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August 27, 2000

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Hampy, the Pet of the Day
Name: Hampy
Age: Two and a half years old
Gender: Male
Breed: Hamster
Home: Aloha, Oregon, USA
 
   I have several pets, a big dog, two darling finches and some enormous feeder fish, but the pet I admire the most is HAMPY, my hamster. He's about 2 1/2, a male teddy bear hamster from Aloha, Oregon. Here's why: Hampy is a retired kindergarten pet. He was named Hampy some years ago, by an unknown kindergartener. He dutifully went about his work as a classroom hamster, amongst the screaming, jostling, accidental drops, grabbing, and other chaos, without complaint, or nibble of a single tender kindergarten finger. Hampy had sleepovers on weekends, with kindergarteners and their families, where he was sent off in a tiny wire cage to witness the unknown terrors of the homes of each kindergartener who's parent would allow him...I suppose that's where he got the arthritis that has rendered his back legs immobile. Hampy also has a bad eye, from an unknown incident, and a case of scurvy, which the doctors remedied by ordering TANG as his preferred water bottle beverage. (Incidentally, the doc said that most hamsters need a good consistent source of vitamin C) All in all, Hampy is not a very healthy rodent. But the tour of duty to which Hampy has selflessly dedicated his life, prompts us to honor him in his last days, with dignity and respect. He's in his golden retirement years, where his last days are spent without kindergarteners. What more could a veteran kindergarten hamster want? In my book he has the earned a purple heart!
 

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