My name is Shawna Laufer. I am a wife, a mother of 2 little girls, owner of 2 dogs (Cayman- long haired dachshund & Zoey- toy poodle), 2 cats (Sterling-gray tabby & Milo- orange tabby), 2 guinea pigs (Ginger & Meep)...and to break up rolling all doubles... 12 rats (Aniston, Scarlett No- Haira, Chelsea, Paisley, Pip, Emerson, Sero, Atticus, and Vaux)
My love for rats has earned me the nickname "The Rat Whisperer" by several co-workers I have had in the past while employed with various pet stores and veterinary clinics. LOL, it has nothing to do with being an expert, that's for sure! Besides being obsessed with the little buggers, people say I just have a way with them- an understanding, which dubbed me the nickname. I was the 'brave' and/or 'crazy' girl that would take a completely unsolicited, terrified feeder rat from its tiny confinement and smother it in kisses and have it riding on my shoulder in no time flat. I was the one others turned to for advice on their own pet rats, despite having any formal education on animal behavior or health, other than the little bit I picked up here and there. The name seemed pretty fitting, and so it stuck around, long after the rats in my life were around.
My obsession for creating the best life for my ratties motivated me to start this blog- to share with other rat enthusiast like myself while giving myself a creative outlet.
|Photo Credit: Drusilla Kehl|