This article is from the WSSF 2010 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.
From Laura Tukey, Auburn, ME
I’d never tried these particular girls in the bath or pool. So when I noticed
when I gave them a dish of water (on the play table is 1 water bottle—8 rats playing need more water) they
seemed more interested in paddling; in Valentina’s case dunking her entire head under. I decided to pull out
the rat wading pool (a large shallow dish). Amelia waded across. So I added pumpkin seeds and a cherry (we were
eating cherries). Well, from there went in corn I’d had and they were all going nuts
rescuing the food
and toys. Well then, I had the bright idea to add a cucumber to attract all the stragglers as a few of my girls
wouldn’t get in for dry food (wet dry food). Amelia was giving paddling lessons in both dishes. I put in
the cucumber. Presto, everyone in. I’m laughing so hard I’m crying at all the splashing, dunking, etc.
They really were like kids at the beach. It’s about that time that company shows up. Eying the knife (for the
cucumber), my microwave pot (the only shallow one), the food, and the rats, she totally asks me straight faced,
What are you making? I couldn’t help it I’m laughing so hard I said,
Rat soup. So now whenever the
girls swim, we joke and call it rat soup.