Owning rats, or as some say, being owned by rats, is a journey. For me it began with being intensely rat-phobic to where I am now, rat-obsessed (ok, i admit it).


The Tale of Samuel Whiskers

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I have been looking for a copy of The Tale of Samuel Whiskers by Beatrix Potter ever since I heard that it was written about her pet rat. I found several references to it but never the actual text, until now!

I mentioned Project Gutenberg in my last post (the story of Malmo the wounded rat). They put copyright-free literature on the web for anyone to access freely. They also include the original illustrations for many books, especially children's books. On a whim I searched for it and I was delighted to find that they have a complete copy which can be read online and also downloaded here.

My little Otis reminds me of Samuel Whiskers. Something about that sly little look on the face when they're up to no good.


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