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Splash

Mink berkshire

20.1.2007 - 3.11.09



About Splash

We adopted Splash (and his friends Gecko and Waffle) from Brisbane Rodent Rescue when he was just 6 weeks old.

Splash (aka Sploosh, SplashyRat, SplishSplash, The Minky Splash) is so named because he loveed to play in water, and also due to the charming splattering of minky dots all over him. He had a particularly large and adorable minky dot right in the middle of his belly... a perfect kissing target!  He was particularly beautiful, with his shiny black eyes in a minky face and soft pale pink ears and nose.  His fur was soft and sleek and he smelled like marshmallows, which made him particularly cuddly.

Splash was a high energy ratty, full of mischief and playfulness.  He had a passion for water, loving to splash about in the water bowl and dunk his head under to groom.  Pea fishing was an exciting treat which he leapt into with minky enthusiasm, even after all the peas were gone.  He also liked investigating faces and was fascinated by hair.

He soon became only known as Sploosh.  And he grown into a lovely big laid back squish of a rat.  He was my good boy in the cage, never getting into too much trouble and staying out of the alpha politics the others played at.  Although he did love to roam about the house if he got the chance to escape.  He was a great cuddler, loving to be held and massaged and squished and tickled.  There was something infinitely charming about Sploosh sprawled upsidedown in my lap, face blissed out, having his belly rubbed... that's the way I'll remember him always.



Photos of Splash


Splash was a cute fuzzlet.


He loved splashing in the water bowl.


He grew big from all the good treats.


He was so laid back he loved to dangle.


Looking very dignified in his soft tunnel.


Hanging about with his buddy, Waffle.


Being a little silly.


Chatting with Waffle on the fence


And that's why I should get the last yogie...


Can't you see I'm starving here?!



Tales of Splash
The Splash Character

Current nicknames - Sploosh, Splashy, SplashyRat.

What can I say?  He's a sweetie!  There's something so innocent and adorable about Sploosh.  It may be that he doesn't get involved in rat politics, leaving the power grooming to Waffle.  It may be that he has a delightfully joyous bounce when he runs.  It may be that he's so disarmingly cute with his sweet fuzzy minky face and those pale pink accessories (nose, ears, etc).  It may be that he goes all limp as you rub his back and kiss his belly dot.  It may be his enthusiasm for leaping onto me and burrowing around inside my clothes.  I'm not sure what it is about him, but he just makes you go "awwwww".  Of course, that lets him get away with just about any naughtiness.

His passion is chasing things.  He loves to follow my hand around the floor and will do that for as long as I keep going.  He never actually wants to catch my hand, just chase it.  I love having him chase my hand about and then unexpectedly changing direction and going back over the top of him.  He gets all flustered for a split second and then spins around and pounces on my hand with so much joyful enthusiasm.  I ruffle him up and be bounds off so cheerfully.

He doesn't really have a disgusting habit as such... rather an annoying one instead.  He loves to splash about in the wading pool on freezing cold mornings and then climb into my shirt to dry off and warm up. 


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Minky massage


Sploosh is my sweetheart.
  He's hardly ever any trouble and is a little bit sensitive and nervous with new things.  He absolutely adores lying on his back on my forearm and being scritched on the side of his furry rump.  He alternates between licking me madly and lying there, legs sprawled limply, all blissed out.  If I rub his belly he'll hold onto me with his hands and gaze up at me with his sweet whiskery face, or madly lick my fingers.  He's also partial to being snuggled up under my chin while I scratch his rump with my fingernails.  He's a sensory delight - all soft and whiskery and warm and smelling wonderfully of clean buckly fur.  <sigh>  The experience is so relaxing for both of us!

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The Escapee


Sploosh's special talent is escapism... managing to sneak through the free range barrier without notice and go wandering about the house.   He's rather smart though, as he doesn't do this every day.  He waits for a few days until I drop my guard, then sneaks out unsupervised.  I have no idea how he manages to escape.  Gecko will spend all his run time shoving and chewing and blatantly trying to get out (subtle he's not!) and get nowhere, but Sploosh quietly finds a way out.  But he's so innocent and adorable I can't be mad at him.  I shake the yogurt drop jar and he comes running out from under the sofa or dining table to climb into my lap.

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More tales of Splash and his friends on the Ratty Ramblings page.

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