Goodbye Jules…

Yesterday evening, we said goodbye to our beloved gerbil, Jules, our longest-lived gerbil to date, 3 years and 2 plus months.

goodbyeJules20181114.pngShe was our little fighter to the end. She had a tumor growing in her belly, just like her sister Claudia (we said goodbye in June to Claudia). BUT she was still running around and trying to get on with life as normal. However, we knew it was time, she could no longer climb up to get water or even into her sand bath.

We took her to our lovely vet, who tried her best to give us maybe a few more months but in the end, we decided it was better to let her go while she was not suffering too much. The vet had said that she was already in distress from the huge size of her stomach and the ultrasound showed both water and tumor inside so…

Goodbye, dearest Jules! You gave us lots of fun and laughter. We hope you are having fun with your sisters in gerbil heaven now.

You can read about when we first brought them all home here.

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Goodbye, Claudia…

Last Friday, 15th June 2018, we had to say goodbye to our little Claudia, our little grey one, one of our pet gerbils. It is very sad but it had to be done.

She had some sort of growth or tumor in her belly and was not getting better after a week of meds from the vet. She was simply sleeping all day, waking only to eat a little and drink a little. Even though her belly was big, you could feel her bones through her fur, and she laid absolutely still when you held her, which is most unusual for rodents. Given that she was a good 2 years and 10 months old, the vet suggested it was time to let her go and we agreed. (Gerbils have a lifespan of 3 to 4 years only.)

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Left: Claudia, having fun in a tissue box, with her sister, Belle, behind her, October 2015. Top Right: All three of them, Claudia, Jules and Belle, June 2016. Bottom Right: Claudia sharing dried bread with Jules,  May 2018.

Goodbye, Claudia. Hope you are having fun in gerbil heaven.

Your sister, Jules, the only one left of the original three, is still going strong and we hope she will be with us for a bit longer.

Click here to see all three of them when we first got them.

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It’s 3 Girls… Again…

That’s right, we welcomed 3 cuties into our home last Monday… our 3 new Gerbils (desert mice for those who are not familiar)! i have already shown a photo on my Facebook but i thought i do a formal introduction here 😉

Tobias had been considering whether or not we should have rodents or maybe some other type of pet. i had gone to ask the nearby pet shop if they would be having any new gerbils or mice for sale, she said yes and they would be available for sale early October. Then we were off to Milan. By the time we got back from our short holiday, Tobias had decided on gerbils. So we popped over to have a look, unsure if they would still be available, but they were. There were 2 sets – one set of 3 boys and another of 3 girls. Since we already had girls before, and i think because we saw them come out a bit and they had lovely and different colourings, we chose the girls.

Here they are!

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This was when we first got them from the pet shop.
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Meet Belle! Walter named her and she is, what they call, natural colour as they would be in the wild. She’s the more active one.
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Meet Jules! Short for Jewel. i named her because her white band reminds me of a necklace. She’s the more reserved one.
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Meet Claudia! Tobias named her. He thought she looked the colour of rain clouds and wanted to name her rain cloud but i thought cloud sounded better and he finally settled for Claudia. She’s got red eyes!

Aren’t they just adorable? We love having them and are having fun getting to know each of their little personalities. Jules is the more timid one while Belle enjoys exploring and is quite ready to take a leap (literally). Claudia isn’t afraid to try new things … with her teeth… yes she has nibbled each of us quite a number of times already.

We are all looking forward to them getting used to us and maybe soon, they will be happy to walk up to our hands and hop on willingly without bribes or tricks.

i leave you with a sweet photo of them "resting" on a gerbil-sized "sofa".
i leave you with a sweet photo of them “resting” on a gerbil-sized “sofa”.

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