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5th December 2006
Ladies, Gentlemen, boys, girls and ratties of all agees.

I am proud to introduce to your Romulus and Remus. (picture will
follow when i can get time to take them and have them developed)

Friday night i went to visit Lena and Don, who for over 10 years have
done a magnificent job of Rattie Rescues.. They have a large number of
cages and ratties, some of who are now in their twigh-light years..
Lena showed me to the cage where the Purseletts were, and it was love at
1st sight.

As soon as i approached the cage and said hello to the boys, they came
immediately out onto the open door to say "Hi what took you so long to
come get us"

They are a little shy, and rather quiet ratties (compared to Rufus and
Reuben).. We think they were born in March/April this year, so they
are around 6-7 months old... They have the most adorable pink eyes,
and both hooded, in a very pale color, the closest i can find to
describe the color would be probably Silver/Fawn as seen on the
Dapper Rat site..

When i first got them home Friday night, i put them strait in the cage
with food and turned off the lights so they could settle down from the
stress of relocating and meeting me for the first time..

Then saturday I started getting them out for short periods of time so as
not to stress them too much.. For the morning session i only had them
out for 15 minutes and then put them in with their Breakfast and for
their nap.. Later that night i got them out around 8.30 for a cuddle
and a play on the lounge..

Romulus is Mr Inquisitive.. did not take long for him to climb down
off my shoulder and go off snooping on the lounge and under the cushions
and blankets i had on the lounge.. he only ventured out for a short
while then came running back to me for reassurance, from then on he went
further affield.

Remus is more Mr Cool, more a couch potato, and was quite content to
stay on my shoulder sniffing my ear, and face.. I put him on the
lounge and he quickly found the hidden treasures of peas and corn that i
put behind the cussions.. he was quite content to curl up ontop of the
peas and corn as if to say "Ok these are mine"

I offered them some salmon cream cheese but they were more interested
in the peas. Im sure that will change a little later..

Sunday night we went for our first shoulder ride outside once the sun
had gone down a bit, and went to visit the next door neighbour, Michelle
who thought they were both adorable. then it was back inside and on the
couch for a quick play, then back into the cage for dinner..

Monday night while they were out playing on the couch, i had time to
make them a play box.. i found some discarded large boxes here at work
so took one home to make up, filled it with some snacks and torn news
paper... also some pieces of pipe they could play in.. they seemed
quite happy being in there , and rather reluctant to come out, when i
was getting ready to go to bed.

Each day ill try and give them more time out with me, and get them a
little more use to me. Remus seems has a bit of an eye problem, his
sight is not as good as it should be.. That may be why he is a little
more of a couch potato.

Well more about the boys later.
7th December 2006
Its 1 week tomorrow since i picked up Romulus and Remus..

so far things are going ok, (will except for this morning at 1am {the
clock due to stupid day light saving said 2am}, but it was realy 1am)
Decided to have a bit of a tussle over food, with meeping .. So I got
up to make sure there was no injuries and what the fuss was all about..
(Remus was trying to take Romuluses corn cob.. or visa versa.. ) lets
hope they dont get any ideas to continue this little antic....

As soon as they saw the lights go on and my voice asking "Who is being
Naughty".. Both boys were up at the side of the cage Begging
Beautifuly to come out and play.. (more fool me for doing it to...) i
gave them a quick cuddle and then put them back, they settled down
nicely after this..

Most nights when i get home, i leave it until around 8pm to take them
out for a quick play on the couch and a short play in the play box..
(The boys now know what i mean when i say "who wants to play in the play
box".. earlier in the week when i went to get them from the lounge
to go into the play box, they skiddaddled off under the blankets.. but
last night they looked up at me with great excitement and allowed me to
pick them up and put them in the box.. (its another matter getting
them out of the box.. )

As it was quite a nice night i took them out side for their 2nd Shoulder
ride out in the big wide world, there was much sniffing and foofing.
and I even got a brux or 2. My upstairs Neighbour "Uncle Pete" was
just coming home, so he stopped to see the new boys and find out how
they were getting on.. while i was standing there, Romulus (aka Mr
Inquisitive) was running from shoulder to shoulder, and down the front
of my shirt.. , then back up to the same shoulder where Remus (aka Mr
Cool).. and sat for a short time, During this period, i felt a warm
trickle comming down my shoulder and down the front of the shirt i was

"Oh" Says Uncle Pete "Looks like someone peed on you"

Yes there was a river of pee.. (I was so proud).. not sure if it was
from one or both..

Food wise both boys seem to be fond of almost everything ive given them,
Rufs and Reubs were not keen on Apple, Strawberries, they would nibble
part of them, but not all of them, where as Rom and Rem are quite keen
on their food and wolf it down with Gusto...

So far so good, lets hope they keep getting more and more confidence as
the weeks go on.

12th December 2006
This morning when i organised Romulus and Remus's breakfast, Rom was up
in the hammock and Remus came bounding out to grab his share.. Remus
seems to be the glutton of the family, so i put some pieces of banana
and apricot up in the top hammock with Rom to make sure he got his fair

Remus meanwhile had snached some food, and was hiding behind the
foofferbag (for some reason they dont seem to like going inside it at
the moment.. ) munching on some avocado.. he peeked his head around
the corner when he realised i was hand feeding Rom with an expression of

"Ahem.. scuse me mama what about hand feeding me.. " so i handed
him a piece of apricot and he happily whent off behind the fooferbag to
much on his served up breakfast..

14th December 2006
Romulus and Remus had their 1st play on the bed the other night... Its
now nearly 2 weeks since i got them..
and Romulus continues to be Mr Inquisitive and Remus continues to be Mr

After we had had our lounge play time, and box play time, I thought i
would give them a brief stint on my bed while i was reading
to see how they would react..

OH THE EXCITEMENT!!! .. Remus who is normaly quite content to just sit
around.. became very excited about the whole thing.. ( is uppose it
was because it was close to 10pm by this time and he was wide awake..

I tucked them unter the sheet and layed down. Those cute little pink
noses were sniffing and sniffing, and having a great time, with all the
new smells and things to do.. they ran up and down the bed,
occasionaly climbing over my arm to get to the pillows and the top of
the bed.. then they would scurry back down under the sheets..

I normaly at this time have the radio on, while im reading, and was
happily bouncing my foot in time to the music.. i noticed that Romulus
had got ontop of the sheet and was staring at at my foot, he would inch
a little closer, then come scurrying up to my arm pit for security.. i
would talk to him and ask him what he was doing.. then he would venture
down to the "GIANT TAPPING FOOT'" stare at it again inch closer then
scurry back up to the top of the bed for some reassurance..

Im not sure what was going through his mind, but it must have been a
bit of confusion at seeing something so strange.. and it was moving to

Last night was their 2nd playtime on the bed, and i stuck a tube under
the pillows for them to scurry through.. they seemed a little reserved
about this, they woudl only put half their body in and then sit there
for a while, then back out and bound around the bed.. then they would
try the other side of the tube where it came out and repeat the

Ive noticed that their eating habbits are much more different to what
Rufus and Reuben use to be.. Rom and Rem will eat some things quite
happily that Rufs and Reubs didnt.. and visa versa..

more tails of Romulus and Remus later down the track..
Im getting a new digital camera in january and it hink it has a Video
capability so ill be able to put up photos easier and also some video of
the boys.

18th December
its now nearly 3 weeks since i Got Romulus and Remus...

Romulus has taken up Rodiatry (Rodent Podietry) (he also likes to give
kissess too.. Hmm could be early sighns of Rodentistry on the lurking )

and Remus has taken up. Rodopthalmology.. (Rodent Opthalmology.. )
He is very inquisitive about my glasses and my eyes...

Last night while Romulus was Rodiatrying, Remus was plucking my eyebrows
and sniffing my eye ball and glasses..
19th December  2006
I usualy run short of time in the mornings so the boys get all their
play time at night..

Mornings consist of a quick scritch and lecture about being good while
im at work.. and having their breakfast.
Most mornings i inclue Avocado in the dinner.. (they have now trained
me to hand them their first piece of food before putting the bowl into
the cage).. If ive got Avocado in the bowl, along with other stuff, and
i hand them anything other than the Avocado, it quickly gets dropped and
they look up at me as if to say "Ok Mama, we know you got the good stuf
fin there.. hand it over, you cant fool us We can smell it.. we know
its in there.. "

Once they have had their first piece handed out, they are quite content
to much on it and let me head off for the day..

Both Romulus and Remus now have atleast a good 2 or more hours out of
the cage for play time... When i first bought them home i let them out
for only half an hour at a time, till they got use to me and the new

I have an old dooner and some pillows set up on the couch with a sheet
folded over into 4 and drapped where they like to sit..
Usualy there are some snacks scattered aroudn the area for them to find
and nibble on.. they both love tunneling into the dooner, i have it in
a way that there are lots of crevises and creases for them to explore..
Remus is now getting a little bolder with his exploring, and Romulus
continues to be the investigator of the family.

when i first bring them out i sit with them and give them lots of kisses
and scritches and cuddles. then Romulus decides that its time to head
off and get to the goodies before Remus does, so he climbs down my front
and off under the Cussions that are scattered around..
before Remus use to just sit on my shoulder quite happily, until i put
him under one of the cussions or into the dooner, now, he is quite
happy to let me know when he is ready to head off himself..

Usualy he is sitting on the shoulder and then starts walking down my
arm, i hold out my arm so he can amble on down, and plopps off the end
of the hand unto the cussions..

Every now and then ill scatter some more peas and corn into the area for
them to snack on.. ill occasionaly go out of the room to the kitchen
or to the bathroom, and when i come back, Romulus is sitting on one of
my big pillows, and as soon as he sees or hears me coming, he Darts
super fast back under the cussions..

Occasionaly while im sitting there one of the boys will stick his littel
nose out from under the cussions and ill give hima scritch behind the
they close their eyes and get a dreamy look on their face as if to say..
"Ah, Yes thats the spot"... then they will dissapear.
Occasioanly if im sitting on the edge of the couch, ill feel like im
being watched. ill turn around and there they both are sneeking up on
me.. as soon as i say "Theres those ratties" they both zoom off
under the blankets again..

After an hour or so on the couch i put them in their play box to have a
bit of a time out and rest.. In the box i usualy have some dried foods
hidden in amongst the torn up news paper that they can hunt out and
nibble if they want.. there are also some PVC pipe jointers for them
to hide in..

After an hour in there, then its usualy another hour on the couch
continuing the antics of earlier..

about an hour before i head off to Sleep, i take the boys onto my bed
and have some tubes set up for them to play in. and run through and
around the pillows, Up onto mama, attaking the Giant Foot.. and giving
me a facial.

then its bed time for me and dinner time for them Ill ask them if they
are ready for the "Din Dins".. Romulus is usualy quite happy to go
back and get his food (After all he has been romping all over the place
since getting out of the cage), but Remus (who only gets active around
the time i put him on the bed) seems to want to keep playing for another
few hours, so its a Hunt the Rattie time when i almost have to dismantle
my entire bed just to get Remus off the bed and into the cage..

the boys sure have brightened my day..
Christmas 2006
HI all.

I hope you all had a good holiday. Romulus and Remus seemed to enjoy me
being home over the last 2 weeks, it meant i could stay up at night and
play with them.. and then sleep through the day with them too.

For Christmas the boys had Fruit mince pies, (those were gone in 2
seconds).. Turkey, roast potatoes, mashed pumpkin, cherries,
then a well needed nap.. (that was Christmas dinner out the way.)

Boxing day, they had for breakfast, some more of the above (with a
substitution of mango and apple for the cherries and strawberries),
along with their DEMANDED avocado, which has to be handed to them... or
mama gets a dirty look. !!! after that they help themselves. for play
time they had their snack of peas, along with some ice-cream and later
on some cream cheese and cracker biscuits. occasionally some lamb or
chicken bones. (which they don't seem overly interested in, but they do
nibble, very unlike Rufus and Reuben who gobbled them up .)

They both have evicted me from my couch.. !!.. If im sitting on one
part of the couch the tunnel between me and the pillows, then crawl out
and look at me as if to say "Ahem 'scuse me you in my way!!" so i go
and sit on another part of the couch and they saunter up to me and look
at me as if to say "Did WE give you permission to sit there"..

they seem to be enjoying the bed time play sessions better now..
Romulus is turning into a bit of a :"Mammas boy" Remus is still a bit
hesitant about coming ove r to me (unless food is on the offering.)
occasionaly he will runn over for a bit of a scritch, then he is off..
one night i was playing peek a boo with them, Remus was hiding behind
the pillows, and as i looked under the blankets, and aksed "Wheres mamas
boys.. Romulus came scuttling up and climed all over me, but Remus just
peeked out from around the pillow, looked left and right, took a step
looked left and right again took another step forwart... repeated this
4 times and then took 4 steps back.. he keept doing this for about 5
minutes.. until he got up to me and nipped my nose.. !!

YES I Too now have a nose nipper just like Bug.. both boys seem to
have taken up this hobby.. they also are fond of nipping my mouth after
ive cleaned my tee th.. they seem to like the toothpaste smell..

There is much protesting and meeping when i try to put them in the cage
for dinner, and going to bed meself..

Since ive had the boys ive been using a fooferbag in the cage, as there
have gbeen a few nights when it has been a little on the cool side..
ive had the boys for just over 5 or 6 weeks now i think it is.. and
they have only JUST figgured out that it is more comfortable sleeping IN
the bag, rather tha n UNDER the bag..

In 6 week i should be able to pick up my new digital camera which as
video capabilities... so you can soon lookforward (once ive worked out
how to use the thing) to some videos of the boys.. as well as some
still photos..

Ive been thinking that since we dont realy know the date of birth of
both boys i think ill make their birthday on the 6th of March.. which
is Labour day(and a public holiday for Western Australia.) even though i
dont get to have that holiday, drat.. have to work it..

Well I hope everyone and their furbies have a great 2007..
January 10 2007
Last night when i was reading in bed and the boys were having their
normal bed time romp.. they were running in and out the tube i stuck
underon of the pillows and over me, Remus was having a good groom,
sitting with his belly up washing himself happily and Romulus decided
now would be a good time to get pay back on him.. So he pounced on
Remus and started power grooming him..

"Ha!! i got you back" seemed to be what Romulus was saying.. Remus
seems to be a rampant power groomer, many a meep can be heard from the
boys during the day, but they have such quiet little meeps..

As it was time for me to go to sleep and them to have there dinner (some
meat, mashed carrot, potato and pumkin, with some rockmellon for desert
the boys favorite dinner, the bowl is always licked well clean by the
morning.). I announced as always , "Its time for din dins, come one boys
din din time" Remus usualy likes a bit of a chase first before going
into get dinner so he races under the blankets and around the pillows,
so as i have to chase him..

then Romulus decided that he was going to have a bit of a chase too.
(normaly Rom is all too ready for dinner and come to me to go strait in
) but last night he decided that it would be fun to lodge himself in
the tube i had on the bed. I picked it up to try and disloge him, but
he held on some how and would not come out even though i had the tube

as soon as i placed the end of the tube near my shoulder and aksed him
to please get on mamas shoulder, out he came with not a problem. I
think it may be that he thought i was going to leave him on the bed and
just put Remus back into the cage.. so eventualy both boys were in the
cage and chowing down happily.

A poem:

There is an adorable pink nose peeking out at me tonight
Its surrounded in wiskers and with two enquiring eyes that look so

That adorable little pink nose is twitching here and there
Those bright eyes just look at me and stare.

A little pink hand reaches out from under the and touches my knee
And makes a grab for a big and green juicy pea.

There is a 2nd little pink nose that has joined in
And asking the 1st where it has been.

"Ive been exploring" says the pink nose "From here to there and back
and everywhere ive looked nothing is quite the same."

"What have you there" asks the 2nd with a plea
"our mama said it was a big and green juicy pea"

"do you think I could have one" asked the 2nd little nose
"im sure she would give you one, if you stood on your toes"

There are two little pink noses, munching happily this day
On peas and corn, and anything that is tastey that comes their way
16th January 2007

Last night as Romulus and Remus were playing under the blankets on my
bed.. I went in to clean my teeth, i came out while still brushing my
teeth to see what the little Cheekey Sneeky little Peekies were up to..
I knelt down at the side of the bed and leaned over to peek under the
blankets to see what was going on..

Now the boys seem to be intrigued by the smell of tooth paste so quickly
stopped their own grooming to come over and investigate the LOVLEY
smell.... My hands were damp and Remus proceded to groom my hand for me,
while Romulus decided he was going to help me brush my teeth.

He grabbed the end of the tooth brush with his hands and we had a tug of
war with it, while i was brushing.. It was just like he wa ssaying..

"Ok mama make sure you brush extra good now, thats the way.. up and
down and round and round... "

In the mean time Remus had had enough of hand grooming and decided he
was going to get in on the teeth brushing as well.. he decided the
head of the tooth brush was a better angle to grab and get involved..

After i finished with my teeth, and i got in bed to read, the boys sat
next to me and decided they had better gets some cleaning of their own


they sure are keeping me busy.
6th February 2007

Romulus and Remus are funny little fellows.. After i have taken them
out for their play time, just after i get home from work. they have an
hour or so in their play box, and then up on the lounge for peas, and
play with mama.

Usualy around 7.30 - 8-00pm I have a snack of crackers and Cream
cheese.. (the boys get some as well... ) lately ive noticed that the
minute i open the cream cheese container, there are 2 very excited and
expectant faces peeking out from under the blankies. they then start
creeping up to me as if to say..

"come on mama hurry up we know you got treaties.. hurry hurry
hurry.... "

I give them a glob of the cream cheese and they race off under the
blankies and pillows and scoff their treat.. then they are back 2
minutes later, asking if they may pleas have some more.. so i give them
a second glob and the look of glee on their little faces is precious..

If im late giving them their treat, i get a gentle reminder at 1
second past 8 pm.
21st February 2007
Those of you who have been on the list for a while may remember last
year after losing my much loved Rufus. The lovely Robyn sent Reuben
an Ikea Rattie for company..

Now that Romulus and Remus have settled in, i thought it was time to
introduce the boys to Fang!!

At first the boys were rather wary of this strange squish of a
rattie, and avoided him, but after a few days of having Fang on the
bed with the boys, they started asserting their dominance over poor

Now Reubs had made a bit of a start on Fangs Tail, and there were a
few chew marks on it, but now the poor thing has tuffts of stuffing
coming out from his face, his tummy, what was left of his feet.
(Reubs only attached on of the feet, now all 4 have major damage to

His poor tail dissapeared from sight.. I searched everywhere for
where Romulus and Remus may have put it, i searched the floor incase
it fell off when i was changing the sheets.. then as i was moving
the boys play tube which i have stuck unjder the pillows for them to
run through, and have snacks in for them.. i found

THE TAIL OF FANG!!! Obviously the boys (or one of the boys) had
managed to chew the whole tail off and thought that it would make a
good trophy to keep in the tube. !!

Ratties, you gatta love'm
9th March 2007
I think My poor little Romulus is feeling a little put out.. I try and
spend a bit more time with him, since Remus' accident.. as Remus seems
to be getting all the attention, 1st from me then the vet.. Remus gets
his own food on a special plate, Romulus just get the same old bowl.

Remus gets to have a special cage, Romulus stays in the same old Cage..

Poor little man.. Ive noticed that at any chance he gets he sits on
Remus or walks over him. Im not sure if he is aware of Remus not quite
being 100%, or if it is him taking the chance to be king Rat for a
When i got home from work today, there was a message on my answering
machine. It was from the Vet asking if i could bring Remus in
earlier for his xtray. So i packed the boys up and raced him
over... When i got him out of the cage for the vet he seemed to be
walking a little better..

I got in quickly to see the vet,She said that if they had trouble
with him sitting still she said she may have to anaesthetise
him, , . She gave him a quick check over to see if she could feel
any breaks or anythingl... and her comment was "He's over weight
isnt he" "Yes" i said "he is my couch potato, romulus is the one who
is the explorer of the family.." then she took him off to have an

around 6 minutes later they were back and with a realy good xray of
my baby.. Apparently he sat realy nicely for them, so they did not
need to use anything to chill him out..

We looked at the xray. (hey even their xrays are adorable).. and
she said that from what she could see his pelvis was perfectly formed
and no breaks could be seen, His hips were looking good and in the
correct possition.. So the only thing that she feels could be wrong
is some muscle bruising or some ligament over streatching or tenden

she recommended keeping him as still as i can over the next week..
to see how he goes, as she did not want to use antiflamatories if it
was going to fix itself..

So After all my stress and worry, and Romulus's worry that was the
best news i could have had all week....

I booked Romulus in for a \Check up on the 31st march, just to check
him out make sure he is healthy...

The only other time i have fealt this relieved was when we found a 10
year old kid that we took to the royal show and he dissapeared within
20 minutes of us going through the gates, and finaly found him 5
minutes before lock up..

A very much relieve Colleen
10th March
I just went in to check on Remus and Romulus, and to make sure that
remus was ok..

Rem had climed up to the top hammock to be with Rom, and they were
snuggled up to gether...

remus had his chin resting on Romulus's neck they looked so cute
16th March  2007
Hi all

Romulus last night decided he would try to be a rodentist. I had just cleaned
my teeth and obviously the toothpaste smell appealed to him. while trying to
pry my mouth open his little nails managed to puncture a hole in my lip..

He did manage to get a grip on one of my teeth too.

the cheeky little fellow..

every now and then when i change my sheets I change what side of the bed i
sleep on.. this results in the boys having a change in their play area too.
Its quite funny, the first few days as they are so used to one side of the bed..
then all of a sudden their pillows and Fang and their tube full of stash are not
there. and to make matters worse MAMA has invaded their space. but after a
few nights they reclaim the other side of the bed fro their own, until i change
over again..

there is lots of extra sniffing going on, as there is a nice new soapy smell on
the sheets and they have to re mark everything.

Remus has been a bit more cuddly later. I think i may be due to wanting
protection from a rampaging Romulus.. who just gets more and more of a rampager
every day.

28th March 2007
Does anyone feel a little paranoid?

Does anyone else feel that their ratties are gossiping about them..

thats the way i was feeling last night, when Whiskey, Soda, Romulus and Remus
were socialising last night.
5th April 2007
Well its that time of the year Again... Easter.. All 4 boys have been
reasonably well behaved over the last few days to they are getting a treat
tonight.. Boiled egg, cheese cake, and vegies..

sunday they will each get their own easter egg.. and on Monday i have the day
off so ill be spending some quality time with them.. I have tomorrow off, but
ive got so many things on, from 8.30 in the morning til 5pm, by the time i get
home, im going to be in bed realy early.

I did my shopping tonight, so will have saturday with the boys too.

Whiskey and Soda are realy enjoying their times out of the cage now.. Soda
tends to put himself back into the cage on his own accord, when he wants food..
Whiskey i have to chase down and grab and put in.

Rufus and Reuben seem to have settled down a bit tonight.. they did not seem to
upset Whiskey and soda as much, they seemed more content to play under the
blankies .. I had put out their dooner for an airing, but during the day it
rained so they did not have the dooner to snuggle under, as it had got wet, I
was not expecting it to rain,..

Hope everyone has a good Easter weekend. Drive safe, and give all your
fuzzbutts a scritch from me.
8th April 2007
Well things have settled down here at the RRR.. and all 4 boys are currently
sound asleep.. Ive only got Whiskey and soda for another 3 weeks, Wow that 1st
2 weeks went super fast.. they head home in exactly 3 weeks today.

My boys Romulus and Remus are a little less annoying to Whiskey and Soda, but
that is mainly due to my covering W&S cage and moving the table to stop the 2
R's heading over and creating a ruckus.

This morning when i got up, Romulus and Remus were at the side of their cage,
begging for their breakfast and their morning Avocardo Snack... so i headed
out to sort that out for all 4 boys, and who should be at the side of their Cage
also begging for the Breakfast and Avocardo Snack but Whiskey and Soda..

this is the first time ive actualy seen the boys greet me in the morning..
Occasionaly one or the other will be out and about, and the other firmly
entrenched in their hammock. but nope this morning they were out and ready and
rearing for their Avocado.

NB: (just a note for Liz and Sarah .Hope your boat trip went realy welll Oh
and by the way... Ive been spoiling them rotten and handing them their avocado
individualy like i do with my boys, so if they look at you acusingly they are
saying.. "OK our Foster mum HANDED us our Avocado first thing in the
morning..... Now we expect you to do the same..." )

Both Whiskey and Soda have made them selves right at home, and their 2nd week
here has been uneventful, and rolling along very nicely.. last night while
Whiskey and Soda were having their lounge play session and my boys were in their
play box.. I was sitting on the floor with my back against the lounge, and boy
boys came and put their front feet on my shoulders to say hi.. One of them, im
not sure who, decided i needed a good grooming on the back of my neck.. and
that the bandanna i was wearing needed some rearrangement.

Ive managed to pick both boys up successfuly and give them both short cuddles on
a regular basis now, and if im kneeling by the side of the lounge talking to
them, they will come over and sniff me to see if they can smell Romulus and
Remus on me, Whiskey is more inclined just to curl up in my arms and have his
scritch, But Soda likes to investigate what ever is around.. this is making
it soooooooooo much easier when i have to put them back into their cage for the
night. Im not worried about beeing nipped..

More on the boys later. Scritches to all.
16th April 2007
Well Romulus and Remus have a touch of the snufflies. with the change in
weather, i think they may just be adjusting to the cooler weather.

when i listen to them breathing, there is a little whistle sound from their

Ive got some Vibravet, so will try that and hopefuly it will knock it on the
head quickly.. After seening my Poor Reubs get the snufflies and it develop
into pneumonia im just a little over cautious
19th April 2007
 suppose it is because they have not had as much attention as they normaly do,
since Whiskey and Soda have arrived as ive tried to give them a little bit more
attention to help them adjust and get use to not having their family around..
, that my boys dont get their usual amount of play time on the lounge..

But MY BOYS HAVE BECOME PESTS during bed time play..

Usualy they are quite content to pick on Fang, or eachother, or just lounge
around next to me, or somewhere else on the bed.. but lately they have been
bugging the heck out of me.. they climb they nip, they demand attention...
and when they are not doing that they are grooming me, hitting me and then
poking their heads out of the blankets and smiling at me..

Normaly i can get quite a bit of reading done.. but lately i only get 1/4 of
it done..

Have any other people who have done rat sitting noticed this too??? or is it
just me
21st April 2007
Im sure some of you will have had this happen.

Each time i handle either my boys or the Guests, and the go and handle the
other 2 i get subjected to the vacuume nose of the rattiesl

sniff sniff sniff.. even if i have peas, or treats on offer the smell of the
other 2 seems to over power their keeness for their treats..

Its quite funny seeing them tossing up if they should take the treats, or peas
or what ever is on offer, or to check out the scent of what i have on my
clothes/hands etc...

they are such funny lettle fuzbutts
23rd April
Last night during bed time play, as i was getting ready for bed, one of the boys
came out to say hi.

I thought i would try something new with them.. I scooped Romulus up and held
him in both hands, with his 4 feet and underside cupped in my hands with his
feet resting on my thumps and palms area.
Wrapping both hands firmly around his little back for security.

Lifted him up to face height, and fairly quickly did a swinging arch down to
about bed level and then up to face level again. all the time calling out

On bringing him face level his eyes were doing that cute but freeky boggling..
so i thought to try it with Remus.. and the same thing happened, when i put
them down on the bed again, they scampered under the covers and ran in circles
then layed down.. sure would like to know if they were laughing.
3rd May 2007
Ok everyone, tell me if you think this is weird.. !!

The last few times my boys and i have been having play time, and snacking on
peas and corn.. ive noticed myself popping a pea in my mouth, biting off a
small piece of the skin, sucking out the innards of the pea and then discarding
the shell..

do you think this is strange...???

are there any others of you who have caught yourself doing this..???
5th May 2007
Normaly most nights before i have play time with Romulus and Remus on the bed, i
put them in there for half an hour or an hour by themselves for a bit of peace
and quiet...

occasionaly ill sneek in and start the "where is the rattie" or the "im coming
to scritch a ratties rumpies" call. Sometimes ill find Romulus or Remus or both
boys either sitting on my pillow, sneeking onto my side table to chew on the
book that i have there for my night time read.

as soon as i see them i call out to the "Oooo there's those little boys, im
going to get them.. " the quickly scamper off under the dooner in different
dierection so that i have to hunt them out to give their rumps a good

then ill leave them for 5-10 minutes and then go back and repeat the same

the other night, Romulus was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching the door
to the lounge.. He knows where i am and what im up to.. As soon as i walked
into the room he went flying up to the top of the bedd and did a complete 180
degree turn to dive under the blanketsa...

A few nights ago i tried to thow him off the sent.. sometimes when im in the
bathroom cleaning my teeth, ill find him, when i come out on the other side of
the bed watching the door to the bathroom.. so i thought i would leave the
bathroom light on, and sneak back into the lounge.. both boys were under the
blankets so woudl not have seen me sneek past the bed..

10minutes later i went to go into the bedroom for another "Im going to scritch
those rumpies" guess who was waiting for me, looking at the door to the lounge
instead of the bathroom..

shoot,.... i thought i had him fooled..
14th May 2007
Most nights i play Wheres the rattie and im going to scritch your rumpie with my

of late they have been extracting revenge, and when im reading and bending
myknees to make a tent for them. they come and nip at mama rumpie..
28th May 2007
Ok, My boys have some foofer bags, a foofer dome from Aunty Andrea and some loft
hammocks and pocket hammocks and corner hammocks from Aunty Robyn

WHY IS IT... that only the corner hammocks are unchewed!!! the corner hammocks
have survived unchewed through 2 generation of ratties. but the pocket and loft
hammocks and the foofer dome and bags have been well and truely Aeratted

Do Andrea and Robyn put in some secret scent to stop this... or is it
something to do with the shape..
4th June 2007
Yesterday the boys and i went out to dinner at Aunty Lena and Uncle Dons Place
(they are the people i addopted the boys from).

Romulus and Remus were most excited to be going out for a ride in the car. They
love going anywhere that is different and has different smells etc.. When we
got there we were greated by a very happy Widget. who is the latest member of
the family, She is a Kelpy healer cross (for those who are non aussie, those are
breeds of farm dogs here in Oz).

Uncle Don greeted us after, and just as we walked in Aunty Lena came zipping on
on her scooter..

We went in to say hello to all the ratties and the rabbit, We said hi to Uncle
Percy who raised the boys, and is currently raising to other boys.. and
teaching them how to be good bucks. Then Aunty Sue turned up as well.

For a treat i bought all the ratties some Crab meat, which went down a huge hit,
and the humans had some fish and chips. .. There was much talk about our
ratties and some serious rattie petting and fussing.

Romulus and Remus came out of the gage and im not sure how good ratties memories
are, but they made them selves quite at home marking anything they walked on.
(only at another rattie parents place can you get away with your furbabies
peeing on things... )...

After a good dinner , chat and cuddle of ratties and bunnies. the boys and i
had to head home as I had to come to work today (its a public holiday here in
Perth WA, which i unfortunately dont get.)

Oh well such is life.

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