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"Dodeochadsa" for in ben "a tírib beó áit inna bí bás nó peccad na imorbus. Domelom fleda búana can rithgnom caíncomrac leind cen debaid. Síd mór I taam conid de suidib nonn ainmnighter áes síde."

"Cía a gillai" ol Cond fria mac "acailli" úair ni acca nech in mnaí acht Condla a óenur.

Ro recair in ben. Adgladadar mnaí "n-óic n-alaind soceneoil nad fresci bás na sentaid ro charus Condla Rúad cotgaraim do Maig Mell inid rí Boadag bidsuthain rí cen gol cen mairg inna thír ó gabais flaith. Tair lim a Condlai Rúaid muinbrec cainelderg barrbude fordotá óas gnúis corcorda bid ordan do rígdelbae má chotuméitís ní chrínfa do delb a hoítiu a haldi co bráth brindach."

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So, things have been progressing with Zoë. She's not the most sociable rat, but she's certainly loads better than she was! (She'll actually come out of the cage, all on her own!) And next week we pick up our two new girls. We have already met them, and they are incredibly social, human-oriented rats. I'll include pictures of them below, though I didn't take them, they were taken by the people who run Rattery Havyn. I only wish my pictures were so nice... *sigh*

If you want to know more about the nest (and can read Dutch), go to this link. Even if you can't read Dutch, there are some cute pictures on the whole website. These people breed incredibly human friendly, and healthy rats. We visited them, played with the available girls of the nest, as well as the mother. Katara, mama, is a sweetheart, and her nest seems to be taking after her very strongly.

And I'm doing this sort of as a year in review for our photos. We don't have that many, and some may be repeats that I've already posted before. Too bad!

Kaylee, 2010 )

Zoë, 2010 )

Kaylee and Zoë group shots, 2010 )

Ceridwen, 2010, photos from the Rattery. )

Cigfa, 2010, photos from the Rattery. )
So, today we brought the two girls together in one cage. We did a very thorough cleaning and made sure everything was set so that there would, hopefully, be a minimum amount of fighting. It seems to be going just fine so far. Some dominance play, but nothing very serious that would make me worry. And we have certainly seen worse!

Anyway, on with the pictures!

Kaylee )

Zoë )

Zoë and Kaylee together! )

Rat update

Sep. 27th, 2010 06:04 pm
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So, we have been introducing Zoë and Kaylee to each other. We started off with neutral territory (the bath tub). There was some dominance grooming, and a few tussles. So we did bath tub a second time, and it went much smoother. (Not that the first time was very bad, it was well within acceptable first time meeting.) Then we moved on to more contested territory, the couch. It went fantastically. There was grooming, but no wrestling. In fact, they seemed to get along very well, and Zoë is, I think, already warming up a little more to us under Kaylee's influence. We're going to try another evening on the couch, I think, and then do a very thorough scrub of the big cage and put the two of them together, finally. Hopefully, it will all turn out and they will be two cuddly rats in a cage. If/When that happens, I will snap pictures. Not only am I updating here, but we should send out an email to the shelter we got Zoë from, let her know how things are working out with the rat she adopted to us. I'm sure she'll be pleased to know that Zoë is slowly warming up to people, and is in a good home.

That's about all there is to report at the moment, but I thought people might like to hear how things are going with the rats.
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Zoë pictures

Aug. 30th, 2010 04:31 pm
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 Ok, she's still flighty, but I did manage to catch a few shots of her. She's chatty, but still tends to hide when I approach the cage. She is calming down however, proof already from the fact that she leaves the corner of the cage and explores, even when there is a person in the room. I think when she gets introduced to Kaylee and sees how Kaylee interacts with us, she'll calm down even more.

But, anyway, here's some.. not so fantastic shots of our new girl, Zoë!






Zoë pictures

Aug. 30th, 2010 04:31 pm
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 Ok, she's still flighty, but I did manage to catch a few shots of her. She's chatty, but still tends to hide when I approach the cage. She is calming down however, proof already from the fact that she leaves the corner of the cage and explores, even when there is a person in the room. I think when she gets introduced to Kaylee and sees how Kaylee interacts with us, she'll calm down even more.

But, anyway, here's some.. not so fantastic shots of our new girl, Zoë!






Yesterday morning, we finally put Inara to sleep. When we returned home from vacation, she had a lump on her neck. I took her to the vet, fearing that it was a tumor. The vet thought it might be as well, but hoped that it was an infection, and so (since there is little that can be done for tumors there) we started her on antibiotics. They didn't help, and she lost quite a bit of weight within that week.

After the antibiotics we tried an experimental shot. It was meant to at least reduce the swelling around the tumor and make it easier for her to breathe, as the tumor had gotten larger by this point, and was seriously effecting her breathing. The shot worked for a few days, but then her condition only worsened. In the two weeks that we had been treating her, trying to get her to eat and make her comfortable, she had lost about 1/3 of her weight. And so, we made the decision to put her to sleep. It was rather that than let her starve to death, as she seemed to be doing.

On the same day, we had an appointment at a rat shelter, to see if we could find a new rat to be a companion for Kaylee. I am pleased to state that we found one, though she is at the moment incredibly shy, and scared. Her name is (now) Zoë¹, continuing the firefly theme. She's about a year old, black hooded female. Someone had put her and two other little females in a travel cage, and tossed them over a fence in to a school yard. 

So far, she hasn't been incredibly social since getting her home, but that is only to be expected. She just needs some time to calm down and adjust to her new surroundings. I'll try to get pictures after she's settled a bit more. Mostly at the moment she hides in the litter pan, but when things are reasonably quiet she comes out and explores and sniffs the rest of her cage.

Today, my friend, [livejournal.com profile] lladrones will be coming over to watch movies. I just have to finish cleaning up a little bit, and do the groceries I should have done yesterday...


¹It was Lizzie, but I don't think she'll mind the name change so much.
Yesterday morning, we finally put Inara to sleep. When we returned home from vacation, she had a lump on her neck. I took her to the vet, fearing that it was a tumor. The vet thought it might be as well, but hoped that it was an infection, and so (since there is little that can be done for tumors there) we started her on antibiotics. They didn't help, and she lost quite a bit of weight within that week.

After the antibiotics we tried an experimental shot. It was meant to at least reduce the swelling around the tumor and make it easier for her to breathe, as the tumor had gotten larger by this point, and was seriously effecting her breathing. The shot worked for a few days, but then her condition only worsened. In the two weeks that we had been treating her, trying to get her to eat and make her comfortable, she had lost about 1/3 of her weight. And so, we made the decision to put her to sleep. It was rather that than let her starve to death, as she seemed to be doing.

On the same day, we had an appointment at a rat shelter, to see if we could find a new rat to be a companion for Kaylee. I am pleased to state that we found one, though she is at the moment incredibly shy, and scared. Her name is (now) Zoë¹, continuing the firefly theme. She's about a year old, black hooded female. Someone had put her and two other little females in a travel cage, and tossed them over a fence in to a school yard. 

So far, she hasn't been incredibly social since getting her home, but that is only to be expected. She just needs some time to calm down and adjust to her new surroundings. I'll try to get pictures after she's settled a bit more. Mostly at the moment she hides in the litter pan, but when things are reasonably quiet she comes out and explores and sniffs the rest of her cage.

Today, my friend, [livejournal.com profile] lladrones will be coming over to watch movies. I just have to finish cleaning up a little bit, and do the groceries I should have done yesterday...


¹It was Lizzie, but I don't think she'll mind the name change so much.
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Good bye Esk

Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:32 pm
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Good bye Esk

Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:32 pm
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Rat Spam!

Mar. 29th, 2009 06:06 pm
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Rat Spam!

Mar. 29th, 2009 06:06 pm
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Rats update

Jan. 25th, 2009 05:03 pm
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So, we have moved the two little girls, (Kaylee and Inara) into the main cage with Susan and Esk. Things seem to be going very well, as they are now all squished in to one house, sleeping.

Kaylee and Inara have gotten bigger, as is the way of things, but also the very light cream markings on them have faded to a barely visible silver, which means they are, for all intents and purposes, white to us. So, at the moment, it's hard to tell who is who.

Anyway, here are two pictures of rats (one of Esk and Susan, the other of all four girls together), and a video of Kaylee and Inara running on their wheel from last night, before we moved them in to the main cage.

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Rats update

Jan. 25th, 2009 05:03 pm
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So, we have moved the two little girls, (Kaylee and Inara) into the main cage with Susan and Esk. Things seem to be going very well, as they are now all squished in to one house, sleeping.

Kaylee and Inara have gotten bigger, as is the way of things, but also the very light cream markings on them have faded to a barely visible silver, which means they are, for all intents and purposes, white to us. So, at the moment, it's hard to tell who is who.

Anyway, here are two pictures of rats (one of Esk and Susan, the other of all four girls together), and a video of Kaylee and Inara running on their wheel from last night, before we moved them in to the main cage.

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more cookies

Dec. 24th, 2008 05:53 pm
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So I'm baking more cookies today. The apple cookies I have previously mentioned. They are seriously easy drop cookies, and they probably do need the glaze. They're tasty but a glaze will add a bit of extra sweetness and hint of apple. Just want to say also that these are a chewy cookie, not a crunchy cookie.

We have named the new rats. They will be known as Kaylee and Inara, yes after the characters from Firefly.

Otherwise, not up to much. Mark is home from now on, which is fantastic. We got a package for the rats (I bought them a wheel and some extra treats for the holiday).

We are getting to have a significant number of cookies roaming around the house, so I'll be glad to hand them off to the appropriate people.

Otherwise, happy whatever, people, enjoy yourselves!

more cookies

Dec. 24th, 2008 05:53 pm
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So I'm baking more cookies today. The apple cookies I have previously mentioned. They are seriously easy drop cookies, and they probably do need the glaze. They're tasty but a glaze will add a bit of extra sweetness and hint of apple. Just want to say also that these are a chewy cookie, not a crunchy cookie.

We have named the new rats. They will be known as Kaylee and Inara, yes after the characters from Firefly.

Otherwise, not up to much. Mark is home from now on, which is fantastic. We got a package for the rats (I bought them a wheel and some extra treats for the holiday).

We are getting to have a significant number of cookies roaming around the house, so I'll be glad to hand them off to the appropriate people.

Otherwise, happy whatever, people, enjoy yourselves!

But none of the new rats. I haven't had a chance to get pictures of them yet. So here follows pictures of Esk, Susan and our Christmas tree (not all together).
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But none of the new rats. I haven't had a chance to get pictures of them yet. So here follows pictures of Esk, Susan and our Christmas tree (not all together).
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ETA: I have pictures and video of the new girls.
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Well, this afternoon has been busy for me. I  went in and had my appointment for naturalisation. It has begun! The outer most limit of time before I know? One year. However, the woman there said it usually doesn't take a year. We'll see how long it takes, and hopefully I'll get through and everything will be great and wonderful and I'll be Dutch! At the moment, not much to report, but when I know more, you'll know more.

Afterwards, I stopped by the pet store to say hi to the girls we reserved, and they were ready to come home. So I called Mark, to ask him if he wanted me to take them home already, and he did, so we now have four rats. Two very young, curious little girls in one cage, and two older (probably no less curious) girls in the big main cage. This must be a change for them, as the cage at the store was much smaller, housed many more rats and was not so open. They keep running around, playing on the bars (which they cannot fit through, so no escaping for them) and eating food. A lot less competition at the moment for food. They are very sweet, and have already groomed themselves, eaten, had some to drink, and licked my fingers quite a lot. All these are signs that they are settling in very nicely.

We still need names for them, and we seem to be going with a book theme. We prefer 1 to 2 syllables, preferably sci fi or fantasy related names. The girls are both cream, mis-marked hooded dumbos. (I'll try to get a picture, though I doubt the markings will show up very well, as they're quite pale). One is slightly shyer than the other, but they're both pretty calm-tempered. I'm open to any suggestions people want to throw our way.

So, coming soon should be a post of pictures of rats and Christmas tree.