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Monday, 24 October 2011

Now with added rats!






Admit it, I've sold you on them.   The rats, of course...

But not their tails, or perhaps tales!

The lovely Lisa B's photos do the rat-baby-beasts more justice, it has to be said.   Many of the photos that my hubby, GJ, has taken of them show only a blur, as they dash off in full motion to do something far more interesting.

This one, Dobbie, is the worst culprit.   In a blink of an eye, while you're distracted by filling a water bottle he's off.   He jumps silently off the sofa, scuttles off under the Belgian dresser and he's off and away!   Without even a cry of 'High-ho, Silver' to draw attention to his escape...

This is him in a rare moment of repose, being grizzled by me on the sofa and squeaking in a diva-like fashion, "I'm ready for me close-up now, Mr De Mille!"

This week, the babies (I know, I'm totally lost, given that I've taken to calling them 'babies!') have been subjected to some dark glances from friends and visitors.   If looks could kill, I ask you! 

...Bizarrely, two of our acquaintances have experienced frightening vehicle break-downs involving 1) a new car and 2) a decrepit camper-van.

Both incidents involved destruction of the rubber tubing carrying diesel to the vehicles.   Apparently, rats had chosen to gnaw through the pipes, rendering both vehicles immobile.   The damage was extensive.   There was no CCTV footage of the alleged offenders and no eye-witnesses so, under the circumstances, I am 'holding my powder' as they say.   However, both events had devastating consequences and brought considerable expense to the parties involved...   In the case of the camper-van, half a Mars bar had also been scoffed and also some of the bedding and interior decor of the van had been 'tasted'.

Oops!

"It wasn't me", the rat-babies squeak in all innocence and surprisingly in unison.   "Not our type at all.   Not us 'fancy rats'.   No..."

Would you believe them?!

The truth lies in those little beady eyes, methinks.

10 comments:

the fly in the web said...

Believe rats before I believe politicians.
Don't they look gorgeous?

Chairman Bill said...

I was thinking of getting No.1 son a Dumbo rat. At least that may get looked after - unlike the stick insects, which will die at the first cold snap.

ArtistUnplugged said...

Oh my, please don't tell me your housekeeping has sunken so low that you have rats now - which you have befriended!!!! :-D Okay, not for me, but each to his own...I do like Mickey and Minnie.......

Vix said...

I still love them, camper van munching aside! Mind you if it had been Gilbert who was nibbled at I might feel differently! x

SueAnn said...

They are known for their single minded focus!! Ha!!
Rats or mice have done damage to our cars wiring some time back. Found one of the culprits dead in our air filter!! Sigh! Had to figure out where they were getting in and close that door so to speak!!
It worked!!
Enjoy the rats!
Hugs
SueAnn

Suldog said...

I prefer no rats in my house, but to each his or her own! Enjoy!

Scriptor Senex said...

I had damage to the gas tubing of my caravan - twice - but the culprits weren't rats - they were squirrels. You know, those soft furry things that everyone loves - just 'cos they've got furry tails!

broken biro said...

A friend used to keep a rat (also a python which he kept in bed with him in a pillow case when it was cold!). I met them and they did seem bright and friendly... but I seem to remember he seemed to wee a bit the whole time (the rat, not the friend), which put me off a bit.

JeannetteLS said...

Well. This is my first visit. But Jo follows your blog and there is something intriguing here (in a most disturbing way -:)), so I guess I will do the same!

Sarah J said...

CUTE! i once had two little brown mice. They were the sweetest. And i almost got a rat as a child, but my parents wouldn't let me. Even though it climbed up inside its cage and let me rub its tummy through the bars. Oh, childhood!

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