Sometimes I have to stop and give my head a good shake … then go back and re-read, and re-read again some things I find.

It was with great sadness that I read a recent eulogy from a rat keeper. The rats appeared to have lead good lives. But, as can sometimes happen, all came down with one illness or another, some attributed to age, some to more serious illnesses … except one!

One of the rats was simply put down!

Yes, I said put down!

I really dislike that phrase … put to sleep (pts on several forums) sounds so much kinder and gentler, but when a rat is by all accounts healthy, happy, and hale there is no reason for it to not be provided a better home … putting it down seems so senseless.

Given the individual wrote with a compassion that appears genuine, I could not bring myself to ask the question in a reply, so I leave the question rhetorically open here. Why?

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