Sunday, April 3, 2011

Happy World Rat Day, Everyone! How about a giveaway drawing?

 Happy World Rat Day! Okay, I'm a little early, but in my house, we celebrate rats everyday! This (above) is one of the cards I created for this year's celebration. It's not easy to find stamps with globes and rodents (hint hint all you digi stamp artists who regularly get paypaled by me. :)) 
Recognize this picture? Some of you might...it's Vincent, one of my boys, and it's also the photo on my business cards for my Etsy.com shop. Love that twitchy nose and those magnificent wiskers.

While you continue to marvel at his cuteness, let me tell you about my little giveaway. I accidentally put two of the same item in my "cart" and paid without noticing until the box arrived at my door. Oops! Well, my dorky mistake is YOUR gain...someone who leaves me some world rat day wishes in my comment box will be chosen at random to win this book and cd of Wild and Domestic Animals clip art. Lots of possibilites await inside...use them as digi stamps, to collage stuff, to make your own embellishments and stickers, or for whatever sort of project you think needs more animals on it. Don't thank me, thank the ratties of the world, for without them, we wouldn't be celebrating their holiday!

Here's one taken with my old pal, Paxil, who I miss very much. She and her best pal, Ether, pictured below, were the rats who got me started in rodent rescue. I'm assaulting her with a tiny pair of antlers in the above photo. She refused to wear them, but managed to make me look plenty silly in the photos, so all's well that ends well. :)
 Ether uses her glowing eyes to contact the mothership. "Come," they say, "we have infiltrated the oatmeal!"

 A very special girl of mine, these two pics are of Drucilla, a special needs rat with a heart 10 times her body size. She had a facial deformity that caused most of her teeth to fall out, while the remaining few would grow rapidly into tusks her vet dremmelled down regularly. She was cuddly and playful and quite the shoulder surfer. She loved to play in the bathroom sinks, so if she looks a little damp, that's why.
 The winky girl trying to squirm out of Scott's hand, below, is Twinkle, who arrived at our rescue pregnant along with her sister, Kitty. I ended up adopting most of their female offspring and enjoyed their company till they all passed on over the years. They were a wonderful mischief (for those who aren't rat folk, that's indeed the term for a group of rats. Could anything be more appropriate?)

And this last photo was taken at an adoption event at Ed McKay Books and More. I'm sorry to say I can't remember who is in the photo. I'm thinking it's Glitter, one of my own girls, just there to greet people who were new to rats, but I may be wrong and that could possibly be a foster rat. No matter who it is, I love this photo. I love that inquisitve look as she checks out a new hand. :)

Celebrate the rats you know this week!

7 comments:

jennifer said...

Happy world rat day! Ok, your rats are super cute, but the closest I want to get to one would be what I will find in my daughters hair this morning...;-). I do like them when they are babies so cute though.

The Mistress of the Manor said...

Happy World Rats Day! I love the pics of your little ratties!! I had rats here and there growing up and I always loved them - especially their twitching noses and I just die over how cute their feet are!

Love the pics!

Bella <3

cmoh said...

I didn't know there was such a thing as world rat day! Learn something new everyday and I love your fun piece to celebrate. Very cute.

Artfully Musing said...

Happy Rat Day! What cute furry friends. Love the cat. Do the cat and the rats get along? Laura

Mary said...

I truly wish you a happy world rat day. Rats have been part of my life, off and on, since my youngest daughter was in college and adopted a wild baby rat found at the animal shelter in Greensboro, NC. Rita was the smartest rat and I don't see how anyone could have resisted rats after knowing her. The next two rats were sisters and not the brightest but they were sweet when not causing trouble. Most recently my granddaughter had two rat sister adopted from the local animal shelter. They were not young rats when she adopted them and first one and then the other passed on in this last year after living in our midst for a couple of years. Ceci and Cocoa are missed.

Your blog is such fun.

Pandora said...

Well Happy world rat day to you too. I can really tell from your blog that you are a lover of all animals! Thanks for sharing.

donnajean said...

Squeak, squeak! Happy World Rat Day! Your work is really cute. I like learning of the card project for children in the hospital. I make pillowcases for children with cancer and aIso make wheelchair bags for my local children's hospital.