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Old 07-31-2017, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default 31 days of August

I thought I would begin at the beginning with a little hamster hertory & how I came to love & keep them.
As a child we only had cats & dogs & I don't think it would have occurred to anyone in my family to keep an animal that lived in a cage, maybe not such a bad thing in those days (long, long ago lol!) so I'd never even given hams a thought until one day a friend took me into P@H to see a bearded dragon, fascinating though it was I soon wandered off to have a look around & met my first Russian hams, it was of course love at first sight
Totally smitten I came home & spent hours learning all about them & how to keep them & finally sure I could give one a happy & good life I got my cage & things together all set up & went off to choose my first ham.
There are two P@H close to each other where I go & the one I chose to visit only had one ham! A bit of a surprise after seeing so many in the other shop & expecting to pick my first little furball from a whole litter.
I had the girl get him out for me anyway & I think his fate was decided there & then as she began to say things like "I don't like the black ones, they always bite!" & "no one wants the black ones, they're always the last to go" yet he was the sweetest little thing, not so much as a nibble & happily running around on the floor with us bless him, while my friend was urging me to go to the other branch to see if they had more choice I had already decided that this little ham was never going to get a good home with the staff saying things like that about him so he just had to come home with me!
I honestly couldn't have made a better choice anyway, he was the perfect first ham, hardly needed taming at all & was so friendly, adventurous & cuddly he was a truly wonderful little friend

So meet little T'ycor
His colour changed quite dramatically as he aged but as you can see here as a baby he was a lovely deep black with little white paws.

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A few photos of him enjoying his veg.

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Sorry the photo quality isn't too brilliant, I had a rubbish camera back then!
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:34 AM   #2
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Looking forward to your month, cypher. I can see why you picked T'ycor. What a sweetie
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:48 AM   #3
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So excited to see that you're doing this month, Cypher! I will be following with interest

Lovely meeting T'ycor (any story behind the name?) and hears about how you first got into keeping hams. How could that lady not have liked black hamsters? I've always kinda wanted one! I look forward to meeting the other furries that you have kept over the years.
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Old 08-01-2017, 01:20 AM   #4
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I like this story so far. No wonder poor little T'ycor was left there. Fate brought you together. Looking forward to the next instalment.
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Old 08-01-2017, 07:39 AM   #5
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Looking forward to this month. T'ycor was a gorgeous little guy, I can't understand people who would say such things to be honest. He's very lucky he got to adopt you though

How many years ago did you get T'ycor, if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 08-01-2017, 07:54 AM   #6
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This thread will be very good no doubt I think T'ycor is so cute! I don't know why people didn't want the black ones? I'm glad he tamed easily with no biting. Definitely must have been fate How long did you last with him before getting another hammy.
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:35 AM   #7
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When I saw your name Cypher for the August thread, I hoped you'd talk about your earlier hams and my heart melted at T'ycor your first ham, a little black beauty.
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Old 08-01-2017, 10:32 AM   #8
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Aww those white paws!!!

Didnt realise until I joined hc that you could get black dwarf hamsters. He was gorgeous.
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Old 08-01-2017, 11:51 AM   #9
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Tycor was a handsome fellow. How long ago was it you got him?

I had similar bad comments about the black dwarf hamster that they had available just before I got Willow. I hope he/she got a good home.
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:52 PM   #10
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Very excited when I saw you were doing August cypher. I confess I had forgotten. What a great start to hear how it all started for you. What an enchanting little fellow as your first ham. What does T'ycor mean?
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