Rats, It’s Toesday (Special Edition)

Gonna combine Toesday and a special Rats edition in one post. Sorry to announce that Rats, It’s Monday alum Franklin has passed away. 😦

“This is Franklin. You may remember him from a Rats It’s Monday entry on C.O. last fall. Sadly, Franklin passed away on 11th June,” writes Frankie in the U.K. “He was a pretty special chap, doing a lot for ratty PR in the UK. He even made it onto Good Morning Britain on their Pets Week at the end of May.”

“He met so many people at the London Pet show the past two years and touched so many people’s hearts. He especially enjoyed meeting a young ten year old author there who wrote the Adventures of Sherb and Pip. I hope you can give him a little shout out as his human family were all very proud of all he did in his short life, and miss him very very much.”



  1. So sorry to read about Franklin’s passing on. I know he will be fondly remembered by his hoomin family. His being on tv had to help many understand the joys of owning a rattie and not to think of them as ” just” rodents.

  2. herbert butler says:

    Franklin looked like a wonderful guy and great companion. Please pass on my condolences to his family.

  3. Rachael says:

    My sincerest sympathies to Franklin’s hoomins for their loss. It’s never easy to lose a beloved pet but hopefully the memories will help ease their pain. ❤

  4. LunaChickFringe says:

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. We all love our furry family so hard and it hurts so much when we lose them.

  5. Long, but I hope you see and read it. I run a small animal rescue in Michigan near Detroit USA. I have had several rats, but we no longer take them in and I no longer allow myself to have them as pets. I get attached too easily and they just don’t live long enough. I would call my vet (exotics specialists) and would ask, “Can my rat have ramen noodles?” I know they are omnivorous, but you don’t want to shorten their lives either. She asked “How long have to already been feeding them to her and cooked or raw?” BTW one noodle a day while I had my lunch was okay. She hated to get dirty to I had to hand feed it to her while she held her paws out to her side to keep them clean. I knew it was the end for me when I rescued a feeder rat at an event. Okay, I stole it when I found out its intended fate, but they knew I was stealing it and covered for me. I had him only 1 night until I look him to the adopter I knew wanted a rat. 10 years later, I still feel him on my shoulder, his muzzle in my ear and cry when I think about him. I know how you feel and you have my heart.

  6. Mikeyfur says:

    I’m so sorry Franklin is gone. We don’t get to keep our ratties here on earth long enough. They break our hearts on a regular when have to say goodbye much too soon.

  7. Saffron says:

    To Franklin’s hoomins, I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a sweet rattie and touched people’s lives; even those he never met. <3. I wish we could borrow our anipals from Heaven a bit longer. 😦

  8. RIP, Franklin. You sure were a good looking rat!

  9. Victoria, Mom to 4 Rats (and Two Orange Kittehs) says:

    R.I.P. Franklin

    He was a very handsome boy and that first pic is just too precious. I’ve lost many ratties over the year and each one loss breaks my heart. My deepest sympathies to his human family.

  10. So sorry about Franklin’s passing. I’m not a rat person but I do love my furry children.

  11. Kristin says:

    Rats, it’s so hard to lose a pet! My heart goes out to Franklin’s family. He was so very loved and adored. I hate that our ratties have such short lives, but I love every moment I spend with them. My thoughts are with you!

  12. Oh noooos!!!! RIP Franklin, you were such a handsome boy xxx

  13. What a wonder Rat Ambassador Franklin was. So sorry. I know how much you can miss him. Looks like Franklin packed a great deal of adventure and love into his time with you on Earth. Love the first pic. ❤️