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post #81 of 166 (permalink) Old 11-27-2017, 08:24 PM
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My mother used to have a rat named Julie, lol, and she would come when you called her. She was pretty adorable.
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post #82 of 166 (permalink) Old 11-27-2017, 09:09 PM
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Well bred pet rats are as far away from wild rats as a german shepherd is to a coyote. Completely different animals.

But regardless, an infestation like you have is dangerous for sure!!!

You should contact an exterminator that offers ContraPest stations. It's basically rat birth control. You can't move the river and with outdoor dogs that is always going to be a constant source of food. They will never go away. With constant heavy poison use you risk getting your dogs and other wildlife sick or killed. Then you will have rebound population spurts from the surviving rats and they will all be bait savvy and the poison won't work at all. Rats have an amazing ability to communicate with other rats about what is good to eat and not. Plus they can't vomit so they are always cautious when trying new foods. Poison resistance builds quickly in rat populations. Since the ContraPest doesn't make rats sick they never develop an aversion to it so it is the best choice for long term rat control - which is what you sound like you need.
I was a street kid in a port city. I'm sorry but I hate rats. I remember one sitting by me while I was laying down hissing/growling at me. These aren't cute rats, they are nasty, slimy rats the size of small dogs. I can't even be in the same room with one. They make the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
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I was a street kid in a port city. I'm sorry but I hate rats. I remember one sitting by me while I was laying down hissing/growling at me. These aren't cute rats, they are nasty, slimy rats the size of small dogs. I can't even be in the same room with one. They make the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
There is nothing wrong with not liking rats. Just as long as you do not make fun of or offend the people that do, or spread misinformation about pet rats from a place of prejudice.

It's the same as people who say all German Shepherds are vicious, aggressive, man eaters that have bad hips and deformed backs...
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post #84 of 166 (permalink) Old 11-27-2017, 09:42 PM
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Yeah don't offend the rats!
Wonder if the OP has the dog still?
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Yeah don't offend the rats!
Wonder if the OP has the dog still?
I'm sure the rats don't care, but the point is that there are many people who love them and get just as much joy and companionship from a rat that you do your dog.

No reason to go poop on other people's pet choices, especially when you are talking about a species that has been kept as pets longer than the GSD has been in existence, just because it is not your cup of tea.
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I kept a rat that was meant to be snake food (not my snake). He was pretty friendly, but his rat buddy I got for him was not. Not long after the nice one had passed my visiting nephew left the latch on the ferret cage off and sometime thereafter mean rat was no more.
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I clicker trained my rats to come when called. During the initial intro of the clicker, one smartie grabbed the clicker and took it to her nest as her personal treat dispenser. Every day I gave them free time in the house. All openings under cupboards sealed, doors to bathrooms closed etc. Sometimes they were in the basement when I called and they came running up the stairs, sat on their hind legs to be picked up for a treat. Another one took some treats and disappeared into the couch to make a secret stash. They have brought just as much joy as dogs. Only now, Deja is too prey driven for me to have rats. They are adorable, sweet little mess makers. They are very intelligent. But they live a very short life: mine never got older than 3 years.
I have had many people who hated rats, meet mine and one of these friends got her own pet rats that same week. You can not judge pet rats if you have never interacted with one.
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This thread has taken on a life of its own...the OP said long ago they had decided to take the dog back!

And rats the size of small dogs is both cool and scary at the same time. LOL. As a youngster I had several pet rats, but one female sticks in my memory because she was such a sweetheart. And she's come running from wherever ahe was when called, tail held straight up in the air! So cute...better recall than many dogs I've met!

I also used to go fishing under a set of grain loading docks on the side of a large river...so I've met my share of the other rats, those with a mean growl and menacing presence, to know that it's not an exaggeration!
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Oh well we have Pugs and Rats and get another breed as options??? And I being a Boxer guy but of course, I am Pro Pug, just saying. I know nothing about Rat's as pets but at least they are not as creepy as "Spiders,"... uh oh, another constituency offended???

But back on point, hopefully the OP is pretty clear on the fact that this situation is not really there fault??? A whole bunch of folks that should have known better set the current situation up. Keeping there family safe and contacting a local GSD rescue is also a viable option. Perhaps the OP's mission with this particular GSD was to get him out of these people's hands all together, just a thought.
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Oh well we have Pugs and Rats and get another breed as options??? And I being a Boxer guy but of course, I am Pro Pug, just saying. I know nothing about Rat's as pets but at least they are not as creepy as "Spiders,"... uh oh, another constituency offended???
One of my tarantulas got out of her tank and I found her in the hall way. In the middle of the night. While heading for a bathroom break. I've had the little fuzzbutt for nearly 20 years now and she made me yelp like a little girl.

Then there was the time I accidentally left the lid off of the deli cup I had an egg sac in... About a hundred electric blue spiderlings were crawling all over the walls and ceiling. That was fun.

I don't mind anyone calling any of my pets "creepy". Just don't go slinging around false "facts" about them or saying they make horrible pets when you haven't actually, ya know, had any as pets and we are cool.
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