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27 February 2008 @ 06:24 pm
Picture Post: C.A.R.E. Rat Show  
I know all of you have been breathlessly waiting for me to post pictures from the rat show. ("We were waiting? Oh, yeah, she mentioned that last week. Huh...") It's a short set, and has two unrelated pictures that I thought some of you might be interested in seeing. I'll put the rats behind the cut so anyone who squicks easily at rodentry can be spared the furry beady-eyed carnage...




Firstly, I saw this in Walgreens and just HAD to take a picture. Be glad you didn't get this for Valentine's Day this year...



The Looooooove Lobster! Check out the scale of this against the shelves in back. This guy is like 3 feet long. Where would you even PUT this? The expression and lame' just MAKE this for me.

It occurred to me after telling several of you that I needed to take pictures of the awesome bowls we got in Chinatown, that if anything happened to them (i.e. earthquake) and I had no pictures of them I'd never forgive myself. So here's a shot of the new awesome bowls.



Adding to the awesomeness is that the tail and face on the outside of the bowl correspond to the tail and face on the inside. So the bowl always has a top and a bottom ^_^

OKAY! Rat show! I'll leave out the dull parts, of which there were MANY, and just talk about the pictures...

There were a lot of kids there and they all seemed VERY into rats, which was awesome. Here's one guy who was wandering about with his friend ^_^



Most of the time the rats were all kept in little bins and we couldn't snuggle much, but a few people let us hold rats, especially the people selling rats. Here's me with a friend. This was early on and I still needed a lot of ratting.



Martin made friends with the same dear...



That rat was adopted, so you know the sweet thing has a good life now. I think one of the things that kept us from taking a rat home was that all of the ones we got attached to were either not available or someone else took them home.

I mentioned in an earlier post that we won Ratatouille dolls. There was one little girl who REALLY wanted them. She played with them for a while until we began to fear for their little stuffed lives, so we suddenly remembered we needed to go to the car ^_^ We ALMOST didn't get Remy away from her! She REALLY wanted to keep them.



The campus where it was being held was actually very nice looking. We ate outdoors for lunch, although no one else did. Freaks. We actually got lucky, it rained about an hour later...



None of the videos I got were REALLY that different from each other, so I'm only inflicting one on you today. Proof that rats are sniffy and curious ^_^



To the costume contest! I don't honestly remember who came in first, but this was second place. A young girl made a costume she described as King Louis... after a bath.



All of the kids costumes were so earnest! Here's the third place winner, a flying turtle.



I think the rest are adult-made costumes. Here comes a pretty flower ^_^



There was also a Pretty Ballerina. Granted, it was a male rat. But he was still very petite and pretty...



I don't know the name of this next one. He was in a little vest/tuxedo outfit. I just love how confused by the whole thing he seems ^_^



That's all for the outfits. Here are two of my favorite rats. They are both full grown, but one is a big rat, and one is a dwarf rat. This image is through one of the bins, sadly (it was hard to get good pics with the rats mostly in bins and wiggly when they weren't.) The two are just so David and Goliath, though, I had to still post this one.



You can almost hear the little guy going "PLEASE don't eat me, Mr. Big Rat!"

The dwarf rats were ADORABLE. The size of itsy mice with all the cool personality that rats have. I've decided if I ever get a rat again, it will be a dwarf dumbo. Here's one now...



We waited for one more raffle before we left, of more Ratatouille swag and another stuffed rat. We didn't win it and were a little annoyed, but when we saw who DID win it, we were all... "Well, that's okay, then ^_^"

Isn't she cute and happy with her rat stuff??



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lironesslironess on February 28th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Well, I just said awwwhhh, how cute about a million times. I miss having rattie pets. They are all so awesome.

So do tiny rats live longer than big rats, like in dogs?

Some of those rats are HUGE! I don't remember them being that big.


Fritters: Smell the Rats by Frittersfritters on February 28th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
The big rats in the picture were SMALL compared to some we saw, but they never got out of their tubs. Some people had some that were the size of teenage cats.

I have NO IDEA about the dwarf rats life expectancy! That's a good question! I'd think it would be shorter, since mice live shorter. But I gotta look into that, good question.
Fritters: Smell the Rats by Frittersfritters on February 28th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
According to the main dwarf breeder in the area the dwarves seem to be lasting about 6 months longer than regular rats. They also seem to have some immunity to tumors! The hairless dwarves seem to last a little less than normal rats, though.

Now I want a dumbo dwarf TWICE as much ^_^
lironesslironess on February 28th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
I am an evil woman!

I think you would need a new cage though, because a mouse sized rat could go right through those bars.
Fritters: Ed Nodding by Frittersfritters on February 28th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
That had occurred to me....
Raoul, McGurk, Zathras, something like that: Fut Fry EEEAHraislak on February 28th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
err ummm, two items

1. Permission to send the lobster photo to an ex friend. She is really into lobsters and if she reads the email it might make her day.

2. on the song playing when you composed this, which singer sang which part? (Wait for it.....)
Fritters: Ed Nodding by Frittersfritters on February 28th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
1. I love lobsters, too. Totally send it.

It's STILL a weird looking lobster, though...

2. They both sing both parts! And there's this cool counterpoint thing they do! Is there somewhere I can mail you it, it's an AWESOME version...
Raoul, McGurk, Zathras, something like that: Legionraislak on February 28th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
1. Cool, and yes it looks bizzaro!

2. You should have my email or if you have a Mac, use my iDisk I'll send ya the link

3. did you ever say you wanted the previous XMAS CDs?

Edited at 2008-02-28 01:25 pm (UTC)
Frittersfritters on February 28th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
2. you got it ^_^

3. Nah, I'm too lazy, and my List of Things To Do grows as fast as I accomplish...
Raoul, McGurk, Zathras, something like that: Music Rayraislak on February 29th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
2. Thanks, its Swingin' Cool!

3. Well they can appearthere if you want.... Let me know
Inayah: Fizzgig by Kohl_iconsinayah_az on February 28th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
OMG that made me miss my babies so much! I will be glad when the girls get older and I can have them again.
Fritters: TT BB Confused by shamanic_nurikofritters on February 28th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Why can't you have them?
Inayahinayah_az on February 28th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
My kids are like Elmira from Looney Toons when it comes to small cuddly things. I would rather wait until they are not so excited to hold small, cuddly things.
Fritters: Smell the Rats by Frittersfritters on February 28th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Ah. How old were you thinking? You can always research local breeders and types so that you're prepared in 1-3 years?