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December 26, 2001

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Dorothy, the Pet of the Day
Name: Dorothy
Age: One year old
Gender: Female
Kind: Syrian Hamster
Home: Manitoba, Canada
   This is Dorothy, my baby girl syrian hamster. I bought her because my best friend from elementary school died mysteriously in her sleep at age 20, and she was the person that introduced me to hamsters, but I hadn't had one since I was ten.

    Dorothy is an amazing hamster. We have to padlock her cage shut because she knows how to open the door, and so far has figured out all the other mechanisms we've used to keep her in (like pushing on twist ties long enough to untwist them). She is also the most people-oriented hamster I have ever seen. My mother was in the hospital for seven months this year, and I would take Dorothy to visit her, but she also brought lots of joy to the nurses, and other patients. She'd let everyone hold her, and when it was time to come back to me, she'd cuddle up and have a nap. She'll even sleep on me while I am at the computer (like now!) for hours, or until I have to print something, then she looks at me like "make that noise stop! I'm trying to sleep!"

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