Meet the artists

Meet the artists behind Toogoods Tiny Paws!

 There are currently 9 artists behind Toogoods Tiny Paws - 4 males and 5 females.

A question I get asked a lot is 'how do you get them to paint?'

The rats paint canvases in the bath - no water of course!! I put splodges of paint around the canvas, and guide them through and over using a treat - usually baby food or cat yoghurt. The rats get trained to follow a treat/my hand from a young age, so this isn't unusual for them. They get introduced to the paint on numerous occasions before I open up their commissions to the public. I always make sure that the rats are happy and comfortable throughout the process. If the rat doesn't want to walk through paint one day, I will either take another out of the cage so they have company, or we stop and try again another day. The rats are never forced - their happiness and welfare always comes first. They are, first and foremost, my pets, not artists.

Non toxic paint is used, so it does not irritate their skin, and isn't harmful if ingested. After painting, they are gently wiped down with a damp cloth.

 Henry

Date of birth: 21/09/2020
Variety: Dumbo dove agouti

Henry is a very sweet, gentle boy. He is Ratlins brother, son to my late boy, Turner, also related to my best late boy, Gibbs. He's named after Henry Turner from pirates of the Caribbean. Henry is a beautiful boy and has the most fantastic coat. He's more laid back than his brother, but enjoys running around causing mischief. Henry enjoys digging tunnels in the soil cage substrate.

Ratlin

Date of birth: 21/09/2020
Variety: Top eared agouti

Ratlin is named after a member of Davy Jones' crew! He is Henry's brother, son to my late boy Turner, also related to my best late boy Gibbs.

Ratlin is crazy. He just does not stop. He is first to the cage when he hears my voice, first in line for their bedtime treat, and always causes mischief. You'll usually find him running on the wheel whilst everyone else is asleep!

Nagini

Date of birth: September 2020
Variety: Top eared champagne rex

Nagini is a very sweet, gentle girl who loves exploring. Her name means snake, as she was bred by a feeder breeder who was giving up, so I took her on. She is a lovely rat, very soft and inquisitive.

Nelson

Date of birth: 14/06/2021
Variety: black self dumbo

Nelson is named after the F1 racing driver, Nelson Piquet. He is a very cheeky but gentle boy. He has a very shiny black coat, and enjoys digging.

Felipe

Date of birth: 14/06/2021
Variety: Agouti

Felipe is named after the F1 racing driver, Felipe Massa. He is a very fast, naughty little rat!

Ember

Date of birth: 06/09/2021
Variety: Golden siamese

Ember is Aellas sister. She is a very sweet girl and loves her human! She's very cheeky and loves playing.

Aella

Date of birth: 06/09/2021
Variety: Golden siamese

Aella is Embers sister. She is a very cheeky rat and loves to play with her human and cage mates. 

Hazel

Date of birth: 24/10/2021
Variety: Agouti silken

Hazel is quite possibly the naughtiest rat I own! She's always up to trouble and has to do everything at 100 miles an hour. She especially loves running on the wheel in the cage.

Astrid

Date of birth: 24/10/2021
Variety: Chocolate agouti silken

Astrid is slightly more relaxed than her sister Hazel, but not much! She is obsessed with her human and loves to play. Whilst all of my rats enjoy vegetables, Astrid doesn't. She turns her nose up at it every time.