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Content warning: animal death - My pet mouse Nick passed away in my hands last night. I’ll miss him dearly, but he was old and passed peacefully. Mice generally hide signs of weakness very well but I could tell something was wrong, and that it was too late to do anything but hold him and pet him until he passed. He got some of his favourite treats in his last hours, and ultimately I was with him until the very end. He, inside his favourite nest/hideaway that I bought him, was buried in the forest I used to play in when I was a kid. It seemed very fitting, and is a very peaceful and dear final resting place. He was buried with a poem and note I wrote for him, and I hope he’s busy having fun in mousey heaven now. With someone’s suggestion I also donated to the Small Animal Rescue Society of BC in his name – they do a wonderful job of rescuing and rehabilitating small animals and finding loving forever homes for them. I adopted Nick in August of 2018 from the BCSPCA. He was being bullied by his big brother and had to be housed alone, and when I brought him home I was really nervous (I had never had a pet before in my life), but I was determined to give him a happy life. And I hope that he did live a very happy one with me. Rest in peace Nick, I’ll see you again one day ❤️ That art piece is for you.