Just something to share for those fancy pet rat keepers that like to have rat iPapers … and for any rat lovers in general.
Ratchet became Ratchetu when he came into our home. There will only ever be one Ratchet!
Ratchetu had lived in the same home as our three girls I wrote about here. He had lived alone and was troublesome to introduce to any of our other boys so he stayed in the same room but in his own habitat. This was only for a couple of months before the Blue Crew came home.
Turq, Shadow, Colby, and Tanzi were so young and they fit in so well with Ratchetu that he no longer needed to live alone. He had four baby boys to tend; and, along the way he earned his more common name. Rachetu became Papachu or simply Papa. He took great care of the blue boys. He made the best pillow and he always kept the peace.
Today Papa just didn’t seem quite himself. He was quiet. He would not eat, not even a special treat of cooked chicken. He would not drink. He just wasn’t interested and if one thing could be said about Papa … he was always interested in food! We set him up on the love seat in the living room to better keep watch. We did not believe it to be too serious but felt better about having him nearby.
Papa passed to the rainbow bridge around 4:30 in the afternoon while Mrs.R was petting him. It was peaceful and quiet … and his time.
It seems the British have it right, they have chosen a very handsome Russian Blue Dumbo rat as: The cutest small pet in Britain.
Here is a link to the Telegraph online article and a copy of a great picture of the “clever little varmit” as one of the judges described Vimmy, the winner.
I have to agree, although I do hold some reservations as my Turq! would give Vimmy a run for the ribbon if this was made into an international event.
Of course, we still have to explain to Turq! he is not a dog, but that should not be all that difficult as he is a clever little varmit, too.
Should there be an International Cutest Small Animal Competition? Leave a comment where you think it should be held.