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Old 06-16-2016, 07:00 AM   #1
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Talking Getting to know Archie!

So I've had my winter white, Archie, for about 5 days now. I'm learning about him every day, and about hamsters in general - as he is my first.

Here are a few things I've learned about Archie, in our short time together so far

#1: Archie does NOT like to be disturbed in the day time. In the evening, he is very sweet, and will happily hop onto my hand. But if I disturb him while he's sleeping in the day, he makes a very angry hamster noise, and tells me to go away (oops! sorry Archie, lesson learned!).

#2: Archie loves sand baths. He does some sweet break-dancing moves in the sand.

#3: Archie lives life with reckless abandon. Even though I provide a bridge to climb from the top of his labyrinth house, he decides to just leap off of it every time. Good job carefresh is soft!

#4: Archie does his own stunts. But he is very very clumsy. 10/10 for enthusiasm. 2/10 for execution.

#5: Archie has two modes - on and off. He is either charging around, full steam ahead, or in complete chill out mode. He switches between the two suddenly - for example, the time when he ran like crazy on his wheel, and then suddenly took a nap (on his wheel).

#6: Archie is not a biter, but a curious nibbler. Toes are fun to nibble, especially if they have socks on.

#7: Archie has the cutest butt in the entire world. I can't quite get over how tiny his tail is. It looks especially cute when he is in the middle of digging, and all I can see is his fluffy butt stuck up in the air.

These are just a few things I have learnt so far. I'm in love with this crazy little guy, he's such a character already, and I look forward to learning more about him every day!
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Old 06-16-2016, 07:58 AM   #2
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Aww that's so adorable, you pick up on their likes and dislikes quickly.
I'm not at all surprised you're in love with him.
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Old 06-17-2016, 06:12 AM   #3
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Thanks yes you do pick up on their likes/dislikes quickly, I am learning lots. Pine nuts are a big hit lol. And he loves crawling in duvet folds.

Yesterday I made a play area for him with big cardboard tubes and boxes. He ran around like crazy, but I guess he tuckered himself out because he curled up and lay down in one of the tubes for a nap
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Old 06-21-2016, 04:08 PM   #4
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Well Archie has decided that human climbing frames are the most fun thing when he comes out to his play area. I put him down to play with the tubes and things I have set up for him, but he always runs back onto my lap and up my arms. He's not a sit calmly in your lap kind of hamster - he's crazy! He loves to climb around on you and loves to jump (yes, jump) between your hands. He's a right little daredevil, but as I said - clumsy, so I put down my duvet and pillows. Then in the middle of playtime, he pulls a seed from his cheek pouch and has a snack break. Adorable.

He has now built a tunnel underneath his labyrinth house and always uses this instead of the regular door. Why not Archie!
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Old 06-21-2016, 04:20 PM   #5
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Lol! He sounds to be having a raring old time. Glad you and he are getting on so well.
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Old 07-09-2016, 12:02 PM   #6
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Update: I believe that Archie and I have developed a way of communicating about whether he wants to come out to play or not.

When I see him up and about I put my hand in his cage. He always does one of two things.
1: He goes back in his house. In which case I leave him be and will try again at some point later.
2: He comes over to me and grabs onto my index finger with his front paws (it is so cute I could squeal). He then stays perfectly still to allow me to pick him up.

He comes out every day, but only on his terms lol. I have also discovered that his favourite treat is dried mealworms
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Old 07-09-2016, 11:44 PM   #7
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Aww bless him! Holding onto your finger is so cute

They are very good at communicating once you get to know them & their individual ways.
Mealworms usually are a favourite with the Russian hams, maybe more than any other species they do go a bit mad for them!
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Old 07-10-2016, 12:46 AM   #8
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Well done on your progress with Archie! I went Aww when he held onto your finger!
They really do communicate and let you know what they like and don't like. I'm finding that with Harvey, it's those little gestures that make your heart melt.
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Old 07-10-2016, 06:12 AM   #9
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Yeah the finger holding kills me every time <3

t's amazing how you can get such a strong sense of their personality, likes/dislikes, wants and needs, when it's such a tiny little animal. All it takes is paying attention, and then you're a regular Dr Doolittle!

Thin Lizzy - just noticed you had a hamster called Archie too It's a good name I think! Suits my Archie well because it's Archibald and my Archie is very bold indeed hehe. Little daredevil ham.
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Old 07-10-2016, 06:38 AM   #10
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All it takes is paying attention, and then you're a regular Dr Doolittle!
Exactly that It's lovely how different they all are too, such individual little characters!
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