Thursday, June 17, 2010
Reminiscing With Rat Photos

By Shellyane Bryan
A rat owner from England shares tales of living with her rats named Mouse, Slinky and Diddy.

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Rats Mouse and Dumbo
Photo Courtesy Shellyane Bryan

Photos help bring back memories of pets, both happy and sad.

I was going through some old photos of my rats recently, and I came across this one photo that just made me laugh out loud. It's a photo of Mouse and Dumbo (from well before Mouse ballooned to the size of an elephant), and Mouse has the most perplexed expression. I thought it was the kind of photo that should have been in a caption competition.

Sadly, that photo was among a few photos from the day Dumbo was put to sleep, and I got a little bit teary-eyed over the memories. Having said that, I'm so glad I've got them; I am also incredibly glad to have had this blog as a way of holding on to memories of the pets I love, because I am notoriously bad at remembering things. It's encouraged me to take loads of photos, too. I just wish I had more from when Dumbo and Fidget were young. I have next to none of Fidget, which is a shame because she was such a loveable rat, a lot like Dumbo. They were two of a kind!

As for Diddy, Slinky and Mouse, they're all doing well, as usual. I've realized Diddy has quite a few catlike qualities to her. She likes to lounge around in the sunshine and loves an under-chin stroke; she’s a daft little thing. Slinky has been driving me a little crazy lately, though. She loves nothing more than adventuring, so the second I open the door she scrambles free and makes a run for it (not that she can go very far). She always seems to do this when I'm in a rush to leave the house. I think Mouse is starting to pick up this bad habit, too; all by herself she climbed to the top of the cage and wandered around. I can't remember the last time she did that so willingly!

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