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A hamster's story, as told by its owner.

Pudgy is probably my best friend.  After all, he doesn't tease me or call me names ...

I've had Pudgy since last year.  He is a little over a year old, and he's so adorable: he has golden fur and big, beady black eyes, along with tiny, round ears, a nearly miniscule tail, and long, ever-twitching whiskers.

Pudgy was given to me by my parents on my birthday over a year ago (I was born in December).   They (my parents, not the hamster) could tell that I was having a very hard time in school, with the kids teasing me and all.

I was teased because I am a little person.  Even though I am ten, I look more like four or five.  When I sit behind a desk, I have to use the ones for kindergarten kids because the regular ones are way too big for me.  I have to have a stool that I can put my feet on because my feet don't reach the floor.  

I sometimes still get teased now, but back in September, when school started, all of the students had to take a "disabilities awareness" class, so they could see what it was like to live with different disabilities.  It was very interesting, not to mention, eye-opening.  I had to pretend that I was blind: I hd to wear a blindfold over my eyes for several hours, and I learned what people who are visually impaired have to go through to do just about everything.

I am not blind, but that was the "disability" I picked, and so I had to pretend I was blind.  I see perfectly fine.  

Anyway, back to my story.  Pudgy listens to me when I talk to him.  As he does so, he likes to run around on his wheel.  He loves to eat hamster snacks and greens (lettuce and carrots are his favorite), run up and down my arm, annoy the cat (we don't let the cat or Pudgy play together for long; I'm always scared the cat will end up eating Pudgy because the cat could think that Pudgy is a mouse), and watch tv (he likes "Sponge-Bob Square Pants" the best).  He hates talent shows like "America's Got Talent" and "American Idol"; bad singers annoy him to no end!

Ever since I've had Pudgy in my life, people treat me better, and the same applies to the school kids having to take the disabilities awareness class.  They know some things are hard for me, and whenever I have trouble, they (and my parents as well) help me.  Pudgy has been one of the best things in my life, and I am so glad I have him!!  

Pudgy is my bestest pal.  Pudgy ROCKS!!!!

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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/15/2011
Don't know how I missed this charmer ... I'm sorry! Excellent story, Karen, well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 4/14/2011
As always,Karen, a character and a situation we can believe in.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 4/13/2011
Awesome story Karen, thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/13/2011
Great story, Karen.

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