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August 29, 1999

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Ashes, the Pet of the Day
Name: Ashes
Age: Deceased, Five days old
Gender: Male
Kind: Mouse
Home: Wisconsin, USA
   Please note: This is an exceptionally sad story.

    This is my little orphan Ashes. He's a five-day-old mouse without a mother. While my family and I were on vacation in Wisconsin we were having a camp fire one night. As I sat near the fire it seemed as though it was screaming. As I got closer to the fire I saw a helpless pinkie rolling in the embers. I rescued it and adopted it.

    Every two hours I had to get up and feed him warm milk. After a few nights had passed, Ashes was growing more fur and his ears were unfolding. On the fifth night when I pulled him out of his nest I made for him he was lifeless. Ashes was like a child to me. I would carefully feed him and be gentile with his delicate body. I poured my heart and soul to keep Ashes alive, but failed. I now forbid others to feed pinkies as food to reptiles. Ashes was the greatest mouse I ever had.

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