It has been a long struggle these past few weeks, but it's finally over!! Mom did such a good job trying to get me better. She mixed me yummy things so I didn't have to taste the icky medicine. She gave me wonderful, soft bedding so I didn't get anything stuck to my boo boo. She would gently clean my bottom every day, and she made sure she didn't hurt me. If I had been a human, I would have wanted her as my mommy.
Eventually, the infection began to spread, so mommy had to make a decision. If I underwent surgery, there was a risk I wouldn't wake up. If I didn't have the surgery to remove the testicles, I would surely die. Mom took me to the vet, who was a wonderful person and very gentle with me. She kissed me on my nose, and told me to be a good boy. The vet took me to a room and put a mask on my face that smelled kind of funny. Then I got really sleepy and dozed off.
When I woke up, I was in a place I didn't recognize. It wasn't the vets office anymore, and it wasn't home. Well, it wasn't the home I had been used to, but it FELT like home, if you know what I mean. There was tall grass all around me and I sniffed the air with delight. I smelled goodies and other animals in the distance. I started to move toward the smell, and suddenly realized my goolies didn't hurt anymore. I looked back at them and boy was I shocked when there was no boo boo! The closer I got to those glorious smells, the younger and more energetic I felt. Pretty soon, I was running as fast as my little legs could carry me, which seemed much faster than I had ever traveled before. I looked down at my feet and saw that I was flying! Not very high, but nonetheless I was actually running above the ground. As I came to the edge of the grass I stopped.
Before me stood a beautiful bridge. It looked just like a rainbow, I swear this to you. It made a safe path across a quickly rushing river. I took a step onto the bridge and waited. Even though this place was perfect, I knew mom wasn't here. Part of me wanted to run across the bridge into the unknown. But another part of me wanted to return to the waving grasses. Yes! The grasses were waving!! They were telling me "see you later, Flynn!" It wasn't goodbye, it was see you later. Don't ask me how I knew, but I just knew in my heart that one day mommy would be here, and that I should wait for her.
I turned around when I heard little steps behind me. There was a nice little group of rats coming toward me. It was my welcoming committee. They were all rats that I knew! James, my dad, came bounding up to me, rolling me over and grooming my belly. A few rats were rats that had belonged to other families, but were born here. I can't remember all of their names, forgive me, but they asked me to please get this message to you. They told me to tell you that there is no more pain. They said that it is peaceful and joyous and glorious here. They told me to tell you, most importantly, that we all love and miss you guys. But you shouldn't miss us. We are still with you. A little piece of us stayed behind to burrow into your heart and comfort you when you are sad.
I have to go now. I won't be able to write again once I cross over the bridge. Over the bridge is forever. While I don't have time to describe all of the wonders of rainbow bridge, I can tell you all this much: It's beautiful here!