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Ten Lessons Learned by Ralph, Norton, and Foster Mom at Five and a Half Weeks

Filed under: Mainely Rat Rescue,Rats! — folkcat at 7:43 pm on Monday, September 22, 2008

1. A tissue box makes a good fort.

Ralph can guard the front door…


…while Norton keeps intruders away from the rear.

2. Light colored rats’ colors can come in more strongly as they get older.

Ralph is showing a definite white patch on his chest now, making him a beige Irish like his brother.


Norton’s overall color is still darker than Ralph’s, and his white patch shows more distinctly.

3. In any case, getting held up to have your belly photographed is very undignified. Take a moment to regain your composure.

“When in doubt, wash.” - Paul Gallico, The Abandoned*

4. Hands are a good thing. They mean skritching, cuddling, and food.

Ralph and Norton say, “We’ll come running anytime a hand is offered, it means something good!”

5. Many such things that come with hands are impossible to photograph with only two of them, or you’d see a picture here of us cuddled in bliss with our heads being skritched.

6. Norton is not camera-shy.

“I’m ready for my close-up!”

7. Ralph has a healthy appetite.

“Just let me finish this snack, I’ll be over in a minute.”

8. Tickle-chase is a wonderfully fun game.

Foster Mom’s fingers wriggle at our sides and make us all squeaky and popcorn-jumpy. When we can’t stand it any more, we run away, then run right back because it’s so much fun! She can’t jump straight up in the air like we can, but she throws bedding up and we get all excited about that, too. Then we jump on each other and have a good wrestle before we start all over again. Too bad it’s another one of those things you can’t get a picture of with only two hands!

9. All in all, life is pretty darned good.

We have food, shelter and treats. We have a foster mom and dad who love us, play with us, and cuddle us.

“Now if we could just get down off this table, we could conquer the world!”

10. The only thing we don’t have is a forever home. We’re sure there’s one for us out there – is it yours?

You know the drill – if you’re interested in adopting Ralph and Norton, or seeing who else might be available for you to bring home and love, just visit Mainely Rat Rescue!

In a side note – little Lucy and Harriet are both available to adopt again! They’re okay, just that another pair of girls who were more in need went home instead of them. Their new foster mom will be putting pictures up soon at Net-Net’s Nest – meanwhile, you can check out the previous photos there and consider them for adoption, too.

* This is a quote usually about cats – the book The Abandoned is about life among stray cats. But rats have many cat-like qualities, including cleanliness and a sense of dignity.

2 Comments »

Comment by Carol

September 23, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

Hmmm, belleh pics are definitely undignified. But Norton’s closeup is hilarious!

Comment by Carrie K

October 5, 2008 @ 9:50 pm

Cute rats! And I never actually expected to pair those words.

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