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A Flushable Pet: Conclusion
Damn it Stephen, you always tell the best tales of childhood and make me cry. I will now think of Yama everytime I hear Yesterday too. Good story. Oma Linda
By: Oma Linda on November 25, 2013
Great memory for you. Of Yama as well as the way your mom understood you and worked with you. My mind is now softer for a pet rat too. Never could see that before.
By: CiCi on November 25, 2013
Animals just know! Didn't everyone have a cousin or a "Mom's friends kid" who played with your shit and accidentally broke it? Good rat!
By: Cranky on November 25, 2013
Hell was always being paid at my home also. The Devil must be a millionaire by now.
By: David Walston on November 25, 2013
LOVED THIS STORY!! I've always wondered, if there's Hell to pay, will the Devil send a bill--& does he accept credit cards?
By: fishducky on November 25, 2013
awww. she sounded like a smart pet. :)
By: TexWisGirl on November 25, 2013
Yama had it darn good and got a proper burial. Good ending!!
By: Tabor on November 25, 2013
awww Yama had a wonderful life with you! Great story!
By: Kathe W. on November 25, 2013
Another fine tale/tail.
By: Hilar on November 25, 2013
I LOVED this- what a great story!
By: Shelly on November 25, 2013
Lovely story! i hope it gets published.
By: Jenny Woolf on November 25, 2013
I love it even though I hate rodents. That was one smart rat. I have a favor to ask of you. Will you please send a birthday card for me to pass on to my (former) mother-in-law? Details are in my post today. Love, Janie P.S. If I've already asked you, please forgive me. I'm not getting the number of volunteers I thought I would.
By: Janie Junebug on November 25, 2013
Well, i've heard rats are brilliantly smart and now i believe it! Great story.
By: mimi on November 25, 2013
Yama had a good sense about her. She quickly realized her place when she met your mother and again when she met your evil cousin. :)
By: Daniel LaFrance on November 25, 2013
Gotta give Yama credit. She could pick her battles. Mom---retreat was best. Cousin-- she saw her enemy and let him have it. I did give a little cheer. Cute, sweet and satisfying story.
By: Akansas Patti on November 25, 2013
Aww, Stephen, that's the most touching ending to a story ever. Pets are wonderful. I'm glad you and Yama each gave the other happy moments and great memories. (And that your nasty cousin got bitten on his "nard sack." You guys are so funny with your euphemisms! But I guess us girls have some funny ones, too...)
By: Lexa Cain on November 25, 2013
All I can say is, your mother is a saint.
By: tom sightings on November 25, 2013
Wow! What a great story. Pets, regardless of the species, can be family. :)
By: on November 25, 2013
At least you didn't beg for a pet rat for Christmas, and have to hear, "A pet rat? It'll bite your nard sack, kid!"
By: Val on November 25, 2013
Like you, I realize pets can be a big part of family, regardless of their species. Great story!
By: Scott Cody Park on November 25, 2013
A great story all the more so for the humor!
By: John on November 26, 2013
What a great memory of being a kid. Sounds like you had a bond with Yama and I love what he did to your cousin. Taught him not to be rough ever again I bet! Great story.
By: Bouncin Barb on November 26, 2013
I LOVE this story... especially the part where astute Yama bites your idiot cousin on his "nard sack." So glad your mother didn't consider rates flushable.
By: Mitchell is Moving on November 26, 2013
I love this story, and I love your way with words! LOL at the "windswept barrenness of the hallway." I hope it will get published.
By: Pixel Peeper on November 26, 2013
Poor Yama, may she rest in peace. Typically, I don't care much for rodents, but the fact that Yama was such a good companion to you is endearing. Your mother is a force to be reckoned with...even a rat knew not to mess with her. Did your cousin turn out OK?...he sounds like he was a little shit in his youth.
By: Cheryl P. on November 26, 2013
Tonight I'll drink to Yama. Great story, well told.
By: Bryan Jones on November 27, 2013
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