Frederick, a black hooded rat who was the pet of the Nesmith family, passed away today at the advanced age of 2 1/2. He had cancer.
Frederick lived with his brother, Snickers, in the spacious rat cage in the basement. Along with his brother, he enjoyed playing in the mazes built by Robbie, running around loose in the basement, and catching (and eating) crickets when he could find them. He also enjoyed running after the kitty, who was afraid of him.
Frederick was always curious and energetic, and the family loved seeing his interested face and bright eyes. His favorite foods, besides crickets, were grapes, Cheerios, and sunflower seeds.
After his brother Snickers died this spring, Frederick had to adjust to living alone. But he recovered from the loss and enjoyed the company of his people, allowing them to scritch him behind the ears until he bruxillated happily.
Frederick was buried in the backyard after a short funeral service. He will be missed by all.