Today, God showed up and answered the prayers of a crying little girl. After 4 days missing we found our escaped gerbil and our little girl couldn't beam any brighter. My husband and I are absolutely shocked as to how this all played out.
Our house is a story and a half. Our little girl's room is located on the second floor. This gerbil must have like a bazillion lives for here's everything this animal had to overcome. First and foremost, it had to figure out a way to get out of its cage...that was from a hole on the top (we have since tape shut). Then it had to fall 4 1/2 feet from the top of a desk, make its way down 19 steps (all hardwood, I might add), past the dog's bed...which sleeps basically at the foot of the stairs, down 12 more steps (which leads to the basement), all the while NOT waking up or disturbing the dog. We found her behind a playhouse in the middle of the play area. And let me be the first to say...
...gerbils are so incredibly fast. We had her cornered twice with four people surrounding her and she still ran past us. Finally we were able to get her into her cage and I can safely tell you that upstairs right now I have 3 kids (our oldest sleeps in a large room in the basement) and two gerbils fast asleep. Trust me...I definitely did a head count.
One gerbil found...mission accomplished.