||One and a half years old|
||Chinchilla, standard gray|
||Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA|
is special because he helped save me. My husband and I have
fertility issues, and add in long-term depression. My therapist suggested
a pet. We had been talking about chinchillas for a couple of years and
finally took the leap. He's helped with my depression, knowing when I need
some extra love. He comes with me to the office when I'm struggling with
depression or anxiety, where he'll sit on my shoulder for an hour, just
nuzzling into my neck or tucking his head into my shirt and going to
sleep. Chester is quite the celebrity in my office building. My vet plans
to use him to introduce younger children to exotic animals. We've also
been asked to train him as a therapy animal as he's so friendly and cuddly
with many people. He's a very sweet, loving, little mama's-boy. Not that
Chester is a sweetie, who would like nothing more than to make friends
with our female chinchilla, Zoe. She isn't receptive to him, as she is a
rescue who was previously paired. But that doesn't stop him from watching
her and trying to win her over.
Chester loves to run laps. It's almost like he's playing one-Chin
baseball, and touching each person in the room during a lap means that he
touched all the bases! He gives little kisses on our noses and love
nibbles on our ears. He talks quite a bit. His cage is in our bedroom
where he can see our bed, and he gets distressed if one of us is not
sleeping in our room. He'll talk all night, like he's asking "Where's
Mom?" or "Where's Dad?" He considers it his job to watch over us while we sleep.
How is in on normal days? He's a little like a three-year-old child. Very
sweet, very cuddly, and full of energy! Lots of cuddles, stopping for hugs
and kisses, then up and running around again. If he's scared or upset, he
wants his mom for cuddles and to be kissed on the head. I'm getting his
footprints tattooed on me in May, so that he'll always be with me.
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