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Some of my ratties (EaglesEye Rattery)

Discussion in 'Exotic Mammals' started by dreameyce, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. dreameyce

    dreameyce Little Dog

    Along with the canines, kitties, fish, and bird my hobby is (like shadowwolf) raising, showing, and breeding pet rats. NO feeders here (I see my rats like 'little dogs', and breed them the way a responsible dog/cat/any animal breeder would) I'm also a rat show judge, and one of the only rescue volunteers in my state (Sadly!)

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    This is Bagel, who will never be a show rat, but is the Mama of a few winning show kiddos, as well as 'favorites' here. She's a black berkshire who carries the 'dwarf' gene.

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    A Bagel daughter, Shelby. Shelby is a pearl merle dumbo. Sadly, merling in rats is not as impressive as it in in dogs (It's a differnt gene), but I still love the splashes, and mottling in the color (And in Shelby, her impressive 'racing stripe'!)

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    The kiddo on the left was bred by a friend, out of rats bred by me, and the rattie on the right is another Bagel kiddo. They went to their new home at the RatsPacNW show last month.

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    My current litter. The marked babies are rare in the US ratties, called roan AKA UK husky. I'm the first breeder in the NW to breed this gene, and one of a small handful of people in the US to even own this variety. It's a fun gene, as they start off marked, with solid coloring and fade (roan) out with age, progressively with each shed.

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    Waffles! A rex mink guy. Who can resist sweet Waffles? (He'd appreciate being covered in syrup! LOL)

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    Galaxy the Corgi, with Mackenzie, another Bagel kiddo. Macky is a pearl merle dumbo, with a 'target' around his left eye.

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    This baby pic shows it off well.

    I have billions more rattie pics (How could I resist!), but figured I'd introduce myself, and post a couple recent pics.
     
  2. PNWPBR

    PNWPBR Good Dog

    OMG I know you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *waves*


    I never knew rats were so cute as babies!
     
  3. dreameyce

    dreameyce Little Dog

    Hey now, rats are cute their WHOLE lives ;0P heehee (Ok, Ok... like reptiles they are a specialty taste ;)

    Glad to see you here! Kiwi is the pup I talked to you about at NW Working dogs.... We see how that went ;) It was vetoed, and she's doing MUCH better with NILIF, and training to boost her confidence. Still not sure if it was the 'right' choice, but she fits wonderfully in the family, and I do see massive progress as her confidence builds.

    She's special, that's for sure!
     
  4. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    wow! I'm not a big rat fan, but those are really cute!!
     
  5. dreameyce

    dreameyce Little Dog

    I'm terrified of wild rats/rodents- as stupid as that sounds, but pet rats are VERY dog-like. I'm far from being a 'rodent person', but rats really are great for the right owner!

    I actually made a long blog post recently about how loyal ratties can be: http://dreameyce.com/blog/?p=120 I feel rats are more like 'dogs' than 'rodents' (Most rodents aren't social animals, or don't live in complex social groups like dogs/wolves)

    I'm biased though, and while I don't think 'anyone' should own rats, they sure are an under appreciated pet by many! (Much like Pittys!)
     
  6. jeoestreich

    jeoestreich GRCH Dog

    What cuties! I am currently trying to talk my boyfriend into letting me get a couple but so far it has been a NO. :(
     
  7. dreameyce

    dreameyce Little Dog

    Has he met social ratties yet? My hubby was TERRIFIED of rats when we first met, but now has his own after falling for mine! I would have never even dated him had he not come around as awesome as he did.

    His Mom still doesn't visit though... Having rats CAN have it's advantages! ;0P
     
  8. CelticKarma

    CelticKarma Good Dog

    OMG, I am scared to death of rats and mice.:eek:..my heart is still pounding after looking at those pics.......I am just happy they are your house and not mine, I would never get off the kitchen table...lol :D
     
  9. dreameyce

    dreameyce Little Dog

    LOL, like me an spiders!

    The really funny thing is, I freak out at wild rodents, same as most people do. I just don't see my rats as 'rats' like wild rats. I see the prejudice of pet rats as silly, and unfounded as the fear of Pittys... it all has to do with education :)
     
  10. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Everytime someone posts their ratty pictures, I think I need one or two or three...

    Your rats are absolutely gorgeous!

    Do you have any rat show pictures?
     
  11. bullylover4ever

    bullylover4ever Big Dog

    all these rat pics are making me want another little furry buddy!!!
     
  12. Zoe

    Zoe GRCH Dog

    Awwwwww.......... cool! I miss fostering rats. We had some really cool little guys here for awhile. The kids, the dogs and the cat loved them! lol
     
  13. dreameyce

    dreameyce Little Dog

  14. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Ratstock :lol:

    OMG! Those ribbons are bigger than the rats, that just ain't right!:)

    Thanks for sharing, I was trying to picture what a rat show was like!
     
  15. dreameyce

    dreameyce Little Dog

    Rat shows are *a lot* like rabbit shows, if you've ever been to one.

    RatsPacNW is a conformation, and fun/educational based clubs. Many rat clubs are more serious conformation-based, but we work to bring in both the pet owner, and the competitive breeders to each of our events.
     
  16. Tazer

    Tazer Little Dog

    I had two rats once. they got freaking HUGE! anyways I gave them to my nephew and they got evicted out of their house and left the rats. I went over to get em. and the landlord who used to be my landlord (old german guy) said he took em to the humaine society or something like that. But I think he just let em go outside. Im almost positive. Not that he was mean or anything. Just one of them old men.
     
  17. EagleEye

    EagleEye Puppy

    OMG, your rats are adorable! (I like the name of your rattery, too! :D )

    I've entertained thoughts of getting a pet rat...maybe someday. I heard that they're very much like dogs.

    Normally, do pet/show rats have dark eyes?
     
  18. dreameyce

    dreameyce Little Dog

    I like your name too! Great minds think alike? ;)

    You need to get at least a pair of rats, as they are VERY social. I always try to suggest a trio, as that way it helps make grieving a little easier when one passes.

    Pet and show rats come in many colors, eye colors, and other types. In petstores (Eww! Don't do that!) most are albino (white with pink eyes), as well as in laboratories, and just like in dogs, each breeder breeds for what they like. A lot of ratteries have a mix of light eyed, and dark eyed rats. I prefer dark eyed rats personally, but I won't toss aside an exceptional animal for cosmetics alone- no responsible breeder should!
     
  19. cher_bear

    cher_bear Good Dog

    i just love rats! we had a pet rat for years when we were appt dwellers and i agree thar they are very intellegent and social (and much like little dogs)i have a 4 yearold spiney mouse right now that hasnt got nearly as much personality as a rat.i would like to get another rat some day.your roan ones are so neat.they look like little pinto's
     

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