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February 14, 2009

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Sweetums, Nibbles, the Pet of the Day
Name: Sweetums, Nibbles
Age: Two years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Standard Gray, Mosaic Chinchilla
Home: Dayton, Ohio, USA
   I cannot choose between my two chinchillas for one Pet of the Day, just as a mother can not choose between her children. My husband and I feel they are so special because we never would have imagined that two little balls of fur could have brought so much love and happiness into our home.

    Big things really do come in small packages! We named our standard gray chin Sweetums because she was sweet from the moment we met her. At only two months old, she cuddled right up to me when I held her for the first time. Since then, she has always been the cuddlier of the two and loves having her belly and chin scratched.

    Our mosaic chin, Nibbles, earned her name because it was "love at first bite." When my husband held her for the first time, she gently nibbled on his finger and we both found it endearing because she was so tiny and cute. She must have thought it was a raisin, as that is her favorite treat - both of the chins will do just about anything for their daily raisin.

    Two years later, they are still our sweet chinchillas and their antics make us smile and laugh after a rough day. They can both jump about 2 feet high from a sitting position on their kangaroo-like hind legs and their favorite pastime is running around the room in circles, literally bouncing off the walls.

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