Rats Update!

I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post – almost 10 months!
My apologies to anyone who regularly visits the site for neglecting to update it, I intend to rectify that right now! I found it difficult to write about the rats for a while after Shy-Shy died, because he was the reason I started this project and he was the last of the original “Lovely Rats” gang. I have just the two reprobates left: Dublin and Jinx, and here they are looking their usual silly selves:

Sillyheads

Sillyheads

There is nothing new to report, only that the two of them are still the silliest looking rats you have ever seen. Dublin has mastered the “Daft-But-Cute-As-As-Teeny-Fluffy-Baby-Kitten” look and Jinx continues charge around the place in a frantic but slightly idiotic way, occasionally pouncing on his brother for no apparent reason. Of course Dublin shrugs it off (he has some sense) and is pacified with yoghurt drops and reassuring scritches from the Rat Mother (me) :)

Evidence of Nuttiness

Evidence of Nuttiness

Today my lovely rats have been mostly eating fruit and nuts.

Goodbye Shy-Shy

shyee

The last one of the infamous four. My lovely Shy-Shy has departed to the Rainbow Bridge.
We had been on holiday for a week and my neighbour had kindly fed the rats for me, including dishing out Shy-Shy’s baby food everyday. Shy-Shy had been eating okay all the time we were away, and he seemed very happy to see me. He trundled over to the edge of the cage and poked his wee nose through at me, bruxing away. Then over the next two days he just stopped eating and his breathing was very laboured. I tried to coax him to eat and he would only lick a bit of food off my finger, so I decided to take him to the vet. I’m convinced he was just waiting for me to come back.

On 13th July we all kissed him goodbye.

Here’s some memories of a very special little rat…

Tiny at 6 Weeks Young

Tiny at 6 Weeks Young

When Shy Shy first came to live with us he was very nervous and shy, hence his name. He was my daughter Maya’s rat and she named him.

Nom Nom

Nom Nom

Despite being the most bashful rat of the litter to begin with, he was the fastest to tame and was always way ahead of his brothers in many ways. He was an intelligent boy with a bit of a wild streak!

Peepo

Peepo

Rat Transport

Rat Transport

An Inquisitive Soul

An Inquisitive Soul

Not Missing a Thing

Not Missing a Thing

Ratsitting

Ratsitting

Here Shy Shy is rat-minding Dublin and Jinx. He was quite protective of them and was the most tolerant member of the group.

The Brothers

The Brothers

Old Boy

Old Boy

He had a sweet baby face even when he was getting on a bit – this is one of the last pictures taken of him.

Good Looking

Good Looking

So here’s a final picture just to show what a handsome rat Shy Shy was… A bright little star, full of personality. He will always be remembered as a special member of the family. To the Rainbow Bridge..

Today my lovely rats have been mostly eating scraps.