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This thread is very hard for me to create, because it means that my beautiful baby boy is gone. I love him dearly, and I am so happy that I was able to share my life with him for more than 28 months. I have made a memorial video for him, available on my youtube page:

Memorial: Russell (7/22/09-11/27/11)

I think the video says more than words could, but I will say a few things here about him. He was silly, loving, and gentle. He adored his brother Stanley, although his precocious nature often shone through when he would purposefully irritate Stanley by poking, play-biting, and tackling him during naptime. Russell was plagued by respiratory issues from a very young age, and yet he never let his sickness get the best of him. On his tough days, he liked to be petted and held in his favorite sweater. He loved digging in his fabric tub, and playing tickle games in afghans and blankets. He also obsessed over keeping his nest clean and organized, and was quite frequently seen dragging toilet paper rolls around his playpen, stacking them in *just* the right way. He loved fishing for peas, and his favorite treat was my homemade cranberry muffins.

Russell was an absolute joy, and he always brightened my day. His silly little games and loving kisses may have come to an end, but his beautiful spirit will live on forever.

I love you, Russie. :heart:


 

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He as a wonderful rat! He is so missed already. I bet Stan will miss him most of all...


All our love...
 

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Breyer...Marc and I just read your post and watched your memorial video and what can I say? Watching the video and reading about Russie, we both just broke down and cried like babies. We love him to bits. That special tie that your boys have to our dear boys, having the same birthday and so many other things about Russ and Stan... I am going to send you a private post in a few minutes.
 

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Breyer, I always find myself at a loss for words when saying goodbye to our precious guys. Russ and Stan will always be dear to us because you have made them so. A life well lived is the best gift any creature on God's earth can give to us. Thank you Russell for being part of that gift.
 

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Thanks, everyone, for your kind words. I watch the video every day to remember him and smile. We went yesterday and got a nice wooden box for him, and wrapped the inside of it with his blankies that he used to sleep with. I'm glad to have him here with us forever now. :heart:
 

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That is wonderful, Breyer. I know how good it felt when we got Klausse and Wolfie's ashes back...we were so happy to have them home with us, forever. It is so comforting, isn't it?
 
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