We have officially set the date for our annual Gold Coast Show. Each year Queensland Rodent Fanciers (QRF) hosts a special show down on the Gold Coast (GC) at the annual show. Sadly this year due to issues outside of our control we will not be having a show on the GC.
However!!! Do Not Fear!! We are still holding a show around this time of year., it will just be at our usual location in Mt Gravatt and renamed to Queensland Rodent Fanciers Annual Gala.
This annual show is very important to us as it is the one show a year that our members from the New South Wales Fancy Rodent Society (NSWFRS) joins us. Many of the wonderful breeders join us and its a wonderful way for us to all meet, share experiences, buy animals off each other and have an amazing time.
So when is this special show this year??
It will be on Sunday the 9th of September 2018. Don't worry that is the weekend AFTER Fathers Day. A show theme is yet to be decided but it is sure to be a good one.
Special Rosettes will be ordered for this show and members of both QRF and NSWFRS have jumped on board to sponsor the rosettes as a way to support the club and promote their businesses.
The committee members of QRF are super excited to be having this show and will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
In the mean time please feel free to get excited with us and we look forward to seeing you at our next show on the 29th of July.
On the first of June a fine selection of Rats and Mice, one pepped up human and one sleepy one piled into a car to make the journey to the Grovely Tafe Campus. Was only a short journey but one filled with anticipation.
Once we arrived we loaded our rodents onto our carry trolley and headed to class. As we entered the room we were met with a chorus of “awwes” and as we set up one student remarked with some disdain towards the animals, “My mum doesn’t like rats and mice so I have to sanitize my hands after.” I had to internally roll my eyes at this but continued to set up my beloved pets.
The teacher as always was ecstatic to see us, cooed over the animals and welcomed us back.
And then we started the talk itself.
First point was to promote our awesome sponsors, Back2nature, Vetafarm, Laucke Mills and Tropical nights. I gave a brief description of each and our gratitude for having them all.
All points of the talk went well, we had a few laughs and lots of learning. At the end we had a few good questions, followed up by my favourite “Can we come pat the rats and mice now?” to which the answer was yes.
Up the students rushed to crowd around the animals. Taking turns to gently hold and coo over how cute they were. The does were happy to have a massive network of hands and shoulders to explore. The bucks more happy to chill in cradled arms.
Even the few students who started less keen on them were grinning and laughing at the antics of our most loved pets. And isn’t that the entire point of this? That is my favourite part of the day. That my mission to educate the public on the awesomeness of Rats and Mice was a success even with just a few students.
So ended the day, we headed home happy with our achievement and keen for the next semester.