I did have a chinny thread on here but wanted to start over with a new one. I don't want to have to look at an the old photos of Ash.
I know I should have posted sooner, I kept putting it off but it's not made it any easier. I think memorial type posts are always hard but considering Ash was found forever sleeping on the 10th of March that should give you an idea of how distraught I was (and still am really).
I wish I could say what he died of - but even our wonderful vet couldn't say for certain, although he speculated that the most likely cause was an undiagnosed heart condition. It was only after Ash's death that I realised he had been consuming easily double the amount of water Paddy had, which is one of the few symptoms linked to heart conditions in chinchillas. They can also be lethargic or reluctant to exercise but Ash was never anything like that ; he loved his big metal wheel. I wish I knew how old he actually was, but we'd always thought that whilst nine months was a good estimate for Paddy, Ash was probably older. He was much quieter.
I referred to Paddy and Ash as my sun and stars- Paddy was bright and in your face and curious all the time; Ash was much less 'Loud' yet he was sweet and gentle and polite in a hundred thousand charming ways of his own. Words do not do justice to how much I miss him. Paddy does too... He didn't want to gnaw or dust bathe in the first days after we had buried Ash. But this also made him a prime candidate for rebonding... Preferably to a baby chin... Which leads me onto my next chinny update...
Notts Nibblers fans will have heard about Cosmos already but cut those of you that don't know...
Cossy's grandmother, mum and aunt came to NNRR in a tiny cage full of plastic with two male chinchillas. On the fifth of March the oldest of Cassie-chins daughters gave birth to a little grey boy, who was named Cosmos. He was the obvious choice for bonding because of his age, plus as much as I really didn't want to get another chin, (and I really didn't, at least not until I got to touch him myself at NNRR) the prospect of knowing my chins birthday and having pictures of him from six days old was a highly attractive one. A cage was procured from a degu rescue in Luton * then on the 28th, my mother and myself drove the 130miles up to Nottingham with a box of toys and treats, two bales of hay and a tiny blue carrier. Then we drove all the way back home again, this time bereft of our box of donation goodies and the hay bales but having gained a tiny grumpy ball of fluff. :)
He isn't nearly so grumpy since coming home however and had already shown interest in Paddy though. :) see the pictures ha ha he loves sleeping and climbing on my arms. :D
*the degu rescue the cage came from was called little bites, they have a hundred degus looking for homes as well as some reptiles. I got to hold a baby corn snake! Which isn't something that happens every day! :O and a pregnant degu who had been dumped in a Carboard box on their doorstep. If you know anyone looking to add a goo or two to their family please direct them to little bites, the couple who run it are seeking to downsize urgently. So need adoptees for their degus!!
Proud owner of 2 chinchillas and a dwarf hamster
(chins for the win!)
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