|Posted on April 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
I've had a busy but enjoyable weekend trip to the Houten show in the Netherlands. It's held in a large exhibition centre where reptile enthusiasts meet to find new animals and there's the opportunity to exhibit rodents too.
I once again decided not to take any of my hamsters to show as I travel by minibus so it's rather a long round-trip, therefore on Saturday afternoon I gave my creatures a final check over and made sure they were all fed and watered (and bab...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
The end of February is almost upon us and the month's theme has been old hamsters and losses.
In the past four weeks I've lost four creatures: two Chinese (Gavroche and Cosmo), one Roborovski (Kiki) and one mouse (Pax). Unfortunately one of the Chinese and the mouse were youngsters, being 11 and 5 months old respectively. As sad as I am when it's an oldie, it seems less fair when a small furry has such a short time. It's at times like this that having understanding friends is invaluable...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
Time flies! It's 2013 already and so many 'baby' Vectis hamsters are now 18 months or older. Some sad times to come, no doubt over the next few months. Still, exciting times to come too as I hope to build on the achievements of 2012 and continue to work towards getting black-eyed white Chinese hamsters more established in the UK. The first Vectis litter of 2013 has already arrived to help with this aim.
My New Year's resolution is to post at least one blog post per month, so keep checki...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM||comments (0)|
The Hamster Room is now mostly finished - the new bin cages were made last weekend and the hamsters moved in two weeks ago. All that's left is to hang the pictures on the walls! It's lovely to keep tidy with the laminate floor and much easier to access the hams in their new cages.
Since it's been finished I seem to ha...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM||comments (0)|
October is usually a busy month here at Vectis as it's AGM season for the hamster clubs. I have been at shows for the last three weekends so am just starting to catch myself up again. Now I'm just a committee member for Southern Hamster Club rather than an official, I have found I have a little more time and have embarked on creating a hamster room.
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|Posted on September 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
September has been a month of highs and lows in the Vectis household already.
It started out with the promise of baby Syrians and all the signs were good. Lympy grew rounder and was acting pregnant ... but no babies arrived. A trip to the vet and she was diagnosed with a phantom pregnancy. This failed to settle and Lympy became larger and less well. A further trip to the vet and it was clear that the phantom pregnancy had become a pyometra. Lympy was admitted to the vets ove...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
July has got off to a good start with babies in the nest! Raven and Persil: Small but Mighty had a litter overnight between 30th June and 1st July. Raven's keeping them close to her chest so I don't know how many there are, but I expect them to be all normal Chinese. An anxious wait until 14th July!
I'm working on my black-eyed white Chinese and hope to have my first litter where BEWs are a possibility in 3 weeks. Paws crossed for Bonchurch and Ryde. I've also drafted a prop...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
June has had it's up and downs here at Vectis.
We had some fabulous results at the three shows, winning the normal and dominant spot Chinese classes at Romsey, Andover and Cardiff! Angel received two more Certificates of Merit, and Eponine won her first. We also came 1st, 3rd and 4th in the show at Cardiff, with Angel winning her second Best in Show.
Unfortunately we also said goodbye to two Vectis residents: LMK Magenta and Lani. LMK Magenta, usually called Genta, was a dark grey...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
As a little reward to myself after Hereford's fab results, I treated myself to a website upgrade.You may notice a few adjustments to existing pages, such as correcting of spelling errors and separating various hamster care, show and litter information. The breeding and genetics sections are a work in progress over the next few months. There is also a rehoming application form!
I've added a few more pages, including the testimonials and reinstating this blog and contact us form. If ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 28, 2012 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
The Vectis hams had an amazing day at the Hereford show. Not only did Angel win the second Best in Show for Vectis in 2012, but Seven also won Reserve Best in Show. Altogether the gang won all three classes that I entered hamsters into! Both Angel and Seven got Certificates of Merit - Angel's 6th and Seven's 2nd.
As a treat, all the show crew had baby food when they were tucked back into their cages, with the rest of the Vectis hams getting it later. My treat was signing up to get more ...Read Full Post »