As a child, my little brother (pictured above) and
I believed that our pet hamster Hammie controlled
an interdimensional portal between Earth and wherever
Hammie lived (we never asked).
I swear to God - Hammie the Hamster lived for a good six or seven years. But it felt like she was always around. She lived from like 1989 to God knows when - how many times did we release her into the yard to nibble - and store! - clover?
You see - Hammie was a magical creature.
My younger brother and I created our own made-up mythology - partly based on Noozles - an animated series that ran on the children's cable television network Nickelodeon - the show featured hidden portals and an interdimensional wizard koala that ends up in our world. Instead of koalas, my brother and I made Hammie the star!
Hence the longevity. And the adoration.