Freddy the pet rat became very ill yesterday. The middle child and I took Freddy in to the vet today to see if there was anything that could be done. Unfortunately, by the time he showed signs of not feeling well and we were able to get him seen, there wasn't much to be done; he had an acute case of pnuemonia, likely brought on by strep throat which would have been picked up earlier in the week. Freddy was put to sleep and brought home to be buried.
The middle child is holding up pretty well, but the whole family is shaken. Freddy was playful and had a wonderful personality which will be missed very much.