Wednesday, March 25

Oh Rats!

In my English class right now we're giving presentations of our latest persuasive essays. Mine's gonna be on the importance of fathers (of deaf children) learning sign language. But that's not for another week. Today, one of my fellow students gave a presentation persuading us (we represented middle-school age adolescents looking to buy a pet rodent) to turn to pet rats instead of hamsters. Then she described the various pros and cons of rats compared to hamsters.

Which, in my personal experience, is that hamsters are just fluffy, cute poof balls that really don't do anything except run in their annoying wheels from 12:43am to 5:14am. On school nights. And they don't really serve any purpose besides being cute to look at. And...uhh...being cute to look at. Yeah, that's about it. Oh, and they like to bite.

But rats are friendly and playful! Not only are they not nocturnal, but they like company and people. (Ahem, tame rats like people. Don't go picking up rats out by the gutter. They are wild. And they don't like you.) I began trying to tell Angie about them, but - miracle of miracles - Angie wants a pet rat TOO!!! (Enter Alleluia Chorus) So we decided a few things. First, we're getting a rat once we move out of this apartment. :) Second, we were going to look at cute rat pictures. Right. Now. So we did. And here's our spoils:
Notice the guy's tongue on the left, the overbearing grandma the top right rat
unfortunately posseses, and the adorable eyes of the white one.

Now come some of our favorites. Of. All. Time...
This is Bug. He's "the most adorable rat in the world." (Angie)
And where did he get those miniature teddy bears???

These were runner ups:
The cutest position a rat could stand in.
And this mama & baby rats were to die for

That's what we stayed up late doing. And we're happier for doing it. ;) Soon we'll have a rat. Any name suggestions??


Devan! said...

awwwwwwwww! i want a pet rat again!! lol. but a con: they poop when you give them baths and kind of smell bad. and they're tails would at least give ME a weird rash-like thing that'd go away in an hr. :-/

Cathy said...

Anthony, heres a hint, there isn't an animal out there that angie wouldn't want to get. Second, not a fan,don't expect any grandma presents to the rat from me.

Anonymous said...

My class has three rats and the kids adore them! I did the same rat/hamster research and it definitely paid off. Too bad rats have a bad rap. Not that I am in love with these names, but ours are named Tippy, Baby, and Chocolate.

Jess said...

I have one suggestion: how about "I-can-be-food-for-Sheherazade" :D

Remember that Sheherazade is my snake....

Kristi said...

How about Remy after the chef in Ratatouille? I'm not a pet person, but I have to admit, that rat hugging the teddy bear is pretty cute.

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Taylor and Aleni said...

I want a rat now too!! I thought I remembered that y'all used to have a rat or at least it was Devan's or Courtney's. It had a Spanish name, right? Like Dolores or something? Ha. I can't remember. I recommend the names Hojo or Alvie.

Mrs. Hadlock said...

My neighbors had rats when I was growing up and I LOVED them. They will just sit on your shoulder, and they are so fun to cuddle. Good pet choice. ;)

Names....hmmmm....I'll have to think about that one.

Anonymous said...

Wow your rats are adorable!! Could I possibly use some of your pictures for my new site Rat Info ? If so could you post them on the Rat Forums to let me know I have consent? I would love to add them to out Cute Rat Pictures page!!!

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