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17 Nov 2012

The Dapper Rat Calendar 2013
 

Season's Greetings from The Dapper Rat!

Wishing you and your family - human and furry - all the best for the holiday
season and a happy, healthy and exciting 2013!

Our heartfelt thanks to all who have supported us throughout the year, be it
with appreciative comments for our website or with orders from our store.


Robyn, Alan, Isabelle and Sophie
and Sprocket, Nuzzle, Doppler and Wombat

Looking for something special as a gift for your rats or a rat loving friend? If you're considering ordering something for Christmas, be quick!  Our last posting day for the year will be 21st December.  Usual delivery times:
Within Australia: 1-5 days.  NZ: 4-5 days. USA/Canada:  7-10 days.  UK/Europe: 8-10 days.


26 July 2012

NEW!  Snap-Inns by Living World

A colourful, adaptable, expandable play house for rats!
Now available from The Dapper Rat store.

We have new Dapper Rats!

We've just adopted three gorgeous little fuzzlets.
You ca
n meet Nuzzle, Wombat and Doppler on the Meet Our Rats page.




19 July 2012

The Grotto - our home made cabinet cage - was retired after 10 great years of service to The Dapper Rats.
Our boys are now living in a Ferret Kingdom cage. You can see our new cage set-up here.




January 2012


Only a few left!


Happy New Year from The Dapper Rat!


Wishing you and your family - human and furry - all the best for a happy,
healthy and exciting 2012!


Robyn, Alan, Isabelle and Sophie
and Frazil, Sprocket, Buzzle and Snoot





20 September 2011

The Dapper Rat Calendar 2012


Now available!



5 August 2011

Coming soon!  The Dapper Rat Calendar 2012

We have finished shooting The Dapper Rat Calendar 2012.
Here is a sample from one of the shoots - the little guy on the right is destined
to be a Dapper Rat as soon as he's old enough to leave his mum.
See all of the calendar photo shoots

The calendar will be announced in a few days.
It will be the same format as this years calendar, which you can see here.

If you would like to be notified when the new calendar is available
email me.




January 2011

The Dapper Rat Calendar 2011
Now available!


Happy New Year from The Dapper Rat!


Wishing you and your family - human and furry - a happy, healthy and exciting 2011!


Robyn, Alan, Isabelle and Sophie
and Pekoe, Spruce, Frazil, Rubble and Notch



12 December 2010

The Dapper Rat Calendar 2011
Now available!

Now available!

Season's Greetings from The Dapper Rat!

Wishing you and your family - human and furry - all the best for the holiday
season and a happy, healthy and exciting 2011!

Our heartfelt thanks to all who have supported us throughout the year, be it
with appreciative comments for our website or with orders from our store.


Robyn, Alan, Isabelle and Sophie
and Pekoe, Spruce, Frazil, Rubble and Notch

Looking for something special as a gift for your rats or a rat loving friend? If you're considering ordering something for Christmas, be quick!  Our last posting day for the year will be 17th December.  Usual delivery times:
Within Australia: 1-5 days.  USA:  7-10 days.  UK/Europe: 8-10 days.



28 September 2010




Announcing...




Announcing...


NEW! Christmas cards and NEW! Greeting cards

Now available!




13 September 2010



Coming soon...

The Dapper Rat Calendar 2011

I'm sorry we're running a little late this year.  But a toddler and a new baby tend to slow things
down a lot!
 Rest assured we are bringing out a 2011 calendar and it's nearly finished.

This is our new little fuzzlet, Notch, showing how gorgeous he's going to look in the calendar.
You can see more of this shoot and the other calendar shoots here.

The final images will be announced soon and the calendar will then be available for pre-order.
In the meantime, you can see the details of our 2010 calendar here.
If you would like an email announcement when the calendar is available to order,
please contact me.



25 April  2010




News from The Dapper Rat:

Sophie has arrived!


Robyn, Alan and Isabelle would like to introduce the newest member of our family - Sophie Evelyn.  Sophie was born 22 April 2010, weighing in at 3.6kg (~8lb).  Issy is delighted to have a baby sister!










April 2010

News from The Dapper Rat:
Alan, Isabelle and I are expecting a new addition to our family sometime around the end of April!  The Dapper Rat store will close suddenly and temporarily when our baby arrives, potentially for a few weeks.  The store will be back as soon as possible, but in the meantime I apologise for the delay with orders and any inconvenience.
I'll be taking orders up until then, so if you're considering anything please order soon if you want to ensure you get your items before we close.




26 January 2010



Happy New Year!

We hope 2010 will be a happy, healthy and fun year for you and your ratty family!



The Dapper Rat Calendar 2010

Don't forget the essential way to start the new year - with a new rat calendar!
With 12 photos of our gorgeous rats, it will bring ratty charm to your wall all year.



26 November 2009


The Dapper Rat Calendar 2010


Looking for something special as a gift for your rats or a rat loving friend?
If you're considering ordering something for Christmas, be quick!  Our last posting day for the year will be 22nd December.  Usual delivery times:
Within Australia: 1-5 days.  USA:  7-10 days.  UK/Europe: 8-12 days.

Christmas cards available!

Season's Greetings from The Dapper Rat!

Wishing you and your family - human and furry - all the best for the holiday season and a happy, healthy and exciting 2010!
Our heartfelt thanks to all who have supported us throughout the year, be it with appreciative comments for our website or with orders from our store.

Robyn, Alan and Isabelle - and Dash and his three new fuzzlet friends




5 September 2009


Announcing...

The Dapper Rat Calendar 2010

"Best of The Dapper Rat"

The Dapper Rat Calendar 2010 contains the most popular images from our previous 8 calendars.

Now available!
Details for ordering
here.



9 April 2009


News from The Dapper Rat

First of all, my apologies for the lack of website updates lately.  It's been hectic here with The Dapper Rat store, and attending a large pet expo and our local rat shows.  Not to mention caring for four very demanding rats and a rambunctious toddler who doesn't seem to require sleep.

Farewell Waffle:
 It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Waffle just before Christmas.  He was such a gorgeous big licky squish and is missed dearly.  There's a tribute to Waff on his webpage here.



23 November 2008


The Dapper Rat Calendar 2009
Now available!
Now available!
Season's Greetings from The Dapper Rat!

Wishing you and your family - human and furry - all the best for the holiday
season and a happy, healthy and exciting 2009!

Our heartfelt thanks to all who have supported us throughout the year, be it
with appreciative comments for our website or with orders from our store.


Robyn, Alan and Isabelle
and Splash, Gecko, Waffle, Zipper and Dash

Looking for something special as a gift for your rats or a rat loving friend? If you're considering ordering something for Christmas, be quick!  Our last posting day for the year will be 19th December.  Usual delivery times:
Within Australia: 1-5 days.  USA:  7-8 days.  UK/Europe: 8-10 days.



30 October 2008


The Dapper Rat Calendar 2009
Now available!
Now available!





21 September 2008


The Dapper Rat Calendar 2009  Coming soon!

We're currently shooting the 2009 calendar photos.  As you can see, Waffle has been
working himself
really hard to help us with the shoots.

You can see more photos from the calendar shoots here.  These pages will be added to
as the rest of the shoots are completed over the next few days.


We hope to announce the new calendar in the next week or so, when it will be
available for pre-order.  It will be in the same style and format as our 2008 calendar.




23 August 2008


Brisbane Rodent Rescue Raffle - WINNER!

Congratulations Sandee Martindale!

Sandee has won r
at accessories to the value of $100, comprising:
$50 worth of hammocks from The Dapper Rat and $50 worth of foofferdomes from Ratly Manor

A huge THANK YOU to everyone for your generosity in purchasing raffle tickets to help

Brisbane Rodent Rescue
!  We raised $500 for the rescue, which will certainly help Lou in
caring for and rehoming the large number of rats
who come through her doors.





18 April 2008





Introducing Zipper and Dash!

We have just welcomed two new little Dapper Rats!

Meet Zipper (black hoodie) and Dash (agouti self).
They're a gorgeous pair of cheeky, over-enthusiastic, energetic, cute little fuzzlets.

Or go to Meet Our Rats to get to know each of our five adorable boys.




 




1 March 2008

News from The Dapper Rat

Website update:  Yes, we're still alive!  Sorry for the long delay in updating the site, things have been hectic here.  Hopefully there will be more regular updates now that we're through the first few exhausting months with a new baby!

The Dapper Bub:  Isabelle is growing way too fast (she's already over 4 months old!) and is becoming more gorgeous and more adorable daily.  See The Isabelle Gallery for photos of her.


Emails:  I'm sorry I've been unable to answer rat questions on email lately. With a demanding Isabelle and running my business I simply don't have the spare time to answer all of the emails I receive each day.  If you have a rat question, contact ratinfo (for general rat care questions) or rathelp (for urgent rat medical questions).

Brisbane Pet Expo:  The Dapper Rat will be attending The Spectacular Petacular on 15-16th March.  If you're in Brisbane, come along and chat rat with us!



30 October 2008




Isabelle has arrived!


Alan and I are very proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Isabelle Claire
.
Born on the 16th October 2007, weighing 3.14kg (6lb 14.5oz).

Isabelle is a cute, cuddly and calm little bub who isn't stressing out her new parents too
much just yet.   She has met the boys, who sniffed her with fascinated interest.  No doubt
she'll grow up to be an enthusiastic rat lover like her parents.

More photos of Issy and the boys coming soon!






22 September 2007


 Now available!

You can view the final photos and the calendar ordering details here.
  You can see larger versions of the images and more photos from the shoots here.



19 September 2007


The Dapper Rat Calendar 2008

We're nearly finished shooting the calendar and it should be announced and available for pre-order within a week or so.  This photo of the adorable Waffle will be one of the images in it.  You can see more of the calendar shoots here.


Important notice to our customers

Our first child is due 25th October, so anytime from now on I may drop off the internet unexpectedly for a few weeks.  We will continue to accept orders during this time, but expect extended delays.  
I hope to have lots of stock in all colours ready beforehand, but would appreciate relaxed hammock colour choices to avoid extra sewing.  I won't be able to do any custom hammock orders. 

We apologise for any inconvenience delays may cause.  But rest assured orders will reach you in time for Christmas!  So please order early for Christmas cards, calendars, and gifts for your rats and rat loving friends.






26 June 2007

Dapper Rat News

Fuzzlets:  Our three new little fuzzlets have well and truly settled in now and become as naughty and as adorable as a Dapper Rat should be (as you can see in the photo on the left).  You can meet Splash, Gecko and Waffle on the Meet Our Rats page.  New photos of them coming soon.

Birthday Bucks:  Noogs and Schnoz celebrated their 2nd birthdays recently.
See some photos from their birthday party here.


A Dapper Bub:  In personal news, we're expecting our first child later this year!
In preparation for the big event, we hope to have The Dapper Rat Calendar 2008 available early this year (ratty models obliging).  And we encourage everyone to purchase their calendars and Christmas presents early, as we will probably have to close for a few weeks around late Oct-Nov.





12 February 2007



Brisbane Rodent Rescue

Brisbane Rodent Rescue, along with Australian Cavy Sanctuary, recently rescued over 100 rats from appalling conditions.  Details of the rescue here.

The rats are now safe at BRR, being properly cared for and responding well to love and friendly handling.  Such a huge rescue obviously strains BRR's resources, but there's been a wonderful response from rat owners, both local and international, with donations of supplies, money and time.

If you're able to offer help of any kind, and particularly if you'd like to adopt some of these rats, please contact Lou at BRR:  ldux@bigpond.net.au
Phone:  (07) 3359 9554 (9am-6pm) or Mobile: 0431 827 760

Renee Barker's wonderful photos of the rescues can be viewed in an Album or as a Slideshow.



21 December 2006



Happy Holidays from
The Dapper Rat!


Wishing you and your family (human and furry) a happy holiday season and a healthy, prosperous and fun-filled new year!

May ratties everywhere share in lots of delicious treats!  Here's a few ideas so your rats can share in the entertainment too:
  • Make your rats a Christmas print hammock. 
  • Let them play in the shredded gift wrapping paper.
  • Use any boxes from your presents to build them a Clubhouse
  • Let your rats explore your Christmas tree.
  • Rattify some carols!
  • Anyone who stands under mistletoe has to kiss a rat belly!




6 December 2006



Need Christmas gifts for rats or rat lovers?

For rat lovers:
For rats:
Delivery  times:  Australia (1-5 days), NZ (5 days), US/Canada (7 days), UK/Europe (8 days).
But order early in case of delays with the Christmas postal rush.




27 September 2006



Announcing...




8 September 2006


Coming soon!  
The Dapper Rat Calendar 2007!

We are currently photographing the 2007 calendar.
Some photos from the shoots can be seen here.

The 2007 calendar will be announced and available for pre-order
in the next few weeks.

For details on our calendars see this year's calendar page:
The Dapper Rat Calendar 2006



14 August 2006

Coming soon!  

The Dapper Rat Bags!


A sturdy calico shoulder bag available in a selection of our
most popular photos.




27 July 2006


"Rat Ribbons"
a film by Chrissie Hall


Now available on DVD!


A film about Australian rat shows and rat people!   With lots of very, very cute rats!
Chrissie did some filming for this at The Dapper Rat, so keep an eye out for our adorable fuzzbutts!

The DVD includes the feature "Rat Ribbons" (run time 25 min), along with the trailer and a stills gallery.  Also included are some of Chrissie's previous short films.


For more information or to purchase the DVD, contact Chrissie Hall



27 March 2006


Announcing...
The Flat Dapper Rat range are a selection of fun laminated products available in some of our most popular rat photographs.

The range includes bookmarks, fridge magnets, PR cards and posters!

See all of the 12 images available here.


6 March 2006


Introducing...

"Rat Ribbons"
a film by Chrissie Hall



A film about rat shows and rat people!  I haven't had a chance to see it yet, but Chrissie loves rats so it's sure to be great!

Chrissie did some filming for this at The Dapper Rat, so keep an eye out for our adorable fuzzbutts!






For those in Sydney, there are two screenings:

  • 11 March 2006  -  "Old Fitzroy Hotel"  129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo.  Doors open 2pm, film begins 3pm.
  • 22 March 2006  -  "Hollywood Hotel"   2 Foster St, Surry Hills.  Doors open at 8pm, film begins 10pm.



For information or questions about the film, contact Chrissie Hall




7 February 2006

Happy New Year from The Dapper Rat!


The Dapper Rat Calendar 2006 - a few extras now available!

Due to demand, we're doing another very small print run.
The extra calendars will be available within the week.
Let me know asap if you would like to reserve one.




6 December 2006


Happy Holidays from The Dapper Rat!

Need a present for your rats, for your rat loving friends, or something for your friends and family to give you for Christmas?  Here's a few ideas from The Dapper Rat:

  • Rat hammocks - a large range of hammock styles for rats and mice

International airmail is 7-8 days so order asap if you want something in time for Christmas!



1 October 2005

Announcing...

The Dapper Rat Calendar 2006


We've finally finished the photo shoots, with the help of our stunningly photogenic (and often exasperatingly naughty) furry models.

The calendar is now available!  



23 September 2005

The Dapper Rat Calendar 2006 coming soon!

We are currently shooting photos for The Dapper Rat Calendar 2006!

"Surfing Schnoz" is one of our new calendar photos.  You can see some other photos from the shoots here.

The calendar should be available to order in early October, assuming our furry models co-operate with the last few shoots.  :)

The Dapper Rat Calendar 2005 is now sold out, but the webpage is still up there if you'd like to see the photos in our previous calendar.


13 September 2005

Meet our three new little Dapper Rats!

Nougat Schnoz Husky

Click on their names (or photos) to go to their personal webpage.   Or go to Meet Our Rats to see photos of all of them, and our other boys!


6 July 2005

In this Ramble I'd like to recommend a website:  Rathelp.org
This site by Nat of Rats are People Too! (one of my favourite websites) is an absolute wealth of useful information for anyone wanting to help a rat they've found.  It outlines how to tell if the rat is wild or domesticated, the basic care they need, and very detailed information on raising orphaned rats.  There's also an extensive list of worldwide rescue organisations, shelters and experienced rat owners who you can contact if you need further help.
In addition, the section on "Wild Rats" has sensible, practical advice on dealing with wild visitors to your home... an excellent resource!


4 April 2005
 

Celebrate World Rat Day
on 4th April 2005!

World Rat Day Raffle!

RAFFLE WINNER:  Coby Grieef

Coby wins $80 worth of rat decor, including hammocks and toys from The Dapper Rat and foofferdomes from Ratly Manor.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who entered the raffle and supported Brisbane Rodent Rescue!
With your generosity we raised AU$410 (~US$330) to help the many rats and mice rescued, cared for, and happily rehomed by Brisbane Rodent Rescue!

20 January 2005
 

Announcing...

Three new sets of:

Rat Greeting Cards!

Many of the photos from The Dapper Rat Calendar 2005
are now available as greeting cards, and also as our new range of Note Cards.  Including this photo of the gorgeous Lamington Rat.
 


16 October 2004
 
Announcing...

The Dapper Rat Calendar 2005!

Includes 12 new photos of our adorable, handsome and stunningly
photogenic boys! 

Now available!
 


22 September 2004
 

Welcome to our two new little Dapper Rats!

Ilford is a calm sweet shy little black hoodie.
Bug is a boisterous bundle of cinnamon confidence.

You can get to know these adorable little fuzzlets on the
Meet Our Rats page.
 

Note:  The Dapper Rat will be attending the Gold Coast Pet Expo at Varsity Lakes on 25-26th September 2004.  If you live on the Gold Coast, come along and chat rat with us.


4 September 2004
 
Many people have asked us when The Dapper Rat Calendar 2005 is going to be available.

We're running a little late this year as we've been waiting for our new digital SLR (Nikon D70) to arrive.  It's finally here, and we're currently shooting the calendar.  It should be announced and available to pre-order later this month.  So stay tuned!

This will be our 4th calendar!   Our current 2004 calendar can be viewed here, and the photos from older calendars are available as poster prints.

Here's a peek at one of our new photos of Rumpus.


6 August 2004
 
Foofferdomes!
That's Schnapps and Rumpy enjoying their foofferdome.

"What's a foofferdome?" I hear you ask.  Well, a foofferdome is a colourful, warm and cosy rat snoozing spot made by Andrea of Ratly Manor.  Our boys have been enjoying foofferdomes for well over a year now.
They're a nice warm sleeping spot in the cage, or as a retreat for your rats when they're out playing on your desk or sofa.  They're also handy for old or sick rats needing extra warmth and comfort.

How the foofferdome got it's name!

For more information on foofferdomes, go to Ratly Manor.


29 June 2004

For this Ramble I'd like to share an incredibly useful link:  Rat Guide - www.ratguide.com
Rat Guide is THE place on the internet for excellent rat care and medical information.  Put together by Karen and her team of rat experts, vets and researchers, this site has detailed, up to date and fully referenced information for rat owners and vets alike.  There are three sections:  The Health Guide has in-depth information on common rat medical problems, their treatment and very handy case studies with photos.  The Care Guide offers advice on general rat care including nutrition, behaviour and environment.  And the Medication Guide gives full details on drugs used in rats and their dosages.
Be sure to bookmark this site!  And send the link to your vet too!

The Dapper Rat is going along to the Caboolture Family Pet Expo at Caboolture Showgrounds on 10th July 2004.  If you live on the Sunshine Coast, come along and say hello.


18 May 2004

I just finished reading the most wonderful children's book written by local Aussie author Lian Tanner.  The story contains several rat characters, which are perfectly portrayed as the adorable interactive lovable pets they are.  Lian beautifully describes their quirky mannerisms, cheeky playfulness and above all their devotion to their owners.  And throughout the story she's thrown in lots of great ratty PR!  Rat fans are going to enjoy the book, and non-rat fans are going to fall in love with them.
 

The story itself is "a funny, fast-moving adventure about friendship, change and the cutest pet rats you'll ever meet."  As I read it, I found myself laughing, cheering and crying as Monty (the rat) and his friends made me remember all of my own rats and their charming antics. 

"Rats!" by Lian Tanner 
(Series: Takeaways) 
Published by Lothian Books, 2004. 
ISBN 0 7344 0660 6 

Available online from QBD, A&R and Dymocks, and at all Aussie bookstores now. 
For questions and comments, you can contact Lian.


16 March 2004

First of all, welcome to all the enthusiastic rat-loving people we met at the Brisbane Pet & Animal Expo!

I'd like to recommend one of my favourite websites - www.ratbehavior.org - this is an absolute wealth of fascinating information on rat biology and behaviour.  Learn all about the rat's sensory world (what they see and hear and feel), see photos and video of all kinds of rat behaviour, hear the noises rats make, and lots of other interesting and fun information.  Definitely a site for the favourites folder!

For our Australian readers, The Dapper Rat is featured in WHO Magazine this week - March 22, 2004 edition, p.56-57.
 

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