Thoughts on Starting Showing

I entered my first hamster show with some trepidation, but secretly hoping my hamster would be the best; I’d read the standard and couldn’t see much difference between that and my little Sparky. She was bottom of the show with 62.5 points and a ‘please see judge’ on her pen label! I got some good kind…

Travels with Hamsters

My small furries and I have travelled many miles over the years. Our shortest journeys are the 15 minutes or so to the vet surgery; the longest has been between Holland and Southampton via Dover. How I keep the hamsters safe and comfortable on their journeys is similar regardless of number or distance. Often the vet trips…

Industrial Hamster Education!

On the day after the Andover show, the hamsters and I were out and about again. We went with Doric Hamstery to the Bursledon Brickwork Museum in Hampshire to put on an educational display on behalf of the Southern Hamster Club. The day’s theme was a country fair so the hamsters had been invited to…

Skin Splits in Chinese Hamsters

In recent months I’ve had several people asking me about cuts that have mysteriously appeared on the necks of their Chinese hamsters with no apparent cause. I thought I’d write something about them as they’re something I’ve encountered over the years and seem to be well known about by Chinese hamster owners, although not much…