Our beloved, very senior Chinchilla, Misty, age 15+, passed away peacefully in the wee hours of December 20, 2021, in the comfort of our home, curled up on her human mom’s shoulder, with her canine sibling nearby, keeping watch and barking out a goodbye as she left this world for the next.
Misty was a formerly feisty, clever and independent senior with fantastic health who recently encountered her first dental issues in her long life. Due to some dental surgery, she spent the last few weeks cuddling and doing syringe feedings several times a day with her human mom and for the first time ever began to enjoy being handled and fussed over. Misty eagerly gobbled up her special food, especially sweet potato with probiotics. Her lifetime favorite was dried cranberries, given for special occasions. She will be missed dearly, but we know she will no longer be struggling and can finally take a well deserved rest, as, in human years, she was well past 100!
Despite her age, Misty learned her new care routine quickly and her new cooperation was very appreciated. It is fitting that she left us now, as Misty had joined our family early in her life at Christmastime, as a present to her human Mom from her niece (who adopted Misty’s mama and still cares for a prior-litter chinchilla sister.) Misty’s presence encouraged her humans to fight through many serious health challenges. Misty was adaptable, loving car rides in her travel cage and joining her family on frequent trips.
Misty was predeceased by her 17 year old canine brother, Crash. Crash was blind and liked to sit up against her cage for companionship. She often loved to tease him by reaching out a little gnarled paw, grabbing a nice hunk of his white fluffy fur and hauling it through the cage bars to chew on it! His love for her was gentle and quiet, but this routine was most certainly quite a spectacle to behold! Misty is also survived by her 12 year old canine sister Dash, who joined the household not too long ago, but who was never a chinchilla snack!
We want to thank each and every friend that inquired about Misty in her final days and offered us compassion, love and encouragement. Rest easy, dear Misty, and remember since Crash can see you now, we predict you’ll be chasing each other through the fields of Paradise in good company with our family of many happy rabbits and one exceptionally daring hamster. We will miss you til we meet again on that Rainbow Bridge