Besides my 2 lizards, I have 3 rodents. I found Ella, my hamster, dead last night. She was 18 months old - middle aged. I think I dealt with it okay. It'll be hard when my bigger pets die - I don't know if I'm ready for it. Kinda makes me want to get another hamster so I am forced to deal with it. Death is an inevitability that is so hard to accept. I want to be okay with it, so when the animals I am really attached to pass on, I can be emotionally ready for it. But for now, Rest In Peace, Ella. You were an awesome driver in your little explorer ball.