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Harrogate small animal show 2012

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So who's going to the show next year?

Any one in/around Leicester going? If so, can I ask for a lift for my boyfriend and I? Happy to pay our share of petrol. :D

If I can find a way to go I want to try and get some good show/show-line mice to get me started.

also can I buy maxeys at the show?

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Out of interest is there a mouse auction at this show? I know there are auctions for Cavies and Rabbits
There is, but both selling and buying are restricted to NMC Members only. This rule was introduced fairly recently due in response to moaning from animal welfare groups, who were concerned about impulse buyers and collectors. Trios tend to go for around £40-50 at Harrogate as they tend to be top quality stock :)
Ah I dont think thats a bad idea at all. Ive sent off my form for membership, have to save a few pennies incase there is anything that I like. Whats the saying you get what you pay for. I would like to try to start off with mice the best way I can.
Candycorn, I'll make sure I post pictures of the mouse shows scheduled in February :)
Of course it will get worse. I wonder how long it will be before these fluffy mentalists will finish animal exhibition forever :evil: :cry:
We'll just have to go underground, like the fox hunters had to. We'll set up meetings and shows held in secret locations, enforce using passwords to enter; it'll be very noir :lol:
Until someone develops brachycephalic mice who can't give natural birth to their own young, I'd say we're pretty safe.
I would hope so, but I'm not so sure. There are plenty of people who hate show breeders, the idea of breeding to show, and the way show breeders keep their small animals. Sadly these people are very loud :(

I shall make sure I take pictures at all the shows this year and post them up, and I'll dig out a load of old ones later tonight and post them up :D
I'm amazed at how much bedding is in each of those boxes.
I feel that in order to be in super show condition the mouse must be as stress-free as possible, so it's important that they can hide well in their Maxeys because they feel safer. Some fanciers believe the public should be able to see the mice so put less bedding in, but I think the welfare of the mice is more important so I put loads in.

I really do look serious :? It's fun, I promise! :lol:
T'is a serious business, is showing mice! We wanna win :twisted:
Who are these wonderful older men judging? I wish we had that "grandfatherly" influence over here! It would lend much needed stability to the fancy here.
I don't want to put names to faces publicly on the internet, but these men have all been in the mouse fancy for decades. The older members are highly respected by all in the club and the NMC traditions we all hold so dear have been kept alive through their dedication to their hobby over such a long time. We have much to thank them for, and yes, I feel the American mouse fancy is the way it is (at least in part) through the complete lack of older, experienced members' stabilising influence.
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