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taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« on: July 31, 2010, 10:43:35 PM »
We are opening our own businesses and I was thinking about bringing my rats to work with me.
I wouldn't bring all 7 of them, maybe alternate between having 2-3 at work at the time.

the businesses we are opening will basically be opened for 9 to 6, 7 days a week and we will occasionally be there too during night time.

anyone else bring their rats to work? how is it working out?

share your experience, I'd really like to hear it!

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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2010, 10:49:12 PM »
You should message critterchic-she's shown pics of her rats cage at work :)

I think it sounds like an okay idea so long as you will be able to keep them away from people that may be coming in to keep your rats safe.  That's my only concern.

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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2010, 11:00:00 PM »
I've seen her beautiful cage on the Martin's thread many time :)

I wasn't planning on letting anyone pick them up but do you think I should be concerned if other people are simply in the office for a short period of time?

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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2010, 11:20:57 PM »
 I mean like if someone could access them without you noticing.  I'd suggest a lock on the cage door then perhaps?

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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2010, 11:24:02 PM »
You should message critterchic-she's shown pics of her rats cage at work :)

I love taking my critters to work, dogs or rats. I have been taking the rats for about a year now and it's been great. When the cage is noticed and someone ask me what is in there I first say "My pet" and then rat. When people realise that this is my pet the responses are kinder and then I am ask a plethora of question on rats as pets. My boys are slugs and sleep most of the day and don't get a lot of attention, but Cookie is very active and gets a lot of attention and people love watching her because since she has discovered toys she is a wild thing and plays with her stuffed animals like a dog!! I will have to get some pics of that. I highly recommend taking your pets to work and when the working day is done it's play time!
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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2010, 11:28:19 PM »
yeah, I understand what you mean :)

on a side note, our businesses are for 1- a gun shop  and 2- bail bond
so there are locks and metal bars everywhere and nobody in their right mind would touch anything in there prior to asking!! LOLOLOL

the girls would be in the back office with me and nobody will be aloud back there without me or my husband being present.

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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2010, 11:30:35 PM »
Would it be a gun shop with an indoor shooting area?   If so I'd worry about the sounds.

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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2010, 11:52:06 PM »
oh no!! but this is an excellent argument!!

it's a precision firearms store. no shooting there.
the gun range is at our place, out in the country, 20 miles away from the store.

my ultimate reason for wanting them at work is that we will be spending a lot of time there and I don't want to deprive them of company and also for selfish reasons, I just love my little girls :)

PS: having an indoor shooting range requires financial resources that very few individuals have and insurances costs alone would probably have us eating P&J sandwiches forever!! LOLOLOL


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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2010, 11:36:00 AM »
I'm too young for a job, but if I did I would!  :yelcutelaugh:

I took Dott and Beatrix into school the past year though, my science teacher asked me to. You'd be surprised at all the  :heart: 's from the "preps". I don't remember getting a single "eww" just "AWW!" and "Can I hold one?!"  :cookie: :balloon:

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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2010, 01:08:18 PM »
I bring my Ratties to work and they get a lot of attention from my fellow Co-Workers.  One Girl Melissa, Really loves them and this is the funniest thing, But the other day at work we were getting ready for a staff meeting and Melissa was playing with my boys when one of them got off her and peed on the bench (we have vinyl bench seats) so she handed me the rat and went to get something to clean up the pee when another staff member entered the room and threw himself onto the bench and laid right in the pee before we had a chance to stop him!    :yelcutelaugh: :yelcutelaugh: :doh:

We all laughed for ever and the rest of the day we called him "Pee"dro instead of Pedro!  LOL

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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2010, 03:12:55 PM »
A former co-worker and friend had to have surgery on one of her rats. She'd take them to work with her and someome fed one of her girls a piece of juicy fruit.

Not a problem I wouldn't think so long as you keep them where people can't get to them without your supervision.
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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2010, 04:34:59 PM »
I would love to be able to bring Diver to work (I wouldn't bring the kitties for obvious reasons-who wants to lug a litter box around :) )
Soon, I may be able to. He's almost a year, and then I can start therapy dog training :) (if i can come up with the extra money for the classes)


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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2010, 12:18:50 AM »
i totally used to take a baby or two to work with me at some sleepy retail jobs i've had. as long as no one is freaked out by the idea, i just brought along a travel cage and made sure they got some fun shoulder time. it's nice to have a little lunch buddy too!

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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2010, 01:00:36 AM »
I  also think it will be nice to have some of my girls around at work :)

I am was happy to read all the input :)

my office will be a restricted area where no one has business to be unless I am there with them :) and it's really not that big at all so no chance of not knowing if someone is there or not  :)
I am not planning on publicizing the fact that my rats are there, I will be bringing them for me, not to show them off, if that makes any sense  :)


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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2010, 01:04:34 AM »
So when do you start work?

I wish I could bring my rats to work but I feel I live too far from work to take them with me (I nanny so I *could* bring them).

Glad its not an issue of someone messing with the rats!  I wasn't sure what kind of setup and if you'd be with people where the rats are and stuff thats all.

And that makes sense ;)

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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2010, 01:20:10 AM »
"We", meaning my hubby and I, are the business, so nobody else around other than clients :)

his clients have no business in my office area and my client certainly DO NOT have business going in the gun shop, specially if they are felons.
so, it's in the same building, but 2 totally separated areas, separates entrances too. Because of the nature of both businesses, it just HAS to be that way.

the gun shop is like "half running" now, I mean people come in but all of our inventory isn't yet.

As far as bail bonding goes, we are just waiting to hear back from the judges in 10 different counties where we submitted, so I'd say in a 2-3 max, we should start writing bonds.
on a side note, it's a long process from start to finish, between taking the insurance exam, getting licensed, getting insured with a general and background checks and getting approved, getting power of attorneys, etc...it's not something that happens overnight, thankfully, it's almost all done now!

We are at the store everyday, just doing various things until the "grand opening" :)

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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2010, 02:12:35 AM »
How exciting!  I think its great that you wanted to start a business and just went and did it.  I hope this works out great for you guys!

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Re: taking your rats to work? opinion/experience :)
« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2010, 02:32:31 AM »
right now, I am debating if we are born to be entrepreneurs or we just need years of expensive therapy along with some high dosage medication!! LOLOL
I guess We'll find out soon huh???!

thanks for the good words! :)

I posted a thread here about starting our businesses:
http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,118/forum,rat/topic,4073194.0