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!
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.
When we received Nox and Puddles from one of my dear writer friends, we didn’t have to go through the formal purchase of pet process. Now that we have to, i found out that they are really quite strict in our part of Switzerland and insist that our cage wasn’t big enough for Gerbils according to recommendations set down by the VZFS (The Association of Zoological Businesses Switzerland). BUT one really nice lady from a newly opened pet store (not the one closest to us, this is one 30 mins away by car) went through all the rules with me (over the phone) and checked all recommendations for me and finally recommended that we switch to having hamsters or mice (Farbmäuse in German) if we did not want to invest in a new bigger cage (which would have costed between CHF150 and CHF250).
SO today we welcome Patch, Patches, Ruby and Sam (short for Samantha) into our home and hope they feel welcomed and enjoy being with us as much as we are already enjoying their company. They are cute and great climbers but oh so fast!
They really do take pet ownership seriously here. When we bought our oh-so-cute mice today, i had to sign a sort of contract to say that i have now undertaken the responsibility to care for these creatures and another piece of paper which states clearly a few important points of care for the 1st ten days (such as not giving them undue stress and not taking them out of the cage for the first 10 days, giving them vitamin drops etc…). Then we were also given a book of basic information for small house pets.
i remembered when i bought hamsters from pet stores back home. We simply went there, chose the ones i liked, paid for them and brought them home – end of story, nothing to sign or read and certainly no association to set down any rules to follow.
But i guess it’s in the best interests of the animals and of course, it does make people think twice about pet ownership.