Today’s the day! I’m finally going to pick up my babies from Sweet Whispers Rattery! I’ve been meaning to make a post about them, but hey. Better late than never.
This is a collage of their baby pictures at two and four weeks old. They just turned five weeks, so they’re still itty-bitty! Henrik is a mink dumbo with a harley coat, and Ulrik is a cinnamon dumbo with a standard coat.
I’m so excited!
So, in the best interests of our wallet and our rats, my husband and I went out a few weekends ago to shop for ingredients to make our own rat food. I could really go on and on about all of the reasons why I chose to make our own food, but I’ll spare everyone that for now.
I had been mixing and tweaking for several days, but I finally have a mixture that I’m happy with and has the right amounts of everything that little rat tummies need.
Of Rats and Tree Frogs
So, I went to the Outer Banks in North Carolina with my parents this past week. I
forgot neglected to blog about it. We had a great time, though.
One of the more exciting points was when I found a tree frog in the hot tub at the beach house that we rented for the week.
I had never seen a tree frog in person, or at least that I recall, so I did some research. I found out that he was a Squirrel Treefrog (Hyla squirella) and was native to the southeastern regions of the US.
As you can see, he was quite adorable. I wanted so badly to keep him and even ran the idea past my husband, but then something occurred to me.
I was just trying to fill the hole that our rats left in my heart.
We used to keep rats not too long ago. When the last one passed away, we packed up the cage and I said we wouldn’t be getting any more until we had children that could enjoy them with us. They just don’t live long enough and absolutely broke my heart when each one passed.
I’m perfectly capable of caring for an amphibian, but it would have required time and money to set up a proper habitat. Why did I want that so badly? My best guess was that I was trying to replace the rats. Why wouldn’t I just get the cage back out and make room in our family for them again?
So, I got in contact with a breeder and put in an application for adoption that was accepted. Now, we wait for a litter that speaks to us. We won’t be bringing any home for a few months yet, but I am more than ready.