Life What the Hell is a “Fancy Rat”?
posted by October 27 at 9:30 AMon
Oh for God’s sake:
Ratapalooza is a fancy rat show and educational fair sponsored by RatsPacNW, a Northwest fancy rat club that encompasses Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. RatsPacNW seeks to promote rats as pets, through rat shows and educational events like this one. This show will be open to the general public, for rat lovers and curious novices alike. This is our seventh year for the expo and the popularity of fancy rats as pets just keeps growing. Every year is the Year of the Rat!
This year’s program of events includes the always popular pet show, a rat fashion show and costume contest, sing-along rataoke, a rat race, Mousterpiece Puppet Theatre, a pea-eating contest, children’s crafts, and educational presentations on rat care and health, showing and breeding fancy rats, history of the fancy and rats in popular culture and literature. For those wishing to adopt a new family member, breeders will have kittens and adult rats available for sale, and several local rescue organizations will also be on hand with rats who need a second chance at a happy home.
Admission is only $5 for adults, $3 for children and babes in arms are admitted for free. Visit the Ratapalooza website to find out more information on this unique event.
There’s so much here to object to—rat fashion, the welcoming of babes in arms, the whole notion of ratdoption—but mostly I can’t get over the use of the adjective “fancy.” The closest parallel I can thing of for “fancy rat” is “upscale wart,” but even that isn’t quite right.
The whole thing reminds of this classic blast of sanity regarding ferrets from Rudy Giuliani…