Saturday, April 12, 2008

Oops, He Did It Again

Bret went to the pet store on his own again. And brought home a dumbo rat. A rat! It's time to put up a "Do not sell an animal or rodent to my husband." poster at every pet store within a 50 mile radius.


It's very deceiving. He's actually kind of cute looking at first, what with his cute dumbo ears (hence the name dumbo rat).

But then you see his tail (which is hidden here in case it gives you the heebie jeebies as it does me) that is some 10 feet long (ok, it seems) and it reminds you that he is a rat.

While I'm willing to give it the two week trial time that the pet store gives you, I'm having a hard time with the whole long rodent like tail thing. Just last year when the corn fields next door were being cut down, I almost had a nervous breakdown when a mouse ran in front of me when I grabbed the bathroom trash can.

We've done hamsters with both good and bad turn outs. Just this past month alone we've had two baby hamsters die in a week's time. The dumbo rat is suppose to be more domesticated than the hamster and I do have to admit that he is. He runs right to you, snuggles into your arm and is very playful. He might work out after all, if they keep that tail away from me.

My 3rd child husband also bought a leash for the thing. We're really going to end up with a reputation around here.

6 comments:

maggie said...

*choking on latte* A Leash? OMG, now that is the funniest thing I've heard all day. I think it's cool that your husband has a nurturing side running around giving rodents a home (easy for me to say since he doesn't house them where I live). Sounds like a smart little ratty patatty, though, and I do hope he grows on you.

Tasina said...

There's no way in hell. We've made a no rodents, no reptiles, no birds rule. Brrrr. Nope, no way.

Jamie said...

omg i am gagging over here. you are SO RIGHT about the tail - I can almost look at a cute rat and convince myself it's a hamster or mouse or some such adorable...then I see the tail and I want to smash it's brains in with a frying pan.

living in chicago makes one particularly averse to rats and pigeons. i'm glad Ash is happy, but MAN - yuck.

Jamie said...

omg i am gagging over here. you are SO RIGHT about the tail - I can almost look at a cute rat and convince myself it's a hamster or mouse or some such adorable...then I see the tail and I want to smash it's brains in with a frying pan.

living in chicago makes one particularly averse to rats and pigeons. i'm glad Ash is happy, but MAN - yuck.

MamaFlo said...

OH NO!!
I wouldn't have a pet mouse/rat, whatever, period end of story.
We had a family of mice living in our house 30 years ago in Colorado and I was scared to death everytime I saw one scamper across the floor. We sold the house and moved as quick as we could (we tried the exterminator without success).

Vicki said...

I printed out a picture of the rat to show Grandma Shirley what her new great grandchild looked like, LOL. She said was ewwwww.....

The waitress thought I was really talking about a new grandchild, hehe.