Our show career could be kindly described as chequered. It seems that every other time we show rats, we come home with rosettes. Odd-numbered shows are best – like even-numbered Star Trek films…
Yesterday was the sixth time we’d shown rats and to be fair it was a bit of a last-minute thing. I entered two does in Pets, thinking I’d make a decision based on who was best behaved (or least scabby) yesterday morning. I’d pretty much decided to give Snufkin a chance as the other Moomins had done well last year, and was inclining towards Teacake as she’s a nosy, inquisitive and outgoing little soul. So we got Snufkin out of the cage, and I picked Teacake up and checked her over, and just as I thought she was going to be fine, I realised she had a huge scratch down the side of her face. It wasn’t bleeding and looked clean so it was a case of “not going to worry about that now, who’s next in line?” Nygma is getting to be quite a friendly girl so I took her, but really the best I was hoping for was that they wouldn’t disgrace me. At least I wasn’t disappointed! Snufkin came third in Adult Doe and that was it, but the main thing was that it was a nice day.
It was a busy show, lots of people I didn’t know but also lots I did – some I haven’t seen for a while – so much catching up was in order. There was also a charity auction on behalf of a breeder who has had to give up due to illness, so some of her cages, carriers etc were being sold to raise money for Myeloma UK, and I got a cat carrier of type I’ve been thinking of getting for a while – handy for transporting bigger groups.
I neglected to take many photos but I did get this one (not my rats, by the way!) which shows what a hard life it is being a show rat.
And when I got home I checked Teacake again, and she’s fine – the scratch has closed up and scabbed over and you’d hardly know it was there. It’ll be healed in no time. The next show I’m planning on going to is in August so I’ve already told her she’s doing that one.