Introducing our 4 girls – Bella, Elsie, Susie and Freda!

Posted on: January 2, 2012

Today is a day for a picture post!

Last night, having let me new camera fully charge up, I decided to get the girls out for a bit of free range time. They were, of course very happy to oblige (although not always so happy to be in front of the camera!) I swear sometimes they know exactly what I am thinking and what I want to do… and being the mischeivious little things they are, decide to do whatever they can to prevent me from getting some good snaps! But, I did get a few – bearing in mind I haven’t really figured out what the camera can do and quite literally took the easy, wimpy option of “point and shoot“. So, without further ado let me introduce my girls to the world of WordPress:

This is Elsie – she’s a Top Eared Roan (I think most likely a black Roan, although she could be Agouti as well). We have had her since 9 weeks old (she is now almost 18 months), and although she was slightly crazy when we first got her, she has mellowed and is now a lovable, if not sometimes vocal girl. She is almost completely white now, with the exception of a small patch of grey between her shoulders. Recently, she has started to get a little on the chubby side – which really only adds to her cute little character!


And this is Bella. Bella is Elsie’s sister, and is a top eared Agouti Berkshire – although her tummy markings are not quite so prominent now! As with Elsie, we have had Bella since she was 9 weeks old and she was the quieter of the two. She very quickly came out of her shell though, and has become our Alpha – and also our little explorer. Bella loves to be into everything, and is a nosey and extremely confident girly. Not quite as round as her sister, she happily gets into little spaces, and enjoys legging it across the room at any opportunity. A soft, pleasant and very loving girl to us and her sister, but unfortunately Bella isn’t a fan of other ratties!


Here we have Freda. She is a Dumbo Russian Blue Berkshire with the cutest white belly markings! She turned a year old last week, and we have had her since she was 6 weeks old. Freda is probably the squishiest and the most placid of all our girls and really is the sweetest natured rat. Always following her nose for food, Freda is a chunky girl who loves nothing more than a cuddle and a treat whilst sitting onΒ  your lap. She is also a little chatterbox, and can often be found bruxing and chirping when she is happy and getting attention.


And last but by no means least, we have Susie. Susie is a Dumbo Russian Blue Self, and is Freda’s sister. Again we have had her since 6 weeks old and she is a very happy, confident little character. Susie also had her birthday last week, and has grown into our mishievious little girly who really loves to come out, have some attention and make the room her playground! She has recently found where the underneath of the oven is, and spends much of her time trying to get to this lovely dark place. No matter how many times we try to reason with her that it is really not a good idea – she still tries. So now, we have to make sure the door to the kitchen is securely closed! A beautiful little girl, Susie always brings a smile to anyones face!


So, that’s our four girls and a little bit about them. All four live happy, healthy lives in the “Rat Room” and enjoy lots of fun and food. They are all from a breeder, and I can only recommend to anyone looking for a rat to think about getting a rat from an established and well regarded breeder or rescue centre. They truly make fantastic pets, especially for children!

For information on the colourings and varieties of fancy rats – including the varieties of our girls visit the National Fancy Rat Society website.



6 Responses to "Introducing our 4 girls – Bella, Elsie, Susie and Freda!"

They’re beautiful! I have a hard time getting good clear photos of our rats but that doesn’t keep me from trying. πŸ˜‰

Thank you! Sometimes the best photos come from the most random shots!! πŸ™‚

What beautiful girls! We don’t have any dumbo rats here in Australia, quarantine is too strict for anyone to get any and start an Australian line! Terrific photos, i can never get any good ones of mh girls unless they have food!

Thank you! Yes, our rats are often tempted by food. They especially love rice krispies so we do use those to try to get them to keep still!!!

Thank you guys πŸ™‚ The rats also say thank you!! πŸ™‚
It’s not often they all sit still long enough to get a good shot of them, so these were quite lucky photos. Sometimes Bella tends to be a bit of a poser and seems to quite enjoy having her picture taken. Little Susie is the hardest to photograph though – she loves to be into everything – including the camera lens!!
Aww, thats a shame about the dumbos in Australia – they are very common over here (although pet shops tend to sell them at a slightly higher price which makes me a bit angry!).

Gorgeous girls πŸ˜€

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