Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy Customer


Say Hi to Darwin. He's proudly standing on his brand new custom hammock that I made for him.  His owner requested a pieced hammock that matched the natural theme of his bin cage.  And, it looks like Darwin is quite pleased with his new luxurious hammock.

In case, if any are wondering, Darwin is a lovely hamster.

Here's another pic of Darwin showing off his new hammock.

Here's the pieced top.

If you're interested in owning a hammock like this.  I have a similar version available at my Etsy store., and of course, I can always make a custom version.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

NEUTRALS Hammock just listed at Etsy

I just made this lovely NEUTRALS scheme hammock.  It's essentially 9" x 11".  Perfect for a bin cage.  It should match any decor, and yet provide a luxurious feeling.

It's currently listed at my Etsy store.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Dean, Our Cuddle Rat

Here's Dean being all cuddly.

You haven't seen a lot of Dean because we've been struggling to treat a skin rash of his.  And, finally success.  After multiple oral antibiotic courses, a skin scraping, etc, we finally used something that worked.

My vet was attributing his rash to an allergy.  I'm thinking he must have had a secondary bacterial infection resistant to the antibiotics he was taking on top of the allergy.  Anyways, what worked you might ask. (I am not implying that my vet didn't think the rash was infected, but rather that she thought the ongoing issue was an allergy.)

Well, the first treatment that showed some improvement was brushing him using a toothbrush saturated in chlorhexidine solution.  But, that particularly solution was going to take daily treatments and we would miss a few days and lose ground against his rash.

When we ran out of the solution the vet gave us, I bought Hibiclens which should have been the same concentration of chlorhexidine (we ran it by the vet), but it was red and the solution our vet gave us was blue.  Anyways, this stuff was potent against his rash.  We only treated him 2 or 3 times.  The red stuff was much more sticky and stayed on his fur for longer than 24 hours.  I'm wondering if the vet watered down the stuff that she gave us.

We are now a few weeks post treatment, and Dean's skin continues to improve.  He has a lot of bald spots, but I expect that time will cure that.

I guess the Hibiclens, which is a topical antiseptic and antimicrobial was able to kill the bacteria that the oral antibiotics weren't able to kill.

He's always liked to cuddle, but rubbing him used to make his scabs bleed.  Yeah, it was bad.  Now, he can cuddle and be petted to his heart's content.

I'm also thrilled that Sam's much milder rash responded well, too because Sam was much more irritable from his skin condition, and now, Sam is happy go lucky with his skin not bothering him.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Last Week in the Critter Nation - New Liners

I love these liners.  They are made from flannel and fleece but have a suede-look, neutral and handsome.  I have several hammocks cut out of the same material that I need to sew.  Hopefully, I will have more for Etsy soon.  And, these are absolutely lovely.

Doesn't Jimmy look cute as she explores her new upholstery?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

My fuzzy version of Finger Puppets

Here's my version of finger puppets.  It was originally done by Kathy Marie Smith.  And, this was my attempt to reenact.  As always getting good pictures from my always moving rats is a challenge.

Christmas 2012

Christmas photos better late than never.
Here's Sam being awfully cute.

Jimmy, "Do you have something I can nibble?"

Walter, "Is that Santa Paws?"

Doc, "I wonder if I can use this to explore the world."