This article is from the Summer 2000 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.
Kids Q & A
By Helen Pembrook
Josh Brown, age 12, Lawrenceville, GA
QI wanted to know what the divisions are you can win ribbons in? I also wanted to know how high the age groups go and how I can enter the contest? I want to know what extra treats I can give my mice.
AThere are 7 varieties of mice (or coat types) that can be shown: Standard, Satin, Long Hair, Long Hair Satin, Frizzie, Frizzie Satin, and Hairless. Each of these Varieties is further broken down into 5 sections: Self, Tan and Fox, Marked, Any Other Color, and Any Other Color Pattern. You can win ribbons in any and all of these classes. Sometimes trophies and special awards are given to the winners of the classes. Animals are shown in their appropriate Section classes and winners are chosen. Then all of the Section winners compete to find out who is Best of Variety, and after that, all of the Variety winners compete for Best In Show. There are also pet classes: Best Pet Mouse, Cutest Mouse, Friendliest Mouse, and more. There is no age limit to compete. There are youth classes at the pet shows but for the most part, young people compete against everyone else. It doesn’t matter how old you are, only how good your mouse is. As far as I know, there are no AFRMA shows in your area, but if you can get enough people interested, maybe you could start your own club or an AFRMA chapter.
Good treats for mice are fresh vegetables and a little fruit, dog or cat food (sparingly), and whole grain breads and cereals. NO JUNK FOOD. Stay away from sugar and high salt foods, meat, and dairy (no cheese).