SRC Valentines Day Show

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.

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Baby piccies

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:

Arrivals

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!

We had a lovely day at the SRC show on 6th June. It was my first show as show sec and while it was very busy it was also good fun and I’m looking forward to next time.

The ratties did well too. It was the first SRC starred show and only about half a dozen rats were given stars and two of them were mine! Here are my winners:

Rivendell Babs, 1st Silver Fawn (1 star)

Aquarius Dewar, 1st Agouti, Stud Buck (2 stars)

Aquarius Nedd, 1st Black

Northern Lights Angus, 1st Adult Owned Pet Buck

Newcy, 1st Best Rescue

I am particularly proud of Angus as he is my first home bred rat and he won a big class so I was really delighted when he won.

A post a day

May 26, 2010

Right, I really need to get back into the habit of blogging so there is going to be a post a day (most days!) for the next month. I am going away so some days I won’t be at a PC, but the days that I am, the blog will be updated.

Today is a very quick general update, and more detail will follow.

We have said goodbye to Cheese, I found her passed away on 21st April in her cage. Her breathing had been bad since I got her and despite trying antibiotics, nothing seemed to help, I’m just pleased she went peacefully at home.

I have managed to successfully integrate two cages of girls so I now have 10 in the aviary. It took a while and poor Bella ended up being bitten again, but they do eventually seem to have settled down.

My first litter was one of only one baby – the gorgeous Angus, who is turning into a lovely boy.

We have 7 new arrivals. I have got two more boys from Aquarius Rattery – Mackenzie, a British Blue Agouti, and Dewar, an Agouti. One of these two will be used to sire a litter with one of Evie’s offspring, when she has her litter (if all goes to plan!!). There are also two Agouti Berkshires from RCT Rattery, Leigh and Blair. One of these girls will be paired up with Angus to continue creating the British Blue Varies. Along with Leigh and Blair, I collected Ashton (black) and Fratton (Ivory) from Coastboat Rattery. Ashton was part of the ‘package’ with the two agouti girls and Fratton was ‘spare’. She has proved to be an interesting ‘spare’ – details to come tomorrow! And finally, there is Douglas, a Pets at Home adoptee with a head tilt. He is a little black hoody and is very tilty. Hopefully he will be going in with Newcy and Smirnoff but he’s a wee bit nervous at the moment.

So, that’s most of the news. As I said, more will follow soon….