'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Past Pets.



MICE

Kinkajou, champagne tan mouse.


I got Kinkajou, Tosca, Mozart and Flower on Tuesday 27th September 2011 from Madhouse Stud in Manchester, at around six weeks old. From the very beginning they had the huge ears shown in the pictures... and none of them ever really grew into them! Despite trying to be responsible and getting mice from a breeder, they were all very short-lived; and none lived more than a year. Kinkajou and Tosca were found dead together on the 24th September 2012; they were my final two of the four, and lived together in a cage next to my male mouse's. They had food, water and bedding... but I went to clean them one evening and they were both gone.

Tosca, champagne tan mouse.


I got Kinkajou, Tosca, Mozart and Flower on Tuesday 27th September 2011 from Madhouse Stud in Manchester, at around six weeks old. From the very beginning they had the huge ears shown in the pictures... and none of them ever really grew into them! Despite trying to be responsible and getting mice from a breeder, they were all very short-lived; and none lived more than a year. Kinkajou and Tosca were found dead together on the 24th September 2012; they were my final two of the four, and lived together in a cage next to my male mouse's. They had food, water and bedding... but I went to clean them one evening and they were both gone.

Mozart, champagne tan mouse.


I got Kinkajou, Tosca, Mozart and Flower on Tuesday 27th September 2011 from Madhouse Stud in Manchester, at around six weeks old. From the very beginning they had the huge ears shown in the pictures... and none of them ever really grew into them! Despite trying to be responsible and getting mice from a breeder, they were all very short-lived; and none lived more than a year. Mozart was the second to die, on August 6th 2012. She was behaving just fine when I looked over, hearing the mice moving. Then, I'm not sure why, but something made me glance over again about ten minutes later. She seemed to be having some sort of seizure. I rang the vets, booked her in for an immediate emergency appointment, and pretty much ran up to the vets. She died on my hand on the way up.

Flower, champagne tan mouse.


I got Kinkajou, Tosca, Mozart and Flower on Tuesday 27th September 2011 from Madhouse Stud in Manchester, at around six weeks old. From the very beginning they had the huge ears shown in the pictures... and none of them ever really grew into them! Despite trying to be responsible and getting mice from a breeder, they were all very short-lived; and none lived more than a year. Poor, unfortunate Flower was the first to die, not long after I'd re-integrated her into the cage after a fight, and the first of my pets to be taken to the vets to be put to sleep. A tumor popped up overnight, as far as I could tell; and her face got ripped open again during the same night. I took her to the vets on July 23rd, and the options were either 'leave it' or 'operate'. The vet was honest in that operating would be very risky, and very tricky, as well as very expensive. Since I had no desire to let cancer eat her up (and she'd have had to live alone, after the fighting) I opted to have her euthanised.

Jinx, black self mouse.
 
Jinx was the most unsociable of my small pets (except perhaps the psychotic hamster Honey). We got her from a very poorly run pet shop, and from the moment we got her home she was extremely skittish. She would pee/poo reflexively all over your hands and arms if you took her out of the cage - so much so that whenever I took her out, I had to have a towel on my lap and a roll of toilet paper nearby. I tried to socialise her, but she never wanted anything to do with me, sadly. She passed away at less than a year old.


HAMSTERS

Scamper, golden agouti syrian hamster.

Scamper was the greatest hamster. She was a little darling, who loved running all over my arms. We went on holiday one day and left her with friends of the family, and whilst she was in her exercise ball (unsupervised for just five minutes) she managed to crack open the ball and escaped. They got me Honey instead, thinking/hoping I wouldn't notice the difference... but I really, really did.

Honey, golden agouti syrian hamster.
Honey was gotten as a sneaky-replacement for my beloved Scamper when she escaped - and she was crazy. Every time I put my hand in her cage she would bite my thumb and hold on; not just nipping, but sinking her teeth right in. I had her for about a fortnight, and a highlight of our time together was when she once sank her teeth so hard into my thumb I had to shake her off. We took her back to the pet shop immediately and I got April instead.

April, black eyed cream self (?) syrian hamster.
April was a gorgeous hamster, much more like Scamper (though not nearly as affectionate) than the devilish Honey.


RABBITS

Blackberry, silver fox (?) rabbit.
 
After moving from Accrington to Portsmouth, and having to leave my new kitten, I was pacified with being allowed to get a rabbit. She was a tiny ball of dark fluff at the shop, and we weren't told that she would get so huge - and she truly was massive. She didn't much like being picked up, though tolerated it, but was soft and friendly. She would hop around the garden for a while and then sit on or near my lap for a while. She also bullied the cat in the house - she was almost as big as him, and he was a fluffball too


CHIPMUNKS
 

Charlotte (Lottie), agouti chipmunk.
 
 
Originally, Sammy was supposed to be "my" chipmunk and Lottie my mum's - never mind that my mum isn't a huge fan of animals, and had no say in the matter. She bullied Sammy a lot, and one of my finest moments with her was when she flung herself across the entirety of my room, hit me squarely in the forehead and flew over my shoulder to hide behind my dresser. I'm still not sure why she did that

Sammy, agouti chipmunk.
 
 

Sammy was an impulse-buy - though not my impulse! My mother's then-boyfriend once just asked me if I would like a chipmunk; I agreed sure, why not (thinking he wasn't serious), and the next day I had a chipmunk and a cage. Lottie arrived a week or so after, and he put her in Sammy's cage, resulting in Sammy (who before then would sit and sometimes even sleep on my hands) quickly becoming more leery of me. They began to have spats after a month or so, wherein Lottie would chase him all over the cage. I would get them out of the cage every day for between half an hour and two hours (depending on how hard it was to catch them!), and they would tear around like crazy. Chipmunks are not for the faint of heart!


GUINEA PIGS
 
 

Grace, English guinea pig.
 
 

We got the guinea pigs on the 17th July 2008 Grace was the snuggliest of my pigs; she used to love sitting on my shoulder, in my dressing gown hood, or on my lap asleep whilst I was on the computer. I loved all the little chirps and squeals that they made. If I ever have a house with a big garden, I'm going to have so many guinea pigs.
Heidi, English guinea pig.
 
 

Heidi, throughout her time with us, was definitely the more nervous of the guinea pigs, whom we got on the 17th July 2008. She was, again, supposed to be my mum's guinea pig, though I'd done all the research on them (my first researched pets!), they both lived in my room and I cared for them. Heidi had a fondness of hiding in sleeves, and was always more skittish than my buddy Grace.