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February 17, 2007

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Tyson, the Pet of the Day
Name: Tyson
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Hooded Rat
Home: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
 
   Tyson was given to me as a birthday present. At first I was a little reluctant to pick him up, so I kind of just sat talking to him while he sat in his cage. After about two days, Tyson learned his name, and whenever I said "Tyson," he would come running to me from his cage. I scooped him up right away! Since then, he has learned how to come when called, shoulder-climb, stand on his back two legs, and find just about any kind of treat in my house! He is the most amazing pet I've ever had. He plays chase with my pet rabbit, who is named Tango, plays all sorts of games with me, and will crawl into the laps of anyone he meets and will fall to sleep while they pet him. For this reason, Tyson changes every single person's view on rats when he meets them! Tyson has been the most ideal pet anybody could have (rats are often compared to dogs, what with their personalities and their smarts!). Because of Tyson, I will have pet rats for the rest of my life, and I owe it all to him!

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