Gus is doing very well, thank you! He and I both appreciate that you asked!
He has a New And Exciting Thing in his life - the "Run-About Ball!" Gregor was always afraid of the ball, and whenever I put him in it, he would just panic, pee, and poop. (The Three P's!
) So, I decided that when Gus was a baby, I'd start leaving the ball around with his playstuff, and let him crawl in and out of it, so he would get used to it, and feel like it's just another toy. He was too small to move it then, of course, but now he's a big boy, and has been causing an awful lot of trouble in the area of trying to run around on the floor of a non-rat-proofed room. So, I decided it was time to introduce the ball. We've done it twice, now, and Gus has mixed feelings. He loves the freedom of being able to go anywhere, but he doesn't understand why he has to be in the ball, instead of just running around, free.
Also, earlier in the week, we went to visit his Vet, just to say "hi." She saw Gregor quite a bit, because he developed some dermatitis on his feet, and we were treating with antibiotics. (This was NOT bumblefoot, she said...it was much more mild.) They became good friends, since he was in there so often. Gus, on the other hand, has been very healthy, except for a cold that he had when he was very young; the last time she saw him, he was two and a half inches long, and said "EEP" to her. HOWEVER, I want to make sure that Gus has a good relationship with his doctor...I want her to know how he is when he's healthy, so she can tell when he is sick. She visited with us for about ten minutes, and said that she really enjoyed it. She was impressed by Gus' size, and said that it was so nice to see someone healthy, because usually, her day would be one sickie after another. So, everyone, if you have a Vet who isn't too busy, you might like to drop by with a rat or two, just to say "hello," and "happy mother's day," because she mommies all the sick ones. I'll bet she will be happy to see you!