Writing about Phoebe reminded me of all the other little animals
we have had in our family and loved so much.
I don't think any of them were loved quite as much as Douglas,
Scott's little rat.
Douglas was a handsome rat, with soft buff colored fur
which he cleaned constantly
and a tiny pink nose and ears.
Douglas also had very deep red eyes
that appeared black most of the time and very wise.
One of the unique things about Douglas was his ability to stay put.
Consequently, Scott carried him around everywhere
from the minute he got home from school until bedtime.
Douglas must have been a great listener, a loyal confidant,
and a true friend
to have earned such love from my growing boy.
Douglas loved other people too
but by far, Scott was his favorite.
Douglas has been gone from us for many years now,
but to this day,
I know there is a soft spot in my grown boy's heart
for that little creature.