Rodent Robber (Part II: The Rat)

Gari and Bakersfield on the porch

When the weather is nice, Melly, Bakersfield, the rabbits and I like to chill out on the front porch. The rabbits usually keep their distance, some complaint they have about me chasing them. And Melly sits in a chair. But Bakersfield and I spend some real quality time.

Me and Bakes, just chillin'

You can see that Melly has set the porch up nicely for us. I have a comfy bed and Bakersfield has a nice padded box and a couple of long tubes to run through. Surprisingly, Bakes cannot jump off the porch. He appears to be afraid of heights.

At any rate, you know me, I get along with everyone…or at least everyone who isn’t scared of me and I don’t scare them. That pretty much leaves Bakersfield. He smells a lot like a capybara but he’s way too small to be one. This intrigues me.

The noble rodent and the humble servant

I thought Bakes understood the nature of our relationship. Yes, of course we are friends but I am Rodent Royalty and he is one of my minions. Turns out he does not make a very good minion.

Bakersfield carrying a banana peel

I had just eaten a banana (I was saving the peel for later), when Bakersfield came up and, neat as you please, picked it up in his sharp rodent teeth. Then he started backing up. As if I wouldn’t notice that he was going backward and carrying my banana peel with him! Oh, he’s the sneaky one. Much sneakier than Fluffy the Squirrel.

Wait a minute!

Bakes is quicker than you’d think. I’m not saying anything, it’s just that he’s put on a little weight since he came to live here. Nevertheless, he had that banana peel into his box in nothing flat!

Oh, whatever.

I think a large part of being Royalty is knowing when to pursue a transgressor and when to just let it slide. Sure, the peel is the best part, but generosity is a regal quality, or it should be.

Eat well, little rat.

13 comments to Rodent Robber (Part II: The Rat)

  • Michele

    What a lovely story. It’s so nice of you to share, Gari!

  • Jennifer

    I like Bakersfield’s little pink, translucent ears!

  • Laurel

    OMG! Funny! Beautiful animals! If Bakersfield gets too big for the cardboard tunes, try PVC. We had 23 rats. They LOVED the PVC and you can hose it out! You can cut it shorter or longer too. They have some with holes in the sides, like airplane windows.

  • Cathy

    This is wonderful! Look at Gari’s expression in the last photo :D. My daughter has pet rats … Gotta share this with her!

  • Lynn Marcotte

    hehehehe That’s all I gotta say!

  • Joann

    I second the PVC. I also used wider PVC conduit for my guinea pig. Easy to clean, not easily destroyed…a great fun addition to their toys.

  • Mischievous Capybara

    Gari, you bring so much joy with your blogs. You look so regal. And we are all your minions, or we would like to be

  • francine

    Noblesse oblige, Gari!

  • I love Gari and Bakersfield’s relationship! It’s so sweet! I also love their respective comfy lounge areas. Too cute!

  • Sara Beth

    Generocity is definitely a regal quality Gari!! You are SUCH a sweetheart!! It’s always supercute to see a sharebara (even when you weren’t intending to give him the whole thing- as evident by your face in the last pic!)! :)

  • Bonnie Vollbeer

    Gari, you are indeed Rodent Royalty! It is plainly evidenced by the look on your face in the last photo. I am beginning to see a movie career in your future!

  • Bonnie Vollbeer

    ……and young Bakersfield would make an excellent co-star!! Tell Melly about my idea. Let’s see what she thinks about it!

  • [...] that and watch the video before continuing. That post is titled, The Rodent Robber. I also have a The Rodent Robber (Part II: The Rat), which is about Bakersfield. Well worth reading. The two previous posts show just how hard it is to [...]

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