Profile

Cover photo
Ray Woodward
14,201 views
AboutPostsReviews

Stream

 
My ratty birthday tattoo that I got today! As you can imagine I am very very pleased with it :-)
16
Aixa Burlison's profile photoDave Brown's profile photoNathalie Sakayan's profile photoRay Woodward's profile photo
8 comments
 
+Aixa Burlison Thank you! I'm really really pleased with it. It was a great present to get for my birthday :-)
Add a comment...
 
Here are are some photo's of our three 11 month olds (Jasmine, JJ and Sasha) and our two #new #arrivals  - Ada and Mina. Ada is a BES with impeccable pedigree, an inbuilt trampoline and fearless climbing skills. Mina is an RBA with similar bloodline credentials. She's also an Olympic class gymnast with the body of a young ratty supermodel but the appetite of a cart horse. And we love all our #ratties  to bits.
11
1
meg d'ambrosio's profile photoAmanda Etheridge's profile photoLi Shu's profile photoRay Woodward's profile photo
3 comments
 
Thank you! You're all very kind :-) They mean the world to us. Ratties are such wonderful, kind and generous creatures it's a privilege to have them as little friends.

It came as a shock when Bree was taken from us last year and I realised that I didn't have that many pictures to remember her by. And they change so much and so quickly it's nice to have a record of them all growing up. It's great to see everyone's pictures on here of their own little companions too. :-)
Add a comment...
 
JJ (top) and Sasha enjoying themselves nosing around in boxes this evening.
12
1
Amanda Etheridge's profile photoLi Shu's profile photoRay Woodward's profile photo
3 comments
 
+Ray Woodward Of course, typical ratties!
Add a comment...
 
Today, for the first time, I got a picture of JJ without too much motion blur.

It was complete chance. She had turned to examine something or other but then, as she return to her walk across the books she stopped suddenly and froze to focus on the camera. For just a fraction of a second she looked at the mobile phone and this time was long enough for the autofocus to set the camera up, for the flash going off and for the image to be captured. I nearly jumped for joy!

As an 8 megapixel pet picture from a camera phone it'll never be a competition contender. It will no doubt be bettered by an SLR camera shot I take at some point. But I'm over the moon - it's in focus, her head is not just a blur on its way from A to B and she's not turned and pointed her butt at me (the favourite photo pose of animals everywhere). I think that for her to stop, even for an instance, and let me take this picture must mean she loves me very much. And I love her very much too. :-)
1
2
Ray Woodward's profile photoLi Shu's profile photo
 
Two pics of one of the new arrivals to the rattery.  Anna is a BES and about 10 weeks old now. She is the most active of the five and the first to investigate any goings on in and around her home. In fact I'm sure I see the older girls feeling tired just looking at her dashing around. :-)
10
meg d'ambrosio's profile photo
 
they are sooo sweet
Add a comment...
 
JJ enjoying a nice cup of tea :-)
(I think it's the sweetened soya milk that she likes)
15
meg d'ambrosio's profile photoBéla Kovács's profile photoRay Woodward's profile photo
4 comments
 
Oh that's just like Jasmine. She'll jump up and pull my lips apart to see what I'm eating.
Add a comment...

Ray Woodward

Rat Chat  - 
 
A Happy New Year to rat lovers everywhere. May you and you little ones be happy and healthy in 2014 and beyond :-)
8
Add a comment...
 
Jasmine steals a biscuit :-)
15
1
Li Shu's profile photo
Add a comment...
 
 
Today, for the first time, I got a picture of JJ without too much motion blur.

It was complete chance. She had turned to examine something or other but then, as she return to her walk across the books she stopped suddenly and froze to focus on the camera. For just a fraction of a second she looked at the mobile phone and this time was long enough for the autofocus to set the camera up, for the flash going off and for the image to be captured. I nearly jumped for joy!

As an 8 megapixel pet picture from a camera phone it'll never be a competition contender. It will no doubt be bettered by an SLR camera shot I take at some point. But I'm over the moon - it's in focus, her head is not just a blur on its way from A to B and she's not turned and pointed her butt at me (the favourite photo pose of animals everywhere). I think that for her to stop, even for an instance, and let me take this picture must mean she loves me very much. And I love her very much too. :-)
12
1
Amanda Etheridge's profile photoAnnabelle Salamanca's profile photoNathalie Sakayan's profile photoLi Shu's profile photo
3 comments
 
That face reminds me of Ku. So precious & sweet   :)
Add a comment...
 
 
A short clip of JJ, one of our lovely rats, sniffing around our hands for treats.

JJ came to us as a scared little girl who was protective of herself and her home. She would bite any hand that went near and puff herself up, angrily shunning any attempts to touch or pet her. We persevered with her, never reacting harshly to her bites and hisses. By giving her tiny treats and showing her love she has become a friendly and happy little soul. It hasn't happened overnight. Bites that punctured and wounded became nips that pinched and finally little sniffs and licks. We worked at building trust at the pace she set. Now she is a happy little girl who loves attention (and chocolate that comes with it!) who now, albeit sometimes grudgingly, allows us to pick her up and stroke her.

When someone says they have a problem rat or a rat that bites, then I see a rat who is unhappy or who has been mistreated. That rat is in need of love and reassurance not anger and chastisement. Changing its life to one without aggression can be a challenge. It may result in more than a few bites and scratches. It will no doubt take a few weeks to build up trust and break down learned behaviours but no rat deserves to be abandoned or put to sleep because of its behaviour.

Living with rats is a truly wonderful experience and they deserve love, care and shelter for the companionship and love they offer in return. In so many ways they show what is the best in all of us and to be a part of their little lives is a privilege to be cherished.
4
2
Amanda Etheridge's profile photoMondo Woodward's profile photoLi Shu's profile photoRay Woodward's profile photo
3 comments
 
+Ray Woodward They are remarkable little creatures, and they continue to amaze me with the things they can do, their abilities and their capacity to learn. Mine have taught me so much about rats in general, just by observing them. They've taught me so much more than I could ever teach them.
Add a comment...
Links
Erwin Hiddema has been our family dentist for probably ten years and he is the best dentist we have ever had. Professional, reliable, friendly and a superb dentist.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
1 review
Map
Map
Map