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Little Lamb



The Spring Lambs
Born April 27,2004




Mom: SBR Natural Miss "Natty"
Pearl Merle Berkshire Dumbo Doe (dark eyes)
Natty
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Father: SBR Doodle Bug "Doodle"
Pearl Patched Dumbo Buck (dark eyes)
Doodle
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This litter is the result of a planned breeding between two breeder rats from Shades of Blue Rattery (now closed). Mom's and Father's background info can be found here:The Rug Rats

Tammy
Tammy is the wee one on the bottom, compared to a sibling of the same age, 12 days old
Tammy
Last picture of Tammy, about 6 hours before she died
SPAZ Tiny Tamara "Tammy"
(so named because she was the tiniest baby in the litter. I was hoping that the explanation was that she was a dwarf)
aka Tam
Born: April 27,2004
Black-eyed? Red-eyed? White Standard-coated Dumbo Doe
RIP Tammy May 12,2004
Tammy was born the runt of the family and did not thrive. As her siblings grew and developed, Tammy always seemed to be 5 days behind and remained the the size of a 2 day old pinky. Just as her coat was coming in, and her eyes were starting to open, Tammy passed away, at just 2 weeks of age, an indication that she may have had an under-developed heart and/or lungs. Just 24 hours before her death, Tammy's breathing became labored. I gave her homeopathic Lobelia and Bach's Rescue Remedy to help her on her journey

BaaBaa
Shown here at 7 months old. What looks like white in her coat is actually her skin showing through. BaaBaa has a very short, sparse coat. BaaBaa
Shown here at 6 weeks old, 98 grams
BaaBaa
BaaBaa, at 3 weeks old, is losing her coat
SPAZ BaaBaa Louise "BaaBaa"
(pronounced Ba"t"Bu"t" - don't say the "t". The sound that a sheep makes)
aka Babbles
Born: April 27,2004
Charcoal Veriberk Double Velveteen Dumbo Doe (dark eyes)
Her coat was black before the first shedding, now it's more of a lighter charcoal color. Her shedding is indicative to being a Double Rex, but her coat and whiskers are the same as her Velveteen sisters

Personality: Very friendly and outgoing. Half the time she seems torn between staying with me and sitting on my arm, or taking off to make the rounds around the Ratroom one more time
RIP BaaBaa July 09,2006
Late on-set Myco and Tumors in old age

Brie
Shown here at 7 months old
Brie
Shown here at 6 weeks old, 92 grams
SPAZ Brie Anne "Brie"
(just a really pretty name that I've wanted to use for a long time. This little girl suits the name Brie to a "T")
aka Cheeze Pleeze
Born: April 27.2004
Platinum Merle Bareback Velveteen Dumbo Doe (dark eyes)
Look at that Bareback marking. Is that not perfection?

Personality: Brie is a non-conformist and continues to defy pinning during the difficult introductions to the big girls' cage. She's gotten the most war wounds during the scuffles. Friendly and outgoing, she is just a sweetheart

Brie is mom to the "Cheeze Nips" Litter. Brie was bred to "Shireling's Took" in Saskatoon
RIP Brie January 14,2006
I had Brie and her cage mates free-ranging for two days. On the second night, after assuming that all was well during that day, I had checked on the girls at 9:00pm to find Brie circling and in great distress. At first I thought she was in shock from a leg injury, as evidenced by swelling of the thigh and abrasion on top of the foot. The leg dragged limply behind her. On further investigation I realized that Brie had had a massive stroke and the leg injury was due to paralysis, and that she had dragged the leg around all night. Brie's condition deteriorated over the next few hours and she died in my arms at 2:55am

Dalleh
Shown here at 7 months old
Dalleh
Shown here at 6 weeks old, 96 grams
SPAZ Dalleh Lamba "Dalleh"
(sounds like "Dolly", "b" is silent. Dalleh's hourglass headspot reminded me of time...wisdom...the Dalai Lama, and "Lamba" to get in something else for the sheep theme)
aka Dolly
Born: April 27,2004
Slate Blue Capped w/headspot Velveteen Dumbo Doe (red eyes)
Dalleh's headspot is shaped like an hourglass. Her color was just like that of her sisters Brie and Delta when they were younger but, whereas Brie and Delta retained the Pearl Merle color, Dalleh's color went Slate Blue

Personality: Dalleh is sweet and shy and would like nothing more then hanging around me for protection. A friend used the expression, "she's a lover, not a fighter" when referring to one of her dogs, and Dalleh suits this expression to a "T". She avoids confrontation and seems nervous and overly cautious during free-range. If I'm not in the room, Dalleh can be found hiding high up on the leg rungs, out of the way of trouble. As far as Dalleh is concerned, trouble comes in many forms
RIP Dalleh February 06,2006
Chronic Myco

Kiisi
Shown here at 7 months old
Kiisi
Shown here at 6 weeks old, 102 grams
SPAZ Kiisi Mea "Kiisi"
(yes, I decided to change the spelling from Kissi to Kiisi, because my fingers kept typing it that way. Either way it's still pronounced "Kissy". Kiisi is the biggest ratlet of the litter, and named after another big doe rat from the Ratlist, named "Kissy")
aka Kiss Me
Born: April 27,2004
Pearl Patched Velveteen Dumbo Doe (ruby eyes)
Kiisi started out as a Ruby-eyed White, but at 5 weeks of age pearl color started coming into her coat. Right now she has a beautiful point of color on her muzzle and nowhere else. Kiisi never lost her coat like her other pure white siblings did

Personality: Kiisi suits her name by being ultra friendly. She's still the biggest of all the girls
RIP Kiisi December 14,2005
Massive stroke

Laina
Shown here at 7 months old
Laina has a full coat, but it's so short, and so fine that she looks naked
Laina
Shown here at 6 weeks old, 90 grams
Laina
Laina, at 3 weeks old, is losing her coat
SPAZ Laina Lynn "Laina"
(another name for my sheep theme. Sounds like Lanolin which is the oil found in sheep's wool)
aka Wing Nut
Born: April 27,2004
Pearl Patched Double Velveteen Dumbo Doe (dark eyes)
Update, July 3, Laina is a Pearl Broken-capped with 3 spots of color on her face and behind her ear
Laina started out as a Black-eyed White, but at 5 weeks of age pearl color started coming into her coat. She had a cap of color on top of her head which was split in two by a wide, diagonal, lightning blaze of white. Now she has a couple pearl patches on her face and head.

Personality: Laina is the loose wing nut, the fruit cake, the Daffy Duck "Whoo-hoo", of this litter. She's quick like the lightning blaze, slippery like the lanolin, and just a wild and crazy gal. She's friendly, bold, adventurous, reckless, and undisciplined. Trouble in the making. During the babies' very first free-range, Laina was racing hither and yon about the room (no fear at all), bowling over her siblings in her wake, pestering her mother (crawling under her and getting in her face when Natty is trying to eat something, following her everywhere), pop-corning in the corners of the room....
And, of all things, Laina is mounting her mom and her sisters! Is this the behavior of an Alpha wanna be????? Or something else????
RIP Laina December 24,2005
I found Laina dead in the cage. She had a tumor but it didn't seem possible that this small tumor would be the death of her. Laina was almost hairless and upon further investigation I found 6 more tumors inside her body. Suspect malignacy.

Luna
Shown here at 7 months old
Luna
Shown here at 6 weeks old, 84 grams
SPAZ Luna Moon "Luna"
(with platinum color just on her head, it made her look like "The Man in the Moon")
aka Luney, Luney Toon
Born: April 27,2004
Platinum Merle Bareback Velveteen Dumbo Doe (dark eyes)
Luna started out as a Pearl, but at 5 weeks of age light merling started coming out in the pearl coloring of her coat, then, as she got older, the Merle faded
As you can see Luna's coloring is still changing, but take a good look at her face.
Do you see what I see? I see a lamb's face and head....and is she really smiling?

Personality: Luna likes to have fun, like her sister Laina, but she's no where near as crazy. At least Luna has manners and discipline on her side. Just a sweety
RIP Luna February 18,2006
Uterine tumor

Minni
Shown here at 7 months old
Minni's coat is just like her sister Laina's coat, a full coat, but it's so short, and so fine that she looks naked
Minni
Shown here at 6 weeks old, 88 grams
Minni
Minni, at 3 weeks old, is losing her coat
SPAZ Minni Mee "Minni"
(so named because she is the smallest of the "pure white" babies)
aka Min Pin, Minny Moo
Born: April 27,2004
Pearl Patched Double Velveteen Dumbo Doe (Ruby eyes)
Update, July 3, Minni is a Pearl Patched with 2 patches of color, one on her face, and one behind her ear, both on the right side. Same color and marking as her Daddy, only on the opposite side.
Minni started out as a Ruby-eyed White, but at 5 weeks of age pearl color started coming into her coat. At first she had a cap of color on her face and head. And she was still bald on top of her head. As an adult Minni's color finished off her facial marking with a mask that looks like a heart around her eyes to the tip of her nose. Her Velveteen coat is short, curly, and course, and her whiskers are very kinky. She looks and feels much different then her Velveteen sisters

Personality: Minni has taken the soft, squishy, fluffy, gentleness of her mom and combined it with the beetling habit of her Dad. That is, she puts her nose to the ground and she's just constantly sniffing as she covers ground.
RIP Minni July 10,2006
Minni had a Myco flare-up early in life that left her with perminate head-tilt. And then late on-set Myco in old age.

Misti
Shown here at 7 months old
Misti
Shown here at 6 weeks old, 92 grams
SPAZ Misti Blue "Misti"
(Misti's pearl color covers the tips of her white coat like a fine blue mist at daybreak)
aka Al'right Missy
Born: April 27,2004
Pearl Veriberk Velveteen Dumbo Doe (dark eyes)
Misti started out as a Pearl, but at 5 weeks of age light merling started coming out in the pearl coloring of her coat, but only on her face. As Misti got older, the Merling faded until her coloring became a fine misty blue all over her body

Personality: Friendly and outgoing, just a sweet little girl.
RIP Misty May 20,2006
Late on-set Myco in old age

Romy
Shown here at 7 months old
Romy
Shown here at 6 weeks old, 92 grams
Romy
Romy, at 3 weeks old, is losing his coat
SPAZ CD Romy "Romy"
(named for all the time that I spend at the computer)
aka CD, Romulan
Born: April 27,2004
Red-eyed White (REW) Double Velveteen Dumbo Buck
His Velveteen coat is short, curly, and course, and his whiskers are very kinky. He looks and feels much different then his Velveteen sisters
Romy is the one and only boy in the litter. Can you imagine being the only boy in a family of 9 sisters? ...Ugh!
At 5.5 weeks old Romy was separated from his mom and sisters and is now living with one of my males who lived alone for a year due to his grouchiness towards other adult male rats. Jett and Romy are getting along famously and after a few days I have found them now cuddling together

Personality: Romy is a lovely little boy. Outgoing, friendly, and cheeky. As did his dad, when he was Romy's age, Romy loves the game of running up and down the length of my arm, taking brief pauses to rest on my shoulder

Romy fathered Isabelle's litter of Shireling's Rattery
RIP Romy June 28,2006
Late on-set Myco in old age



Delta Dawn SPAZ Delta Dawn "Delta"
(Delta was the first baby to open her eyes and see a new dawn. Her eyes were starting to open when she was only 12 days old, 2 days before the rest of her litter) aka Dawny
Born: April 24,2004
Platinum Merle Bareback Velveteen Dumbo Doe (dark eyes)
I'm glad that Delta's Merle spots are different from her sister's (Brie) spots or I'd never be able to tell these girls apart

Personality: Delta, better known as Dawny, is oh so sweet, and friendly, and loves climbing around on me. Her favorite spot is on top of my head.

Baby Delta Delta at 6 weeks old


Delta (RIP August 07,2006 ----- Late on-set Myco and Tumors in Old Age) The last of the Spring Lambs has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. It is fitting that Delta should be the last to go. As she was the first to open her eyes, so was she the last to close them.

RIP ratties can be seen here


Their bodies held in storage in the freezer, awaiting this day,
the Spring Lambs were cremated, their ashes mingled,
and returned to me, November 17,2006






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