Good Day!  It’s FANCY RAT AND MOUSE DAY!!!  You can’t make this stuff up!  Well, we celebrate every day here on this blog, so let’s see what we can do today!  I suppose for starters, we can learn more about fancy mice.

The American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association (AFRMA) was founded in 1983 and is a non-profit international club in Southern California. Anyone that has an interest in rats or mice can be a member. The main purpose of AFRMA is to promote and encourage the breeding and exhibition of fancy rats and mice.

There are certain standards that organizations such as the National Mouse Club in England aspire to when breeding mice.  I have a close friend who showed her Doberman in dog shows all over the country, and these mice are shown in much the same way.  They are judged by color as well as coat type.  A coat with a high gloss is called Satin.  Longhaired and Astrex is a fancy mouse with a wavy coat and curly whiskers.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.  – Willie Nelson

Fancy mice are members of the species Mus Musculus, being descended from the House Mouse along with the laboratory mouse and ordinary pet mouse.  Selective breeding has produced fancy mice that look quite different from the pet and laboratory mice.  Fancy mice are larger than other mice and have longer tails and larger ears.  They are much prettier than the other mice.  It’s important that fancy mice be docile at a show.  There is not typically a nervous mouse represented at the AFRMA show.

Some of these wacky holidays are interesting because we expand our horizons and learn about new things.  How could we possibly celebrate this holiday?  Hmm…  give me a minute – I’ll come up with something – wink!   😉

I know!  Let’s eat an ounce of cheese today in honor of these pretty mice!   😀