Don’t they look sweet together? Remember how lonely Marbles was? Well, we made plans to adopt a girl for him, but we had to wait a while before bringing her home. In the meantime, Mia, the sweet, petite pink-eyed-white (PEW) you see above, came to us as a foster girl. We were meant to hold her for a few days before passing her to another foster home in town.
Well, I saw single, lonely girl…and single, lonely boy. I thought, what the heck! let’s try them together. So I brought both of them out on my bed to meet.
Mia fell in love immediately. The instant she saw Marbles, it was all over. She began following him everywhere like a love-sick puppy dog!
Marbles, the poor guy – he wasn’t sure what to make of this! Every rat he’d ever known had beaten him up. Now this little PEW was following him all over, and she didn’t attack him! He spent some time backing away for a while before he finally got tired of running, and gave her a chance.
By the time playtime was over, they were getting along great. Marbles was following Mia at least as much as Mia followed him, and they even snuggled close to nibble on snacks together.
I put Mia in Marbles’ cage that night, and we’ve never looked back since. Gryphon and I actually resisted deciding to adopt her for quite a while – after all, we already had a companion for Marbles coming, and soon! We’re also trying hard not to take the easy road all the time and adopt every rat we fall for that passes through our hands. We’d soon fill up and not be able to take more fosters!
The two were so sweet together, however, snuggling in hammocks, playing tag, grooming each other. Marbles looked happier than we’d ever seen him, and Mia seemed quite pleased with her situation as well.
Finally, the adoption coordinator at MRR pointed out to us that it seemed cruel to separate them now, and we could add the other girl, too, and Marbles would have a nice little harem.
And that’s the story of how Mia grabbed hold of our hearts – Marbles’ included! – and came to stay with us forever. It was less than a week later that we brought home another girl – Bailey!
Next time: Lola, Bailey, and the Miracle Baby