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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The Wonder Of Pet Rats

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

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Slinky the rat is as friendly and outgoing as Dumbo the rat had been.

Sadly, one of my friend’s rats passed away just over a fortnight ago. He was a really friendly rat called Gilbert; a Russian blue dumbo who, though a bit of a coward, was really very cute and had some adorable little quirks. I just wanted to wish him farewell, because he was very friendly and never bit me (unlike his cagemate, who had a bit of a thing for nibbling my knuckles).

Letting go of pets is very difficult. For those of you who have read my previous blogs about the rats I’ve lost to date (thankfully only two!), you know how hard it hits me. I still fill up with sadness when I think about little Dumbo the rat now.

I know a lot of people likely find it ridiculous to form such a strong attachment to an animal, especially of the rodent variety, but when you experience so many laughs and good times with them, it’s not hard to see why we find ourselves a little enamored with our furry friends. They have their own personalities and their own curious little traits that no other rat has ever before had. I’ve not had two rats that have been alike yet, and I’ve never known any other rats of anyone else’s that have been the same.

Of course, some of them share little things, like Slinky and Dumbo, who are both incredibly friendly and outgoing and just won’t stay in the cage if the door happens to be open. My brother’s newest pair of rats are also very friendly and affectionate; but no rats compare to my own little ratties, and never will!

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