• Henderson

    Posted on July 23, 2017 by in Behavior, Mourning Pet Rats
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    I brought Henderson home from the Oregon Humane Society on September 9th, 2015. He was around eight weeks old.

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    From the beginning he was both very laid back…

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    …and very, very playful.

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    He had the most amazing whiskers I’ve ever seen

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    …the softest, most luxurious fur

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    …and a surprisingly expressive tail.

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    Henderson sometimes slept with his tail curled.

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    He even used his tail as a communication device, making him easy to litter box train.

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    Some rats are difficult to litterbox train, especially when it comes to urination. Not Henderson. Whenever he urinated, he stuck his tail straight up in the air.

    He loved learning tricks and playing games. Henderson’s favorite was bowling:

    Towards the end of his life, Henderson had begun practicing basketball:

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    Henderson’s first girlfriend was Twyla.

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    His second girlfriend was Tanya.

    Twyla and Tanya both treated Henderson with great respect and allowed him to be in charge.

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    Mr. Personality, Henderson loved being with people. Here’s Henderson with Christina, a veterinary technician at Parkway Veterinary Hospital.

    One of Henderson’s veterinarians described him as the “Golden Retriever of Rats”. Just about everyone who met him said he was “perfect”. Living with Henderson was like living with a combination angel/teddy bear. He was the most fun, friendly, intelligent and handsomest rat I’ve ever known.

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    He reminded me of a tiny Teddy Bear. (In this photo, Henderson had Green Mush on his nose.)

    After fighting multiple illnesses for several months, Henderson was euthanized on July 15, 2017. I will always remember him for how extraordinarily special he was. I feel thankful to have shared life together and already miss him like crazy.

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6 Responses so far.

  1. Nicole says:

    I lost my rat a few months ago, and stories and pics like yours bring back all the memories. Thank you for sharing the love.

    • Hi Nicole,

      I’m so glad to hear my stories and pics of Henderson help bring back memories of your rat. It means a lot to me to hear from you and to know that this post helps you to remember.

      Very best wishes to you and sending heartfelt condolences for your loss.

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  2. Mandarin says:

    Henderson…. I wish I’d known him. He was so very clearly special, it practically emanated from him. One of the most handsome guys I’ve ever seen.
    I am deeply sorry for yours, and the world’s, loss <3

  3. Nina Davis says:

    D: R.i.p. gorgeous boy.