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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.

The Truth About Rat-Bite Fever

IN THE July 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Shannon Carr



Despite experts at the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claiming that rat-bite fever is uncommon in the United States, recent events have brought the long misunderstood, four-legged critter front and center under a negative spotlight once again.

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Just a Rat Rescue and Sanctuary

IN THE June 14 ISSUE

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


KRL enjoys featuring the many rat rescues around the county. This month we are chatting with Just A Rat Rescue and Sanctuary in Texas.

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Charming Rat Rescue

IN THE May 31 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Charmaine Benson



I bought my first rats in 2009 and I’ve been hooked ever since.
In 2010, I rescued Pandora and Wallace, who came with a mouse I named Grommit. I began to educate myself about caring for rats. Visits to the vet taught me about Myco and tumors which domestic rats suffer from all too commonly. These visits also helped my vet learn more about rats.

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by ViVien Hoang


The thing with working in animal rescues – you never know where your next case will come from. Typically, you pull animals from shelters or extract them from “a friend of a friend’s” house. Some people have heart-wrenching stories about why they are giving up their pets; others can be barely bothered to answer emails when you try to arrange a pick up. You usually know some kind of history when you meet the curious and shy faces for the first time: pet store rat, classroom project, snake’s rejected meal. But in March 2014, the tireless volunteers at Rattie Ratz (based in the Bay Area, California) were faced with an altogether different scenario.

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by Herschel Cozine


Hi. Nathaniel P. Osgood III here. I live and work in Nurseryland as a private detective. It’s an interesting job to say the least, and brings me in contact with some of the strangest people one could ever hope to meet. People say and do crazy things here. For one thing, they are always losing things. Bo Peep lost her sheep. Cinderella lost her slipper. The kittens lost their mittens. Humpty Dumpty lost his balance. And I have it on good authority that Snow White lost her virginity.

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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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