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31 January 2018

Wordless Wednesday | Farewell To A "Beloved" Rat




Wordless Wednesday is supposed to be about posting a photo(s) without any words. But, I'm a rule breaker, so here are a few words:

1 - One day, as I was walking past the free table at the marina, I noticed a sign with a picture of a rat on it. I took a closer look and saw that someone was bidding a sad farewell to their "beloved" rat.

2 - I think the sign was a tad sarcastic. If there's one thing people who live on boats don't like, it's having rats take up residence. From what I understand, the people who made the sign had a heck of a time getting rid of their own "special" rat. It was there so long, they ended up naming it Georgette.

3 - There was a huge problem with rats getting on boats in storage this year. Sure, you might be one of those people who has pet rats (and they do make great pets), but rats on a boat is not good news. They chew through everything.

4 - There's probably a correlation between getting rid of the adorable feral cats that used to live here and the increase in the rat population.

What words does this picture(s) bring to your mind when you look at it?

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34 comments:

  1. All I can think of is Remy from Ratatouille.
    Guess they need to let the cats hang around.

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  2. You do not want rats on your boat. I agree with you as they will chew your wiring, your everything. I don't think I would have done the sign though. I would have been more celebratory. Just saying.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, Ellen. ♥

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    1. I'm not sure if they did more celebrating - maybe there was some champagne :-)

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  3. Aww! But Remy!! (Or Georgette! … Maybe Remy got married?)

    Anyway, rats are cute until they leaving droppings everywhere and chew through everything. Then, more power to the killers.

    Why were the feral cats gotten rid of? It sounds like they were helping…

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    1. I've never seen Ratatouille. But after seeing all of these Remy references, I might have to watch it.

      Some really sweet folks rounded them up, got them fixed, and arranged for them to be adopted. At least they're all in nice homes now and not out chasing rats in a field.

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  4. They definitely need to bring the cats back. In fact, my cat is telling me that yeah, we should get a "pet" rat. I worry that he used quotation marks with his paws!

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  5. I don't like mice let along rats. Rodents have no place in a home. Sometimes in the winter mice manage to get inside our home. I'm sure there is an opening behind the cabinets that we can't see but just as soon as I take note of their existence the traps go out. They do chew up everything. One year, one of these little varmints chewed through the clothes hamper and destroyed some items waiting to be washed. I got so mad, too. I can imagine the horrible danger it is to have something like this on a boat. Make sure you emergency life preservers on board at all times. I am happy to learn that this is farewell is really meant in a humorous form. Rats as pets? No thank you! :)

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    1. They can be so destructive. I've heard horror stories from other boaters about what they've done. Knock on wood that we never get any.

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  6. My cousin had a pet rat named Syke. I remember visiting her after going to McDonald's one day when I was like 10 or so. I reached in to pet the rat and to this day, I still have a scar on my finger from where the darn thing bit me. Lessons learned... be sure to wash your hands before petting things with teeth, especially after eating French fries.

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  7. A wild rat on board isn't good. I did have two pet rats once, Ben and Socrates. They'd ride around on my shoulder and were so sweet.

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    1. People do say that they make great pets. I love that yours rode around on your shoulder. Very cute.

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  8. Our cat Purdy was a fabulous rodent killer. She found them by the river or canal. Unfortunately, she liked to bring them through the cat flap before despatching them. I’ve never seen a rat or mouse in the house since her demise.

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    1. Why do cats have to bring back their dead critters to share with their humans. You would think hearing them scream every time they run across a dead bird or mouse on the carpet would put them off. But, maybe that's why they do it - to hear their humans scream.

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  9. Rats - eek! Bring back the feral cats! We used to have a white long-hair cat with one blue eye and one yellow eye. I adored her even if she never caught a darn thing. LOL

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    1. I bet she was a gorgeous looking cat with those two different colored eyes.

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  10. I suddenly want French food. Man, I can't imagine the damage a rat could do on a boat. Shudder to think!

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    1. I'm guessing this is another Ratatouille reference? I feel like I've missed out on a very important cultural experience not having seen the film :-)

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    2. You're really not missing much, and I certainly wouldn't waste my time trying to fix that hole in your cultural reference database.

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  11. Cute pic of the furry guy... but can he COOK?

    Years ago, I worked in a medical research lab, and we sometimes used rats and mice for experimentation. One shipment of rats was way too young to use yet, so I convinced the docs to let me adopt one as our lab pet. I called him Murphy, as in Murphy's Law. The little guy would eat from my hand and drink from my fingertips. Really cute. Until one of the lab techs from down the hall teased the rat so bad, the rat bit him. (He deserved it!) Alas, the pet rat was no longer a pet rat after that...

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    1. Too funny! Although, it would have been hard to adopt a lab rat and then have him turned back into a lab rat :-(

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  12. Cats are better than rats! :-)

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  13. Rats on a boat. ~shudders~ I like how my blogger friend in Oregon (https://catwomanflix.blogspot.com/) takes care of feral cats by getting them spay/neutered and finding them homes when possible. She's amazing. Be well!

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    1. I'll have to check her site out. That's what happened to the feral cats here. They're in good homes now.

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    2. Oh, nice. Sometimes Strayer takes the cats back to where she found them if they remain too feral after receiving medical care and sterilization. Too bad there weren't a *few* like that at the marina.

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  14. My one recurring boat nightmare is a rat dropping through our bedroom hatch and on to my face.....and then we have a rat! I haven't had that nightmare for a while, but I bet I will tonight!

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    1. Well, thanks. Now I'm going to have that exact same nightmare. :-)

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  15. Serves them right for getting rid of the kitties. Bring back the cats!

    I ended up with an unexpected mouse problem last winter. Turns out my Sophie is a phenomenal mouser. I was so grateful, but sad to see animals die, even nuisance ones. Thankfully, she didn't tear them apart. The ones we couldn't rescue and relocate died of fright, poor things.

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    1. It's a mixed blessing to have a good mouser. They help get rid of nuisance pests, but often in such a gruesome way.

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