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June 6, 2004

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Dumber, the Pet of the Day
Name: Dumber
Age: Deceased, One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Campbell's Dwarf Hamster
Home: New York, USA
   This is my pet hamster, Dumber, named after the movie Dumb and Dumber. It was my boyfriend who named him that because on the night that we saw him in the pet store he was the only hamster running back and forth wildly while all the others sat around, looking bored. He was like one big energized fur ball. I found the silly manner in which he was running rather cute and endearing, as did my boyfriend. Dumber would do this every night. He would pace back and forth for a short distance and whenever anyone passed by they would say " look at that dumb guy." It wasn't until much later on that I found out this sort of pacing was a disorder. Well, disorder or not, I loved him just the same.

    I later on bought him a little buddy and with two hammies in the cage my boyfriend suggested I name them Dumb and Dumber. They got along quite well and were a lot of fun to watch. They loved to play this game of "sneak up and attack." Whenever Dumb wasn't looking, Dumber would sneak up from behind and then pounce on him and vice versa. Luckily, no one ever got hurt. It was all in good fun.

    Hamsters have a very special place in my heart. I used to have them as a child and then I grew up and forgot all about them. After rediscovering them through sheer luck and fate, I realized what a warm fuzzy feeling I would get in my heart around these guys. In fact, they were the only things that could warm my heart after losing my father to lung cancer. I didn't realize how could and chilled I had become until after I held my first hamster, Scooter, in my hand. I looked at him in wonderment, and he stared back in wonderment. Slowly, this warm, fuzzy feeling filled my heart and with that I was hooked. Heart warmers, that's my nickname for hamsters. Dumber was my second heartwarmer. Sadly and ironically, he passed away from cancer himself a month ago.

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