DOB: December 14, 2014
Goal: This litter was a linebreeding (a long time coming) to bring back the rex in the line and try to breed out some of the goofy looking dumbo ears. I am also trying to breed out some of the markings and keep selecting the largest and most well conformed babies in the litter. I could not be more pleased with how the babies are developing. They have nice heads and I am happy with the three I have kept for future breeding plans.
When PYMA Selene had to be put to sleep because of labor complications, we lost the entire litter. It was a devastating time for me. It was the first time I ever lost a female due to breeding issues. She was one of my all-time favorite rats. I was very selective of who I bred, because with the death of Selene and with America being a bit too far past breeding age, I was standing to lose some key traits in my American Blue line and chose to pair Pompeii with Radio. Radio got super stressed out during the introductions, but I kept at it. He ended up starting to show repsiratory issues from the stress (he did NOT like miss Pom, perhaps he prefers the single life) and I immediately ceased to try to breed them. After giving Pom a few weeks rest, Radio recovered and became his healthy self yet again. Instead of trying to breed them again, I chose to breed Pom to Radio's step-brother, the much older and more distinguished Arthur. Arthur is a very healthy boy, and got the job done quickly and without fuss. While this pairing was not my first choice, I am happy with the results. My original choice was due to some of the work I had already done in the line. Going back to Arthur was actually going back a few generations of work, but it was effective as a line-breeding and really did help the ear situation. I am pleased :) Radio is pleased he didn't have to do that dating business, and Arthur is pleased he DID get to woo a lady! All is well in the world.