Andover last month was a rather strange day for Metallica Hamstery as it was one of the very few shows that I had done since starting showing in 2015 where Lord James was not part of the show team.
James was Metallica Hamstery’s first and for quite a while, was my only show hamster and he has usually been a reliable show hamster, coming home with at least one placing at most shows.
He brought home Metallica Hamstery’s first Best In Show in July 2016, an achievement I didn’t think the hamstery would see so early in my showing career. Holder of two Certificates of Merit and an NHC Diploma, he didn’t quite make that third Certificate needed to make him a Champion before an incident with his teeth led to his retirement in May. Although it was originally thought that his teeth would grow back this looks less promising as time goes on and I decided that it would be for the best to retire him rather than hope for something that becomes increasingly unlikely.
James was paired recentely to a new arrival at Metallica and I’m now hoping that the couple have made some nice pups to help continue on with James’s showing legacy.