In Memory of Missy... March 10, 1998 * February 28, 2001

Although I've had other pet rats, Missy was the smartest and most affectionate one.
A Requiem for Missy.

Rattus norwiegicus is your taxonomic nomenclature,
An endothermic quadraped, seminocturnal by nature?
Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses
Contribute to your recreational skills,
And natural defenses.

I find myself intrigued by your dental bruxations
A singular development of rattal communications.
This obviates your basic sedentary quiescention
For this is how you demonstrate affection.

Tree embryos & yogurt are quite essential for your viscerence.
You would not be so motile if you lacked their succulence.
And when not curled up being nocturnal in your quarters,
Captive vegetation falls and insulators become martyrs.

O Missy,
The complex levels of behavior you display
Connote a fairly well developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Missy, and do not comprehend,
I none the less consider you a true and valued friend.

(Yes, she appeared on America's Funniest Home Videos in November 1998!!!)

Missy, after trashing a terrarium
This is Missy right after she trashed a terrarium.
Doesn't she just LOOK guilty?

Missy, the little rascal
Missy, the little rascal emerging from under a Rascal.

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