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Old 09-09-2018, 09:07 AM   #1
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Talking All About My Treacle

This is a little someone who I had planned to introduce to you all before Maple unexpectedly got ill and passed away – it didn’t feel right to post until now as I have been worried about her possible catching what Maple had but so far she has remained healthy.

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This has been almost 9 years in the waiting – I have finally got another Russian. She is my 9th Hamster but only 3rd Russian. I am so happy to have her and she bringing back so many wonderful memories of owning Russians – like rolling in the sand!

I adopted Treacle on Friday 31st August, she is a female Russian “hybrid” and is an elderly lady at approximately 1 year and 6 months (possibly older). I have a huge soft spot for elderly animals and so I feel in love. I have no idea of how long Treacle will be with me but I will spoil her every day with love, treats and cuddles. Her previous owner gave Treacle up (Treacle wasn’t her name before I adopted her) as they didn’t want to pay for vet treatment for a tumour/mass on Treacle lip to be removed – this was all taken care off before I adopted her though. Due to the procedure of removing her tumour she has a little part of her lip missing but I think it makes her even more adorable. As already mentioned I did rename her, as I didn’t like her previous name and it didn’t fit my theme that I use for naming my hamsters.

Unlike my past Russians Honey and Caramel, Treacle is friendly and is happy to be held although she still getting familiar with my scent so is more relaxed being held now than she was when I brought her home. Despite Treacle’s age she is very active and energetic even though she has some slight stiffness in her hips but that doesn’t slow her down in the slightest – as she runs very fast in her wheel which make a dreadful racket at night (as my 8” Trixie wheel is a bit old so I need to invest in a new wheel for her). Another thing she has been loving doing is creating lots of secret tunnels in her fitch – there are various tunnel entrance scattered across her cage but I don’t have any idea where most of them lead apart from the one under her wheel which leads to her nest – which is beneath the fitch that her whimzee alligator chew sit on – so is well protected! Although her biggest love is for treats – whenever she hear me in my room she will sit by the cage door demanding treats.

Treacle is living in my ferplast Mary cage, initially I had planned to house her in my mini duna because of her age but everything I wanted to place in the cage just it way to overcrowded. I’m so happy with this decision as she loving all the extra space to run around and burrow in. I am so pleased that I housed Treacle in a different room from Maple when I initially brought her home just so she could settle in before she would be moved into my bedroom – so she was kept away from Maple so she wasn’t exposed to Maple’s nasty bug and she is still healthy and happy – but if anything concerns me she will be taken to the vets just to be on the safe side. Treacle has been a great support during this very difficult time and her cheeky personality has been helping me to smile and laugh which has been very helpful.

This is her current cage set up (photos taken before I brought her home)…


Finally, here is Treacle …

The first 6 photos I took the day of bringing Treacle home, she was a little nervous about her cage but gave everything a good explore …

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Old 09-09-2018, 09:08 AM   #2
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And these next photo I took this afternoon of her demanding treats!!!

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Old 09-09-2018, 09:40 AM   #3
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Oh SKB! I’m so so happy for you! I understand how hard it was to lose your lovely Maple so suddenly, but I’m glad your little friend has been helping you! She is so so cute and her lip makes her very special! I think it is rather a cuteness overload with her lip! I’m so very happy that Treacle has helped you get through this hard time and you have helped her get the life she deserves! That’s so very sweet that she is elderly and is still very active! I’m really looking forward to hearing more about her adventures with you!
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:14 AM   #4
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Wonderful news SKB! I can understand why you kept it until now to let us know. So happy for you. What a big kind heart you have to adopt Treacle and give her such a special home. I love her slightly lopsided look - so endearing.
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Old 09-09-2018, 12:41 PM   #5
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Lovely news SKB! What a lovely little lady Treacle is, I'm so glad to hear you've had her with you during this difficult time, I can understand your worries about her possibly getting ill too & I'm really happy for both of you that she is doing well & that she has such a lovely home now with you now.
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Old 09-09-2018, 01:49 PM   #6
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SKB,
Treacle is a fab little thing, great that she has been with you with all that has gone on with Maple, she sure looks a mischievous little thing.
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:00 PM   #7
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Oh my goodness she is adorable! She looks very happy in her cage and like all your set ups - the cage is amazing!
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Old 09-10-2018, 01:57 PM   #8
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Aww what a little cutey, congratulations skb on adopting Treacle who's got a very cheeky and mischievous face and has so won my heart.
It really angers me when people don't want to pay for vet bills. She's in the kindest hands, yes she's a bit older, but, she will receive unconditional love and care from you. A love she won't have experienced in her previous home.
I love her cage set up and Treacle looks so happy.
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OH my goodness what a cutie patootie! Her lip makes her look super angry She sure does look happy in her cage there!
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:58 AM   #10
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Thank you so much Sasha04, Coco61, cypher, Rads, Serendipity7000, Thin Lizzy and BubbyandHamper for your warmest of welecome to Treacle. She has been a great help to me throughout my grieving - she managed to make me smile with her special personality. I am loving having a Russian again, she made be realise how much I missed having a Russian their is something so special about them despite being smaller than Syrians they have equally as big personalities.

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New Wheel and Alligator Wrestling

Treacle's new wheel has arrived she has a nice wooden cork lined Trixie wheel, that I had been painting with clear plastikote so she hasn't yet got the wheel in her cage as I'm allowing the paint to dry. She will get her new wheel in her cage probably tomorrow as I will have to figure out how to fit it in so it wont fall on her when she burrowing.

Treacle has been enjoying attacking her whimzee alligator - here is some photos of her chewing it up...


I think Treacle is winning the fight!


She is still demanding her daily treats, whenever she see me she rushes over to the door in eager anticipation and doesn't understand the phase "that is all!". So will start to chew the bars to get my attention to give her more and puts on all the charms.

Since Treacle has been home our bond has really grown and we enjoy some cuddles and whisker kisses. Although she only likes to be handled for a short time at the moment as she there is more fun to be had in her cage. The funny little quirk Treacle has is that she is very vocal and make chirping noises as she exploring I must admit did really make me worry at first as I thought she was ill and also she sleep in one of four places - where she will move to different spot throughout the day so it always a guessing game to see where she will emerge from next!

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Quick Question - For those of you who have Russians what treats do other healthy treats can I give her? As it been a long time since I had Russians - Treacle currently get - peanuts, mealworms, flax/linseeds, mealworms, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pistachios plus a few other types of nuts. Which is a varied selection but as she loves her treats I thought I would see what else she could try!
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