||Sixteen months old|
||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
is our pet hamster, Hiney (pron/ high-nee), which is short for
Hienrich. Lately he has started turning browner in places, probably
because he's getting older.
Hienrich was purchased for $8.79 in a pet store but we wouldn't sell him
for $1,000.00. He's become a treasured member of the family. He lives in
a huge three story cage with lots of open space and also a system of
tubes which he loves to hoard food in.
Hiney is most active in the late evening. He has a routine he likes;
first he is handled and brushed, then he runs around on the huge
computer desk for about 20 minutes (where he has hiding places galore,
kleenex boxes to play in and a secret stash of seeds) and then 20
minutes in the ball, running the whole house. Then, after a 10-minute
water break, another 30-40 minutes in the ball. He has amazing energy.
He follows us around in the ball sometimes and can maneuver his ball
around objects very well, seldom hitting a wall or furniture!
Hiney never ever bites. He is totally trusting and if we miss his
exercise time, he goes into a little cube he has in his cage and pouts.
He'll sit in a trance for hours, waiting for someone to take him out.
Like most hamsters, his favorite food is sunflower seeds but we limit them
because they're so fattening. Hiney is our first hamster. We hope he
lives a long happy life.