Written by Lincoln Pedersen
What a day! Here I was thinking that 2017's Pet Expo couldn’t be topped but I stand corrected. 2018 was amazing! Here are a few of my highlights of the day (Not including lunch, which was AMAZING!).
Having over heard one person telling their child that rats are vermin, my response, grab their attention and express how amazing our little guys are. The person came closer to my surprise and we got talking, and surprisingly enough the person listened to me and even had a pat of a few (highlight #1).
The amount of people that swarm the cages and us during lunch and just after is overwhelming and all the children asking some wonderful questions. One child was asking me some ridiculous questions and the parent said “Now *so and so* think before you ask a question.” Children come out with some great things – (highlight #2).
Seeing the mums and dads embrace our small friends even though they themselves have a fear just to prove to their child/ren that there’s nothing to be frightened of – (highlight #3).
Last but not least being able to say “come a long to a show,” and their reaction to finding out that there will be a hall full of these amazing little creatures is absolutely amazing and what I as a member of QRF look forward to, and additionally when we get a message from a person we have met that day on Facebook thanking us for a wonderful job at the expo and that they themselves are looking forward to coming to show is satisfying – (Highlight #4).
It truly amazes me how many adults say that they have had a rat or mouse when they were younger but still grimace at the sight of a rat with pink eyes!
In conclusion, I very much look forward to 2019 Pet expo and meeting a whole bunch of new individuals who hopefully one day feel the same way that I do about rats and mice.
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.
Written by Lincoln Pedersen.
Captured by Tenille Webster
There’s nothing like being able to talk about your passion for pocket pets other than when you get up in front of roughly 50 Students. Although that idea may haunt some, for Tenille and I it’s a thrill. An amazing honour to be able to spread our knowledge of Rats and Mice to young minds that will hopefully go on to do amazing things in their community and for themselves.
On May 8th, Tenille and I set out to Loganlea TAFE to conduct a presentation like we had done the year before with the Grovely Campus. Having so much information to feed these young, inspired men and women there had to be some sort of comedic relief to keep everyone interested, be it a joke about how much I adore chocolate, or when I said, “Imagine Porphyrin is like blowing your nose through your eyes balls” – although a gross image to have to picture, it bought everyone to tears of laughter, including myself who had troubles containing the giggles for a good 20minutes, occasionally letting out little bursts. Making little remarks and banter with Tenille would make the whole thing interactive and not black and white and mindless dribble.
What is the best part of the day? That’s a hard question. Is it the way the students’ faces light up when they see our rats and mice? Is it when I grab Bolder – our biggest male boy and you hear a sea of “Awe!”? Or is it when the whole room laughs and becomes almost like a family gathering? Or maybe, just maybe it’s the feeling of achievement and accomplishment after all those amazing experiences have been and gone but still sit on the surface slowly sinking in, like a dollop of rich chocolate syrup sinks through a fine Soufflé – oops.
Well that’s all for now. I look forward to the 1st of June when we go out to Grovely Campus to present our talk to an amazing crowd of people.