The holidays were a lonely time for one little gerbil. He was all alone in a cage at our St. Paul facility, while all the other gerbils waiting to be adopted were bunched together. Then, Jamie came along and saw how cute the gerbil looked all curled up in his nest. She felt sorry for him because he was all alone. So, Jamie took him home and named him “Claws”, short for Santa Claus, since it was right around that time of the year.
That was about a year ago. Now, Claws is full of joy all year round. He has the life any gerbil would envy: he runs on his wheel, loves carrots and lettuce, and even started eating broccoli, which he really likes. And, while he doesn't have a sleigh or any reindeer, he does jet around the house in a plastic ball. And, he is a talented builder. He creates such an impressive, cave-like structure in the corner of the cage that you can’t even see him once he ducks into the tunnel leading to his nest. Claws seems perfectly happy on his own, but Jamie is thinking of going back to adopt a friend for him. If the new gerbil is a female, maybe Jamie could name her “Mrs. Claws”.
Photography courtesy of Laurie Schneider Photography. For information on pet portraits visit http://www.lschneider.com/.