Well, today was the day we had been expecting for a while. HannahC's delightful pet rat finally reached the point of no return, losing her ability to walk, stand, or eat, and The Mrs. took her for her last ride to the vet.
The vet and staff had seen quite a lot of JackieC over the last few months, and they were a bit attached to her as well. They made HannahC a little keepsake clay heart on which they inscribed "Jackie" and did an impression of her front pawprints.
It was a very teary day.