A True Tale of Ailing Gerbils and Decluttering
There was the whole house to declutter,
Sorting things and bits of schmutter
into rubbish and recycling.
"That's too good to throw away.
We can list it soon on Ebay.
These are for the charity -
They collect, I think, on Thursday."
Okay, now the house is tidy
But we haven't done our shopping,
And that gerbil's not been hopping
much; I hope she isn't ill.
Christmas Eve, the vets are busy,
So we're in a proper tizzy
In case Sandy needs a pill.
We can bring her right away;
Don't care what we have to pay.
We'll do the shopping later.
In the vet's, a longish wait, a
She finds no contamination
and prescribes a probiotic
To put in Sandy's water.
Now I have a happy daughter,
For her gerbil's out of danger
(According to this stranger.)
Three days of adding powder
To the poorly rodent's drinkie.
When she tries it, she is "winky"*
But she still looks rather frail
From her nose down to her tail.
Sunflower seeds she leaves uneaten,
And we fear that we are beaten.
But we feed her lots of treats
Frozen peas, sprout leaves, (no sweets.)
Then, on Sunday afternoon
We almost fall down in a swoon,
when Sandy eats a Cheerio,
Then another - what d'you know?
"Gerbil doughnuts" - a lifesaver
And she seems to like each flavour.
Now she gnaws and digs and scurries
Happy end to gerbil worries!
*Trivia: gerbils wink when they're happy - especially when they are eating something they enjoy.