Lucy is boisterous, friendly and affectionate. A true shoulder rat. When you put your hand in their cage, she steps on like elevator doors have just opened and she's ready to ride. If given a choice between food and human attention, she chooses attention.
Ethel chooses food.
Ethel and I have much in common. Food, sleep and quiet are treasured. That whole wheel/
treadmill thing - not so much.
We had nearly given up on them ever using the wheel ("With guaranteed tail-safe shield!") since for the first few weeks, neither showed any interest. Then this Monday, close to midnight, an exhausted-looking Celeste stumbled into our room.
"Lucy discovered the wheel," she said.
"Sure she did," said Geoff. "Did she discover fire, too?"
"Ha, ha," said my sleep- and humor-deprived daughter as she confiscated my earplugs.
Maybe that's why she was so determined for me to write about rats. So her friends and teachers will understand the reason behind those dark circles under her eyes.
Karin Fuller can be reached via e-mail at karinful...@cnpapers.com. Her columns can be accessed online through her blog at thegazz.com.