I’m sad to report that I came home to the farm on Monday night to find Ralph (my pet gerbil that I’ve had since May 2006 ) dead.

I definitely will miss the little guy. He was so fun to watch as he climbed up the bars of his cage, or when he would chew up toilet paper rolls. He also would take sunflower seeds and yogurt drops from my fingers after he realized that he got more treats if he didn’t bite me.

I probably will get another pet. It was nice having some company when I got home at the end of a long day.