RainRat, aka bogglerat on LiveJournal or just Rat, (born November 20, 1978) is a male furry who lives in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. He has a slight preference for RainRat rather than Rain Rat.
Personal information and history
He has been to Conifur, Howloween, Further Confusion, Anthrocon 2004, 2007 (as SuperSponsor), and 2009, Califur 2 and 3, RainFurrest 2007, 2008, and 2009, Midwest FurFest 2007, and All Fur Fun 2009. He has been on staff for Howloween. His first performance in a convention masquerade was a skit with five other fursuiters at Anthrocon 2007 about an armistice between rats and ferrets in an alternate World War II. His second performance was at RainFurrest 2007 where he sang Yakko's World live, while pointing to the countries at the same time, while wearing an open-face Yakko costume. His third was a Pirates vs Ninjas skit at Further Confusion 2008 with several other fursuiters.
RainRat found the furry community late-October 2002. He didn't have a fur name at first, but soon went by rat (lowercase, because it was more a description than an actual name). When he got LiveJournal, he chose the name bogglerat because even though he doesn't consider his skill at Boggle to be all that exceptional, some furries nicknamed him that after watching him play. It's not his typical name in spoken conversation though. On his way back from Further Confusion 2004, he was pondering a new name, because "rat" wasn't very distinctive at a big con like that. He was considering SnowRat, but the weather being how it is where he lives in Burnaby, it was raining, not snowing, so RainRat struck him as a much more appropriate name.
The interest in rats comes from the fact that he had pet rats even before he found the furry community, and he found them to be very social and interesting animals. In total, he has had eight pet rats (not all at the same time though).
On December 8, 2006, RainRat received his Canadian ham radio license, after tutoring from Trapa. His interest in the radio exam is more a matter of the intellectual challenge than a need to do anything with the radios.
RainRat often contributes to WikiFur and was promoted to administrator October 25, 2005. RainRat has released thousands of his images under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 or other free license. He also runs a bounty to encourage other artists to do the same. He also has contributed over 100 dollars Canadian to help the EFF, because of their defense of fair use and free expression online. RainRat and Marfles made a RainFurrest 2009 Music Video to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Jonathan Coulton song Re Your Brains.
One pastime that RainRat really enjoys is Pokemon Puzzle League. Despite the name, it is a puzzle game that really has nothing to do with Pokemon. Other games have caught his interest over the years, like Nethack or Star Control II.
ComicsCreative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 or earlier license so that others can build on it as long as they abide by the terms of the license. The entire comic so far can be viewed at RainRat's gallery.
RainRat's first furry wear acquired was a set of rat ears and rat tail made by Jimfoxyboy; then he learned how to make the rest of the rat fursuit from Trapa.
He has made several fleece character hats for himself and friends (as gifts; only once out of the five gift hats did he even ask for help buying materials).
RainRat also made part of Qumick's fursuit.
RainRat has eight fursuits.
The head was won in an auction on FurBid on March 24, 2004, and RainRat commissioned WhiteyFawks to make the rest of the body after winning the head.
Rattie is a brown and white rat.
RainRat built the body, paws, and first version head and second version tail with some help from Trapa. Jimfoxyboy built the first tail. The first version suit was finished just in time for Anthrocon 2004. The second version head was built by Whiteyfawks.
One thing he does for the character is dress the rat as a pirate; then he is a "pi-rat".
Arno is a wolf. In September/October 2006, he bought a wolf fursuit from Seven. To avoid confusion, he renamed the fursuit to Arno.
Banto is a wombat. His name is a slight modification of the rearrangement of the letters in "wombat".
Heliodor is a flying squirrel/raccoon/meerkat hybrid. Commissioned from SPark, he was finished October 2007. Heliodor was designed by Davecko specifically for the purpose of making a fursuit. The name Heliodor is taken after a gemstone. RainRat kept his ownership of Heliodor under wraps at first, because he was interested in seeing how people reacted to the character without knowing it was him.
- New head all done. ^.^ - from Whiteyfawks's LiveJournal
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