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This section is for those who love & appreciate the little critters like rats, mice, hamsters & guinea pigs. Click on article titles to see full articles.

Annie’s Story: A Rat Tale

IN THE April 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Diana Hockley


Annie loved the dregs of frothy coffee – the homemade kind that you get in a long, skinny packet. Every morning, I would finish my coffee, wait for the froth to cool and then place the cup on its side in the cage. Having awakened Annie with a gentle scritch, I watched delightedly as she slowly cleaned up every skerrick of her treat. Those memories are very precious, because last week, Annie died.

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Emig-Rats: The Journey Begins

IN THE March 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andRebecca McLeod,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Rebecca McLeod



“Mom ditched us?” Bob incredulously asked. “But I thought she loved us!”
“I bet it was that damn Tikky cat that talked her into it. I knew he was up to no good,” muttered Pirate. She’d seen that big tomcat staring at their cage, and she knew what cats were like. Shifty characters, although she rather admired how the little female Babycat would beat up Tikky (who weighed as much as two Babycats). There was a lot to be said for having a strong character.

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Philly Rat Rescue

IN THE January 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Diana Hockley


KRL has been getting to know some of the rat rescues in the US and this week we are interviewing the founders of Philly Rat Rescue: Annette Ravinsky, Stephen Fleeger, Sarita Ravinsky-Fleeger, and Maria McAllister.

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The Standoff: A Rat Tale

IN THE December 28 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Diana Hockley


The first time I met Cherokee–Kee for short–he was lumbering up and down on the top of the cages of his “mates,’ all of whom he would have torn limb from limb if he got the chance.

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A Change of Address

IN THE November 30 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings,
andTerrific Tales
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by Ron Van Sweringen



“Great,” he said, “someone left the door open.”
“Boy, what a swell pad,” he thought, as he walked around. “Just look at all that glass and light and in a hi-rise too!”

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Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico

IN THE November 16 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Diana Hockley


Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico was founded by Chuck and Cherie Jones. We recently had the chance to chat with them about what they do for these wonderful tiny creatures.Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico was founded by Chuck and Cherie Jones. We recently had the chance to chat with them about what they do for these wonderful tiny creatures.

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True Confessions: A Rat Tale

IN THE October 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andRodent Ramblings,
andTerrific Tales
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by Diana Hockley


My name is Vivaldi and I am a handsome, upstanding member of the rodent community. People say I’m fat, but I’m only 900 grams. Quite sylph-like, really.

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Ode To Cheese

IN THE September 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings,
andTerrific Tales
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by Pattie Yaeger



This poem is dedicated to pet rats everywhere! The artwork with it is by The Illustrated Rat, Drusilla Kehl.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I have loved pet rats for many years now, so when I ran across Malcolm at Midnight, even though it was a children’s fiction book, I had to pick it up and read it because Malcolm is a rat.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


A lot of people don’t know how awesome rats are as pets–but Laura Austin, owner and operator of Seventh Heaven Rat Rescue in Indiana not only knows, but she does all she can to save those that need rescue and find them good homes. Find out how they got their start and how they help rats, in this Q and A with Laura.

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Father’s Day Rat Tale

IN THE June 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andRebecca McLeod,
andRodent Ramblings,
andTerrific Tales
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by Rebecca McLeod




“Lookit what we caught!” hollered Linus as he and the other baby boys scampered up from their latest expedition. The four young boy rats were dragging a fish by a length of fishing line still attached to the hook in its mouth. Behind them waddled Zander and Dexter. Dexter wore an army helmet and a machete strapped to his curly-furred back. Those zombie hamsters weren’t going to catch him unprepared.

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by Diana Bulls


And so are rat lovers. Most people take one look at us, with that beady-eyed, long-tailed critter coiled around our neck and are totally grossed out. That’s pretty much what Robin Rushlau of Dresden, Maine thought. “I had friends who had rats–I wouldn’t even look at them. I thought they were the creepiest pets ever.” But all that changed when she let her daughter pet sit for one while the owners were on vacation. “I couldn’t believe how wonderful he was. At the end of the two weeks I wouldn’t let him go back.”

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by Rebecca McLeod



Sitting round a table fashioned of a Q-Tip Box, the mother does enjoyed a late brunch, compliments of their offspring and indulgent owner. There were scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, and veggies with a little brown bread to round out the edges of the meal. As the hustle of snagging the best pieces of food died down, the does began to compare notes on Mother’s Day and how their individual sessions with their offspring had gone.

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by Rebecca McLeod




It is seriously difficult to tell one white rat from another. Some owners trim their fur a little in patterns to try and tell them apart; others use food coloring, but I’ve largely given up. The White Babies don’t want individuality; I think of them as having a hive mind controlled by the Head White Baby.

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by Diana Hockley


We planned our trip for months, starting with a huge map which Andrew pinned to the wall in the hallway which was the only place large enough for it. The next job was to stick pins in all the towns where my writer friends lived, but unfortunately I had to trim down my wish list. The insurance company was only going to give us 62 days and after that the cost would be too much for us. Reluctantly, I had to trim down my numbers of friends to visit, so Florida, Georgia and some areas south had to be scrapped. Likewise, Maine had to go as there was just not enough time to go there and fit Boston, Hudson and New York in as well.

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The Gladiator: A Rat Tale

IN THE March 16 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Diana Hockley


The first time I met Cherokee–Kee for short–he was lumbering up and down on the top of the cages of his “mates,” all of whom he would have torn limb from limb if he got the chance.

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