My girls volunteered to help check people in along with sell raffle tickets. This kept them busy for almost the whole time. I was able to float a bit and also sell many of our homemade toys, hammocks and snugglies. I even was able to help check in ratties into the show. Even though we didn't bring ratties, they let us tell the miracle story of lil CRUS Ivy. Losing both her parents and most of her brothers to the fire and how in just one month she has bounced back, growing well and breathing fine. Living a diva life in our Girls Sorority. We won a ribbon for the story (audience clapping) tying for 1st, but seriously the best one goes to BBRR and their lil guys that were found in a box on the side of the road. How people can just abandon critters is beyond me.
This show had a lot of dwarf ratties. Oh those HUGE eyes on such a little head were too cute. We also saw our first Goldens from Canada. They are like the color of a soft yellow lab with 'burnt' highlights like someone toasted their ears and points. I also learned the difference between a Harley rat and what they are trying to standardize, the HarVel. So many precious ratties at the show!
Here is a link to the write up for the show in the local paper - guess who won the Rat Crap Shoot!?! We also bought 12 raffle tickets and won 3 prizes - fun fun fun! Overall, my favorite time was talking with the 'rat owners to be' along with a few that had just adopted sweet furbabies from BFRR. After the show there was a RatsPacNW meeting where they discussed new standards for the show along with plans for the future shows. My daughters ALMOST lasted the whole time but we had to leave right before they closed business. 6 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. is one long day that deserved a yummy dinner and swimming in the hotel pool.
The next day we visited the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. What a fun treat and a great way to spend a Sunday morning/afternoon. We also were able to see their last production of the year Indiana Bones and the Golden Treasure. They even had ratties run across the high bridge! At the end of the show the zoo volunteers brought out animals to see. Of course we didn't go pet the chicken or the dog we headed to pet their adorable Berkshire Agouti 1.5 year old girl.