Saturday, September 20, 2008

Gerbil Deathwatch Hot Potato

You may be aware that I'm fond of pet-sitting gerbils. Gerbils. (I had an extra link.)

But no matter how much I love the little guys, I still get nervous that I'm going to unintentionally kill them. Or just preside over their natural death.

(Can you believe how many posts I've written about gerbils? And isn't "gerbil" a funny word? Say it a few times in a row: "Gerbil, gerbil, gerbil, gerbil." It loses all meaning doesn't it? It turns right into gibberish. Or "gerbilish," if you will.)

Nonetheless, Quinn loves his class gerbil, Daisy, so we brought her home this weekend for a visit.


My anxiety about Daisy's survival was upped when the teacher told us at back-to-school night that gerbils live for three years.

And Daisy is three years old.

That's why I signed up to bring her home early in the year. I figure if I bring her home in May, I'm just pushing my luck. It's like we're playing Gerbil Deathwatch Hot Potato and I don't want to be the one caught holding the potato. Which, in this case, would be a dead gerbil.

I'm not going to point fingers, but we all remember who Daisy's predecessor was staying with *cough*Momma Hu*cough* when she kicked the bucket.

(Oh, I guess I did point my finger. I hope Momma Hu stays my friend even after I publicly out her as a gerbil killer the person unfortunate enough to be pet-sitting when the rodent died.)

All weekend long I've been carefully watching Daisy when she sleeps to make sure that she is breathing.

And yesterday, when I saw this, my heart kinda stopped.


Seriously. What kind of gerbil sleeps like that?!

I leaned in close and saw her foot twitching. She lives!

Only 12 more hours to go until I can take her back to school.

Hang in there, Daisy. Hang in there.

EDITED ON MONDAY TO ADD: She made it! I delivered a live gerbil to Quinn's teacher this morning. Thank God.

15 comments:

  1. I also like the word "llama."

    Llama llama llama.

    Hang in there, Daisy.

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  2. Oh, the pressure. I don't know if I could stand it!!

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  3. I am scared. We are signed up to Daisy sit in October...Is that too late...am I in for it...? I hope she makes it back to school for you...and I hope we are as lucky in October.

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  4. You crack me up! I read this post to Craig and I *never* do that!

    Good luck on gerbil duty.

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  5. Ha! Daisy looks pretty cute laying on her side like that.

    Having hamsters was bad enough, don't think I'd borrow trouble and bring home a class pet. You're obviously a much better Mom than I am!

    And very calculating as well, signing up early in the year like that. Pretty smart!

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  6. It was the cheerios! R.I.P. Peanut!

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  7. I love that the Joy of Cooking is keeping the hot potato in the cage.

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  8. is is worse than waiting for Luk & Laura's wedding all those years ago on GH!! Did she make it???

    That Daisy has a real sense of humor playing dead like that! LOL

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  9. Dude, it's not like all gerbils don't look exactly the same and cost $4 at the pet shop down the street.

    xoxo, SG

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  10. Congrats on making it through gerbil deathwatch. Nobody wants to be that mom!

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  11. Yay to the surviving gerbil! Good job, Stimey!

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  12. I would have no experience whatsoever in making a fast-change substitution on a dead hamster.

    None at all.

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  13. I brought home the class hermit crabs for the summer. There were no survivors.

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  14. That is one hilarious post. I am glad the gerbil didn't kick it on your watch.

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  15. Yep, I am not bringing Daisy home again ever. Also, it looks like you have found a great use for the Joy of Cooking.

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