'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Monday, 5 November 2012

New Rat: Moxxi.

Mad Moxxi is fourteen weeks old, and a gorgeous black broken hooded.

She's also mine, and will be joining the other girls in their gigantic new cage (the Aventura) once they've been introduced. She met Chell earlier and they pretty much bro'd up instantly. She's spent around an hour chilling on my shoulder without freaking out about it, too.



Saturday, 20 October 2012

Oh hey, a blog post!

Gotta stop forgetting about this! My life's been pretty busy/stressful lately: I'm working on my dissertation research, as well as working on the two other modules for this semester; I have my voluntary job Monday and Tuesday; and then I've got all the animals to look after. I've barely had time to play any games whatsoever, which is very unlike me!

I don't think I mentioned it, but maybe a week or two after I got the rats, I found my remaining two girl mice dead in their cage together. I have no idea what either died of, but it can't have been anything contagious or Wheatley (living in the cage next to them) would have gotten it too.

Wheatley now lives in the living room, next to the mice. Despite the fact that mice are supposed to be naturally afraid of the smell of rats, he spent all his time when in the barred cage trying to get into the rats' cage. He's since been moved into a Mini Duna cage, which is SO much better for a smelly male mouse--he can't soak the bars in pee anymore, and the fact that there's only bars at the top means I can pile a lot of substrate in for him. The wheel is much nicer and quieter too. :)

Lola is slowly getting more accustomed to the rats, though Jess hasn't been introduced to them yet--and I very doubt she will. She's way too full of prey drive and ignorant of what I want for a meeting to ever be totally safe.

Speaking of which, all of the rats (including scaredy Valentine) are getting way more confident. They all come out at least once a day, and Chell especially is a cuddler--she'll actually ask to come out of the cage, and will nestle down and sleep on me. A couple of nights ago, all of the rats were out at once and they were all sleeping under a blanket on the couch. And I thought girl rats were supposed to be crazy!

I know I say this a lot, but I'm going to try and get back into the blog. I miss it. I'll probably try to update at least once a week...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Rat Update.

Sorry I've been absent again! I've been quite busy lately, so haven't had much time to blog. I've been handling my rats at least once a day for twenty minutes at a time; the dogs have been taking up all my free time, of course/as usual; and I've been volunteering at a charity shop in town for the last couple of weeks, so I have been busy there too. Lola can now be crated for five hours with no accidents whatsoever. We're getting there!

I had some friends up for a while, and we went to the Zombie Manor House in Warrington. I'll do a post with pictures on that tomorrow, probably. The rats have come around from being super skittish to much calmer; they're all slowly becoming more sociable, which is awesome. They're so much better pets than mice!

Cage setup

Alice

Chell

Valentine

I have a university induction day tomorrow which I'm looking forward to, but I'm not really looking forward to going back. I miss summer!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

New Pet Rats.


Top to bottom: Chell, (currently nameless white girl), Valentine.

They've been here like an hour and they are very, very nervous and very, VERY cute. Looking forward to socialising them and then having hundreds of ratty cuddles.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Psycho Dog.



If someone had come into the yard at that moment, it's pretty much what they would have thought. Who else but bad dogs gets tied up and muzzled? Dogs that have been chasing a football around a muddy field and need hosing down, that's who!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Ratsitting.

Sorry for the absence! I've had nothing to post - it's been crappy weather so not much opportunity for photo taking, we haven't done much of anything, and, well, I've not really been in the mood. But I'm here again now :)

I'm looking after my friend's rats for the next ten or so days. They've been here nearly a day already and I've had a brief rat cuddle, fed a bunch of mealworms and a ripped up mushroom, and generally watched them. They're both very cute, very big girls. The dogs aren't sure what to make of them - Jess wants to eat them of course, but she wants to eat everything; and Lola doesn't really give a damn unless I'm Paying Something Else Attention and then she'll bring me her football and stare at me to kick it.

Adam is a red-eyed white rat, and Eve is a red-eyed Siamese. Eve is the boss rat and a little bit of a bully. She also seemed way more timid at first, but has come round massively; she's the only one of the two I've been able to pick up so far. Adam is nippier - she's slightly blind and doesn't like fingers in her face, as I've come to realise. Offering the back of my hand first before I stroke her seems to be helping.