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June 19, 2003

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Sport, the Pet of the Day
Name: Sport
Age: Four months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Campbell's Dwarf Hamster
Home: Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
 
   One evening we went to the local pet store and visited the dwarf hamsters while we were there. Right in the middle of a cage of eight or so unkempt sleeping hamsters, stood a very tiny, perfectly groomed opal hamster trying to gnaw on a seed half the size of his head. After which he attempted to run on the wheel, falling through the bars at every other step. As we watched, he was continually bullied by his other, larger roommates. To make a long story short, he came home with us that very night! Sport attached himself to us faster then we could believe (i.e., in about three hours!). He loves to be held and to explore his surroundings - but only when he feels like it. During the day he will ignore your presence entirely (if he crawls out of bed at all) but at night he always wants to be held. While being out, he will either wander around aimlessly, taking in the sights and smells of his new world, or simply fall asleep in the sleeves of our shirts. In fact, he will fall asleep almost anywhere! He is quite unusual in many respects; he will make new beds in his "apartment" at random and normally refuses to take more than one bite of any treat you might offer. His favorite treat seems to be strawberry yogurt drops - and even those he will often refuse! But his quirks don't matter at all. He is always friendly and he seems to love us very much!

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