It’s no news that some animals can be artists and especially critters as intelligent and empathetic as rats. Toogood’s Tiny Paws shows just how talented such pets can be when given some paint and canvas!
Steph Toogood didn’t always dream about owning a rat art business. In fact, the origins of this project have quite solemn tones. “The idea of painting on canvases came to me after I lost one of my boys, Captain Jack Sparrow (Gibbs’ brother) last year (2018),” the owner of the rats explained on their social media. Poor Jack had undergone surgery but didn’t wake up from the anesthetic. As Steph works at the vets, she was around the pet the whole time and managed to take some paw prints after Jack had passed away.
“I thought it would be lovely for my boys to do something similar when they were with me to keep when they’re gone, so I got some mini canvases and paint, and they’ve created memorial pieces for me to keep,” Toogood elaborated on how it all started. Steph also loves to take photographs as a hobby, so she snapped pictures of her pets next to their little art pieces. After posting them online she attracted people’s attention and many wanted to own some of the ratties’ art.