RIP Oreo

This post is a few weeks in the making – my daughter Sammie’s favorite rat died on October 11.  She took it pretty well; I was dreading having to tell her when she got off the bus that day.  She got off the bus and promptly handed her younger brother and sister each a piece of her candy.  ‘Oh great’, I’m thinking – she gets off the bus and immediately does something really nice for her siblings, and I have to tell her that her favorite rat died.  But I didn’t have to tell her – she asked me first if he had died.  I said yes and asked her how she knew – turns out that big sis had taken it upon herself to tell Sammie on the way to the bus stop that morning.  What are big sisters for?  😉  But like I said, Sammie was ok with it, but now that just leaves us one pet rat: Buckeye.  We began with 2 rats, Bobby Jack and Oreo, and then we took in 2 more from a friend who was unprepared for pets, Mater and Buckeye – 4 rats at once was a bit much, but we didn’t want to see them wind up as snake food, so that gave us 4 pet rats.

Bobby was the first to pass away in June of this year, followed by Mater in August, then Oreo in October – every 2 months we lose a rat, I guess.  That’s the only downside to these otherwise great pets – they only have a lifespan of 1-3 years.  Otherwise, they are like mini dogs: affectionate as can be and very trainable.  My girls love their rats and do very well at feeding them and giving them water every day, cleaning their cage, giving them baths, and taking them for walks.  The rats would always seem depressed when my girls spend their week with Grandma in the summer, and they get really excited when the girls return.  The only thing that keeps ME from getting too close to the rats is my allergy – what a bummer.  I found out I am allergic to rats right after we got them as cute little babies.  I would play with them and wonder why I broke out into hives on my forearms and sneezed like crazy and had itchy eyes for hours afterward.  In a way, it’s a good thing, otherwise I would be more sad than the girls when they  die, and at this rate, we are poised to have to say goodbye to a long line of pet rats!

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5 Responses to “RIP Oreo”

  1. jamiahsh Says:

    Rats AND cats? RIP, Oreo. Sammie is growing up. Or maybe it was the length of time she had to think about it. My big brother told me that my poodle had been taken to be put under when I was 9 or 10.

    But they do look like great pets and they have been well taken care of. I always liked to watch them swim.

  2. taylhis Says:

    Yes, Jamiahsh, I’m allergic to rats, cats, and probably bats, which I always thought would make a cool pet. All the cool -at pets make me sneeze! 🙂 Well, if they didn’t, I think I would have at least 20 cats :0
    Watching rats swim is fun; they like it too! A random rat swimming video (not one of ours):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycOeghLp83Y&feature=related

  3. jamiahsh Says:

    BATS?! really. I can think of one pet that you would at least hesitate to own. Any others?

  4. taylhis Says:

    Well, if you got the right kind of bat, you wouldn’t have to worry about mosquitoes 🙂
    If I didn’t have to worry about real-world responsible things like feeding the pet, cleaning up after it, it hurting someone or destroying my house, I can’t think of any animal I wouldn’t have as a pet, even perhaps the one of which you are thinking. Hypothetically, of course. 🙂

  5. justj Says:

    So sorry to read this. I like rats myself. The short lifespan is a downside.

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