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Archive for March, 2010

Happy Birthday, Cassie!

28 Mar
Cassie enjoys some plain popcorn as a special birthday treat

Cassie enjoys some plain popcorn as a special birthday treat

Last weekend, Cassie celebrated her first birthday!

I believe in gerbil years, this puts her right about in her 30s. It seems like she was a pup just yesterday!

Cassie celebrated with some plain, unflavored, unsalted popcorn. We don’t make a habit of this, but it is a fun and safe treat for rare occasions, such as birthdays. :)

Although Cassie enjoyed her popcorn, she was much more intrigued by how much attention she was getting. And she has learned that when she gets attention, there’s a good chance she’ll get time outside of the tank.

Cassie enjoys playtime outside her tank for her birthday!

Cassie enjoys playtime outside her tank for her birthday!

Cassie wasn’t disappointed. The second part of her birthday gift was some time out of the tank, which you can see to the right.

Jason also made her a birthday cake out of cardboard, but we haven’t figured out a way to fit that in her tank yet. It’s awfully tall. We’ll figure something out, though. :-D

 

New Search Tools For Our Blog!

28 Mar

We’ve added some great tools for finding information on our blog. On the right side of the page, you’ll not only see links to Archived Posts but also a Search For Posts field and a list of Topics.

Unfortunately, due to a bug with the old blog, we haven’t been able to move the old posts over… At least not yet. So for right now, the new search tools only work with posts from March 2010 forward. (We hope to eventually be able to move the old posts to the new blog.)

If you have any questions, just ask! We hope you like the changes! :)

 

We’ll Miss You, Sebastian

28 Mar
Sebastian, 11/24/07 - 3/17/10

Sebastian, 11/24/07 - 3/17/10

I mentioned earlier that we’ve had a rough time at Twin Squeaks over the past couple of months.

A week and a half ago, we lost Sebastian to what our vet believes was a tumor close to the spine. (We weren’t able to confirm the diagnosis, because Sebastian didn’t rally enough to have the energy for the x-ray.)

Sebastian’s death has hit us particularly hard for several reasons. First, he was still fairly young (less than 2 1/2 years old).

Second, he was in such excellent health that there was no indication anything was wrong until the final days of his life. And even then, it was subtle.

When I first took him to the vet, I thought they would think I was imagining things. It was one of those things where no one would notice anything was wrong, except for me. I could just tell that he wasn’t quite himself. (The vet could tell, though, that something wasn’t right. She’s amazing. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough that we could do to save him.)

Herman & Sebastian, a week after they came home

Herman & Sebastian, a week after they came home

And finally, Sebastian was Herman’s son. When we lost Herman last fall (he was well over three years old), we had assumed that we would have his son with us for quite some time. I never dreamed I’d be writing about his death at such a young age.

If there was anything that we can look back on and feel good about, it’s that we don’t believe Sebastian suffered.

He spent more and more time sleeping in his last few days, but his breathing never seemed labored, and he never seemed to be in pain. He never lost weight, and his coat never got ruffled. He just slipped away.

When the end came, he just drifted away in his sleep. I’ve never seen a gerbil look so peaceful at the end of his life. His death was much more painful for me than it was for him, I think.

Sebastian's burial place, next to his dad Herman

Sebastian's burial place, next to his dad Herman

Sebastian was laid to rest at the pet cemetery, next to his dad, Herman. It was touching to see them reunited, even if under such sad circumstances.

We’ve posted a memorial video for Sebastian on smugmug.

 

Pet Photo Contest In Central Pennsylvania

28 Mar

If you live in Central Pennsylvania and would like to enter a photo of your gerbils in a photo contest, head over to the Patriot-News Web site.

The newspaper is encouraging photos not only of dogs and cats, but also of pets such as gerbils!

 

Toby Is Over 3 1/2 Years Old!

28 Mar
Toby at over 3 1/2 years old

Toby at over 3 1/2 years old

In my last post, I reported on our sad news about Gobo, so in this post, I wanted to share some happy news. Toby turned 3 1/2 years old earlier this month!

You may remember that Toby had surgery in September to remove a scent-gland tumor. He was over three years old at the time, and he’s made it another half a year since then. It’s a great testament to what a difference veterinary care can make!

When gerbils hit this age, you never know how much time you have left, so we’re enjoying every day that we have with Toby! As you can see from the photo above that I took last weekend, Toby’s still bright-eyed and active. He also just keeps getting sweeter and friendlier with age. :)

 

Farewell, Beloved Gobo

28 Mar
Gobo, 4/7/07 - 2/27/10

Gobo, 4/7/07 - 2/27/10

I wish we could say that things have been without incident here during our absence from blogging, but that’s not the case. :(

Last month, we lost our charming little Gobo. It wasn’t a surprise, because he was getting older, and he was starting to slow down and show his age.

Still, the day he died was a very sad one. I remember the first time I met Gobo at the 2007 New England Gerbil Show. He was part of a litter of “super-friendly” gerbils from Autumnglory Gerbils in Connecticut. Gobo was eager to jump in my hand and run right up my arm.

He was always such an outgoing and friendly gerbil. He paired right up with Buster when we brought him home. Buster was much older than Gobo, and when Buster’s health failed, Gobo was right by his side, comforting him until the end.

When we brought Smurf home to be Gobo’s friend, Gobo paired up with Smurf easily. He was so happy to have a pup to take care of. Just having a youngster around seemed to make Gobo act like a pup himself. :)

Gobo, buried next to his first tankmate, Buster

Gobo, buried next to his first tankmate, Buster

If there are two things we’ll remember most about Gobo, it’s what a devoted tankmate he was and how friendly he was.

 

Featured Shelter Gerbil: Chip

27 Mar

Chip

Chip

Meet Chip, an adorable black gerbil that we saw on Petfinder. Chip is currently at the Bay Area Humane Society in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

If you live in the area, can you help this sweet little boy with such an inquisitive, friendly face find a home?

NOTE: As of May 30th, Chip is no longer looking for a home.

 

Welcome To Our New Blog!

27 Mar

Well, it’s been a long couple of months with no posts. We’ve been working on getting our blog moved, because Google is discontinuing support for FTP through blogger. However, the migration tool hasn’t been working, and we’re not convinced that Blogger’s going to continue to work for us in the long-run… So we made the decision to move to WordPress and just move to a new address to ensure that we don’t lose any old content in the migration.

You can still see past posts and comments at our old address.

We don’t have all the links on the Twin Squeaks site updated for our blog’s new address yet. We’ll be working on it, but please bookmark this page in the meantime. We’ll also be working on sprucing up the new blog a bit… so it has the familiar gerbil photos and banner that you’re used to seeing at the top of the page. Be patient. We have a lot of things to move and edit as part of this process.