Monday, January 23, 2006

Little Communions

Everyday I try to have little communions with my Wee Little Beasties.

The female mice, who are not as sociable as the males, will let me wrangle them up and as half of them go for runs in their adventure balls I will cuddle the others. Most of the time the mice will wiggle and giggle and just be manic. But sometimes one or more them might settle in on the palm of of my hand and relax, looking wistfully at me or off into space.

The rats are just plain manic. But one or both will let a cuddle by and sit in the crook of my arm and brux like there are no worries in the world.

The hamster has warmed up to me alot. He will sit in my cupped hands and just trance off for a few minutes before he feels the need to dig around for treats.

And then there is the Prima-Donna Budgie Bird. She would tear the skin off my finger tips but now if I wrap my hand around her she will lean into my index finger and give it little grooming pecks.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Rat Humour

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Friday, January 13, 2006

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Hard Work

Beatrice and Regina taking a nap after cage cleaning...

Rattie Humor

Rat lovers should check out jinwicked's website, where she uses her own life as a source of humor for her comics, including her crazy cabal of ratties!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Rats snuggle

We snuggle.
Hide and snuggle beneath the blanket.
Out in the open is not so bad.
No. Not at all.
Scritching while we snuggle is nice.
Maybe snuggling in their laps would not be so bad.
Yes. Someday...

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Happy greetings

One evening in the last week or so I came home later than usual. Feeling guilty I immediately looked in on the mice and was met 'at the door' by all four of them. I opened the door and instead of running off like they would usually do the mice swarmed into my hand and some even cuddled.

Their actions surprised me. Even the most social of the mice is not usually this friendly. And when the least social of the mice looks up at me with big goo-goo eyes it tugs at my heart.

Monday, January 02, 2006

A Mouse Fable

"Then the Frogs, with a great cry, called
On their Gods and sounded the fell
Note of war, while up the bank each Mouse
In place knelt by his spear and prayed
To the God of the Fields for Victory."

- From The Battle of the Frogs & Mice, by George W. Martin, illustrated by Fred Gwynne

A fable disguised as a fascinating children's story, "The Battle of the Frogs & Mice" resonates with me as an adult; I love how it creates not only a world of the small and many times ignored, but it teaches a lesson, and challenges me to think...