** Steve enjoyed writing about his rabbit last week, so he decided he would like to write about a different one of our pets each week to post on the blog. This week is our gerbil’s turn. We have had several pet gerbils over the years, but I would have to say that this one has been the most handsome.
This is Achilles. He is a gerbil, and he’s getting very old and not getting any younger, so I chose to write about him today. He has very shiny black fur, but it is starting to lose it’s shine, and it’s turning gray.
We got him from a pet store called Two Turtles, and we actually thought something was wrong with him at first because he was laying there like something was wrong. Turns out that’s just how he lays down when he’s being really lazy; he does it all the time. On the car ride home he chewed the bottom out of the box, so we had to flip the box so the bottom was in the air.
He never really eats treats, but he LOVES carrots and broccoli. He chews like crazy and makes crazy tunnels and burrows. It’s interesting seeing him make the burrows and tunnels and seeing how they turn out.
Recently the water bottle fell off because it has sticky stuff that holds it to the side of the cage. All of the dust in the air from his chewing cardboard must have caused it to wear off, so now we just use a water bowl for him, but he’s always kicking bedding into it, so I have to change the water 2 or 3 times a day.