From sewer to show ring
By Helen Jack
LUCKY the rat is indeed a lucky rat.
Bathed religiously every week and its cage cleaned daily, Lucky??s owner, Debbie Shewring, is enamoured with her rodent pet.
??Lucky is the perfect pet,?? said Debbie.
??He is affectionate and playful, like a kitten, and is cleaner than a mouse and he doesn??t bite.??
And now Sydney Royal Easter Show organisers have introduced a new rat competition, Lucky??s future is assured.
??I think it??s great,?? Debbie said.
??I think I will enter him next year.??
Debbie said she thought the animal judging at the Show helped to expand people??s knowledge.
??There tends to be a stigma attached to rats because people tend to associate them with sewers, but pet rats are totally different.
??Pet rats are bred to remove their bad traits and highlight their sweet temperament.?? Show spokeswoman Sarah Robson said the rat competition was held last week and attracted 112 classes of rodent.
??The rats were judged on a number of different criteria including temperament, colour and markings, conformation of their hair, eyes, ears and tail; and the proportion of their body,?? she said.