Wow, it is so unbelievable that these two little boys I got in May 2016 are now a year old! Since rats only live a couple of years, we celebrated big!
|Baby Jasper (credit to Heather Neary)|
So a little backstory and info: Once my rats Everett and Delmar were starting to get in their senior years I started looking at a baby rat to start therapy training. You know I have my issues with pet store rats - you don't know where they come from so you don't know health history and they are not handled as much as a rat from a breeder. So I was in the group I am an admin for (Georgia Rat Breeders) and spotted some beautiful babies from a breeder in South Carolina.
|Baby Oliver (credit to Heather Neary)|
I was set on one rat because I was sure Delmar would be fine with a roommate, but after picking up Jasper, Delmar had senior health issues and passed. So then I had two rats by themselves. I decided to go get Oliver so Jasper could have someone. This turned out perfect because Jasper wasn't a good fit for therapy work with his seizures.
When I first picked up Oliver he pooped ALL OVER ME. Heather (the breeder) even asked if I was sure about choosing him. I find it hilarious that the little poo monster can now hold it for a solid 2 hours. Impressive! He is loved by so many and he loves going to events and getting attention. I think it is relaxing for him.
Jasper is as sweet as ever and it a big ol chunky monkey who loves food. He is a lot bigger than Oliver and is really muscular. It saddens me sometimes that he couldn't become a therapy rat, but he does brighten people's day online with his photos. I love it when he rests his head between my thumb and forefinger and just licks. Sweetest rat ever.
So, for their 1st birthday I went over to Sweet Frog (do you older readers remember Jasper looking for froyo?) and got a bit of cake batter frozen yogurt, blueberries, pineapple, bananas, kiwi, strawberries, and some sprinkles to take home. I mixed it all up and put it in the freezer (I was a bit impatient, thus the melting) then plopped it upside down on a plate and added a birthday candle. Ta-da! Rat cake.
For the hats, they are made out of construction paper and floss. I've made a couple in my life and I feel like I might just be a rat party hat pro. Something I can add to my resume? ;)
The boys were a bit camera shy eating the cake out of their cage, but overnight they consumed it all. Rat birthday success!
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