Sunday, July 06, 2008

My little Rat boy 1995-2008

Rat (Ratty boy) Hartmann July 1995- July 5, 2008.


Our little sweetheart brought us joy, laughter, companionship, love, hope, contentment, strength, worry and he gave my small world a deeper meaning. He landed in my life by way of a little barn where my mom rode her horses in Washington. I brought him to Topanga and we have had the most wonderful times. Every where we went, people say " Hi Rat!" because of his memorable name and his happy and loving spirit.On December 1, 2008 he went into heart failure and his life was saved by Dr. Steve Weinberg, Viagra and the amazing Docs at City of Angels Animal Hospital. It gave him 6 more months and I will forever be grateful. My only regret is we had to part but I know we will meet at the Rainbow Bridge . I love you forever Ratty Boy. I always felt lucky because of you.

36 comments:

Bobo's Slave said...

Oh! I'm sorry for this! Rat boy was lucky to live in such a loving and caring family for his whole life!

Roberta said...

Oh Val, I'm so sorry to hear you've lost your beloved friend.

Hugs from TX

Lisa M Griffin said...

I am really sorry to learn about your loss. It sounds like you have a lot of lovely memories of him and that he lived a very happy life.

Gillian said...

RIP Rat. So sorry to learn of your loss. He had a good life with you so please take comfort in that. Hugs. x

cata said...

I'm so sorry.
He'll lives forever in your heart.
Cata

Alicia Padrón said...

So sorry Valerie... that is never easy. Dogs really have a special place in our hearts. Rat was very lucky to live such a great life and be loved by you.

ddskier said...

Valgal,

Mom & I are start crying every time we think about little Ratty. We have so many fond memories. Remember when he was a puppy and would chase leaves on our front lawn? Or the time we were on the boardwalk in Santa Monica and he barked at the big dogs but protected himself through the legs of the dog's owner? Or peeing at the Loews? Ratty left his mark....

Thinking of you and missing little Ratty.

xoxox
-dd

Ginger*:)* said...

I am shedding tears for the Ratty Boy and for you. My daughter gave us a copy of the Rainbow Bridge years ago when we desperately needed it. How wonderful that you have so many treasured photos of your sweet pet.

Losing a pet like Rat is like losing a part of your family and I truly understand the sadness, but hope that you will feel the true sentiments of those who visit here.

Eric Barclay said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Janet said...

Oh Val, I'm so sorry! I know you will miss him so much. I'm glad you got to have that extra few months with him!

Bobo Cat said...

Hi, Valerie, hope you feel better now.

I'm passing an award to you. Please come over my blog to pick it up!

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, Valerie, I'm so sorry. Though I didn't know your pup, the beautiful, loving pictures and your sentiment are bringing tears to my eyes. He was - and continues to be - so very loved.

Faruffa said...

Ciao Valerie, I'm so sorry and sad for your loss, but I think that now your Rat is running in beautiful green lawns along with many new four feet friends.
Ti abbraccio forte forte
Vitti

studio lolo said...

Dear Val,

Sending you big hugs and sympathy for the loss of your dear friend and companion. I'm sure your life is richer for having had him in it. I hope you find comfort in your memories, and eventually, peace in your heart. This is a wonderful tribute.
XX
Laurel

isay said...

Valerie Dear

What a beautiful tribute for Ratty boy.I am sorry for your loss. I am sure you'll meet him again in the Rainbow bridge.
Hugs

Forever Young said...

omg what a wonderful post about your beloved ratboy.... he will stay in your heart forever. hugs.

Krimo said...

Oh, Val, I am really sorry about Rat. He really was part of your life.
I loved the slide show. A great tribute to a wonderful companion. And the choice of music is so fitting.

bog_art said...

I really sorry my friend.. =( I know it is a sad story, but the way you describe the relationship you had with him made me feel he enjoyed your time together as much as you did.. A big hug from Ecuador..

carla said...

Dear Val - oh... I am so sorry to read about your loss :( I know how wrenching it is to lose such a good friend like your Rat. Your tribute to him is lovely... and now I'm crying. Hugs to you, dear. - Carla

Tony Sarrecchia... said...

Val, Sorry for your loss. Tony

Ces said...

NOOOOO! NOOO! I am so sorry for being a bad friend and not knowing sooner. I always envision you with Rat because that is the first picture I saw of you with him, the one where he is kissing you. I will always think of you with Rat. I am so sorry. Pets are wonderful members of our family. They bring so much joy, never complain, just want to be loved but they end ep loving us more. Oh Val. Gentle thoughts of you dearest Val.

andrea said...

I feel for you, Val. This is a lovely tribute to a dear friend and you can tell from the photos what a sweet dog he was. I loved the slide show. Having been through the same thing this year I know exactly how you're feeling right now. Take care.

Tracy said...

Valerie: I am so sorry for your loss! :( I understand as I had to have my dog of almost 12 years put to sleep in May. I am so deeply sorry. It is so obvious from the photos that he was loved a great deal! What a sweetie! My favorite picture was the one where he was in bed with the blanket up to his neck! How cute! You are in my thoughts. He is in a peaceful place, and who knows, maybe he's playing with my dog, Meg! :) As much as we love them and they love us back unconditionally, I have to hope there is a wonderful & peaceful place for them after living in this world.

erin said...

I am so sorry to hear about Ratty Boy. I know you will miss him but he will live on forever in your heart.

sketched out said...

I am so so sorry about your little Rat. Tears are squirting from my eyes. HIs little photo on Flickr brought big smiles to both Tom and I on quite a few occasions. Your slideshow was very sweet. Thank you for sharing it with us. Big bear hugs to you!

visualkaos said...

Sorry to hear about Ratty. He was a door bell.

kj said...

"I always felt lucky because of you".

there is so much love in that sentence my eyes are hardly dry. you will meet again. i know you know that.

love..

Bearuh said...

Hey Val... sorry to hear about your doggy friend. :( I can relate! I had a little toy poodle who was my best friend ever since I was about 12 or so. She was awesome. It was sooo hard when she died, I still think about her to this day! But now I think about all the fun times I had with her and how funny she was :)

Anonymous said...

Just thinking of you and looking at Rat's photos again. Hope you are doing better. Love you. Aunt Hattie

andi butler said...

Oh honey, my heart is breaking for you. I know when I lost my Murray I just felt surreal. You will meet again, and he'll have a bottomless doggie dish up there!! People who have animals in their lives know that we're all so much better for knowing them...Take care doll...

a : )

LDahl said...

Valpal, so sorry!!
Your slideshow reflects such deep, abiding affection.

life without novacaine said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I know what it's like to loose such a trusted and valued friend, words have no use here. You will see him again so enjoy his memory til' then. Thank you for sharing your photos.

Flying Colors said...

Oh Valerie!
I am so sorry about your loss. You have a wonderful attitude about life and "Ratty Boy" had a great life next to you.
Bless you again! Hugs :) :) :)

shawn said...

Oh Val! I just now came to visit your blog and my heart just seized up into a tiny fist of pain. My heart and hugs are reaching out to you during this difficult time of grief. .

I am so sorry......

platitudinal said...

I am so sorry of your loss :(
Losing a good friend like that leaves a corner in the heart empty.

MamaMelia said...

Aloha, first of all I would like say I am sorry for your loss. I came across your site by accident. I just had to try and reach you because I can feel your pain. I too lost my beloved dog. His name was as Ratty Boy, what a coincidence. He was born July 2007 and died Sept. 3, 2008. He would be just about 14 mos. I would like to invite you to come and visit me at www.myspace.com/mama_melia. I have pictures of my Ratty and a little about him.
Take care and God Bless