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Old 03-05-2019, 09:38 AM   #171
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Nice to have an update & good to hear the show team have been doing well.
I know I already said on insta but I have to say it again, Emily really is a gorgeous little girl, lovely to see another dom spot, look forward to seeing more of her.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:39 AM   #172
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Lovely to see John, Juni, Ben and Emily. Lord James must still be missed - he had a good life and six wives and should go down in the Metallica Chronicles for that.

I hope you have success with Jack. Sorry about all the diabetes. Sometimes things go in runs. Fingers crossed for good luck with next pairing.
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Old 04-21-2019, 02:04 AM   #173
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Jack was paired to Embers (owned by Vectis) last month and their babies would have been nearly three weeks old. Unfortunately the nest was empty at the two week check which meant that the pups either died or were culled.

I’m pretty disappointed as I’m really keen for pups out of Jack and this would have been Metallica’s first litter in almost 18 months but unfortunately this comes with the territory of breeding.

Embers will be returned to Vectis at the Ferndown show and Jack will be paired again to another girl.
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Old 07-25-2019, 01:17 PM   #174
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A lot has been going on at Metallica since I last updated and not all of it good news I'm afraid. It's disappointing but it comes with the territory of having multiple hamsters at any one time.

Last time I wrote Lord Jack had been paired to Embers but despite there being some signs of life in the nest to begin with, the nest was empty at the two week check. Embers returned to Vectis Hamstery and instead Jack went out on loan in May. He was paired to Embers again and two other females with Vectis Hamstery but only sired a litter with one of them. His wife Diome had six lovely babies towards the end of June which as you can imagine, I am over the moon about as Jack is one of a very special family line. I'm hoping that at least one will make their way to Metallica Hamstery when they are ready for rehoming. Jack returned briefly in the middle of June but is now out on loan again.

My little Danish Princess, Juno was PTS at the beginning of May. I already knew she'd got an ovarian tumour and we were keeping her comfortable but a weekend of rapid growth meant that I had to make the decision to have her put to sleep. She was my little ray of sunshine and I still miss her.

Diabetes also made an unwelcome return with both John and Ben becoming diabetic within a few weeks of their first birthdays. They were retired from the show team which meant that I had a much weaker show team for Bath. Thankfully Lord Jack managed to come fourth in the overall show so I was pleased with that and newcomer Leo also brought home a prize card. I don't know how much longer I'll be able to show Jack for and have him do well but he's very laid back about the process so he may be kept as a reserve in case of entries needing a boost or it's a particularly busy show that some of the youngsters may find a bit stressful.
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Old 07-26-2019, 06:23 AM   #175
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Such an up and down time for you recently Fluffagrams. Excellent news though that Lord Jack produced a litter at the second attempt. Perhaps Embers was just more relaxed at home this time.
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Old 07-28-2019, 05:37 AM   #176
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Wonderful that you had a special litter in June. Very sad about Juno and sorry that John and Ben have become diabetic. Hope they do ok. Jack sounds like a trooper!
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Old 11-02-2019, 01:24 PM   #177
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Since writing last, Metallica Hamstery has unfortunately lost three more Chinese Hamsters... Ben, John and Lord Jack. It's always sad to lose another little soul and at the moment it feels like we've had nothing but deaths in the hamstery with very little good to balance it out but undefeated we carry on.

Charlotte rejoined the show team after a year off and has done better than I expected. I'm really only hoping to gety one more show out of her in a couple of weeks before I consider retiring her for next years show season.

Emily is still small and not keen on growing but between her and Charlotte they like to cause mischief at feeding times. Emily is no longer a permanant member of the show team and is only entered when there is an empty show pen in the carrier.

Leo arrived at Metallica Hamstery in June and is now a member of the show team. He's a quiet and gentle little lad who likes a cuddle. At the moment he's Metallica Hamstery's only male Chinese.

In August, Metallica Hamstery welcomed two of Lord Jack's daughters to Metallica Hamstery. Samantha is the cheekier, more mischievious one and her sister Elizabeth is more laid back. Elizabeth often reminds me of her grandfather Lord James.

Here are some photos of the three newest additions:

Doric Leo George at Metallica

Leo Rosette by Metallica Hamstery, on Flickr

Vectis Lady Samantha Louise at Metallica
(Notice that chewed off cable tie in front of her? Sammi likes to destroy things)

Sammi Cheeky by Metallica Hamstery, on Flickr

Vectis Lady Elizabeth Mary, Countess of Metallica

Lizzie paws by Metallica Hamstery, on Flickr
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:28 AM   #178
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They are so beautiful and Sammy has mischief written all over her face!

I've never seen a real life Chinese Hamster. Are they as small as a dwarf hamster or more Syrian sized? It's hard to tell from photos.
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They are so beautiful and Sammy has mischief written all over her face!

I've never seen a real life Chinese Hamster. Are they as small as a dwarf hamster or more Syrian sized? It's hard to tell from photos.
They're more dwarf sized but are longer in the body than Campbells, Winter Whites and Roborovskis. As adults they usually range in length from 8-10cm (Females) and 10-14cm (Males) and usually weigh between 30-50g.

I'd never seen or heard of Chinese until I went to the pet shop once to buy some Russians and saw two little Chinese boys. I fell in love with them instantly and knew then that they'd have to come home with me. I've been keeping Chinese Hamsters ever since and at one point that was the only species I kept. I now also have four Campbells, one Winter White and two Roborovskis.
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Old 11-12-2019, 01:37 PM   #180
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They are lovely . So sorry about the losses.
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