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Sat., March 22, 2008, 12:25 a.m.

Handle X Hucks: Poor Marbles Is Dead & Gone

Marbles the Rat is no more. The furry mascot of Cottage Childcare and Learning in Post Falls didn't recover from a recent severe illness. And is now buried behind the shed, with a flower designating the tiny grave. The pre-schoolers marked their pet's passing by offering their comments, which were duly compiled and sent home to parents on an 8-by-11-inch sheet of paper. Youngster Cooper, for example, believes matters would have turned out differently had Marbles the Rat bothered to get a flu shot. "Now," writes Cooper, Marbles "is playing with Jesus and every other rat in heaven. Maybe they're playing Candyland." Molly also has a fun-and-games view of heaven, where Marbles and God are now playing "Rememory." Tannis, another pre-schooler, sees a silver lining in Marbles' demise: "I don't like it that she died, but she's in heaven with Kelly (my dog). Kelly is licking her." Cadan, meanwhile, commented bluntly, "Marbles is gone and dead." No sugar coating there/D.F. Oliveria, SR Handle Extra. More here

Question: How do you dispose of your dead pets?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.