Need A Pet: Get a Rat

I recently proclaimed the rat as the best starter pet....the best pet for first time pet owner, kids or adults.

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Milton and Orville, recently attended their 'mom's' wedding...They really are members of the family

And boy, did I get the mail. Here's one, "Rats? Are you out of your mind. Go dumpster diving Mr. Pet expert."

Well, I stand by my rat proclamation.

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Debbie, the rat lady

To learn more about rats, I spoke with Debbie Ducommun, the rat lady on Steve Dale's Pet World. (click to listen)

It turns out rats are surprisingly smart, and even affectionate. I blogged about the recent controversy about sleeping with your pets. I think that's generally fine, however, not sure about sleeping with rats. Check out this email, "Not only are you right about rats - I know I've had at least 40 in my life. I sometimes even sleep with a pet rats."  My response: "I hope you don't roll over."

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