainbow Bridge .. where it is now your Thor ..
It 'really beautiful what you do.. really :)
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Thank you very much for your nice words :hug:
I do not get used to the death of animals I love either, I feel the same about faster psychological recovery but losing them remains very painful...

I've fostered over 50 rescue rats (not all at the same time) and even when I had found them a great family, knowing that one of them had passed away made me cry... It is even stronger when I lose one of my own ratties. At least I know Thor and the other ones have had the chance to know a caring family before passing away, instead of dying alone and abused.

I can't help missing him a lot though, he was a very special rat :heart:

By the way, thanks for being a volunteer for cats, not enough people are volunteers for animals, that's awesome of you!
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LucieG-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry for your loss, that is a really beautiful tribute for him.
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Thanks a lot for your words and for your lovely stock :heart:
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Mitchu-OnHerCloud Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
i very sorry to hear that, but he had a good life with you, i know how you feel now, i lost my rat Mooky 1 week ago :(
your photo is brilliant :D
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Sorry to hear about your Mooky, RIP little rattie... :(
Thanks for your nice words :hug:
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Mitchu-OnHerCloud Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :huggle:
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lulabelle72 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Oh my god, I'm sobbing after reading Thor's story. Thank you so much for sharing, and the art you've done of him is a tremendous honor for such a great little rattie. Well done, and what a heart you have!
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Thank you so much for your nice words, I wish he had enjoyed his new life even longer but I know he left peacefully... I miss him though :(
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JayBL Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww how beautiful! sorry for your loss :/
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Thanks for your nice words
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ViciousAlice Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Beautiful photo, and at least Thor knew what a real home was like, such a beautiful rattie!
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Thanks a lot, I had taken him home the April the 15th 2009 so he had a full year with his new friends... It seems that they miss him too...
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Ryuujin-Shizunamo27 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Aawwwwwww. May he rest in peace. I'm sorry for your loss. :tighthug:
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Thanks a lot :hug:
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Ryuujin-Shizunamo27 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Hey, I know what it's like to lose a furry friend. She wasn't a rat, but she was a kind dog.
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Sorry for you loss, may she rest in peace :(
It's hard to lose a furry friend, very few people understand how painful it can be...
Rats are like small dogs (similar behaviour, very smart and they can learn various tricks, they are very loyal too)...
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Ryuujin-Shizunamo27 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
SO I've heard. But the way your pictures make them look so cute is why I want one now.
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Aww thanks ^^
Please take at least two of the same sex if you adopt ratties though : rats should never live alone as they are highly social animals that need the company of other ratties to be happy (else they can let themselves die or have behavioral disorders) :aww:
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Ryuujin-Shizunamo27 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
I will. :)
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Liza88 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Ahw.. Thor passed away?
How sad :(
Though he passed away in his sleep, that means he had no pain when he passed away!
But he'll be missed! He was cute little fellow and I bet he had a great time after you rescued him!

Take care! :hug:
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
I know he had no pain, that's what matters the most to me since he went away very peacefully... I still miss him very much though, he was such as sweetheart... :heart:

Take care too :hug:
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Aww, Thor is gone. I'm so sorry to hear that :cling:
He was a charming rat, even on your photos.
I'm glad he shared his late life with you, he was very lucky to get such a caring owner :hug:
Saying goodbye always hurts, but keep in mind, his soul is in a great place now where nothing matters at all... and I'm sure he can see again :aww:
Take care, little boy :aww:
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
I know he didn't suffer and passed away softly because he was too old... I miss him but I'm happy he didn't got sick (tumors or anything else) since too many rats are having sad ends :(
Still, I can't help searching for him in the cage and missing seing his funny face each morning :(
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
He will be greatly missed. In fact, I fell in love with him, too... Even though I've only seen him on pictures and never in real.
I'm glad his end was peaceful :aww:
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