Cheerio and Peppermint’s first Christmas. They were born on Feb. 2 and Feb. 3, 2007 to two female hairless rats, Piper and Phoebe. They were the only two survivors out of a total of 12. Cheerio got his name because he loved Cheerios, but only the name brand. He refused to eat the generic kind and would throw them out of his cage at his dog siblings (who were all too happy to scarf them up). Peppermint was an albino and resembled his namesake with his red eyes and pale skin. Both rats were extremely smart and affectionate. Cheerio was the more outgoing of the two (rats have very distinctive personalities). He loved to ride around on his owner’s shoulder…even when she was vacuuming! Peppermint was a bit more timid. He enjoyed his playtime, but all he really wanted to do was hang out with Cheerio. Rats require a lot of hard work, special care, and attention. They also require a lot of money in vet bills when they get sick, they are well worth every penny! Sadly, both Cheerio and Peppermint are gone now and are missed terribly.