Hellooo everyone! This is Baggins the gerbil.
Guess what? Guess what? Guess what?
I'm having one of those birthday things today!
I'm three human years old today. For gerbils that's like being an old man. I'm not ready to slow down just yet though, and am still enthusiastically playing and digging, just like I've done since I was a very young gerbil.
Well, there was that time I slowed down for a while when I was upset about losing my gerbil brother, Bilbo, last year. But that didn't last long. Plus, even though I miss him terribly, I try not to think about that. I can't help it today, of course, since it would have been Bilbo's birthday today too. But I'm trying to enjoy my special day, despite not having my brother here to share it with me.
The human caretakers are doing a great job at helping with that, since they've already given me a special birthday nibble. I'm also pretty sure I heard something mentioned about cheese being on the menu later, which is the best news a gerbil could get on his birthday, if you ask me. Of course, if they want to throw in a frosted Shreddy or two, or maybe a berry, that would be just fine with me, and would certainly go a long way to helping me enjoy my special day... Just saying.
P.S. I really do miss you, Bilbo, and wish you could be here to share all the great nibbles with me.