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).


Fawn Girl is now Peaches

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Well, I've fallen off schedule a bit again. Been too busy playing with baby rats!

However, I realize I've been remiss and its time to make up for it. Naming, for whatever reason, was much easier this time. I was reading Terry Pratchett's "The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents" when I came across the character of Peaches and I knew immediately that that had to be the name of our little fawn girl. The book is wonderful and the character of Peaches is a charming, intelligent, ethical and sweet rat. The following
review gives a good feel for the book.

update 4-26-06 stumbled across a response byTerry Pratchett to the question of whether or not he has pet rats.

And, of course, I can't leave you without a picture or two of the real thing.

The pic on the left, is Peaches left standing in shock as the cat toy feather snaps back on its elastic. Unfortunately the flash washes out her color.

The picture on the right is much closer to her true color, which has sort of a blue sheen. Linda, her "breeder-mother", thinks she may be a Platinum. Whatever she is, she's beautiful and sweet.


6 Responses to “Fawn Girl is now Peaches”

  1. Blogger Sham 

    Ooooooh, if I send a jiffy bag will you post her to me, she is precious!!

    Also, she may be interested in joining Naughty Little Riff's Fan club...it's not up and running but if she checks this site she'll know when it is:

  2. Blogger eileen2000 

    Her highness thanks you for your adoration. Naughty Little Riff's blog is great - I love the drawings. I'll add you to my links section.

  3. Anonymous Ratty 

    One of my fav books :)

  4. Blogger eileen2000 

    I know, this has been my favorite so far. Any other book recommendations?

    So far I've read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, which I'm afraid I was rather disappointed in. Maybe I expected too much. I loved the idea, but thought the writing was pretty mediocre.

    I read a Rat's Tale by Tor Seidler which I absolutely loved!! The sequel, The Revenge of Randal-Reese Rat, wasn't quite as good, but still enjoyable.

    I read The Tale of One Bad Rat, by Brian Talbot. It was also somewhat of a disappointment. I really wanted to like it because I loved the idea and the fact that it was a graphic novel. Again, maybe I expected too much. I thought it was too heavy-handed in the way in gave information about rats and about abuse and not compelling enough story-wise.

  5. Anonymous Ratty 

    If you're interested in a non-fiction great rat read try Sullivan's "Rats: A Year with new york's most unwanted inhabitants" ~ it's fascinating!

    Fictionwise there's a small rat element to Neil Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' (one of my favs) - there's James Herberts "The Rats" if you fancy some evil rats ;) And of course in almost all of the Terry Pratchett's featuring DEATH there's the DEATH OF RATS, who's adorable :o)

  6. Blogger eileen2000 

    thanks for the recs, ratty. I've been wanting to read Sullivan's book for awhile. And after reading this Terry Pratchet I will definitely read his other books. I really liked the writing style. The others sound interesting, too.

    Has anyone read Gunter Grass' The Rat? It sounded intriguing from what I read online about it.

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