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May 10, 2012

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Patty, the Pet of the Day
Name: Patty
Age: Five years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Black Velvet Chinchilla
Home: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
   Patty 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 on Youtube.

    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 every evening.

    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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