Madoc, usually known as Maddy (or Maddles, Mads, Madster, Goofy, Clown, Idiot, Maddymads), came to me with his twin brother Coal from a petshop back in Palmerston North, back at the end of May 2009. The two of them had been at the petshop for about a month, & our oldest son & I used to go in 2-3 times a week to have cuddles. We'd walk around the shop with the boys, and they were just so placid. Then things changed so that I was able to bring them both home, & Coal became our son's special boy, while Maddy was mine.. we also had 3 girls at the time. Both boys were sweet & gentle... but also downright cheeky! Coal had an annoying habit every time we'd go to a rat meet of disappearing & falling asleep somewhere hidden away! He freaked me out several times doing this, worrying I'd lost him, and he'd always give me that sleepy "what did you disturb my sleep for Human?? Go away" look. Unfortunately Coal passed away several months ago, after what I think were several small strokes.
Here's a couple of photos of Coal from when we first brought the boys home:
Maddy was more snuggly than Coal, but far goofier! There were many times when they were all having "out time" to play, when he'd come over to say hi, I'd roll him onto his back & rub him around the carpet, then let him go.. he'd race off, then seconds later turn and come hooning back begging for another go! Even when he got a head tilt, it didn't take him long to adjust to it, & just added to everything by giving him an even goofier look to go with the goofy personality. Later on, his back legs started to give out on him, but even that didn't slow him down! He'd still race around like the others, hauling himself up to the top of the cage, right up into his last days, just so he could snuggle with his buddies at the top of his cage. He was a super special boy, always keen for cuddles & a chance to go exploring, & it hurt watching him getting skinnier and skinnier, his back legs getting worse and worse, until he was nothing but skin & bone, dragging his back half around. So many times I thought about putting him down, especially when he'd sleep so much more, & constantly gave me a heart attack by thinking he'd already gone, because I'd see him on the floor of the cage, and nothing would wake him! Not his cage mates running over him, nor me running fingers over the cage (which is what I do to get their attention for treats), not even waving yummy smelling food under his nose! It wouldn't until I'd freaked out and slammed the door open in a hurry to get to him, picked him up, and prodded at him (sometimes rather firmly), before he'd finally wake from a rather deep sleep & just look at me. Then I'd show him the food again & he'd dive on it & be back to his silly self within minutes! But.. I just couldn't bring myself to get him PTS.. not when he was still so full of life, when he was awake. He still bounced everywhere, dive out the door to go exploring the second he knew it was open, lick me like crazy every time I rubbed his itchy ears, still chewed EVERYTHING (he LOVED his tissue boxes, ripping paper, and chewing on the damn food bowl every time he found it empty. I'd hear this "ting ting ting" of someone chewing something ceramic, and EVERYTIME I'd check, it was Maddy chewing the bowl!) and just generally show no signs of being ready to give up. So I'd put it off a little longer. Although it was hard to know he was gone, I am thankful I woke up on Tuesday morning to find he'd passed away, in the cage, surrounded by his friends.
As I'm getting more into my needlefelting now, I have also decided to do a life-size, realistic needlefelted sculpture of Maddy. I've started, but haven't had a chance to work on it any more in the last couple of days. Here's what I did on Wednesday.. I will continue posting progress pics as I go along. This is my first attempt at both a life-size sculpture, and a realistic looking sculpture (except for one other I've been working on, that I've put aside until I've finished Maddy).
|Still got a LONG LONG way to go!!|
I miss you my sweet clown... love you always!
|So big & studly here, just after we'd brought him & Coal home.. and so BLACK! He was silvery black here, but in later life became so rusted that his coat was more a chocolate brown than black.|
|Typical Maddy.. always exploring. You can see the change in the colour of his coat here too.|
|My favourite Maddy photo: "I am Maddy, hear me ROAR!"|
|Goofy boy! Showing the head tilt more here.|
|Off he goes again!|
Since bringing him home.. there have been NO regrets! This boy LOVES his cuddles, bruxxes and boggles easily, and will lie on his back every time I flip him over, and bliss out. So.. Meet Rufio!!
|Such a handsome boy!|
|Just chillin, on his back, loving the rubs behind his ears, & showing off his gorgeous berky belly!|
|Well hi there!|
|He looks so squishy here.. I weighed him and he's 251g.|
|Checking out this thing that the Human keeps pointing at him.|
|LOVE his markings!|
|This is where he's been pretty much all afternoon and evening since we got home, after taking all the photos. Curled up asleep in his little bed, on my computer desk. Such a good boy!|
|This shows his colouring more.. quite a silvery grey more than actual black. My other black boy Koda is VERY black in comparison!|
|Human, why did you walk away from me AGAIN?? I was cuddling!!|