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Henry, the Pet of the Day
Name: Henry
Age: Ten weeks old
Gender: Male
Kind: PEW Fancy Rat
Home: Tampa, Florida, USA
   I got all my boys from the back of a pet store in a feeder bin. The back room was where they kept the rats meant to be food for snakes and the conditions were awful and smelly. Huddled in a corner of a bin was a group of about ten tiny, white rats. The employee told me that a mother rat recently gave birth to a litter of rat pups. They were four weeks old, weaned, and terrified of everything. I had gone in the store looking for pet rats. This particular store didn't sell pet rats, only the feeder ones. I knew taming feeder rats was no easy task.

    This litter was actually luckier than most. They had been born in the back of the store and hadn't been handled by too many people. Their mom had still done a very good job of making them scared of humans, though, so I still had a lot of work ahead of me. I managed to find two boys, took them home, and gave them names, Frank and Henry, they are both PEW (which stands for pink-eyed white) rats. Henry is the little prince who is always running around, seeking to be free from his royal duties, and has a sleek body with a high metabolism. I spent a month learning their habits and gaining their trust. I wasn't long before I was considered a momma rat to Henry (he may run off a lot, but he always comes back for cuddles eventually). I eventually got a third boy, and they all get along fine.

    Henry, as it turns out, is very independent and loves secret, dark, hiding places. He is also an amazing climber, loves to sleep, and loves his hammock. Eats lettuce surprisingly and loves his cookies and lab blocks. The smallest of my kids. His favorite game is find out where I'm hiding when it's time to go back in the cage.

    These boys are my best friends. They bring me joy I never thought I could feel. They love me and I love them back. What amazes me every day is how a rat like Henry has been through so much can trust and love so much. The way they run to greet me every day makes me feel like I may actually be worthy of being a rat parent. And I'm beyond happy.

Henry, the Pet of the Day

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