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October 29, 2001

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Champ, the Pet of the Day
Name: Champ
Age: Two years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Cream Syrian Hamster
Home: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
   Champ (Full name Champion Buddy McHamster hehe!) is totally kewl! She knows many tricks, like 'hamsterdance'. Hamsterdance is her first trick ever. Champ will get up on her hind legs, and dance around, back and forth, just like on that website! She looks really cute too. Champ is also potty-trained. She will only ever go in this specially made toilet for hamsters. Another trick Champ knows is 'go to your wheel'. Champ had a metal wheel in her cage. She was getting fat, because she never ran in it! So, I taught her that the only way that she could come outside to play was if she ran a few times in her wheel. Soon, Champ would run in her wheel and then wait at the door very impatiently. (She doesn't like to wait!). Now, whenever I hear the wheel squeak, I will make a mad dash for the cage, to let Champion out.

    Champ is one of the bravest animals I know. When we got a West Highland White Terrier, I figured she would be scared out of her fur coat! One day, our Westie (Cocoa) escaped from the kitchen, and ran to Champ's cage. Champ was at that time, chewing the bars of her cage (trying to escape, tsk, tsk, tsk!) and at first, she froze with fear when seeing Cocoa breath bad breath on her. Next... When Cocoa tried to sniff and lick Champ, Champ swatted Cocoa right in the nose! Well, if I were in Champ's spot, I would never have been able to do that! Champ is the very best hamster ever.

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