A Rat's Guide to Owning a Human (Paperback)
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A Rat's Guide to Owning a Human is a short, fun read in a full color, 24-page booklet. Written by and for rescue rats, of course (They kindly allow human Heather Leughmyer to translate for them.)
While owning a human can sometimes prove to be a challenging experience, it can also be very rewarding if you know how to handle them. As a rat, you can't imagine living your entire life without whiskers and a tail; it's understandable, therefore, that you could find this lack in others so disconcerting that you're not interested in giving them a chance.
Bipeds often get a bad rap, though, so it's important to remember that not all humans are cut from the same cloth. The key lies in finding the human who is right for you, and ensuring that they do not share their homes with legless creatures of the reptilian variety. Once you think you have found the right hominid, keep in mind that consistency and patience are very important when cultivating a human-they don't always learn as quickly as we do. Don't be discouraged if training proves to be more difficult than you initially thought. Bipeds can be temperamental and/or lazy; however, this should not deter you from owning one.
Once properly broken in, a human can be enjoyable to have around. With a little rattie elbow grease and our tips, you will have a loyal companion and-most importantly-will never again have to worry where your next meal is coming from.
About the Author
Heather Leughmyer is the author of Adopting Adele and If Your Tears Were Human, and co-editor of the upcoming Rescue Smiles. She is also the founder of Happy Endings Rat Rescue, and a graduate of Indiana-Purdue University with a B.A. in Writing and Linguistics. Writing has been a passion of hers for as long as she has advocated for animals. She lives in Columbia City, Indiana, with her husband, daughter, and several animal companions.