R&R Hamsters News Blog

26 November, 2015

Woops, I'm home!

It has been a long time since I have really updated the site after all of my site content was lifted and hot-linked a few years back (and kept being copied every time I added something new).
It's kinda hard to keep motivated that way.
However, I have noticed a surge in web traffic over the last months and keep getting more and more e-mails asking questions and offering extra information.
I feel the time has come to not care anymore about what happens to new content I put online.
I set out first and foremost to help people get the right kind of information about those little beady eyed fluffy monsters and to help people in need. It shouldn't matter where they get their info from, as long as it does any good!
So sorry if I haven't been getting back to your e-mails, I got pretty much ambushed by you guys in the last couple of months :-) I like to write lengthy and thoughtful replies and those are not always the most swift. However I read everything you guys sent me!
See you soon!

26 September, 2010

The return of the Jedi

It has been a while, but with the arrival of two new robo pups, the time has come for an update.
A lot has happened, I almost lost my site due to excessive hotlinking, so I made my images a lot smaller to save bandwidth. Only until I have found a permanent solution which is not so unsightly :)

There have been a lot of developments in the Roborovski species, so I intend to post alot about that coming month.

See you around,

26 April, 2009

When I started my site about the Roborovski, 5 years ago, I had almost no information on the Roborovski. It was not a well known pet and documentation was very limited. Even on the world wide web. The tiny scraps of info I had I got from crumbling books in the library, encyclopedia's and the limited array of articles that were available to me then.
Since then a lot has happened. I gained a lot of knowledge form personal experience, breeders that were just starting out, contacted me spontaneously giving even more valuable insights on this wonderful critter.
Back then the White Face mutation was unknown.

Nowadays this hamster gained enormous popularity, maybe not as much as the Golden hamster or the Siberian dwarf (or Russian Winter White as we call it here), but more and more people have been sharing their experiences.
Also, more and more sites have been appearing about the Roborovski, which is great. On the downside it also meant that a lot of my content was getting copied without permission. It's inevitable on the Internet, but it hurt nonetheless when people did not contribute me as the source of their information.

I still love Roborovskis and love to share what I know and experience, but contemplated about pulling the plug on the site, because my life is so extremely hectic right know. And it was frustrating to see that when I updated my site in the scarce free time that I have, it immediately oozed into other sites.

But nevertheless, for me, sharing the knowledge I gather about the Roborovski, is more important than people copying my site. If that is what it takes to get that information out there, then so be it.
But my motto is and always has been: "All you have to do is ask". I have thousands of great Roborovski pictures I have not used for my site, which I am happy to give to any one building a site of their own. And people may always use my site as a resource, if you just state that you found the info on my site and link back to me.

So I am not quitting. I have seen to many sites crumble to the pressure of the Internet, I wasn't planning on doing the same. Now if I just had more time on my hands ;-)

02 February, 2009

Genetics all over again

recently there has been renewed interest in the Roborovski genetic coat pattern inheritance question. For many years now the Roborovski has established itself as a relatively common pet. When I look at the forums I frequent, many people keep Roborovskis now. In the Netherlands however, the breeding research on Roborovskis has come to a stand still and too many questions remain. People from around the world who are Roborovski breeders or, like me, just fascinated by this type of hamster, all say the same thing when it comes to genetic coding for the Roborovski:
There is no such thing, because we just do not know what a white face Roborovovski is. Is it a hamster with a mutation for color, is it a pattern? Is there a heterozygote WF and a homozygote? Are all of the WF variations (Normal, light/fading, pure white) just one pattern mutation with different phenotypes?

What we need is documentation. Careful breeders with good administration and a lot of them. It's just as boring as that :)
I'm sure together we can get somewhere and partly unveil the mystery of the elusive Roborovski. I can only promise you I keep on searching for answers and share them as they come to me.

I'm currently dusting of old e-mails, requesting status quos from the breeders I have in the past corresponded with and reactions are slowly coming in. Hopefully I have something new to share soon!

14 December, 2007

New Roborovskis coming home!

When I will be home after the holidays there will be two new faces waiting for me at home. My friend Tamara is so kind to pick up two new furry heroes for me in my absence :) I promise to post some mug shots when I get home. And.... Hopefully I will have my brand spanking new IP cam working by then! With two new faces to watch I hope I will be able to resurrect the old Web Cam section.

Also I hope to get around to putting on line the media and movies sections. And the newly written FAQ with answers to lots of the questions that have been asked by email over the past few years. Only then will I have fully ported my whole old site to this new one. So stay tuned. Fun things to come in the New Year!

So for now Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


19 October, 2007

New domain!

Just to let you know that as of now R&R Hamsters can be reached through http://roborovski.net

Took a while to "hijack" that domain, as all the good ones are always taken. Thank goodness for domain watchers!

26 September, 2007

Hello World

Busy times ahead, I had no idea finding a job could be so time consuming!
But here it is. The new site! Especially the white face section is greatly enhanced.

If you find any quirks or bad links, please report them back to me! I will be forever grateful and the site will perform better ;)

I have not had the time to fill in some of the sections, but I did not want to wait any longer with putting the new site online. Hope you like it, for me at least it's easier to work with :)

Thanks for visiting!