A hard post to write today. Here at Santa Cruz FF, our pets are more than that, they are members of our family... they are our kids. At my household we have been hit hard with a double loss. Hence, the reference to the Rainbow Bridge and a way to pay a small tribute to those that have transcended into the Force and brought so much into our lives. Approxitely two weeks ago, my hairless male rat, James, made his transition. He fought a brave fight against re-occuring pnenumonia and with the help of my incredible vet, won many small battles. However, it became apparent that this final bout was to be his last, and with the mutual decision of all involved, he was released from this life. This morning, another member of our family also was helped in his transition. Captn Jack, my jumbo grey (affectionately known as my "ship's rat" due to his size and looks) lost his battle with cancer. Again, he fought bravely, but as the end came near, another painful decision was made under the advisement of his vet, to prevent any further suffering. These little guys, though small, had huge hearts and returned so much more to us than they could ever know. They will be missed and eternally loved. I want to thanks everyone who has expressed their condolences, and to my worderful vet, who never looked at them as "just a rat" but as the individual personalities and beings that they were. I decided to open this thread for any and all, Santa Cruz and beyond, that have suffered the loss of a pet/family member. Jack, James...you will be missed.