I used to have rats. I loved them and even got my mom, who was totally against them, to fall in love too. She wants a pair of boys. I found them to be a lot less destructive than the girls.
I swear, Poppy has the same face as my Misty. Makes me miss her so much.
She lived to be about 2 1/2.
I also had rexes, dumbos, hairless (they were really cool) and then the ones you'd find in pet stores.
I'm still trying to convince Tom to let me get a pair....