My name is Brooke Washburn. I currently reside in east Alabama, and I share my home with my wonderful family. I am a stay at home mother to two beautiful boys and many fur babies. I have always had a deep passion and love for all animals. When I was little, my mother allowed me to have mice and hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs, but I was never allowed to own rats. When I became an adult, I decided to get a few rats and see if they were good pets. My first two rats were a couple of black hooded brothers I named Nicodemus and Master Splinter. When they passed away, I decided that I wanted to breed rats on my own. I researched for a while and started breeding the following year. I bred Miniature Schnauzers for several years prior to owning rats, so applying the general laws of genetics to another species wasn't very difficult. Breeding is definitely not for everyone, however. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. It also takes a great deal of knowledge, which is why I didn't just jump in blindly. There is a lot more to responsible breeding than just throwing two animals of the opposite sex together. You have to really respect and love the animals you are working with. The goal should always be to better the species. I fell in love with rats, and I aim to produce healthy, sweet, and beautiful babies for others to love and cherish.
About My Goals
One of the main reasons I began breeding rats is because I wanted people in my area to have a better place to get their rats than the local pet store. I am not saying all pet stores are bad, but I don't agree with how the big chain stores obtain and house rats, and these rats also receive little to zero human socialization. The nearest reputable rattery to me is over an hour away, and there are none that I know about in my state. When it comes to temperament, I try to produce rats that are friendly and outgoing. I stay away from overly hyper rats and rats that shy away from human contact. Pertaining to aesthetics, or the look of the rat, I breed for what I find attractive in a rat, and not necessarily what the standards call for. I like large rats. I only breed rats who are naturally large, and not large because of a fatty diet or some type of genetic abnormality. I also prefer a proportionally large rat, not just a big bodied rat with a small head. I like stockier females, and shorter noses in both sexes. I aim to produce healthy rats and refuse to breed less than optimal stock. I want to improve the rat as a whole, not add to the long list of rats that die too young from upper respiratory issues, tumors, or low immune systems. If breeders all hold high standards, one day our ratty friends can far surpass the average life spans of today. I'm breeding for tomorrow, to make rats longer lived, friendlier, and more docile. My goal is to breed to improve the species.
About My Pets
My rats are just one type of animal that I share my home with. Being a stay at home mother affords me the time I need to care for all of my pets and I am so grateful that I have been blessed enough to share my life with each one. On the domestic side I have a few doggies, a Hahns Macaw, and of course, the ratties. I also rehabilitate wildlife so the odd opossum or baby bird makes a brief appearance from time to time.