Fancy Mice

Apr 072007
 

As of early this morning, Widdershins is finally still. She had a long life for a fancy mouse, something we attribute to her obsessive exercise habits (i.e.. running in circles nearly every waking moment). It appears she ran until the very last moment of her life. She always seemed to enjoy it, so we think she was a happy little mouse.

P.S. I don’t think it’s too weird that we’re starting a mouse graveyard. Do you?

Apr 032007
 

.. is good stuff.

PVC mouse maze

You can just see Phineas’ nose peaking out of the front entrance there.

$40 at Lowe’s for a rearrangeable mouse ‘Lego’ maze of PVC. Awesome. We plan on changing it every few days when we clean their cage. Since our dishwasher gets sterilizing hot, it will be easy to clean. All three like to sleep in the big tube in the back. As suspected, Widdershins cannot play in half of the maze part since it has a left turn. She gets as far as that left turn, then freaks out and backs up, out of that half of the tubes.

We failed to get lattice for Cleopatra and also failed to do our taxes, but tomorrow is another day!

Feb 052007
 

 

New mice

We now have two new little friends. They are all snuggled up together in their butter box house right now. We don’t have names for them yet. All seem very happy.

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Dec 242006
 
Goodbye Rorschach, the spotted, fancy mouse.  Photo by Slick

Rorschach the spotted mouse died on Dec 21. She hadn’t been very active the past week and her wheel was piled with bedding from disuse.

Fancy mice have an average lifespan of one year and we had Rors for about seven months.

Widdershins continues to circle, seemingly unaffected. We appear to be projecting some expected loneliness onto her and will likely get another mouse to bunk with her when the chance comes up.

Goodbye Rorschach – you and your big ears were really cute and you were loved, even for a little lab mouse.

Dec 042006
 

Thanks for taking care of our small critters and home while we were away. Spooky is still soaking up attention and the mice, well they’re just mice. They don’t seem to care much about us.
The mice.

Oct 072006
 

Remember when I mentioned that I bought an edible tiki hut for the mice?

They’ve had fun deconstructing it with their teeth. Widdershins was so interested, she’s lost some rotation rate around the cage. I’ll definitely be getting another one for them one day when they seem bored with butter boxes.

Jun 202006
 

… go to work. Dismay. Apprehension.

So to cheer up, here is a picture of Rorschach, taken by Slick. She’s becoming more social with us, but it is a slow process.

Rorschach, the fancy mouse.

I got my button machine in the mail yesterday, all 22 pounds of it. Shiny metal dies and a big red crimping handle. Lots of supplies. Now, I just need to get my graphics in order and get to buttoning. I really need a logo. I’ve got to spend some time in PhotoShop and just do one. The logo contest produced lots of results, but no logo candidates. As mentioned, I got a song, a cartoon, an animation and a copyrighted logo, none of which I can use. I actually tried to hire a graphic designer I know to do one, but after reading the website and asking a couple questions he never mentioned it again. I didn’t want to be pushy about this particular subject so… here I am, still logoless. I’ve just got to sit down and do it – get it over with. Sheesh.

May 272006
 

This is the wonderful cuteness I wanted to share with everyone. We have fancy mice – fancy meaning hobby. In the midst of our hectic, messy and bothersome move we found ourselves in PetCo getting a new tag for the much-celebrated Spooky. While waiting on a couple ditzes at the tag-engraving machine, we watched the mice for entertainment. Inside the female mouse cage, we discovered a white mouse running furiously in clockwise circles. It just kept going, little circles in place, big circles around the cage, tiny circles if it was interrupted. We decided the mouse was crazy and needed a good home. We also picked out a small spotty mouse that was being picked on by some bigger mice. We traipsed about the store, accoutering ourselves for mice. $41 later, we were mouse caretakers.

Thus, I give you our mice:
Photo of Rorschach. Photo of Rorschach.
Rorschach, the spotted mouse. She loves the running wheel, enjoys cleaning herself and nesting in her spare time. She is curious, persistent and nibbles my hand when the chance arises. She is constantly fascinated by her surroundings and has the biggest ears, relative to her adorable little face. By the by, she shows a healthy appetite and picked up a little weight after settling in to her new home with us. She shows no signs of brain damage or unmouselike behavior.

Photo of Widdershins. Photo of Widdershins.
Widdershins (’cause it’s funnier than Clockwise) is the brain-damaged mouse (as confirmed by a vet assistant later) that is entirely white with red eyes. She enjoys running in clockwise circles – and that’s it. She circles rapidly away from my hand when she encounters it and only stops circling to eat, drink and sleep; before and after which she circles some more. Slick is considering building her a banked track, circular of course, as she does get some speed going.

There, isn’t that nice? Aren’t you glad you stopped by?

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