I recently had a poor review left on my Facebook Page by someone who had a problem with my use of Essential Oils in my rattery and offering to add orders to my own PERSONAL order if anyone wished to do so.
To address my advertising products on my rattery page, it is just that, my page, on which I do as I see fit.
As for the use of oils, I have taken many steps to educate myself on what I am using and recommending including taking French Medicinal Aromatherapy Certification. This was taken through the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. It is 75+ education hours + 48 hours which includes 12 case studies and final paper. It is NOT affiliated with Young Living. I also plan on taking full Animal Aromatherapy Certification when time permits.
I reference Dr. Melissa Shelton DVM, who has worked for over 10 years with medical grade essential oils in her veterinary practice, including those by Young Living, and authored the Animal Desk Reference. I use this as my BIBLE when using ANY essential oils or blends with any animal. I also work extremely closely with my own Board Certified Diplomate Exotics veterinarian, who supports my rattery, and is keenly interested in how I use the essential oils to support my rats health and sometimes healing.
I have spent $1000’s travelling from SC to Utah to attend the Animals and Essential Oils Conference, for lectures from veterinarians, scientists, herbalists, etc., to make sure that I am up to date.
I do not take the use of essential oils lightly or without first knowing what I am using down to its phytochemistry, how to use it properly, and its effects. Young Living oils are the ONLY oils marketed that have been FDA approved for internal use (GRAS), and are the most closely monitored, and tested, with the company owning the farms, distilleries, bottling and packaging/labeling facilities. They know who has handled their product, and how it has been handled from start to finish. I have known them to dump an entire season's crop because it has been deemed to be substandard and that particular oil to then be out of stock until the next year! This is QUALITY CONTROL at its finest. I would never use anything with my animals that I wouldn't use on myself.
So please, if you have ANY questions, or concerns about me, my practices, or the rattery, I encourage you to reach out and ask a few questions. I will be HAPPY to answer them honestly. Thank you.
I plan on writing up a follow-up post on which oils I use in the rattery, and which are safe to use around rats.
ALL UNITED PETSAFE TRAVELS ON TEMPORARY HOLD!
Due to unforeseen circumstances with United PetSafe, all of our USA trips/travels will be postponed/rescheduled for end of May/early June.
United Airlines Petsafe Program is undergoing a review of their policies following a freak, unfortunate accident with a small dog in cabin. All rodent shipments with United Airlines always travel through live animal cargo, never in cabin. However, this tentative 1 month, shut-down from United will effect all types of pet travels with them globally. We appreciate that they are handling the issue in this manner and not carrying on "business as usual". United expects to be completed with this review and reopen for pet travels in May. Rainbow Row Rattery will plan to commence end of May / early June. We are leaving some extra time to allow us to accommodate any new protocols, as well as bypass most of the delays & backlog.
Official United PetSafe Announcement
New Year babies have been uploaded and are ready for reservation. If you have submitted an application and been approved feel free to submit your request to reserve with the ID numbers of the babies you are interested in. Remember, first come, first served. If you have submitted an application but have not heard back from me, please let me know, I will review as quickly as possible so you don't miss out. I have more babies on the way, and more rats paired that will be ready around Spring Break.
My GORGEOUS boy Marquis 'Mack' made his debut fathering two of this months litters. I'm so proud of this guy, he is as sweet as he looks and has me wrapped around his teensy little paws.
Proud to introduce my new handmade product that has been added to the store - Hardwood Cage Ledges! In Small, Medium and Large. these ledges bring a bit of the wild into your rat's home environment. Aged hardwood, is safe for your ratty to perch on, or satisfy his need to nibble. All mounting hardware is included.
If you haven't stopped by the store, please take a look. I am excited to bring you Envigo Teklad Rodent Diet, and my Evolution Silent Wheels which I make myself. I will be releasing some beautiful Natural Hardwood Cage Ledges later this week- watch out for those! New products will be added as I get inspired, so please check back regularly.
When you place your order, you will be directed to pay via PayPal. If you are picking up at the Rattery (or at a scheduled adoption event), please indicate in the notes section. If you need your items shipped to you, you will receive a separate shipping invoice via paypal for your actual shipping costs. I will try to use USPS Flat Rate Shipping whenever possible.
Rainbow Row will be heading up to Richmond Virginia again in December, so mark your calendar if you are interested in attending, or maybe meeting for a pickup along my route. The event will be held on December 2nd, venue to be determined, and pickups can be arranged for my journey back home on December 3rd. I travel down I95 through NC, from Richmond to Charleston SC.
I will have Envigo Teklad Rodent Diet available for purchase, along with some ratty enrichment products.
You can also pre-order food or any of these products.
Here is a link to the Facebook Group that is hosting the event: Richmond Rat Club
Please feel free to join and you will find the event details there. I will be sharing updates on what babies will be available for reservation etc., in the group event, on RROW's FaceBook page and on the Available Babies page.
Here is an open invitation for you to let me know what you would like me to blog about here at Rattery Rattenings. I have tried to organize things a little better with the categories over on the right hand side, and popped the relevant posts under those headers. I welcome you to drop a comment or two on topics you are interested in, no matter what they are as long as they are ratty related. I would also love to receive any pictures and tales you would like to share, to publish under the Adopter Stories section.
Luna says "get your thinking caps on"
I am struggling to find the words to express my feelings today. My heart, my Georgie 2.0, RROW's SpokesRat, King George II passed away peacefully yesterday, September 4th, 2017.
He was my first Harley rat. Once I found out that such an animal existed I wanted one, to love him, and hug him and squeeze him and name him George! The first George I was offered unfortunately failed to thrive, and so a second was offered, and Georgie 2.0 became mine. I loved him at first sight, a tiny little ball of fluff that rode my shoulder on the car ride home from Ohio to South Carolina. It took a while for Georgie 2.0 and I to bond. I was closely bonded with another rat, Paparazzi, and when 'Razzi' passed away suddenly during a surgical procedure, Georgie 2.0 seemed to just know that I needed him to help get over the loss. He had always been a little reserved, but after Razzi's death, he just came to the front of the cage and climbed up my arm to my shoulder. This started to become our thing and he would just sit, and 'be' with me. We enjoyed time watching TV and taking naps together, he became my best bud.
Georgie 2.0 also became the patriarch of my Harley line at RROW, siring many offspring, and passing down his wonderful temperament. I put all of my baby holdback male rats in with Georgie and a couple of other older boys, as a kind of nursery school for weanlings. Georgie had the patience of a saint, teaching baby boys ratty manners, and that Mom's fingers meant scritches and treats. He LOVED head rubs the best. His last cagemates were two of his sons, two of his grandsons, his oldest friend and his oldest friend's son, a naked dwarf!
It would have been his second birthday yesterday. I found him curled up in his favorite spot, I thought he was asleep.
Rest well sweet boy, I love you, and I miss you. Thank you for two amazing years, you were the BEST rat. You have given me sweet memories and stunning offspring to carrying on your name - ROAR King George II
Black eyed Siamese and Burmese have been posted here. Please use the contact form to reserve your babies, they will go quickly!
Owner/Operator of EVO, all around animal lover and essential oil junkie.