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January 28, 2004

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Dovey, the Pet of the Day
Name: Dovey
Age: Five months old
Gender: Female
Kind: Fancy Rat
Home: Southern California, USA
   We originally got Dovey to be a companion to one of our older rats Chai, whose sister (Pink) was dying and she was having trouble adjusting to being alone. However, Chai didn't bond with the new baby and when Pink passed away, so did Chai just days later. We were very sad but still had a brand new baby who needed us. Attention was showered upon her and as a result Dovey is more like a dog than a rat. She wakes up every morning to demand breakfast (preferences are oatmeal and Cheerios) and be put on her special place on the couch. She always wants to be with us (she hates being put in her cage). She lays and watches tv, likes to lay on your lap and wants to be petted constantly. She even gives kisses and "grooms" us.

    We have gotten new rats recently as we feared Dovey being alone might be socially damaging to her. She likes the two new babies okay, but gets very jealous. If I am petting one or giving one a treat, she runs over and pushes them out of the way and gets under my hand so she is petted instead. It's very funny. My boyfriend originally didn't want Dovey as he was so attached to Pink and it was hard for him when she died, but now every morning Dovey (aka Baby) rides around on his shoulder and is spoiled rotten by him. Our Baby was there when we needed her to heal our hearts, and has taken them over wholly.

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