I've been a little worried about what to do with the girls when I go out of town. This coming summer, I have two trips scheduled and both are a week to ten days. No one was wanting to keep my two girls. Today, I was at meeting with a group of coworkers and they were asking about the rats. I asked the quirky coworker if she would be interested in keeping them some when I travel and she said she would love to! I am glad some one sees how fabulous pet rats can be. She does have other pets but has had many different types of rodents in the past. So, she is aware of the need to protect them from her pup. My girls live in a SCN and I feel it is a sturdy enough cage to protect the girls from the pup. She also has a separate room they can stay in when she isn't home and through the night. Now to find a dog and house sitter!