||Five years old|
||Black Velvet Chinchilla|
||New Orleans, Louisiana, USA|
was surrendered to the Canadian
Chinchilla Rescue in Toronto in March of 2010. My friend Tanya who runs
the rescue is a member of my chinchilla forum, and posted a thread about
"Cookie" needing a new home.
I posted "Wow, she's gorgeous! If I were anywhere near you, I would take
her!" and the next day when I logged back on to the forum, seven people had
volunteered to railroad her all the way down the East Coast to me!! How
could I say no? Patty's journey was immortalized in
photos and a video
Since her original owner was Chinese, she didn't seem to recognize the name
"Cookie" anyway, so we decided to rename her. One of my friends from the
forum saw her photo and said "Wow, what a fatty mcpatty!" and thus her new
name, Patty McFatty, was conceived. Patty is a rather large girl. She
originally weighed in at the rescue at 1015g, which is huge for a
chinchilla! We call her the Mae West of chinnies. She lost a bit of weight
during the stress of traveling, so she is a slim and trim 970g or so these days.
Patty is a serious LoveBug and waits for her scritches every morning and
Our whole family fell in love with her right away, and she fits in well
with my four other chin girls, even though she is still caged alone. I am
hoping to pair her up with another girl I got from the Canadian rescue.
I wanted to share Patty's story with everyone so that more people will
consider adoption. Your new pet doesn't have to be a cute "baby" for you to
love them. Often times older animals are more settled and trained, and
actually make for better pets. Each animal is special in their own unique
way, and if you are willing to take the time to get to know them, you can't
help but fall in love with them all.
Patty is very social. Whenever I have a visitor, Patty is my "ambassador"
chinchilla, as she will allow almost anyone to pet her. Everyone marvels
over her soft coat. She is very interested in her "neighbors", i.e. the
chins in the cages on either side of her. She watches them closely to see
what they are doing at all times. Her favorite activity is running on her
Flying Saucer wheel. She is so heavy that she shakes the whole cage when
she is pounding away on that wheel! She is a goofy chin in her sleeping
positions, which include curled up like a butter ball or with her teeth
around the bars.
I love her very much.
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