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Monday, June 26, 2017

Adopting A Special Needs Mouse (Because Why Not)

Adopting a pet mouse

Adopting A Geriatric Special Needs Mouse

My daughter (Mini-Me) attended science camp last summer and fell in love with a mouse named Esmerelda (AKA Mrs. Mouse). We didn't adopt Mrs. Mouse because Elsie was sick and the timing wasn't right. However, I promised that if Mrs. Mouse was still around we would bring her home next summer. Mrs. Mouse was older and overweight and truthfully, the chances of her living another year seemed unlikely.

Mini-Me spent much of the last year planning her reunion with Mrs. Mouse, even saving toilet paper rolls for her future habitat. We discussed the possibility that Mrs. Mouse might not be there when she returned. She understood the odds, but remained hopeful just in case.

Adopting two female mice

Earlier this month, on the drive to camp, we discussed Mrs. Mouse and how she probably had a great life with all her mice friends. And if she wasn't there, it was OK. 

But the next morning I received an over-the-moon email from Mini-Me: Mrs. Mouse was alive and well and even remembered her! How do you know she remembered you, I emailed back. Because she sat in my lap and didn't pee on me, she told me. And with that, it was official - we were adopting Mrs. Mouse.

The following Saturday we picked up Mini-Me, Mrs. Mouse and Pepper Jack (because female mice are very social and do better in pairs). It turns out mice usually live about three years. Mrs. Mouse is probably around two and will live out the rest of her life with us.

Mrs. Mouse is overweight, older and missing some fur on her face. She's definitely a special needs mouse (if that is even a thing). While some parents take pride in good grades or winning games, I am proud that my kid spent the last year worrying about a mouse that probably no one else in the world would have even noticed. Compassion matters!

Female mice are very social and like to be adopted in pairs

And Then There Were Five ...

We are now a five species home - cat, dog, rabbit, mice, and humans.

We are still negotiating the whole cat and mouse sharing space peacefully thing. For now, the mice and Rosie are living separate lives with doors and walls between them. Rosie spotted them once and immediately got all big-eyed and panther-like. She was promptly removed and given a treat in the next room.

Dogs and mice living together like friends

Ruby finds the mice fascinating and seems to think they might be mini-rockstars. She spends lots of time sitting beneath their habitat, watching them with stars in her eyes.

Mrs. Mouse is more reserved and somewhat of an emotional eater (we are working on that). She likes to rearrange her stuff at night and sleep in one of the toilet paper holders that Mini-Me saved for her. Pepper Jack is animated and likes to run on her wheel and dance around on her hind legs. Pretty sure if I could find a tiny guitar she would play it and give Ruby a real show.

Stay tuned for future multi-species mania updates.



  1. You're a good mom, I'm ok with hamsters, but draw the line at mice/rats and snakes.

  2. Random FelinesJune 26, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    good job....saving the mice and teaching the kid a great lesson.

  3. Yamini MacLeanJune 26, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    Hari OM
    You are an ARK...!!! YAM xx

  4. Bella Roxy & MacduiJune 26, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    We think Mrs Mouse has found the perfect retirement home!

  5. Bouncing BertieJune 26, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Mini-Me is definitely a chip off the old block.
    Wishing Mrs Mouse a long and happy retirement.

  6. Idaho PugRanchJune 26, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    How sweet! I bet Mini-me was so happy that Mrs Mouse was waiting for her. My sister and I had pet rats when we were young.
    Hazel & Mabel & Mom

  7. Welcome, Mrs. Mouse and Pepper Jack! I bet they were SO happy when Mini-Me told them they got to go home with her!

  8. ♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥June 26, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    You ARE an awesome Mom - that's what our Mom thinks. We had the little bipeds hamster here for a few days while waiting for Christmas to arrive, and he had to stay in another room upstairs because of our curiosity. Mom was really worried about your expanding family until she got to the end and realized that Pepper Jack is also a female:) Clever of you to save that little tidbit until the end - BOL.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  9. Lola The Rescued CatJune 26, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Your daughter is amazing. And it's obvious she learned her compassion for living things from you - a great role model. I'm looking forward to reading more about Mrs. Mouse.

  10. What a supportive Mom. Ruby probably thinks it's great entertainment watching the mice move around.

  11. That is wonderful news and we know Mrs. Mouse will love being there with you all!

  12. This is just delightful! Kudos to your wonderful daughter who has so much love and compassion in her heart that she worried for an entire year about the fate of a tiny mouse. She has your beautiful heart! Ruby is really something else, such a special dog. I'm so glad Mrs. mouse and her friend Pepper Jack have found a special home with you - I wonder if they know how lucky they are?
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  13. Foley Monster, Pocket and River SongJune 26, 2017 at 10:21 PM

    All creatures great and small. They are lucky to be loved by you

  14. congrats mrs. mouse you found the best home ever!!! and that#s the evidence that cat&mouse can live together in a house, yay ;o)
    the mama had a mouse once too named fritzi, it was a supercute pet... butt it also was a bittersweet eggs-perience for the mama after ~14 months, because... well you know....

  15. Molly the AireGirlJune 27, 2017 at 6:33 AM

    Angel Mitch would be sitting there just like you, Ruby, and contemplating how to get at the mousies☺

  16. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Kristin this warms my heart and makes the smile. Mini you is a loving and caring young lady and that will take her a very long way.

    Guess who we met our last night in Colorado Springs? Amber mom to Mayzie, Ranger, Smudge and Abby. I was so excited back in April when I found out we'd be in Colorado Springs for one night. I emailed Amber and we arranged to have supper with her that last night. She said to say hi to you all. Bryan took a great photo of us together I'll have to send it to you.
    Hugs Cecilia and Madi

  17. Momma Kat and Her Bear CatJune 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    If Mini-Me was my daughter, I'd be super proud that I raised a kid so loving and in tune with animals :) Great job! We love the new additions ... even if Rosie has other ideas for them.

  18. da tabbies o trout towneJune 27, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    oh kay; all snax jokez a side { da boss noes what we meen :) ♥♥♥ thiz izza total lee awesum post....waves two ewe MM & PJ; itz veree nice two meet ewe both :) ☺☺☺

  19. Oh this is so cool.

  20. McGuffy Ann MorrisJune 27, 2017 at 8:11 PM

    Thank you for doing this. I adopted a mouse who had been dropped and had a broken nose. He was supposed to be a "feeder", until I adopted him. He had a good, quiet life then. HUGS!

  21. They are cute. Mom had gerbils as a kid. With our hunting instincts and the cats, we couldn't risk having any rodents in our house.

  22. Kristen @ My 3 Little KittensJune 28, 2017 at 7:11 AM

    This is absolutely fantastic. Teaching children to love and care for animals makes ALL the difference. Mrs. Mouse is quite the lucky girl and her golden year will be spent in a loving home, as she deserves!

  23. I love that your daughter thought about Mrs. Mouse all year long. That's so sweet. Welcome to the family Mrs. Mouse and Pepper Jack! :)

  24. What a great story! Well done for your daughter to care so much for Mrs. Mouse and help her have such a caring home

  25. Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya WilhelmJune 28, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    How sweet is that? I have never thought much about mice. This was a great post and fantastic for kiddos.

  26. Happy-Go-DoodleJune 28, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    Awww...what a wonderful story. Your sentence "Compassion matters" says it all. Happy to meet Mrs. Mouse and look forward to following along on your adventures.

  27. Fashion Beyond FortyJune 28, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    This gets the biggest AWEEEE of the day award!
    This was a meant to be situation for sure!
    I am so glad your daughter was patient and got her mouse in the end!
    Love this!

  28. Heather WallaceJune 28, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Awwww, it sounds like your Mini Me has a soft spot for animals too! I love it. My youngest loves mice and has been begging for one. My dogs would never allow it but I do like that. I will take her to the pet store so she can meet one. Mrs Mouse certainly is lucky to have you guys!

  29. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! What a cute little mouse!!

  30. Tenacious Little TerrierJune 28, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    What a lovely story and how thoughtful of your daughter. I hope everyone co-exists happily!

  31. This is the sweetest story! There is no limit to Mini-me's love, it seems! <3 Dear Mishu

  32. Sherri TelenkoJune 28, 2017 at 7:38 PM

    Great story. While I wouldn't underestimate worrying about grades (well, learning specifically) worrying about a mouse is a plus too. I relate to her emotional eating.

  33. Sweet PurrfectionsJune 28, 2017 at 8:54 PM

    How wonderful of your daughter to want Mrs. Mouse, even if she wasn't perfect. It would be very interesting to see how the cat responds in the future.

  34. This is so cute! I used to work in a pet store when I was younger, and I loved working with mice! They are so cute, and super smart! Hoping for the best, for all of you!

  35. Compassion does matter! Indeed, you should be proud. Such a sweet story!

  36. Beth PattersonJune 29, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    I'm glad that Mrs. Mouse and her friend are home with you now! I had pet mice as a kid and they were lots of fun. Unfortunately, one night our dogs knocked their cage over and caught the mice. While the one the Bullmastiff had survived, the one that our Yorkie caught, did not. I know Ruby is super sweet, but make sure that lid is on tight!

  37. I've adopted about 15 or so nmce from a Rescue or shelter over the last couple of years. All of them older, chubby, biters, etc. many from hoarding cases. I will never buy a mouse.

    Congrats on adopting this little one! It's always rewarding, even if they don't live very long. At least she gets to live the rest of her life in a great home.

  38. WithOutTheSnowDogsJune 29, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    So many people forget about older animals, and I bet most people who get mice don't even consider their lives when they get older!

  39. Shawnee the ShepherdJune 29, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    I ♥ Mini-Me! What a kiddo thinking about us old geezers. You go Mini-Me!

  40. Three Chatty CatsJune 29, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Your daughter really is your mini-me. Following in your animal-loving steps!

  41. You taught your Mini-Me well. Being around kids all summer prolly caused the hair loss and nervous eating habits. Heh heh.


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