Hello, we are Derek and Lindsay and we live in Suffolk, England. Over the years we have managed to fill our home with a variety of animal friends, including bunnies, cats, gerbils, guinea pigs and far too many rats.

Lindsay launched this website in 2001 and back then it was solely dedicated to our pets. In February of 2009 we re-launched the site in the format you see now. As well as continuing to feature ongoing updates about our pets, we have added a selection of short stories and the out and about page.


Recent updates :

Goodbye to Panda

Goodbye to Panda

09 April 2012 by Lindsay

I’m very sorry to say that our big cuddly, gorgeous boy, Panda passed away in the night. We’d said goodnight to the boys like we always did and Panda was in his hammock all cosy and happy, but sadly when we came down and checked on him this morning he had slipped away. He looked pretty ...


New cage mates for Panda

New cage mates for Panda

23 February 2012 by Lindsay

Our super sweet old boy Panda, has been very lonely since the death of his brother, Polar.  He’d been moping around quite a bit, not really wanting to leave his bed, or eat and drink.  We’ve been giving him attention and cuddles, but we can’t make up for the fun of having some ...


Sweet dreams Tilly

Sweet dreams Tilly

15 February 2012 by Lindsay

I’m very sad to say our beautiful little rat, Tilly, has passed away.  Her two tumours were very slow growing, and we have had a wonderful 10 months caring for our precious little girl.  Sadly though we noticed that Tilly was starting to struggle, her energy levels were dropping and we were ...


Kiki the miniature rat

Kiki the miniature rat

01 February 2012 by Lindsay

Kiki is adorable in every way, she’s fun and bouncy, has a beautiful affectionate temperament, and is very healthy – she just forgot to grow! When we got Maple and Kiki, they were both super cute little babies and exactly the same size.  Maple had her breathing problems when we first ...


Cat vs Rat: Inkie takes on Kiki and loses

Cat vs Rat: Inkie takes on Kiki and loses

20 January 2012 by Lindsay

I was at my desk working when Inkie thought she could sneak into the office and get her naughty little paws on my gorgeous little rats.  Inkie was so intent on her mischief she didn’t even notice I, or a little rat called Kiki, were watching her… The final score:  Cat 0 Rat 1


More bad news...

More bad news...

09 January 2012 by Lindsay

I am very, very sad to say that our silly boy Polar has passed away yesterday.  After Tiny’s death and Panda being so upset, we had been spoiling the boys with a lot of extra treats, nothing naughty mind; bran flakes, a bit of our dinner and some fresh bread.  They had been loving it, but ...


No more Sputnik

No more Sputnik

22 December 2011 by Lindsay

I’m sure anyone who has rats knows what a Sputnik is.  They are fantastic plastic beds, by Savic, and have been hugely popular with many of my rats.  I got my first one when I bought a Savic ‘Freddy’ cage, it came with the cage, and I recently bought a second one when I got the ...


Five happy rats

Five happy rats

03 December 2011 by Lindsay

My five new girls are all happily living in their princess palace together.  As soon as we felt Maple was well enough we moved her and Kiki in with Dora, Tangy and Mitzi and once all the intial excitement was over watched them all settle down happily together. It was a nice and simple ...


Maple is feeling better

Maple is feeling better

28 November 2011 by Lindsay

I’m sorry to say that Maple’s sneezing had started to cause us concern, so we put her straight on a course of Baytril.  She was a very good girl and happily scoffed all her medicine, which we mixed in with baby food to make it more palatable for her.  As she is so tiny, Maple was only ...


Birthday rats

Birthday rats

20 November 2011 by Lindsay

As is the way, I wasn’t planning to add anymore rats to our family, but after several trips to the pet shop… Well I’m sure you know how it goes :-) We had honestly only popped in for supplies as I needed to get some bits and pieces for the girls new cage.  While on my hunt for ...