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Hamster #2 For Teischan (11).

by Anura Guruge

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Teischan wanted, very badly, a hamster for Christmas 2016. Since we were going away right after Christmas it was agreed that we would get the hamster when we got back. And that we did — on January 4, 2017.

She wanted a teddy bear hamster and we eventually found one she liked, albeit female as opposed to the male that she thought would be better, at Petco in Manchester, NH. She named it Rebel.

Rebel was spoilt. The dogs adored her — as they had done the rabbits. She had two cages and lot of toys. Teischan spent time with her everyday. Her cage was brought up to my office every night so that she would have human company for a longer period during the nocturnal hours that she was awake.

Everything was going well. On Saturday, April 22, 2017 we were going to Maine for the day. We got up early. Rebel who had been fine at 1am that morning when I went to bed was ill, very ill. It was sudden and unexpected. No signs of illness or distress prior to this. It was pretty obvious that she was dying! We were willing to cancel the trip. But, Teischan wanted to go.

When we got back Rebel was dead. I had to check.

She had been with us 108 days, just over 3 months.

We were all cut-up. This was so unexpected. I did a fair amount of research to try and understand what had happened. I am still none the wiser.

At first Teischan was saying she didn’t want another hamster till the Summer. I knew that that would change. And it did, last week.

Again, I was on the phone calling up pet stores.

The same Petco that we bought Rebel yet again came up trumps.

We went on Thursday, May 11, 2017 to look at the four teddy bear hamsters they had at the store. Teischan picked this one. She named it ‘Treble’ not because of the meaning BUT because it rhymed with ‘Rebel’ — and it is ‘rebel’ with a ‘T’ in front.

So, that is the story. I really hope this one stays with us for a few years rather than a few months. They are not expensive, compared to dogs, BUT I still hate to see any animals die.

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by Anura Guruge

Teischan (10) Gets A Hamster — Delayed Christmas Present.

by Anura Guruge

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Ever since we lost the last of our 3 dwarf bunnies in September Teischan has been going on about wanting a hamster. Having two active, playful dogs was not enough. She wanted a critter that she could hold in her hands and Braxton, at 47lbs, was past that stage.

After much wrangling it was finally agreed that she would get one for ‘Christmas’. But, it couldn’t be Christmas per se since we were going to ‘Mohegan Sun’ for a 4-night mini-vacation, straight after, and hamsters need a bonding period.

So it was agreed that we would get it early in the new year. I started calling up local Petco stores to find out when they were getting their new shipment of hamsters. Concord Petco, the best for us, was getting their delivery today — at noon. So we actually took Teischan out of school, at 2pm, so that she could get there at a reasonable time. I got her there by 2:40pm.

She wanted a Teddy Bear Hamster. They had 4, but they were all female. Teischan wanted a boy.

So, I opted to take her to the Petco in Manchester, 20 minutes away.

They had a boy BUT Teischan didn’t like it! It did look a bit sickly. So, I was going to try other pet stores. But then Teischan changed her mind. She decided she would get a CUTE female instead.

And that is what we did. Not sure she has a name as yet. It was, I think, going to be ‘Teddy‘ (as in Roosevelt), for the boy. She did inform me that the girl could still be ‘Teddy’. I guess she is right.

I had to widen one of her shelves by 4″ to safely accommodate the cage — with zero risk of it tipping over. Had to stop at ‘Home Depot‘ and buy some wood. Also added a 3/4″ lip to be doubly safe. All screwed down. So the cage is safe. Another is on the way — since I gather they like multiple habitats. We are good on the toy department. I had done some Christmas shopping on that front, on Amazon, for Christmas.

So we now have 2 dogs, 1 hamster and 1 betta fish.

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by Anura Guruge

Filligar — This Band Should Go Far. We Saw Them At Dartmouth’s HopFest On July 20, 2012. Very Impressed.

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Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge


These boys (slightly older than my oldest daughter) should do very well. Outstanding personalities. Their parents should be so proud. Three of them, two of them twins, are brothers; the twins Teddy and Pete, and younger by 2 year, Johnny Mathias. They, along with their childhood buddy, Casey Gibson, who make up the quartet, all hail from Chicago, though they now spend a fair amount of time in L.A., the place to be when you are on the cusp of making it big.

Their music was loud, vibrant, vivid and pulsed to an irresistible beat. Not the music I normally listen to, but I can appreciate the contemporariness of it. The kids definitely gave them 2 thumbs up and thought they were the BEST group of the day. Who am I to disagree? They are the new experts.

Given that their merchandise table was right behind me while I was doing my 3-hour Information Booth shift, I got to talk with some of them; with Johnny in particular. Boy, was I impressed. All three brothers are Dartmouth graduates, and it shows. Johnny graduated just 2 years ago, with a degree in history, majoring in American-Arab relations. I am sure that there are a couple of 3 letter agencies in D.C. who would love to offer him a job.

I have to confess that I have always, since my late teens in the late 60s, been bit of a groupie. I used to follow Steeleye Span and Lindisfarne around the U.K. — lucky enough to have a job (with ITT Data Systems, as their UK Customer Support Manager) that enabled to me travel the country on official business during the day. More recently, Deanna and I got a chance to meet and spend some time with Alison Krauss and Union Station. Also during my 20 years of attending the NH Highland GamesI have had the chance to talk with members of many an upcoming band.

The Mathias brothers, especially Johnny, the most down-to-earth, unassuming ‘superstars’ I have had the privilege of talking to. They were great. Realistic, good heads on their shoulders. They even made their own tie-dyed Filligar T-shirts to sell to their growing band of fans. I wish them well. They deserve it.

I see that their Wikipedia entry says this about the name of their band: They invented the name Filligar (based on the Mathias brothers’ sister’s childhood pet).

I did not know the origins of the name, and given my noted interest in names asked Johnny about what it meant. He gave me a longer, more detailed and awfully cute explanation. Their sister is a ‘few years’ older than them. A ‘long time ago’, in Chicago, at a fair she won a goldfish. She wanted to name it after the cat, Figaro, in Pinocchio. The name, however, came out (as is the wont with kids) ‘Filligar’. Isn’t that cute. I like their sister. Wanting to name a goldfish after a cat shows an interesting line of thought. These kids have good genes. It made my day.

So … here is to … Filligar. We wish them all the very best.

Filligar on YouTube. Click to play YouTube video.

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