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crisp1202 Seven thanksgiving dinners wrapped in burritos. #murrica 2d

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crisp1202 Normally I'd say it's too early to be thinking about Christmas. I'll let this slide though. 5d

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crisp1202 Looking forward to checking out the ice rink in front of here soon 6d

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crisp1202 So many lights. So many colors. 1w

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crisp1202 If rainy days were a house... 2w

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crisp1202 Shadow selfie 2w

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crisp1202 #locustwalk gets prettier every day it seems 3w

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crisp1202 Love it. 3w

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crisp1202 Scenes from a west philly overpass 4w

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  •   crisp1202 Everyone, meet these two beautiful babies! #chinchillas 4w
  •   decemberjam zomg 4w
  •   littleshoppeofhappy Oh my goodness! I've never seen one! What are they like? Do they bite? I know they must feel scrumptiously cuddly. @crisp1202 4w
  •   crisp1202 That's the best part. They don't bite! They had kind of a rough first day and escaped on me but after I chased them around the room (probably terrifying them) their first instinct was to nuzzle in my arm. But their coat is incredibly soft. There's nothing that I can compare it to other than microfiber. @littleshoppeofhappy 4w
  •   littleshoppeofhappy Awww, that's so cool. I knew they had to have great coats... I remember back in the day people used to raise them for their coats. I don't know if that means literally their hides... probably so, which makes me shudder. But I've been trying to think of a small, "portable" pet that would be easy to care for and easy to find a keeper for if needed. We have a sweet, spoiled lil old Lhasa Apso who's almost 15. He has some health issues and I'm trying to accept that he probably won't be with us for a long time. My husband's about to retire and taking another dog or cat would be hard and kind of unfair to the pet because we expect to be traveling a good bit. But I hate the idea of not having any little cuddly furry life form around. It sounds like a couple chinchillas could come along in their cage pretty easily. And it should be easier (and less expensive) to get boarding/sitters when they can't come along. I thought of Guinea Pigs, but I'm kinda scared of them. What's your take on it? Good pets for such a scenario? Are they smelly? How often do their cages need cleaning? What kinds of things do they need? Like, I seem to recall Guineas or Hamsters liking to have things like toilet paper rolls to tear up for "nesting." What do they eat? Geeez... I know I'm bombarding you with questions that I could easily google, but there's nothing like getting the scoop from someone with real experience. I truly appreciate you taking time to answer my plethora of questions. 4w
  •   crisp1202 Aw I love Lhasa Apsos. Chinchillas are best in pairs, they seem like they're very easy to transport, and they don't smell as long as you clean out the cage once a week and give them a dust bath. The nesting and food were found at petco. Most pet stores even have dedicated chinchilla sections now so it's made it a lot easier. I found my chinchillas on Craigslist and got two females so that I don't have to worry about them breeding. It's been a great experience so far. @littleshoppeofhappy 4w
  •   littleshoppeofhappy Chris, thank you SO MUCH for all the info! You're just awesome! Yeah, Lhasa's are great... super smart, totally loyal, and just a wee bit stubborn. We love our Buddy... Got him as a rescue when he was just one. With our daughters all grown now, he's all that keeps us from truly being "empty nesters." ️ We never thought of changing his name when we got him and I'm glad we didn't because it totally suits him... he's really my "buddy," following me like a lil creamy-colored shadow all day. As long as he's near me, he's happy. Smart move in getting two female Chinchillas - the mating had occurred to me. It really sounds like they'll be a good choice when the time comes. Thanks again for your help! 4w

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