February 17, 2011
I was at the Scottish Rat Club Valentines Day Show on Saturday, it was a lovely show at a really nice hall and I think everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day.
I was very proud of my ratties. Northern Lights Pippin was best Silver, Northern Lights Nev was best British Blue, Aquarius Dewar was 3rd in Agouti and got Stud Buck (for the second time, what a manly ratty he is!) and Northern Lights Ellie was best Agouti. I am very pleased with Ellie, as it was a big class of 11 rats and she was also third in the Adult Challenge. It was a 1 star show and Ellie and Dewar both got stars as well.
The lovely Northern Lights Angus was first Adult Owned Pet Buck as well, which is the second time he’s won that too! He’s such a special boy, he just loves people and was delighted to be cuddled by anyone who wanted to! His boys that I kept are turning out to be just like him as well.
Also vaguely related to show news, I took over as Webmaster of the Scottish Rat Club back in September and over Christmas made myself useful giving the site a complete overhaul. You can check it out at: The Scottish Rat Club. If anyone is interested in a ratty related link exchange, please use the contact details on the website to contact me.
November 18, 2010
Here are some photos taken of the babies on Monday when they were just four weeks.
British Blue Agouti Berkshire:
Black Berkshire 1
Black Berkshire 2
Black Berkshire 3
Now for the girls:
Agouti Berkshire 1
Agouti Berkshire 2
Black Berkshire 1
Black Berkshire 2
And the three that will be staying here to carry on with the British Blue variegated plans:
British Blue Variegated girl
Agouti Berkshire Boy
Agouti Variegated Boy
November 1, 2010
Blair’s babies are doing well, they’ve just opened their eyes and one or two are going for a little wander. Here are a few photos taken earlier in the week, now I know what colours and markings we have.
Very excited that I have three variegateds:
5 of them are black berkshire, like their Dad
I have two that I think are British Blue agoutis but they do appear to be slightly different shades
And five are agouti. I’m not sure yet which are berkshires and which are self, but they all have white feet and the one with the splodgy blaze is definitely a berkie and will probably stay here:
October 24, 2010
As per usual I have been useless at updating this!
We have more babies – a large litter of 15 from RCT Blair and our own home-bred Northern Lights Angus, born on 17th October. This litter is the beginning of the British Blue varie line and I am really pleased that we have three splodgy babies that I think are mismarked varies. I also have Berkshires and Selfs and we have Blacks, Agoutis and a couple of paler ones which are hopefully british blue or british blue agouti.
Here are a few piccies. More to follow when their fur has come through and I can be a bit clearer on colours and markings.
I’m sure I have other news but I will update soon with new posts – promise!
September 6, 2010
It was the Scottish Rat Club’s September show on Saturday. I only took four rats with me to show as I had quite a few to be delivered to their new owners and I got a bit stressed working out how many carriers I needed and who would travel together!
I took my gorgeous Aquarius british blue boy, Stan, Fratton and two home bred agouti kittens, Ellie and Bonnie.
Stan got best british blue and was 4th in the Self Challenge, Fratton was 2nd Ivory and 3rd in the Self Challenge.
I was particularly pleased with myself with the two agouti kittens. I took two of their siblings (one buck & one doe) with me to go to their new owner and she had them in the show. I was very pleased that the two I kept beat the two I’d given away – I obviously have a bit of an idea of what I’m looking at in a keeper! They came 1st and 2nd in Agouti, getting the agouti rosette and then came 2nd and 3rd in the AOV kitten class (out of 10) and Ellie came 4th in the AOV all ages challenge (out of 20) which bodes well for the future.
I have some slightly more up to date photos to share of Evie’s babies as well. They are so gorgeous and full of mischief, four weeks old yesterday – time is just flying by! I will get them up shortly and hopefully there will be a mating in the next few weeks to make some marked babies.
August 15, 2010
I have been looking forward to blue babies for so long, as British Blue is the variety is I originally decided I wanted to breed. However, at one point I did wonder if I would ever get any!
Evie, the one doe I have for my blue line took three tries to get pregnant, with two different bucks! But she has finally had a litter. It’s a small one, only 5 babies, 4 boys and 1 girl I think. I was after a couple of blue girls from her litter, but the one girl she has had is a either blue or blue agouti so she has been a clever mum in that respect!
Here are some piccies, taken today at a week old:
My blue girly
Bella’s babies now all have homes lined up and have been split from their Mum today. They are turning into really nice rats and I will get some new pics of them to put on here soon.
August 6, 2010
I had to take Tully to the vets today as she has a little lump in her armpit. We have been given antibiotics and instructions to return in a week.
On the way back home I went via a friend’s to pick up her gerbils who are having a holiday here. I stopped for a cuppa and took the ratties in with me. (I took Thyme along to keep Tully company). Both got taken out of their carrier and Tully was running about on my friend and Thyme on my friend’s sister. They both got sleepy eventually and settled down to enjoy scritches and stroking and Thyme curled up like a little cat and went to sleep. She was so chilled out it was lovely and totally convinced my friend’s sister that she wanted a rat!
Then Tully had a little cuddle with my friend’s mum who is a bit rat tail phobic but had agreed by the end of the visit that they were very cute and I might convince her one day!!
So, I am very proud of my lovely cuddly girls – I always love convincing people how great rats are as pets.