April 9, 2017 - Jozzette & Michael Hagemann - Congratulations to Jozzette & Michael Hagemann, Jozzy’s Rat Pack Rattery, on the latest edition to their clan with the birth of their daughter, Azrielle Harmony Hagemann, on April 2, 2017, at 7:29 A.M. She was 7 lb 13 oz and 20½ inches long.
June 14, 2013 - Jozzette & Michael Hagemann - Jozzette & Michael Hagemann, Jozzy’s Rat Pack Rattery, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Leiter Wulfgang Hagemann, on June 12, 2013, at 4:37 P.M. He was 8 lb 12 oz and 21 inches long. Congratulations!
March 4, 2018 - Debbie Ducommun - We were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Debbie
The Rat Lady Ducommun, founder of the
Rat Fan Club and Rat Assistance and Teaching Society (R.A.T.S.).
She published The Rat Report from May 1992 to June 2007 and wrote several
books on rats including her Rat Health Care booklet. Debbie was a great promoter of pet rats
since the early 1990s and was an AFRMA member in the early days. She gave a lecture at California State University, Chico (she was a graduate in 1980)
in 2014 on The Special Biology of Rats and was on many
TV shows. She died on March 3, 2018, due to flu complications. Our deepest sympathies to her
husband Larry, her family, and her many friends both human and rat. This is a great loss to the rat world. Photo from The Rat Fan Club web site.
July 14, 2015 - Dale Burkhart - We were sorry to hear of the death of Dale Burkhart, a.k.a.
Hattie McRattie, and operator of the Rattieson Inn rattery back in the late 1990s/early 2000s. She died on April 15, 2015. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends.
February 3, 2015 - Robin MacDonald - We were shocked to hear of the death of fellow rat/mouse breeder/fancier Robin MacDonald of Deer Creek Rattery in Northville, Michigan. She died on January 29, 2015, from complications to a recent surgery. She was only 37. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Photo from Borek Jennings Funeral Home. You may read more on the Rat Dippity Rattery Facebook page (Kathryn [Kat] Lovings, Kalkaska MI) and her friend Dayna Holmes’ Facebook page (Saffire Rats, Grand Rapids, MI).
May 6, 2013 - Carol Lawton - We are sorry to announce the death of long time rat and mouse breeder and AFRMA member Carol Lawton. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of 2008 and lost her fight on April 30, 2013. Our deepest sympathies to her family during this difficult time.
September 3, 2012 - Kelli Boka - We are greatly saddened to announce the death of fellow mouse fancier and friend Kelli Boka of Lots O’ Spots Mousery (LOS) in Santa Clarita, CA. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2009 that spread to her bones. She lost her fight at 10 p.m. August 20, 2012. She was only 43. She loved mice of all kinds and was a serious show breeder. She was instrumental in bringing in many kinds of English mice in April of 2008 that you can see the photos of on our various Standards pages. Many prayers go out to her family. Photo of Kelli and her family: L-R: daughter Kaitlin, Kelli, husband Dan, son DJ.
2009 - Brian Shafer - We are sad to announce the death of member Brian Shafer of Sleepy Hollow Fancy Rats (SHFR) in Oakland, CA. He had a massive stroke on January 30, 2009, and was in a coma. He died February 2, 2009. He was a serious show breeder focusing on Self rats in Black, Chocolate, and Platinum, and Burmese and B.E./R.E. Siamese in both Standard and Dumbo. He will be missed at AFRMA shows both as an exhibitor and Pet Judge. Our sincere condolences to his family.
2009 - Daly Taylor Dale Taylor, AFRMA’s Vice-President, PR Queen, and operator of Dale’s House Mouse Café at our shows, wed Lyle Burkhart on Sunday, November 8, 2009, in Upland, CA. The wedding was held at the small 100-year-old Anglican Church (formerly the Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church) called the "Fleur de Lis." They had a small private ceremony. Congratulations Dale and Lyle!