Memorial Day is a day of commemoration of those who have given their lives in the service of the
In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson, declared
This year we are spending some of Memorial Day remembering the days before Tanjiro and Uschi-Swirl when we had pet rats. Yes rats, 27 in all over about 10 years. It all started with Graydle, a steel-blue-gray adult male rat that had been returned to a pet store. Les had the idea that Graydle would stay in her office, but Graydle had a respiratory infection and had to go home with us for more constant care. Soon Graydle had decided that he was a "free-range" rat and pretty much took over our apartment.
A rat may seem like a far cry from a cat or dog, but our rats adopted us completely. When Graydle died, he waited until we got home from work, crawled over to me and died in my arms. Over the years we adopted rats of all ages, in all colors and sizes, from little pups to older adults. Some of them came to us in terrible condition, like Lancey, who was hunkered in a cage at a pet store covered in bites, too weak to stand up. He went on to spend years with us, often sleeping on my lap as I worked on my office computer.
Over the years, the short life spans of the rats (2-3 years) and the care our rescue rats needed, took a bit of a toll. At one point we adopted eight "abandoned" ratties (four boys and four girls), all with respiratory infections. Despite the care and loss, we had endless enjoyment with all of their distinct personalties. When we lost our last rats in January 2006, we decided that we were ready for the commitment of cats. We don't have many digital picture of our rats, but from the few we have, there are some definite similarities to Tanj and Usch...
Hakuba, Lizuna, and Zenkoji loved their pets.
(names inspired by the 1998 Nagano Olympics)
Tangelo was both a Daddy's boy and Mouuschii.
Miss Marple was a Mommy's girl.
We remember our rats by planting a rose
over each of them...