I finally placed my order a few weeks later. I asked Katie if she could make a special bed for a rat - Nibblet. I know Katie has a special pet of her own, so I figured she could appreciate the request. To say the least, Katie was wonderful to work with and was able to make me a custom made rat bed and get it shipped over to me quickly.
The bed came packaged in some cute gift wrap with ribbons and a nice little note to our Nibblet. And she even included a little blanket that matches the bed. Needless to say I love the bed. My 2 year old daughter also loves it and keeps trying to steal it for her toys. She's already snatched that little blanket out of the cage a few times now.
Nibblet is still sick, so she is mostly hiding in her boxes right now. I plan to fashion a special box with this bed inside for her soon though.
Here's a little bit more about Coccolino Creations, taken from their Etsy store:
"Coccolino Creations is a specialty pet shop inspired by cuddles and warmth as the foundation of our handmade designs. "Coccolino" means "little cuddlebug" in Italian and is also the name of our mischievous but irresistible pet mini pig.
The blog, My Mini Pet Pig, was created in July 2012 upon the arrival of our mini pig Coccolino and chronicles our family's life with a pet mini pig. Coccolino is the cuddliest pet we have ever had (we've had them all!). He would cuddle - and eat - all day long if he could.
With him in mind, I have named our pet shop Coccolino Creations because I want to emphasize that every item is hand made to be as cuddly as possible for your pet."
Also, for every item purchased from Coccolino Creations a portion of the proceeds will go towards making more pet beds to be donated to homeless pets in need. I know that Katie has done similar projects to make blankets for shelter pets in the past and I admire her dedication to pets in need.
If you want to support a wonderful small business and help shelter animals at the same time, I suggest you visit Coccolino Creations on Etsy.
And while I'm talking about Nibblet, I'll go ahead and let you all know how she's doing with a quick update. It seemed as though her medicine was helping a little at first, but then on Monday night she became even more wobbly. Falling over with extreme shakiness when she walked and sometimes rolling over. This is typical for rats with an ear infection, so it doesn't surprise me too much. Although it is a bit disheartening to witness with your own pet.
She has been acting as though she wants to be close to me so I can hold and comfort her, so I've been doing just that when I am up late working on the computer.
Wednesday, I talked to her veterinarian, Dr. Schroeder from White Rock Veterinary Hospital about trying some different medication. Nibblet is now taking BNT topical ear ointment, which happens to be my absolute favorite medicine for Shiner's ear infections. She is also now taking Chloramphenicol for her upper respiratory infection.
For now, I am helping her stay as comfortable as possible. So special thanks to Katie from Coccolino Creations for helping a little bit with that.
She's only been hanging out on the first floor of her mansion. I'm afraid she would fall off the ramps if she were to try and climb to the 2nd floor.
Again, special thanks for all of your kind words! Let's hope that she feels better soon with this new treatment plan.