By Erica Sofrina, motivational speaker, teacher and author.
In this series of Angel Stories, our Care2 members have submitted some wonderful tales of their beloved pet angels. This is a story by Aliex Tagge about a very special pet Rat that came to be her best friend named Tabitha Twitchet.
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The Story of Tabitha Twitchet
By Alex Tagge
A few years ago, I was volunteering at an elementary school when I met an angel in rat form, whom I later named Tabitha Twitchet. Always an animal lover,á I liked her from the beginning.
I was gone from my job for two days and came back to find Tabitha having convulsions and near death after having given birth to her first litter. She was refusing to eat and reacted violently when anyone dared to come near.
I asked the teacher if I could try. She knew of my special bond and said yes but to not get my hopes up. She was pretty certain our little Tabitha wasn’t going to make it. Something from within told me to try anyway. Somehow I knew that I was the one meant to help her.
She looked at me with suspicion when Iá reached into her cage. Iáspoke to her gently, silently communicating my compassion and respect. I slowly moved to touch her soft fur andáshe seemed to relax against her bedding. I spent some time gently petting and speaking witháher and could fee her communicating back to me through her beautiful, expressive eyes.
I then placed a small dish of water in front of her pink nose, and pleaded with her to drink, communicating how upset I would be to lose her.
What happened next was a miracle. With dainty licks, she began to drink. When she had her fill, she looked up at me, as if to say, “Are you happy now?ö With my confidence bolstered, I áplaced a bit of food next to the water dish silently imploring her to take a bite. Those wise eyes looked at me, then at the food. After a moment’s hesitation, she took a small bite, and started to chew. I continued to pet her and give her praise as she nibbled. I know it took a lot out of her to submit to my wishes, and she fell instantly to sleep.á My eyes filled with tears. I was elated and knew that she would make it.
After seeing our beautiful bond, the teacher gave Tabitha to me. Tabitha was my pet for two and a half years and was the sweetest, gentlest little rat I’ve ever seen, and Iá still miss her terribly. Her favorite place to be was on my shoulders, surveying the room with her wise eyes. She also loved human food and had a love affair with Pirogues, which always makes me laugh to think about.
She was such a smart little thing. When she was on my shoulders, she had a way of letting me know when she had to go to the bathroom. She would carefully take hold of my ear and gently tug until I placed her back in her cage where she would do her business, crawl back up on my shoulder, and we were off again!
In her last days, I could tell that she was fighting to stay alive for my sake, but I knew it was time for her to go. I willá never forget her and will always love her. I look forward to reuniting with her on the Rainbow Bridge, when my time comes.
Her story deserves to be told, as she truly was a blessing, and one of my dearest friends.
~Alex Tagge, Care2 member
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