26
Apr

I finally have some time tonight to sit down and post! I apologize for the delay, it’s been a bit of a rough week for me.

Kessy’s (my dog’s) ultrasound was last week. I was hopeful that she was pregnant, but no luck :( I have been pretty crushed about it…she is getting older and I don’t know if I will be able to try again. We have a herding trial in the fall, and if her heat conflicts with that, I don’t know if Iwill breed her. This has been my dream for a long time (almost 10 years) and to see it fail just is not fun after I’ve worked so hard.

So, I have been trying to keep busy to keep my mind off things, I started some new projects around the house and finished some ones that had been started already. I have always wanted some rose bushes, but I’ve never had much of a green thumb so I was intimidated. But I decided to get a few, so I ordered 3 bushes and prepared a nice area for them. This is what they look like now…they are maybe 6″ to a foot tall so kinda sad…but they should grow quickly!

And hopefully this is what their flowers will look like soon!

The orange one was at the top my husband’s choice…his favorite color is orange and he agreed to help with them as long as I got him an orange rose. If these do well, I would like to get at least 2 more for next year…one red and one white.

I also built an A-Frame for training the dogs, and redid the floor of one of the dog kennels…it used to be pea gravel but that has been driving me crazy for years! So it now has a floor of paver blocks and it is really nice! I hope to do the other one next month.

I decided to give Johanna’s litter a rose theme in honor of my roses…I’ve named them after different rose varieties. Speaking of the babies – they are really doing well. Three of the little ones have conjunctivitis. They seem fine, other than the crusty eyes. They are being treated for it, so hopefully their eyes clear up soon. The other babies do not have any eye discharge whatsoever, so I don’t think it is contagious. But I am planning to keep them all an extra 2 weeks just to be positive. The babies with the bad eyes will stay here until their eyes are clear for several weeks, just to be sure they are fine. Then they may be offered for adoption or I may just keep them here. I will have to see how they do.

I’ve cleared a spot on my computer desk, and the babies are now in a cage sitting there. I don’t know why I haven’t done it before, but it is wonderful! I can lean over and talk to them and play with them any time I’m on the computer. The cage they’re in right now is a little small for them all but hopefully I can clear a bigger area soon. But these guys are absolutely gorgeous, and so sweet. Lyric’s little man is also doing great. He’s still a tiny bit smaller but you’d never know he had such a rough start in life.

In other news…well as many of you know, a lot of my boys are getting up there in age. Most of them are still doing great, but Jelly Belly has been showing signs of his age. He’s been losing weight for the last month or so. And a few weeks ago I saw he was starting to have some hind-end degeneration. He was put in a small cage with Hoover and a few babies, since I didn’t want to risk him getting beat up on in my main cage of males. But the HED has progressed fairly quickly. For about the last week, he’s been in a cage by himself. He has completely lost the use of his back legs. He still seems very bright-eyed and happy though. As soon as he hears my voice he gets up and will drag himself over with his front legs to say hello. It is a sad sight, but he still seems to be very happy. Once he starts to go downhill…either in mood or if he starts to have issues with his front end or with bladder/kidney infections then I will have him PTS. I don’t know when that will be but I am taking it day by day.

I am also gearing up to do a shipment of rats to Quebec on the 29th…it has been in the works for a long time, and it’s very exciting that it’s finally here! They will be going to la Ratterie des PlĂ©iades (http://www.ratteriedespleiades.com). Some of the spring babies will be going, along with Elphaba and Gulliver and 2 boys that I picked up yesterday from Katie of Rat Pack Rattery.

I took a few pictures of my little keeper boy and Maybelle outside today with a few daffodils. They didn’t come out quite as nice as last year’s pictures with Lovett and Johanna (those were some of my favorites) but they are still cute!


I will be doing a post or new page soon about the progress of my self line…where it started, how I got where I’m at, and where it’s going…so keep an eye out for that.

I guess that’s all for now. I hope everyone is enjoying the weather!!

24
Apr

Sorry for the delay in posting pictures…this past week has been really busy, and I have not had a chance to get pictures taken. I have just finished uploading baby pictures and a little about the litters to Lyric and Johanna’s litter pages.
I have a lot of updates I would like to post…but it will have to wait until tomorrow evening :) I am off to bed, but just wanted to get the litter pictures up for everyone to see.

15
Apr

The babies are now 13 days old. Everybody is doing well, and some eyes started opening today. I will post individual pictures once everyone’s eyes are open. But here are the boys…
From left to right: Lyric’s litter russian blue dumbo boy, himilayan dumbo, black-eyed himilayan dumbo, black-eyed siamese dumbo, and one black-eyed siamese and one siamese.

And the girls…a siamese, a himilayan dumbo, a himilayan, and a second himilayan dumbo.

Right now, I have my eye on the BEH boy and one of the himi dumbo girls are keepers. I will have to see how they develop over the next week or two. I am so happy to get a nice looking BEH dumbo, especially male. It is really exciting to see my goal of ivory one step closer. I’m sure a lot of people prefer the russian blues or minks or doves or other colors but I just find “plain” white rats so beautiful. This guy will get his points when he’s a bit older, but for now he is just all white and I love it! I do find himilayans stunning too but for me I don’t think it gets better than an ivory! Anyway here is the little man…

And a group shot of the babies….yes I put them in a big salad bowl LOL It is steep enough that they can’t easily crawl out of it and they can sit in my lap while I watch TV or on my computer desk while I work online.

And one of the siamese boys…one eye has opened but the other hasn’t quite yet!

That’s all for tonight :)

08
Apr

Here are some pictures of Johanna’s litter (and Lyric’s little boy), taken late last night…

The boys:

Tentatively, it looks like there is one black-eyed himilayan dumbo, one himilayan dumbo, one black-eyed siamese dumbo, two black-eyed siamese, and Lyric’s little guy is on the left, he should be a russian blue or russian blue agouti dumbo. He is still doing okay, he’s small but is holding on.

And the girls…


Again – tentatively, two himilayan dumbos, one himilayan, one black-eyed siamese. The last girl’s pigment is a little slow to come in so I’m not 100% sure quite yet, she could be a black-eyed himilayan.

06
Apr

As expected, Johanna had her litter on April 1st. She is a wonderful mother – there are 9 babies, and they are all doing very well.
Lyric also had her litter on April 2nd. There were only 5, but that was fine. She seemed to be taking good care of them, and they had bellies full of milk when I went to bed. When I checked on them the next morning, the babies were very cold and Lyric wanted nothing to do with them. They still had full bellies, but since they were so cold I decided to give them to Johanna to raise with her litter. I checked back about 2 hours later, and they had warmed up and I was very hopeful. Unfortunately, when I checked again a few hours later, all but one of Lyric’s babies had passed away. Now – I am not 100% positive that it was all Lyric’s babies that passed, since at this age they all look the same. I will know for sure in a few more days when their colors come in. But I am fairly sure they were Lyric’s since Johanna’s were doing fine. So I believe there is one little boy left from Lyric’s litter, and Johanna’s original 9. It is very disappointing and sad. I am thinking that since they were so cold, their digestion shut down and the milk in their bellies either went bad or solidified or…who knows. But they still had full milk bands when they passed.

So…that is tonight’s update. I will try to get pictures of the gang tomorrow…I’m off to bed!