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Saturday, 22 October 2011


If ever a post was titled in such a way as to put off the majority of my readers, it would be this one - "Rats!"

Come on, I've been teasing you for weeks with "Now with added rats!" to draw you in in your hundreds...

Watches as numbers of followers flow away like water in a fall!

It all began with a text sent to us by our son, Grizzles, while we were away from home in the Canaries.

"Lisa isn't allowed to have her rats in her new flat.   There's a clause in the student rental agreement that says you can only have guide dogs."

GJ, my husband, mused that maybe they could get little white canes for the rats, dark glasses, that kind of thing...

"I've already thought of that", plied Grizz.   "I doubt it'll work for long".  

He paused, "I think Mum really needs the company!"

Imagine my reply.   "I?    I need the company?"

My voice rose an octave.   "...of rats??!!!"

Hysteria was beginning to set in.

Of course, how would we be expected to respond?   We were trapped in a rat-trap.   These rats came third hand to lovely Lisa.   They were relatively elderly.   Who else could have them.   Her parents are already taking care of her childhood cat and rabbit.   The tortie cat, Sox, shows an inordinate interest in the large cage in Lisa's bedroom, which contains three furry play-pals...   The sweet black and white rabbit, Clive, couldn't give a carrot!

Days later, I watched, half in fear half in anticipation when the cardboard box on the sofa moved.   I could hear sniffering and snorting inside, as Grizzles assembled the large cage in a corner of my living room.

Previously, I've been a totally rodent-free zone where pets are concerned.   I could never imagine keeping and handling rodents - Guinea-pigs, hamsters, gerbils...

Nope, not me!

Grizzles ran me through their requirements as they settled in to their new HQ, handing this ardent vegetarian a tub of dried mealworms.   I shrieked.   I just couldn't see it.   Me, passing tiny dried worms through the bars of the cage to hungry mouths.

And yet, in no time at all, these three furry-faced creatures have wormed their way into our hearts.

Lisa's home at Christmas again.   Our care-taking stint will be temporarily over.  Dumbledore, Dobbie and Big Peeves will go home with Lisa.

I think we'll miss them when they're gone!

All photos courtesy of the Lovely Lisa B...


Z said...

Dark glasses, white canes - reminds me of the opening sequence of Doctor No.

Gigi said...

What a good mom you are...I don't think I could have done it.

Although, they are kinda cute....until you had to show me their tails. That kind freaked me out.

Scriptor Senex said...

As I may have mentioned before, GB had a pet white rat. Charming and clever and a lot less smelly than mice. Have lisa's worked out how to open their cage yet?

What arw you reading at the moment? "Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh"?

Karen S. said...

Okay one, I just love your style of writing! But secondly and most important of course the words RaTS! turns me OFF, but that most adorable and cutest ever photo that you popped before my eyes! Oh yeah, you drew me in with that!...but I have to say their tales will scurry me away!

Expat mum said...

They look a bit icky because of their eyes and tails, but the ones at my son's school are quite nice. They're not coming home though.

A Heron's View said...

There is nothing like a pet rat to cheer you up on a rainy day!
You have won over the hearts of many by proving to be a superior mum.

Anonymous said...

But we were told months ago that the RATS infiltrated UM and FLORIDA U?
Could it be they are keeping us better informed than the people who were the OX?
So, with all the GLYOZO - EL YORKO- CASA DONASA-
ONESS is really a very lonely thing when SHARKS
" disappear".
Nobody seems to be LA DISNEY BOUND.
And certainly not ASOCHER.

Vix said...

I love them! Look at their sweet little faces and how happy they are. I think you should keep them. x

dina vanessa mercado said...

your really a very nice mom... i love you already, can you be my mom?... cute rats!!! dumbledore, dobbie and big peeves really made a way to your heart... enjoyed your blog..following you now..hope you could visit my blog too... kissess!!!


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SueAnn said...

Well they are adorable so I can see why they wormed their way into your heart!!
As for me...no rats!! Ha!

Daydream Retreat said...

Adorable photos! I've had pet rats for years and just love them :)

Something I wrote earlier...

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