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My rat's a better person than most people.

Anonymous
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I have two pet rats, Rue and Riley. Riley's getting up there in age for a pet rat and was getting chubby, so I put him on a diet.

He reacted, typical of these little dramatists, like he was dying. Begging for food, acting like he hadn't been fed in days. To be clear he's getting an entirely healthy amount of food, just less than he used to, and he's not happy about it. About 15 minutes before and after meal time, he brings on the theatrics, then kind of just accepts it and goes back  to his normal self.

Day one of his diet, Rue eats all her food like normal, doesn't pay much mind to Riley's dramatics.

Day two, Rue begins begging for food when he does, possibly assuming there might be extra in it for her.

Day three and day four, Riley's histrionics hit a boiling point. Rue saves pieces of her food and gives it to him.

Day four, Rue passes food to Riley through the cage because I separated them at meal time.


I took my kid to a Dairy Queen last night with this rat drama fresh in my mind (yeah yeah sue me my kid got DQ). There were two teenagers escorting a homeless man who had apparently been told to leave the premisis when paying customers weren't escorting him. There were several patrons complaining loudly about "encouraging" homelessness by buying the guy a cheeseburger and some demanding to see the manager. This man was doing nothing offensive, and neither were his escorts. They were literally standing quietly in line and buying a cheeseburger, then eating together in a booth. Several people were making comments, and a majority nodding along or giving glares that said they agreed. And these were grown adults. Complaining about the much-maligned scary evil awful hormonal disrespectful teenager, paying for someone else to get a meal.

And that's when it occurred to me that basically I raised a rat that's a better person than most people.

Okay? Okay. I have a pet rat that's less than a year old that will deprive herself of part of her food and give her friend some when he acts like he's hungry at meal time. And grown-ass people are sitting around stuffing their faces and complaining about someone else buying a hungry person food.

I don't want to live on this planet any more.

Posted by Anonymous on Dec. 4, 2014 at 6:40 AM
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epoh
by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2014 at 6:44 AM
People suck sometimes.
V35
by Veronica. on Dec. 4, 2014 at 6:45 AM
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Some of the best people I know are dogs.

Danesmommy1
by Grammar Enthusiast on Dec. 4, 2014 at 6:48 AM
But but... they're still RODENTS. *shivers*

Ok I got my dramatics out my system. Your pets are both funny and sweet. And buying someone food is harmless. I'd have made to sure wish them all (a sarcastic) Merry Christmas.
j3st3r
by on Dec. 4, 2014 at 6:48 AM

I HATE seeing people mistreat people who live on the streets.

It's absolutely infuriating.

When I was 19, the girls in my dorm did a drive for coats, blankets, food, etc to distribute to homeless people in Fall.

Turns out, there's a law against that.

We had to partner with a local social services agency and let THEM give the coats and blankets.  If er did it ourselves, we would have been fined.

demonica29
by on Dec. 4, 2014 at 6:48 AM

It takes a special person to be able to turn a heartwarming story of a teen doing a kindness to someone less fortunate into a pat on their own back. Brava!  

j3st3r
by on Dec. 4, 2014 at 6:49 AM

It must be exhausting to be so cynical.

Quoting demonica29:

It takes a special person to be able to turn a heartwarming story of a teen doing a kindness to someone less fortunate into a pat on their own back. Brava!  


Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Dec. 4, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Quoting demonica29:

It takes a special person to be able to turn a heartwarming story of a teen doing a kindness to someone less fortunate into a pat on their own back. Brava!  


klespeedy0205
by Silver Member on Dec. 4, 2014 at 6:52 AM
Maybe, if rats were people.... But they aren't.
demonica29
by on Dec. 4, 2014 at 6:52 AM

Not at all, honey  your point was very clear and I called it as I saw it.

Quoting Anonymous 1:

Quoting demonica29:

It takes a special person to be able to turn a heartwarming story of a teen doing a kindness to someone less fortunate into a pat on their own back. Brava!  



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