On October 31, 2021, the wonderful organization Teeny Snoots Rat Rescue came to our home. Joseph was going to be adopting two rats. He climbed right into the playpen with them, and was on cloud nine. The first rat to approach him, climb him, and ultimately choose him was a large grey dumbo rat. Joseph adored him. This rat would be then named GusGus. GusGus was everything a kid could possibly want in a pet. He loved to cuddle, be pet, and would take treats from Joseph's hands. Joseph called him his "chonky boy". This little animal was bright-eyed, intelligent, and loved to give kisses to the tips of your fingers, and to the tip of Joseph's nose.
GusGus and his brother Loki would spend the time out of their cages in a playpen that Joseph had for them, running around a cardboard rat maze, and while Loki isn't particularly good at staying still, GusGus would love to perch on Joseph's shoulder, much like a pirate's parrot.
Even though he still gave us kisses, and took treats from our fingers, he began to spend more and more time hiding under the blankets in his cage. Joseph and I made a last trip to the vet, and we had to ultimately say our goodbyes to our beloved chonky boy.
But what ultimately hurts is that Loki no longer has his brother, and Joseph is missing his piratical friend. Seeing Loki look to see where GusGus has gone, while not understanding what has happened is so sad. Joseph wishes he could explain. Now, what Joseph wants is for more understanding for these animals. They are intelligent, caring, and cuddly. Nobody who witnessed Loki watching over GusGus through his last days could possibly deny that.
Here's the link- Teeny Snoots Rat Rescue
We will forever miss our cuddly chonky boy, GusGus.