Amy Paben

Amy Paben

I live in western Oregon with my husband. We have two grown children, and two wonderful grandchildren, William and Eleanor. We share our home with three indoor cats, four degus, three llamas, and a plethora of gerbils.

I had my first pair of gerbils in 1971-1972. I didn’t get back into gerbils until after my children’s hamsters passed away sometime around 1997. They wanted something less boring and more active. Of course! Gerbils! After checking out the Internet for information and discovering all the new colors, gerbil genetics and breeding became my passion. I was on the Gerbil Mailing List and joined the AGS when it began in 1998. I served on the original Committee. In the fall of 1999 my gerbil population reached its peak at 123, and I scaled back considerably. I still enjoyed my gerbils, but took some time off from actively breeding and from being active in the AGS.

After a few years I joined the AGS again. I started attending AGS Shows-going to the 2004 Midwest Show and the 2005 Northeast Show. I volunteered at the Midwest Show with Health Inspections and assisted the Judges at the Northeast Show. I have previously served on the Ethics Committee. I attend the NE Show almost every year. I am a certified AGS Judge, and frequently volunteer as a Health Inspector whenever I can. I am currently serving the AGS Board as Treasurer.

My kennel, Gerbils NW, has a varying population of gerbils-sometimes more, sometimes less. My focus is on keeping my gerbils well, happy, and healthy. I want to contribute so that the AGS continues to develop and grow. I learned so many things ‘the hard way’ when I first had pet gerbils. To have the AGS available to educate, assist and support those who love and care for gerbils is my goal.

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