Dusty, Blaze, & Flash

These boys came to us on 5/23 as their owner didn’t have enough time for them. They loved these boys very much and wanted a better life for them.

Fostered by Danny in Beverly, MA.

#2019264N, “Dusty”, Rat, Black, Berkshire, Standard Ears/Standard Coat, Male, DOB: 05/31/2018, Spayed/Neutered?: No

#2019265N, “Blaze”, Rat, Black, Berkshire w/ blaze, Standard Ears/Standard Coat, Male, DOB: 05/31/2018, Spayed/Neutered?: No

#2019263N, “Flash”, Rat, Black, Hooded, Standard Ears/Standard Coat, Male, DOB: 01/01/2018, Spayed/Neutered?: No

UPDATE 6/5/19:

Dusty is a big squish at over 2 lb. He’s very friendly and as his size confirms that he loves his food! He’s happy just climbing all over you to find out where you’ve hidden all the treats.

Blaze is a little shy but is coming around after getting used to his new foster home. Blaze will need an owner who understands that Blaze is scared but lovable. I think that after some time in a stable home he’ll start to realize that people aren’t bad.

Flash is the cuddliest of the three. He’s lovely and soft and loves to be around you. He’s got the beginnings of HED and will therefore need a cage where his food and water is easily accessible and where he doesn’t have to climb. Flash still acts like he’s a baby rat and will try to go where he is no longer able to go.

These three rats are very tightly bonded and would do well with an experienced rat owner.”

UPDATE 6/26/19:

“All three boys have started to settle in a lot more. Their coats are now so soft and shiny and they love being out for play time!

Dusty has taken to sitting on my lap during play time, sometimes pancaking and boggling from happiness when I stroke his cheek.

Blaze has managed to train me in the way he likes to be handled, so now he loves sitting on me as long as I don’t stroke him more than twice every few minutes. He’s a very good people trainer…

Flash has a wonderful personality. Even though his back feet are starting to drag, his favorite activity is trying (and failing) to climb on everything and trying to escape the play area. He is a very social rat who loves to be in the company of people as well as his brothers’.

All three have adjusted very well to our home and routine and are a joy to be around!”

UPDATE 7/22/19:

“They are all doing so well! These boys have been so sweet. They’re all very mellow, and mostly would rather sit on my lap than run and play.

Dusty, as you may have noticed, has a bit of a weight problem, and has gone on a regiment of diet and exercise to try and fix it.

Flash, meanwhile, has some pretty severe HED, but is determined to be a shoulder rat regardless. He will sometimes try and nip if I’m not paying him enough attention, but some loving people with lots of attention should make them perfectly happy!”

UPDATE 10/7/19:

Dusty has been doing great after his diet, and his weight is at a point that I am comfortable with. He can climb on his own now, and really likes to sit on my shoulder!

Flash‘s HED has gotten worse unfortunately, and it seems hes lost the use of his hind legs entirely. He is also getting skinnier, but his personality remains unaffected. He is still determined to be a shoulder rat, and will do whatever it takes to get there.

Blaze has made the most progress out of the foster rats, and has started to play fight with me when he is out. We’re still working on his manners and teaching him not to nip, but he has learned that kisses are perfectly acceptable replacements, and is using them more and more.”

UPDATE 11/10/19:

“Flash especially is showing his age, with his HED getting worse and some pretty severe weight loss. That said, he is just as personable as ever, and has learned the many benefits of being a lap rat.”