||Deceased, Fifteen months old|
||Powder Blue Hooded Rat|
||West Jordan, Utah, USA|
was my very first rat. In sixth grade, we had rats as class pets. We
got Mint at the pet store, but the current class pet beat her up, so I
volunteered to keep her. The first day we brought her home, we set her
on the table and she went right to eating the peanut butter my sister
had left out!
Mint immediately touched all our hearts with her darling face and
acrobatic tricks. Once she jumped from my bed to the dresser, a distance
of 2 1/2 feet! In this picture. she's on my bed, thinking about jumping
down. We would often find her on the kitchen counter, climbing the
stairs, under our sheets, in our shoes, and in the cabinet. She was
quite the escape artist!
Her death, as sad as it was, was a good experience for me. I was at school
that morning, and I knew the end was near. I was thinking about her and
I said to her, "Go home, baby. Go home". Almost instantly, I felt her
leave me. After school I got in the car and said to my mom. "I know." I
felt much better knowing she was not in anymore pain and never would be again.
Mint greatly enriched my life. With her cuteness, charm, great listening
skills, two litters (of which we kept three rats), and acrobatics, she
was one of my favorite pets ever.
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