Dlaczego szczury?

Dlaczego szczury? To pytanie słyszę właściwie za każdym razem, kiedy ktoś dowiaduje się, że pod moim dachem żyje banda gryzoni. Aby poznać odpowiedź na to pytanie musimy cofnąć się do 1989 roku.

Szkoła podstawowa na jednym z osiedli z wielkiej płyty. Klasy liczą po 40 osób, więc grupy rozwrzeszczanych dzieci w granatowych mundurkach ledwo mieszczą się na korytarzu. Ponad tłum siedmiolatków wybija się nastoletnia dziewczyna, w skórzanej kurtce. Ot, starsza siostra, która przyszła odebrać młodszą po lekcjach. Wyróżnia ją jednak jeden drobny szczegół… biały szczur pod kołnierzem. Kiedy ją zobaczyłam, wydała mi się ucieleśnieniem dorosłości, wolności i buntu. Patrzyłam na nią zafascynowana, oczami pełnymi absolutnego zachwytu.

Tego dnia, po powrocie do domu, oznajmiłam mamie:
– Chcę szczura.
Jak możecie się domyślić, mama gdzieś pomiędzy zmywniem talerzy a robieniem zakupów odpowiedziała:
– Po moim trupie. Jak będziesz dorosła to sobie kupisz.

I tak oto, dwadzieścia parę lat później, kiedy próbowałam przypomnieć sobie, o czym właściwie marzyłam w życiu i co jest rzeczywiście moje, sięgając do wspomnień zobaczyłam tego białego szczura. Ucieleśnienie buntu i wolności. Tego właśnie potrzebowałam. To był cel w dziesiątkę!

Postawiłam mojego męża przed faktem dokonanym, wyszukałam najbliżej mieszkającego certyfikowanego hodowcę i zanim się obejrzałam, pod moim dachem zawitały rasowe przedstawicielki swojej rasy – Lia i Lizzy. Małe kruszynki, całkowicie uzależnione ode mnie. Wkrótce dołączyły do nich zbuntowane agutki- Osa i Olena.

Po raz pierwszy w życiu musiałam się kimś świadomie opiekować, przezwyciężając lęki jeden po drugim. Dziś śmiało mogę powiedzieć, że szczury nauczyły mnie odpowiedzialności. Wyleczyły z egocentryzmu. Pomogły dorosłemu człowiekowi dorosnąć i otrząsnąć się po latach choroby. Będę im za to na zawsze dozgonnie wdzięczna.

Więc, dlaczego szczury? Bo mają w sobie niesamowitą siłę przetrwania i energię życiową. Niesłabnącą ciekawość. I są diablo inteligentne.
W mgnieniu oka odczytują ludzkie emocje i za miłość potrafią odwdzięczyć się miłością. Zdobycie ich zaufania jest wyróżnieniem. Zaskakujące, ile mamy ze sobą wspólnego.

Jednak, to co pozostanie w tej przygodzie dla mnie najważniejsze, to powrót do marzeń z dzieciństwa. Do czasów, kiedy nie ograniczały mnie kompleksy, niewiara w siebie i niedobór serotoniny.

Szczury i ulotność ich życia przypominają mi o tym, że warto walczyć o to, co w nas autentyczne. Prawdziwie nasze. Niezależnie od tego, co myślą inni. Niczym zbroję, złożyć skórzaną kurtkę na ramiona i być sobą. Po prostu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story book about two little rats

If you are a rat fan, you probably saw Nadyart drawings on Instagram or anywhere in the Internet. She stole my heart with her art, that is subtle, but with perfect lines, and some warmth hidden between the ink and paper, that proves how artist loves rodents and other little creatures.

I remember Nadyart starting to sell small gadgets based on her drawings on Etsy – prints, buttons, and even necklaces. I wanted to have them all. Same as most of the rat lovers all over the internet. That is why, when I have heard that she is going to print out her own book about adventures of two tiny ratties, my hart jumped.

Right now on the Kickstarter there is a campaign ongoing, that will help artist to collect the money necessary to finish this project. Art and Story book will have a title “Wanderlust, My adventures to where you are”. With 32 pages of it you will find truly magical adventures of two tiny rattie characters, that will win your heart in a second when you will click the play button to see campaign video. Book actually won’t contain any text, but images painted with ink and white acrylic are building a captivating story that will boost your imagination same as emotions, without extra words.

Cute dumbo rats – Isabella and Oliver – are on a journey to find each other. Isabella’s journey forms part one of the book. Oliver’s travels make up the second part. Will they meet each other half way? You will find out when you will open your own copy of the book, so make sure to choose your pledge reward on the Kickstarter page within next days.

If the campaign is successful, and I am sure it will, book will be printed at the beginning of 2019. How wonderful start of the year! Having said that, I am keeping my fingers crossed for Nadyart who is my inspiration when it comes to following ones passion and making dreams came true. And I have to admit, it is also because she chose rats as inspiration for her art, thus giving her contribution to building a positive image of these animals, which I love with all my heart.

 

 

 

 

 

White rats story

As you might know in our house we have new guests – white lab rats. We named them Cukier and Puder (Sugar and Powder).

It’s a new adventure for them and for us, as they were not tamed when they came to us in a tiny cage hidden in a green bag. Volunteer from Viva! Gryzonie (Viva! Rodents Foundation) brought them all the way from Wroclaw, where they were rescued from the laboratory.

From what I have heard, in the laboratory female reproductive organs were cut out to be used in experiments. Rats themselves were unnecessary from that point, ending as a snake food or subjected to euthanasia. Definitely not a happy end.

When I saw information on Facebook that 50 rats were rescued from the laboratory I had that feeling, that spark of intuition telling me that this is the moment to build a new herd and start a new adventure.

I filled in adoption papers and not even two weeks later we welcomed two beautiful rats at home.

Since the girl was already neutered, we decided to take a boy and a girl. I know that mixed herds are not that popular for obvious reasons, but we really wanted to see how it will be to have a fluffy male, besides, neutered girls will probably find new homes much faster, when boys might not be that lucky.

Cukier and Puder

It’s completely a different experience to take a rat from the breeder and to adopt a rat with some history. Cukier and Puder are about 3 months old but they did not have had best experience with humans so far. Well, maybe humans were not even that bad, but tiny space in the cage shared with brothers or sisters, lab food and no free range were limiting for their curious brains.

When I put Cukier and Puder into their new cage at home, for the first 24h they drank two water containers, ate double food portion (after finding out how to hold it in their paws) and did not even realized that there are two more floors in the cage. They were scared and running away hearing even the smallest sound. Getting used to the cage took about four days. Rats figured out that they can climb, that the food won’t disappear so there is no need to eat it immediately, that there are two water containers and humans are not that scary.

After a week they started to use hammocks and walking outside of the cage. They still did not explored all the corridor that is prepared as a free range space. So far place behind the cage and top of the cage are their safe points.

Me and my hubby we are just sitting outside waiting if they will come to us. We are trying to take them onto hands only to take them our or put back into the cage. But we are giving them our hands to sniff and now ratties are starting to take food from our opened palms. At first I wanted to rush this process a little, but it was a mistake. They need time. With ratties from the breeder it was easier at the beginning, but they had a big cage, family members around and humans who were in contact with them since the day one. Rats from laboratory, on the new ground, with strange people as their new keepers, new food, space, simply have to many information and impulses they need to adjust to. Baby steps is the best approach.

Progress!

Besides, it’s so amazing to see their progress every day. From scared rats they used to be two weeks ago, they are starting to act like typical young ratties should – running around, fighting and doing a mess with paper towels and blankets. They are very curious and brave.

I observed that Puder is braver one and first to explore. From the other side Cukier is a food taster willing to do much more if he sees a snack at the end of a tunnel. They are supporting each other, cuddling and always trying to be close. Watching them is relaxing, funny and a good lesson too.

Again I am blessed with having a chance to be so close to these amazing creatures. I am a rat parent again!