Lovecraft Rats
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Contact

For any questions or comments, or to request a kitten application form, please email Lisa on lovecraftrats@gmail.com
You can also contact me via Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LovecraftRats

About Lovecraft Stud

My name is Lisa, and my partner and I have kept rats since 2008 - although it feels so much longer because rat-keeping quickly grew to become a very large part of my life. After being animal-less for a few years, my partner was well aware of how much I was missing having animals around. Working full-time and with constraints on living space, we began researching "small furries". Rats seemed to fit our criteria (sociable, active, interactive) and our first two girls came from a local pet shop. They were very scared and timid at first but I immediately fell head over heels in love with them, and they eventually grew in confidence and developed into very endearing little creatures, captivating me with their keen intelligence, incredibly engaging personalities and bright curious eyes. They set the snowball in motion for me to become immersed in the rat world. At the time I was unaware of the awful conditions in rodent farms and didn't stop to think about the ethical implications of the pet trade in general. Since then all of my rats have come either from rescue situations, or conscientious breeders who breed selectively for health and temperament, and who carefully follow up their litters in order to improve their line.

I am active in several rat clubs - North of England Rat Society is my home club, where I've held several positions on the committee and am currently Treasurer. I'm also a member of the National Fancy Rat Society, Scottish Rat Club and the Midlands Rat Club. In 2015-16 I also stepped in as Chair for the SRC. Lovecraft is registered with the NFRS and I use this prefix to identify the rats I breed. I was very proud to qualify for my NFRS stud name in December 2013 (registration 2013-09), thanks to my lovely Notch's show successes.

My rats are first and foremost my beloved pets and few of them will ever be part of my breeding plans - indeed, many are rescues with unknown backgrounds and (hopefully this goes without saying) would never be bred from. More information about all of my rats, including lots of photos, can be found on my main rat-keeping site: www.batrats.co.uk

The decision to go into breeding developed slowly over time, and grew out of becoming involved with a group of breeders who were working in close partnership (the Tabi Initiative), with ethics and husbandry very close to my own. Having experienced a number of rescue rats with various health issues, I had (and still have) a desire to work towards creating healthy, fit and robust typey rats that live longer. I chose to breed under the name "Lovecraft" - mainly because it is such a beautiful word; the connotations of both 'love' and 'craft'; labour of love, to craft/create/shape something. It is also a nod to the author H.P Lovecraft, my partner and I being avid readers. The first Lovecraft litter, the Contralions, was born here but in pedigree was a pure Brandywine litter, which subsequently went on to be outcrossed into the main Tabi lines. I then went on to have 8 litters working with the Tabi Initiative, until November 2014 when we were no longer able to keep the project going for general life reasons (see www.tabi-initiative.co.uk for more information). We remain firm friends and will always support each other, and I will forever be grateful to the TI people and the time we shared. Although my methods by necessity have had to change somewhat I very much remain committed to the original vision, passion and ethos, and intend to continue along this vein. I work very closely with Jemma at Isamu Rats; we breed the same family of rats and share our waiting list, and often coordinate our litters so some close relatives will be born there too.

Having always been a doe owner, I started keeping bucks in 2015. The litters I had prior to that were made possible by borrowing bucks from their owners - very special thanks to Kelly Heys, Lilly Hoyland, Stacey Cochrane, Jemma Fettes, Mary Bunce, Hannah Field, Arthur McGiven - and of course the generosity and support of Annette Rand of Brandywine Stud, breeder of my first litter's parents, without whom this wouldn't even have begun.

Thanks

Above all, to Martin - there are not enough words in the world. To Annette - for my girls and everything they taught me, for steady advice and support. To Kelly - for our endless discussions which made me a better owner, for being an indispensable ratsitter, for letting us borrow Dandelion, and for all your practical help raising the Contralions. To the Tabi Initiative people; Jemma - for firm and loyal friendship, and for being instrumental in the kindling of Lovecraft Rats (even if you didn't know it at the time!), Lloyd - for kindness, energy and positivity; Alison - for inspiration, wisdom and belonging, within and outside of the rat world. To everyone else who are and have been a part of this; Beri deserves special mention for our epic wordcounts.
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