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Domino Rat Charm by MoonsongWolf Domino Rat Charm by MoonsongWolf
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So I have made quite a few of these little charms, but this is the first time that I have made one for myself! I wanted to make something as a reminder of my beautiful, beloved dumbo rat Domino, and finding one of these sweet little donut charms gave me the idea to make a keychain of her. 

I love you, Domino! :heart:

(And before any pet care spider experts chastise me for allowing her to eat a high sugar food... she was already in palliative care when that photo was taken; as far as I am concerned, when you are dying, if you want to eat your weigh in donut, you can have the damn donut!)


Medium: Coloured pencil on shrinky dink paper with fixative.
(Google "shrinky dink" if you don't know what it is; it's a pretty cool craft item!)


Other charms:
Vesperian Creatures Charm Batch 2 by MoonsongWolfCreature Charm Gift Batch by MoonsongWolfVesperian Creatures Charm Batch by MoonsongWolf


Artwork and photos are  MoonsongWolf
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:iconmisssonicex:
MissSonicex Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a cutie, Domino!
You eat that donut : )
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018
I'm glad that you liked her! I do miss keeping rats as pets. They are the sweetest, friendliest animals. I just couldn't handle their short lifespans anymore. They just don't live long enough.
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MissSonicex Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I know :,( It's heartbreaking. I guess I just can't resist their little whiskery faces, and I don't think about what getting a baby pup means in the end.
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Escritora2Aliasfox Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautifull and a bit heartbreaking... would you take comissions? my two pet rats are healthy, but they are already 2 and a half years old, and i'd love to have something like this when they pass...
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DerpyHamsterArtist Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rats can eat donuts? Isn't that highly poisonous towards them?
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
Like all foods very high in sugar, too much can be very bad for rats. Too much sugar is bad for rats in the same way that it is bad for humans: it can cause liver problems, insulin resistance, and hormone fluctuations. A little bite every once in a while is not going to hurt them, though. It's not really "poisonous," just bad for them in large amounts. I mention in the artist comments that Domino was in palliative care at the time that this photo was taken. She had an inoperable pituitary tumour that was never going to get better. So I gace her any food that she wanted, whether it was good for her or not, because she was already dying (and just on steroids and painkillers to make her more comfortable). I would never recommend giving an entire donut to a healthy rat, but a tiny bite wouldn't hurt. :)
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DerpyHamsterArtist Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok thank you for the explanation,I got a little worried there!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
No problem! Thank you for looking out for animals. :)
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:iconderpyhamsterartist:
DerpyHamsterArtist Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome! I guess my instinct just kicked in. I'm going to be a vet soon.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
Oh, good luck in your studies! I worked in a veterinary clinic for a while. It is very tough work, but also very rewarding. :)
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DerpyHamsterArtist Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Paradise12 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I had a jumbo rat named Jombo!!
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excalibastardd Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Aw, Domino was a cute rat. I'm sorry she had to pass... :(


Also, I've always wanted a rat... Are they good pets..?
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Rats make really great pets! They are friendly, intelligent, and affectionate. My rats all have different personalities, and never fail to make laugh when they're acting silly. The only downsides are that their lifespans are so short, and it can cost a lot if you have to take them to the vet (they are prone to getting tumours and respiratory infections, sadly). I wouldn't trade my ratties for the world, though! :)
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excalibastardd Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
They sound great! I'll have to get me a rat sometime. ^^
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Wiztch Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014   Artisan Crafter
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Good rat info source, LilyUnicorn.
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Talidaga-Montrega Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Daw this is cute little rat and a tasty doughnut :)
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Thank you, I'm really glad that you liked her. :)
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OkamiNeko Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
I may commission you for one of these soon. I just recently had to let go of my albino rat Odin. He started losing weight and breathing hard, and he was very tired. Only 1year and half old. He had chronic kidney failure. this happened about a week ago and his health declined so fast. and since he was already in decline I let him have as many of his yogurt drop treats as he wanted. Milk and honey yogurt drops were his favorite. even let him have a bit of dark chocolate.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Aw, I'm sorry to hear about your little friend Odin. :( I'm glad to hear that his last days were full of things that he loved, though (much like my Domino's). He must have really enjoyed having honey yogurt drops with his best friend! And dark chocolate is actually a good idea when rats aren't feeling well, as it relieves some of the symptoms of respiratory infections. I'm sure that helped him as well as being a delicious treat. I hope you'll feel better soon and be able to remember all of the wonderful times that you had. I still miss my Domino very much, but I'm so grateful that she was a part of my life. :heart:
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is adorable! =) I'd love to have a rat someday. Making my researches first! They seem like very sweet and fun little companions. :heart: The only thing I find really sad is that they have such a short lifespan  :(
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
I have seven rats at the moment, and I love them very much! They are intelligent, affectionate, and very sensitive little creatures. Really, yes, the only downside is their lifespan. They just don't live long enough compared to how much you will grow to care about them. And it's great that you are doing your research on them first. There's a lot of great information out there nowadays about keeping your rats healthy and happy. Best of luck if you ever do decide to get a few! :)
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! ^^
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Vulpesvulpes89 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
AwwwLa la la la . So. Cute. I have three little rats myself but none of them are dumbos:( (Sad) 
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Aw, thanks! I have seven rats currently, and four of them are dumbos. But I love my non-dumbo rats, too. :)
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twinrot-arts Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks very nice~ It's cool that you made one of Domino to remember her by~

FuK~u
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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twinrot-arts Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome~

FuK~u
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Ginger-love Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: wonderful !!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Thanks, I'm glad that you liked it! :)
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Ginger-love Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem is normal ^^
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Toyger Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Aww, this is very sweet! I want to do the same for my loved ones =^_^=

And as for the food, I would do the same. If my beloved girls where in palliative care and bound to die shortly I would give them cheeze doodles, a whole bag! It's too salty (among other things) to let them eat it, but they love it so much! I only give them very small bites 
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it.

Ha ha, yes, I strongly believe that you should get whatever you want to eat if you're terminally ill! My girls would probably love some cheeze doodles (but I think their ultimate favourite would be something sweet and fatty). :D
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MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, so cute! You did him justice! :hug:
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Nicoxigen Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
how much would one be for my ratty boy?
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Hmm... I haven't really come up with a price scale for these guys yet, since I can't take commissions right now. But I'm guessing they would be around $20-$30 depending on size and complexity. The little danglers might make the price go up a bit, too, if it's an expensive one. For example, this donut was $6, so I would have to charge more for it (although I have tons of cheap danglers that wouldn't add anything to the price).
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Nicoxigen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
haha alright, thank you!
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
So lovely, great details.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
You're welcome :)
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DovieCaba Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! It's so adorable!!
Now I want one for my kitty that passed away a few years ago.
Is the Shrinky Dink pretty hard/sturdy when you're done with it?
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Thank you! :)

Oh yeah, they're pretty durable! I suppose you could chip or crack them if they are treated roughly, but they are quite firm and shouldn't break with normal handling. I don't think that I would actually use one as a keychain unless you put several coats of varnish on one (to protect the colouring), but I think they make great necklaces and danglers!
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SoupaChrome Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooooo cute ^_^ I have a fancy rat I think dumbo rats are sooo cute with their ears like that!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Thank you! I love dumbo rats, too. They're my favourite. So darn cute! :D
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SoupaChrome Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know! I seen this pitch black dumbo rat (lol rhymes) I wanted him soo bad, but I had no money and rats don't last that long
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HerrAardy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
How sweet! Makes me miss my little fuzzes. <3
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Thanks! :) Ha ha, I know the feelings... The times in my life that I have not had rats, I missed them terribly.
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fazzle Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
I think i just died a little from the cuteness that this is! Love the donut idea!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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