It’s not a surprise that certain animals can be trained to make creative works. Artworks made by intelligent animals such as elephants and rats are very popular and sold at higher prices. Toogood’s Tiny Paws proves how skilled these pets can be when given a chance to showcase their talents!
Steph Toogood never thought that she would be the owner of a successful rat-art business. However, the beginning of the business carried solemn tones. According to Toogood, she first got the idea of painting on canvases when she lost one of her rats, Captain Jack Sparrow, in 2018. After Jack underwent surgery, he didn’t wake up from the anesthetic. Because Steph worked as a vet, she was near Jack all the time and she managed to take several paw prints after Jack died.
Elaborating on how her rat-art business started, Steph Toogood stated, “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.”
Photography is also one of Toogood’s hobbies. So, she took adorable photos of her pet rats with their little pieces of art. These artworks went viral when she posted them on her social media, and many people wanted to own one of these miniature paintings.
Although Toogood’s Tiny Paws page mainly contains the miniature art pieces of rats, that’s not it is all about. Steph said that she aims to promote keeping rats as pets and their welfare along with the normal lifestyle of her rats, through the page.
Image credits – Toogoods Tiny Paws/Facebook
Reading, creative writing, poetry writing, and language learning have been my passions since I was young. I have won many Japanese and Chinese language competitions, and many national-level creative writing, art & oratory competitions too. I am still schooling, and passed my O/Levels with distinction passes for English Literature, Japanese, and English. I have also completed my Certificate of Human Resource Management.