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Filed under: Rats! — folkcat at 4:47 pm on Sunday, July 13, 2008

…but do we want to?

Rats. They get under your skin and you find you can’t do without them. You make up excuses to get more. “It’s been six months since we adopted Yuri and Leo!” “My birthday is coming up in August!”

So I go looking, out of idle curiosity, at the Mainely Rat Rescue site. Among the many listings on the “Available Animals” page, for some reason “Dave-ette? Babies!!!” catches my eye. I go to look, and find love in the form of a beige hooded girl the rescue has named “Lil Mama”. In fact, I feel so connected that I immediately know that her real name is Lily. At least, that’s the name I hear in my head when I look at her picture.

I consulted with Gryphon, and we decided that, yes, we were ready. I wrote to Mainely Rat Rescue, and had a reply mere minutes later – yes, Lil Mama is still available, and has been reserved for us. But are we sure we don’t want to take one of her sisters, too?

Oh, we’re hooked all right. That’s all it took to get us to say, “Sure, can we have the agouti hooded, Cierra, as well?”

An hour ago, I’d have told you we had no specific plans to adopt more rats – yet. Now, we’ll be bringing home two new girls in a little over a week. Whee!

If you’d like a peek at the new Rattie Sisters, you can find them on the page with Dave-ette’s litter here: http://mainelyratrescue.org/rattieblog2/?p=123. Cierra is the agouti hooded female at the top of the list; Lily (listed as Lil Mama) is the beige hooded who is at the fifth row.

I’m excited by this – these will be the youngest rats we’ve adopted since our original pet store Rattie Sisters who started it all. Lily and Cierra were just born on June 16th, and will be five weeks old when we bring them home. From what they say at the website, they’re already friendly and social. This will be a hoot!

Edited to add: Things are moving fast – while our reply zipped over to Mainely Rat Rescue, someone else got there first for Cierra. So we’ll be taking the agouti berkshire, Taylor Swift, instead. She’s the ninth rat down in the pictures.

We’ve also decided that her new name will be Laurel, to go with Lily. It works on two levels – the obvious alliteration, and the meanings. Laurel means “glory”, and Lily means “majestic”. Works for us.

4 Comments

Comment by christina

July 13, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

Congrats on the upcoming adoption. How did you think Lola and the gang will react?

Comment by christina

July 13, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

P.S. – I love the name Lily. That’s my girl’s middle name.

Comment by Carrie K

July 13, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

Laurel and Lily join the family!

And I’m so happy to see that someone else frogs projects that are almost done but not right. Sometimes you can’t tell until the last minute.

Comment by Carol

July 14, 2008 @ 9:03 am

Yay! More Ratties! Which means more pics, right? I LIKE pikshurs. Really.

I keep trying ot convince hubby we need a new kitty. Raven has settled in and is full of energy. I’m trying to get him a playmate. My 2 girls are 17yrs and are not exatly fun for the boy. So far, hubby has resisted. Darn.

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