My first rat was called Sunny and if I remember correctly she turned 1 3/4 years old. At that time the subject of rats was totally new for me and compared to today I was a total layman. I knew a bit about rodents because I used to have gerbils and rabbits, but rats are a completely different category. When Sunny had to be put to sleep, I cried again and again for days. The fact that we were just in the middle of moving made the time even worse for me. The photo was taken in 1997 and I just came back from my dance lessons.
Meanwhile about 20 generations of rats have lived with me and the story will not end with Manni, Ivy & Coco.