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August 17, 2008

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Mint, the Pet of the Day
Name: Mint
Age: Deceased, Fifteen months old
Gender: Female
Kind: Powder Blue Hooded Rat
Home: West Jordan, Utah, USA
 
   Mint 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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