Why we love the mummified rat in our wall #Decor & Decorating#macabre#rats May 22 2013 | Guest post by Chelsea "Dougie, the naturally mummified rat, forever memorialized in the wall between the garage and laundry room. We just moved to an historic area of downtown Arlington, so there are plaques on the house and duplex next door. Since we're living above what used to be a barber shop, I can't help but be reminded of Sweeney Todd! There is something a little macabre about the space, that the previous tenants apparently didn't like very much. Apparently, the contractor hired to renovate the property was a little kooky, and so is the landlady. We found out just HOW kooky they are when we started talking to our landlady about pets, and mentioned that we'd had two Dumbo rats before. That's when she got so excited to show us the mummified rat on display in our wall. Yup, that's a naturally mummified rat, named Dougie! They decided to give him a proper burial, so they installed a plexiglass window between the garage and laundry room, and put Dougie inside. Dougie's display box is to the right of the big window. I know, I know, it's creepy, it's weird, it's bizarre, and that's why I love it. I also love that they respected this rat enough to give him an honored place on the property. Our landlady says we're probably the only tenants so far who love him. Best. Conversation. Piece. Ever. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Chelsea Hi! I am a happily married, 20-something Texan. I love God, my family and friends, quirkiness, dark humor, a good quote, and I can't resist most animals. http://chelsealikeengland.wordpress.com PREVIOUS We're thinking about creating a family name — how can we avoid losing our heritage in the process? NEXT My aunt adopted my daughter: how I birthed my niece Show/Hide comments [ 17 ] ngl, I'd be putting up a curtain over Dougie's tomb. Eeek! Reply I have a friend who has a raccoon like this, with his little paws folded over his chest, in the window well of her basement (a deck has been built above it). Reply That is a great conversation piece. We found a mummified rat in our wall while renovating, she had made her nest out of dolls clothes, that made it a little more sad to find her all tucked into a bright pink doll dress in the wall. We didn't keep her though, now way my husband would go for that. I did take a few pics before we sent her to her final resting place. Even though we didn't keep the rat she has come up in conversations from time to time. Reply The idea of a rat dying on a nest of doll clothes just broke my heart. Now I want to HUG ALL THE RATS!!! Reply I KNOW! That's just … aw. 🙁 Reply As a child one of my favourite things in a local museum was a mummified cat they had found under the floorboards. 25 years later it's still there on display – my mum sent me a photo of it last month! Reply This is the best! Kooky for certain, but totally endearing. Reply I love this. So hard. Reply That is one of the best things I have ever seen. Reply As a rat mommy myself once upon a time, this is totally endearing. I just hope his window is sufficiently sealed and dry that he doesn't start to rot. Reply My friend and I were just discussing this the other day as I introduced her to Dougie. I think I'll mention it to the landlady. We're former rat-parents, ourselves, so we care about his well being. Reply If I were living there, I think I'd decorate the outside of his window/box with holiday- or season-related things. Bunny gel clings for spring, little tape-on snowflakes for winter, Santa hats…yes. I'd have to combine macabre and cuteness. 🙂 Reply Yay! Thank you for sharing Dougie with everyone. Just a note – Dougie's window is next to, not another window, but the *original* mirror from what used to be the barber shop. 🙂 I love it! Reply Fellow Texan(Plano) here, I LOVE Dougie! and the eeriness of the barbershop. This is awesome. 🙂 Reply At first I was like, 'Eww!' But then I was like, 'Aww!' It's creepy, for sure, but in a sweet, sentimental way. True animal lovers live in your house! Reply Bless Dougie and the little girl rat who passed in the pink doll dress…that bought a tear to my eye..bless her little ratty heart, i hope she runs around in her ratty heaven, wearing her little pink dress. Reply I love it! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.