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Rodent Ramblings

Central Texas Rat Rescue

IN THE February 6 ISSUE

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by Diana Hockley


KRL enjoys featuring the many rat rescues around the country because we know how wonderful pet rats are and want to help spread the word about those who help them. This month we are chatting with Kaia Browning, founder of Central Texas Rat Rescue.

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Growing Up Too Fast: Fostering Baby Rats

IN THE January 16 ISSUE

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by Vivien Hoang


One of the joys of fostering is being able to take in a family of baby rats. It doesn’t happen too often, but it’s not unusual for Rattie Ratz to get a call from a Bay Area shelter or family, who suddenly have an “oopsy” litter on their hands. These accidental litters are often the result of mistakenly buying a male and female rat from a pet store; rat litters sizes can vary from a pair of babies to up to two dozen!

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Rattie Ratz: Big Personalities

IN THE September 19 ISSUE

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by Vivien Hoang


One of my favorite moments when adopting or fostering a new rat is discovering who they are. You wouldn’t think that such a small fuzzy bundle was so capable of big personalities, but rats are never shy about letting you know.

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Small Angels Rescue

IN THE August 22 ISSUE

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by Diana Hockley


KRL enjoys featuring the many rat rescues around the country. This month we are chatting with Small Angels Rescue in Frederick, Maryland. They not only rescue pet rats, but other small animals as well.

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Rattie Ratz: There is Always a Home

IN THE July 18 ISSUE

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by Vivien Hoang


Rattie Ratz will take in rats from all sorts of situations: rats from overwhelmed shelters, litters from “oopsy” pregnancies, and private intakes from owners who need to surrender them because of unforeseen, difficult life circumstances. These rats often run the gamut in terms of health and age, markings and colorings.

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by Diana Hockley’s Four Rats


We could have admired the cover, by illustrator Dru Kehl, all day! The three rattie cooks, fetchingly attired in aprons and chef’s hats, cavorting around kitchen while juggling trays of delicious cakes and biscuits is delightful. Needless to say, we thought the recipes looked just as yummy!

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For the Love of Rats

IN THE June 20 ISSUE

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by Diana Hockley


KRL enjoys featuring the many rat rescues around the country. This month we are chatting with Darlene Watts with For the Love of Rats in Walker, Louisiana. They not only rescue pet rats, but other small animals as well.

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by Vivien Hoang


The hardest thing about fostering rats, or any living creature for that matter, isn’t changing litter pans or medicating sick, squirmy animals who hate the taste of the medicines. It’s not dealing with anti-social critters who nip or chasing down escapees from cages as they skulk and scurry under couches.

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The Travelin’ Rat

IN THE April 4 ISSUE

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by Danielle S.


The Travelin’ Rat is a unique organization: our mission is to help animal rescues, especially those that take in rats, wherever we can and in whatever way we can. This is generally done through fundraising, but we also help rescues by sitting with them at events, helping with transports, and spreading the word when rescues need help. We are very often confused with a rescue; though we help them and work closely with them, we do not rescue animals ourselves.

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by Bill Price


Wellington Fie
was a young private eye,
And he wanted a case to pursue.
So he asked both his mom
and his big brother Tom
If they knew of a mystery or two.

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Rattie Ratz Rescue: Mo’ Problems

IN THE March 21 ISSUE

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by Vivien Hoang


Any pet owner will tell you that it is ridiculously easy to anthropomorphize our pets. We love giving our furry (and not so furry) companions human-like qualities: a dog with a wry sense of humor, or a cat that enjoys watching trashy reality TV with us.

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by Diana Hockley


KRL enjoys featuring the many rat rescues around the country. This month we are chatting with Jenn Paz about North Star Rescue in Pacific, Califorina, of which she is the director. They not only rescue pet rats, but other small animals as well.

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by Vivien Hoang


Pet rat rescue volunteers often get asked what we rescue our rats from. You could give a literal response—overly full shelters, irresponsible owners, changes in a person’s life situation, abandonment—but more recently, I’ve taken a more philosophical view: we save them from unlucky circumstances.

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Any Rat Rescue

IN THE January 10 ISSUE

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by Diana Hockley


KRL enjoys featuring the many rat rescues around the county. This month we are chatting with Any Rat Rescue in Arizona.

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by Marilyn Meredith


I’m not sure where to begin with this review of After Ariel–there are so many good things to say.
First, there is a glossary of Australian slang at the front of the book. It was fun reading. However, I didn’t find it necessary in order to understand the outstanding dialogue.

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Rattie Ratz Rescue: Converting the Skeptics

IN THE November 15 ISSUE

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by ViVien Hoang


You always meet the skeptics. They’re the ones who wrinkle their noses when you say you rescue rats. “Rats!” they exclaim, “Vermin to be exterminated. I hate their wormy tails.”

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by Rebecca McLeod



The rats were busy chewing a pumpkin into a Death Star facsimile under the guidance of Bob, the pack’s official engineer and current artistic director. Bob had big dreams, but was working with a surly, nearsighted construction crew that was more interested in eating the pumpkin than carving it.

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Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary

IN THE October 11 ISSUE

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by Diana Hockley


KRL enjoys featuring the many rat rescues around the county. This month we are chatting with Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary in German Valley, Illinois who not only takes in pet rats, but other exotic animals as well.

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