Do you ever think about your pets and how much joy they bring you? They’re all so good at making us happy, but what if they have more talents then that? Some animals can really be artistic if you give them the chance.
What’s the worst that can happen? They’ll do some colorful splashes and you’ll have an art piece created by your pet to keep forever. Sound like a win-win situation.
Steph Toogood has pet rats and she got this idea to get them to paint little paw-paints in rather depressing circumstances. One of her pet rats didn’t pull through after a surgery and she wanted something to remember him by. So she managed to do some paw prints after he passed away, just to have a little keepsake of her pet.
This gave her the idea, why not get her other pet rats to do the same while they’re still happy and thriving. It’ll be adorable, she’ll always have those paintings and it’ll be a new and fun activity for them. So she got some little canvases, colorful paint and little bowls of water for the rats to wash their paws and the rest just kind of happened.
She posted some of the results online and people showed interest in acquiring some of the tiny rat paintings. So Steph set up an Etsy shop and started selling the rat art created by her pets to share some positivity and joy.
And when you think about it, technically, it means that her pets are successful painters who sell their artworks for a profit. They’re literally having fun, and making a buck that we’re sure they can spend on some special yummy treats.
And you know, it’s just hella cute to see rats working on a painting. They look so caught up in the process. They’re really concentrating on their art. It’s no secret that rats are very intelligent creatures and can learn a lot. You can teach them all sorts of tricks, so why not make painting one of them? Plus they’re also very empathetic pets so it’s interesting to see if their color choices or patterns change depending on their mood on any given day.
All in all it just sounds like a fun activity more of us should try out with our beloved pets. Who knows what will come of it, but let us just say, these rat paintings sold out on Etsy. People bought 168 little rat art pieces. And Steph set up a Facebook page where you can follow her rats and their art.