Silver-tipped Chinchilla, Gustave Augustus the First is a very long-winded name for a beautiful ball of fluffy white nylon. I just call him Gus.
Fluffy white nylon is exactly what he becomes when his coat is fully grown – complete with lots of knots. With our sub-tropical climate this is totally impractical and he gets clipped at the start of every summer. He’s actually very slender then and looks delightfully funny with a very narrow small body and a full tail, fluffy boots and a wide semi-mane around his face – it’s a clip called the Lion Clip. The painting shows him with his coat half-grown back.
Gus was born for no other reason than to be beautiful, because he doesn’t do much else. Eats and sleeps – that’s it! He’s not fond of cuddles so picking him up for a hug is a waste of time – he just squirms frantically to break free.
However – I love beautiful things anyway and with his sweet nature he has a well deserved place in my heart.