Friday, February 27, 2004


hello i am rugby and this is a NEW science poll for readers of the best blog, *Rugby's rat resort*. okay the question.

which is more lovely?


or this:

you can print this page and make an X by the one you choose. you are allowed to pick both if you want. i think they are both pretty but UNCLE BOB WONT GIVE ME ANY!

I would just like to interject that, although it's true I've never given Rugby cheeseburgers or cupcakes, he does get to eat a pretty broad diet of "people food" in addition to the commercial rodent mix of seeds and pellets from the pet store. Rats are "opportunistic omnivores," just as pet dogs are, despite the fact that wild dogs are primarily carnivores, while wild rats mainly eat plant-derived foods.

I give Rugby fresh produce every day -- sometimes a chunk of apple or an orange slice; other times a carrot-top or salad greens. A few times a week he gets a bit of dry dog kibble, which was recommended in one of the rat-care books that I checked out from the library -- that's the closest he's gotten so far to eating beef, unless you want to count the dried bull pizzles that are sold in pet stores as doggie chew toys. Rodents have an even stronger chewing urge than dogs, so I bought a pack of these "beef sticks" to hang from the ceiling of his cage.

excuse me but what is a "pizzle"?

Rugby, you already had your turn to talk. Go look it up on dictionary.com if you're curious.


Uncooked macaroni and whole grains (like brown rice or bulghar wheat) add variety and nutrients to his diet. And once in a while I will share small amounts of human "junk food," like potato-chip crumbs or a piece of cookie.

ah-ha-ha-ha-ha! ha-ha-ha! i am glad i am a rat and not a dumb beefcow! tee-hee-hee-hee!!! give me some pizzle fo shizzle!

So far the only thing he hasn't gone for is milk -- I poured a little bit into a jar lid to see if Rugby would lap it up, the way these sacred rats do at the famous Karni Mata temple in the Indian state of Rajasthan. He just ignored it, although I wonder if that's because he's accustomed to drinking from a drip-bottle.

well, there is that, but also the fact that it came from a cow's boob!! but now that i know what those pizzle things are that i have been chewing on all this time, maybe i will give milk another try.

Rugby the Rat was an intellectually gifted representative of the species Rattus norvegicus; now he dwelleth on a higher plane and aspires to become a member of the Hindu pantheon. But he still likes food.

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