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 thoughts on “Gerbil Deathwatch Hot Potato

  1. 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.

  2. 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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