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January 5, 2004

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Trulsan, the Pet of the Day
Name: Trulsan
Age: Seven months old
Gender: Female
Kind: Black roan rat
Home: Stockholm, Sweden
   I found Trulsan in a pet shop in Stockholm, and she was the cutest rat there. The girl who worked in the shop said that she was very calm and nice. So I bought her and decided to call her Trulsan. Trulsan was the name of a dog in book I liked when I was little.

    Trulsan and my other rat seemed to get along just fine. But she didn't like me at all. When I picked her out of the cage for the first time she bit me, really hard. And the second and third time as well. And I realized that I wouldn't be able to pick her up. So instead I had to sit outside the cage and wait for her to come out. Some times I had to sit there for over half an hour. I began to understand that the girl in the shop thought that she was calm, when she in fact was to afraid to move.

    Slowly, one small step at a time, she began to trust me. Nowadays Trulsan have much more confidence. She still doesn't like to be picked out of the cage. But that doesn't bother me anymore, because when I open the cage she comes out after just a minute, or two. And that's even better, she comes out because she wants to, not because I want her to. She often comes running when I call her name, and she loves to sit on my shoulder or under my hair. Every day I find new fascinating and fun peculiarities of hers. For example, she loves coke. She is still a little uncomfortable around unknown people, but she isn't terrified any more. And I feel really thankful that I'm the one who has been given the chance to teach her that most humans aren't dangerous at all.

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