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    #16
    Originally posted by Preston View Post
    I once had an hour long interview with a homeless man with a rat on his shoulder. It was a nice, well behaved rat (with the colouring of a heffer). I failed to convince him, though, that having it as a pet - let alone having it sit on his shoulder - might have an impact on his ability to find accommodation.
    Reminds me of when many years ago my wife kept a liberated lab rat in her uni hall of residence room many years ago, totally against the rules of course. It was completely tame and had the run of the room whenever she was home; otherwise it lived in a cage beneath a large wooden box containing a human skeleton (yes, she was a medical student and everyone had one). This was a deliberate ploy to throw the cleaner off the scent, as the skeleton gave her the creeps and she wouldn't go near it.

    This state of affairs lasted happily for some months until matters came to a head when a fairly obviously chewed hole appeared in the carpet and reported. Ratty was duly discovered and all hell broke loose. Somewhere we still have the sternly-worded official letter from the Warden about it, which makes good reading.

    Matters were ultimately resolved by the rodent being evicted and moving in with a friend (my wife's, not the rat's) and a new carpet duly being paid for.

    Happy days.

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      #17
      Originally posted by Ericthelobster View Post
      Reminds me of when many years ago my wife kept a liberated lab rat in her uni hall of residence room many years ago, totally against the rules of course. It was completely tame and had the run of the room whenever she was home; otherwise it lived in a cage beneath a large wooden box containing a human skeleton (yes, she was a medical student and everyone had one). This was a deliberate ploy to throw the cleaner off the scent, as the skeleton gave her the creeps and she wouldn't go near it.

      This state of affairs lasted happily for some months until matters came to a head when a fairly obviously chewed hole appeared in the carpet and reported. Ratty was duly discovered and all hell broke loose. Somewhere we still have the sternly-worded official letter from the Warden about it, which makes good reading.

      Matters were ultimately resolved by the rodent being evicted and moving in with a friend (my wife's, not the rat's) and a new carpet duly being paid for.

      Happy days.

      Great story, Eric. I wonder whether liberated lab rats have a more optimistic and grateful philosophical outlook on life, than feral rats, or ones who have been loved by humans from the outset?!

      The sad thing about the student tenant we had, who invited a feral rat into the house to live with him, was that he said the rat was company for him because he (tenant) didn't have any friends. And even the rat packed its bags and left after a few weeks!
      'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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        #18
        Posts re pets generally (and reincarnation as a pet) have been moved to a new 'Take A Break' thread.

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