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January 29, 1999

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Peaches, the Pet of the Day
Name: Peaches
Age: Five Months old
Gender: Female
Kind: Hairless Rat
Home: British Columbia, Canada
   This is Peaches, my hairless dumbo rat. She lives in a large ferret cage with three fully furred female rats. She was tame from the day I brought her home from the pet store, unlike most pet store rats who are very nervous. A few days after I got Peaches I had a little scare, I had forgotten to close the rat cage properly and Peaches had gotten out. I looked all over the cage for her and she was nowhere to be found. That night I went out to see a movie and I put a piece of cracker in every room. When I came home the piece of cracker in the kitchen was gone, to tell you the truth I thought I was seeing things, I feared Peaches was dead. A little later that night I heard noises in the kitchen and I went to investigate, I saw Peaches running through a crack to the back of the fridge. I went in the kitchen and I called her name a few times, being the friendly, inquisitive rat that she is she came right up to me.

    Peaches gets along well with her cagemates. She likes to eat yogurt drops, popcorn and apples but her favorite treat is chocolate. She gets a little sliver of chocolate when she's done a trick properly. Chocolate is not toxic to rats like it is with other animals. Why do I love rats? Domestic rats are smart, friendly and clean animals. Most people think that rats are dirty and nippy but these people are absolutely wrong. I don't think I will ever be without a pet rat or two again.

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