Maggie took second! I don't know if he (yes, Maggie is a boy) felt the thrill of victory, but I did: We won a big bag of Kaytee Hamster Food worth $9. I like a pet that pays its own way.
Who took third? Well . . . no one. A fellow with a gray-and-white rat wanted to race, but hadn't followed the Petco Training Tips and Schedule, which clearly states that ball work should have begun on February 28. In a ball for the first time, the rat promptly emptied her bladder in fear. Her owner bowed out.
Tonight I'll rip open the bag of treats and give Maggie extra corn, her favorite. And I imagine the two little red-headed boys will have put together Pinkie's new cage by the time she wakes up.
Victory is sweet—and crunchy.