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PixieofCatan Mon 01-Dec-14 21:47:57

Just sharing photos of rats, come join me smile

Please excuse DP's chest though! Here is my mischief, three boys and three girls.

Howl, Haku and Ashi are the boys, Howl is the one eyed git who got under and behind the built in fridge back in January, Haku is the sandy coloured done and Ashi is my blue dumbo baby (9 weeks!). Ashi is a runt, so very small and prone to issues.

Nibbles, Aeryn and Zhaan are the girls, Nibbles is the red eyed rescue, Aeryn is the agouti and Zhaan is the black rex.

H&H are brothers, nearly a year old. Nibbles was a rescue, she's about a year and a half. A&Z are sisters born in June and Ashi is their baby brother born at the end of September.

PixieofCatan Mon 01-Dec-14 22:06:46

Zhaan, Haku and Howl smile

moosemama Mon 01-Dec-14 22:22:27

Aw, they're all lovely.

No photos of mine, as we haven't kept rats for almost 20 years now and all the photos are up in the loft, but we did have several, after the first two we ever bought (who we were assured were the same sex) turned out to be mum and dad to 10 babies, just 48 hours after we brought them home.

The three we kept were Picasso, Magritte and Fido! Mum and dad were both black hooded and the daughter we kept was all black, but for a white stripe down the middle of her stomach. Fido (named by dh) was the dad and absolutely enormous. (I do know the girls both had male names as well, but somehow they suited them.)

They used to love to lie stretched out on the sofa alongside our enormous long-coat GSD. smile

Lots of friends and family had the rest of the babies, so we were able to keep in touch.

I take it you are Farscape fans! Surely you need D'Argo, Crichton and Rygel too? grin

PixieofCatan Tue 02-Dec-14 07:05:17

shock We had similar with a hamster when I was a child. After being assured that the hamster was male and just fat, we got him home and within two days "he" had babies! Luckily no Daddy to live with her! Our friends and family had those babies too smile

Aw, good to know that GSDs like rats, we'd love a GSD one day smile

We are Farscape fans smile We're Chibli fans to and our boys are named in that fashion. We decided to go with another fandom for the girls. I really wanted to name Zhaan Chiana but DP wouldn't let me. He doesn't like Chiana, I love her grin I also want to get a red coated female and name her Sikozu but that'll have to wait until ours get a bit older!

PixieofCatan Tue 02-Dec-14 07:05:49

Ghibli, not Chibli confused grin That was my awful typing rather than autocorrect blush

moosemama Tue 02-Dec-14 10:33:20

Our GSD was pretty unique, but any pup can be trained to live with other animals harmoniously if you go about it the right way.

I love the name Chiana, it was on our list for our puppy last summer, but we ended up with a boy and the dcs named him Pip. hmm An old friend has a dog called D'Argo. smile

grin I was about to Google Chibli, before I noticed your second post! grin

PixieofCatan Tue 02-Dec-14 10:39:15

Isn't Pip John's nickname for Chiana?

moosemama Tue 02-Dec-14 10:54:02

Yes it is. Dh threw the name into the mix as a suggestion, as we were picking the pup up on our way back from holiday and we re-watched the boxed sets of Farscape while we were away. The kids jumped on it instantly and all other names were adamantly vetoed. grin

It suited him when he was small, but he's 28.5" to the shoulders now he's fully grown and people often look at me a bit strangely when I tell them his name. grin

PixieofCatan Tue 02-Dec-14 11:28:08

Haha, nice! Yeah, Pip is a funny name for a big dog! grin We did discuss carrying on with the Farscape theme when we got Ashi, but decided that he had to stay with the Ghibli theme seeing as he wasn't one of a pair!

PixieofCatan Fri 05-Dec-14 23:06:59

Aeryn, my two younger girls who are actually Ashi's biological sisters and Nibbles on her 'perch'. She'll go up there when she wants to come out most of the time then!

Wolfiefan Fri 05-Dec-14 23:12:33

Look at all the cute ratties!
Haven't kept rats for years but you lot are giving me the urge! They are such characters, so sociable and make me laugh.

PixieofCatan Fri 05-Dec-14 23:13:48

Ashi with his new friend when visiting family last weekend, Haku in his box and Howl exploring smile

PixieofCatan Fri 05-Dec-14 23:14:59

wolfie do it.... They're so worth it, you know that they are! grin

Chrismoosemama Sat 06-Dec-14 20:11:07

Sadly the dogs I have now wouldn't be compatible with keeping rats _ I have two Lurchers. We also don't have space for decent sized homes for them in this house. In our first house they had a whole room dedicated to them, but that's not possible in a small house with two large dogs and three dcs already.

I'm always recommending rats to people who say they're going to get a hamster for their children, but no-one ever believes me about how clean they are and that they don't bite. hmm

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