Sunday, August 5, 2012

My girls are home! 1,500 miles & 1 week later!

My girls finally came home last night! I adopted two black self dumbo eared girls from Star's Rat Rescue in South Dakota. I've adopted from SRR two times before.

The 1st time I adopted 3 girls, the 2nd time I adopted 2 girls & 2 boys. Though my boys are the only ones still living and they are now 2 1/2 years old.

This rat train had 2 phases to get the girls all they way to Philadelphia. (1,500 miles from South Dakota!) The 1st part of the train was on July 28th. When my girls and some of the other rats being adopted traveled to Chicago IL. The 2nd part of the train was tentatively scheduled for August 4th. My girls had to be fostered for about a week in Chicago until we filled some of the other driving legs to get them to Philadelphia.

Then, Thursday morning- Brittney; my friend & owner of Star's Rat Rescue, texted me that she was in the hospital. (She is still there as of today, the hospital was running tests to determine is she needed surgery, she was in a lot of pain. I don't have any other details. Please keep her in your thoughts & prayers. She is trying to keep me updated best she can. I am posting any new information I get on the SRR Facebook Page, for Brittney).

(ETA: Brittney is now home from the hospital).

We were still lacking a driver for the very last part of the trip, so it was uncertain if the girls would be coming home Saturday. Luckily, I was able to get a hold of our friend Adam. Who helped with SRR drives before. He agreed to drive out to Somerset PA (About 4 1/2 hours from Philly), to meet one of the other drivers and get my girls! 

With Brittney still in hospital she was unable to contact the drivers and send out the email itinerary as usual. So late Thursday evening she texted me everyone's information (4 drivers) so that I could call and email everyone to confirm Saturday's plans. I had to make sure everyone had talked to each other before leaving Saturday morning.

Saturday morning things went off just as planned. Each of the drivers checked in with me when they passed the rats off to the next driver, and I kept Brittney up to date. At 9:45pm we met up with Adam outside a Petsmart near us so we could finally pick up my two girls and bring them home! It was definitely an adventure for them!

(Thank you to all the drivers and adopters, because we couldn't do these Rat Trains without you all!) 
The girls were born on Christmas Day, 2011. So they are about 7 1/2 months old. I renamed them Cherry & Bluebelle (Belle for short). Cherry has white front paws, she's also a bit bigger and her dumbo ears are set farther back. Belle is smaller, and she has more rounded full dumbo ears. They are both Black self.
Cherry in the hammock, Belle below.
Cherry
Bluebelle "Belle"
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