They both died.

Deadfishes_raAnd it took just two days. Two days ago had my younger brother bought them enthusiastically, today he informed me sadly of their death. I hadn’t even had time to appreciate their presence, like it happens, and they’re no more among the swimming…

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34 thoughts on “They both died.

  1. cabrogal says:

    I hate it when pets die, especially prematurely. They’re so dependent on you and there’s just no escaping your responsibility for their death.

    When I was a child we has a beloved (well, kinda) goldfish that had been with us for many years. One morning we came out and found it belly up on top of the bowl, gills moving faintly but clearly not long for this world. We tried everything. ‘Walking’ it (pushing it around the bowl to force oxygenated water through it’s gills), various concoctions we got from the pet store – all to no avail.

    A friend of my Mum’s suggested giving it a drop of whiskey and as we had tried everything else and pretty much lost hope we decided to give it a whirl. I carefully lifted it’s limp form from the bowl and held it gently up while my Mum used an eyedropper to deliver the Johnny Walker into it’s mouth. The fish immediately began wriggling like crazy and when I dropped it back into the bowl it swam around like a rocket for over a minute, sometimes breaching the surface like a dolphin. It soon settled down to it’s normal behaviour and lived several more years.

    When my Mum told her friend about the success of her method she was shocked. “I meant you should put a drop of whiskey in the water, not in it’s mouth!”.

    • randomlyabstract says:

      Ah, the fish heaven! I wonder what it looks like… so tonight I’ll ask my imagination to run wild. Maybe I could swim, maybe I could fly. 🙂 Thank you ever so much for your comforting words, means much to me! 🙂

    • randomlyabstract says:

      Mice? Cool. I had never heard of keeping mice as pets before.

      As for the fishes, well, I guess they’re enjoying better there. Swimming around in water heaven! :))
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, beckarooney!

      • cabrogal says:

        A lawyer friend of mine had a pet rat she used to take everywhere with her. Mostly it stayed inside her clothes but it could get pretty distracting talking to her when a pair of beady little eyes behind a twitching little nose popped out of her collar to check you out.

        Once at a meeting she was sitting next to a senior NSW government bureaucrat who erupted into hysterics when the rat suddenly emerged from Louise’s clothes only inches from her face. Some people can’t handle rats, even ones as cute and well behaved as this one.

          • cabrogal says:

            That woman alone supplied me with enough stories for a book and she wasn’t even the weirdest lawyer I met while I was with Justice Action. And don’t even get me started on their clients. Some of them already have multiple books written about them.

  2. Pamela says:

    Aww thats really really sad.. I had a fish tank for almost 13 years.. before wen finally dismantled it.. their absence gives much more pain than their presence gives pleasure..

    • randomlyabstract says:

      THIRTEEN YEARS is a LOT of time, Pamela. No wonder how much their absence gives pain. But like those adorable people above said: fishes go to water heaven after they die. 😉
      So you see, that must be a prettier place that they go for.. free of impurities.
      I like that idea, don’t you too?

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