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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Humphrey on my Lap

Last week when I left to work for the weekend, Elle talked her dad into a hamster. FYI, hamsters are noisy and messy and they are masters of getting out of their cages. They will then find a place to hide out for the day and sleep. I call it "the rodent" but I have to admit, the little guy is a totally great pet! It has a little personality and it's active, and likes to climb on you, and it's smart. I can appreciate that, even in a rodent.

We have a Yorkie-pom, which is essentially a terrier bred to seek and destroy such critters, but other than a little jealously, they get along fine. We put the hamster in her ball and Fiona loves to follow it around. Her tail wags and she's delighted to have a playmate. And the Humphrey the hamster is smart enough to know Fiona is not a plaything without the ball, and he can find a very small dogless place to hide out during the day.

The best part is the hamster got rid of TWO fish tanks for me as a trade bargain. So I only have two left. Four kids, two fish tanks, one hamster and a dog. I'm not really an animal person, but I'm quickly turning into one. I draw the line at a horse though. Did you ever become a pet owner by default? I know I left my parents with Honey Bunny, a giant French lop when I got married.
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At 10:45 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Oh, my. Don't think I could have a hamster running through my house! LOL Glad you're all getting along though.

Years ago I got a devious, evil, Cocker Spaniel by default. Hubby said he would take care of Logan, then he got a job that required him to travel 4 days a week, and Evil Doggie didn't like me or anyone else who wasn't Kevin. We finally adopted him out after he'd bitten our baby boys twice.

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

My parents have cockers and they are not great with kids. Their dog is really good with my kids, but not good with other people's kids. It growls, etc. Glad you got rid of that one, nothing worse than having a dog attached to someone else who lets you know it. LOL

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Oh, did I. When our youngest was in 4th grade, he came home just before summer break, saying the classroom cockatiel needed a home. He wanted me to write a note for him.

Not wanting my son to hate me over this AND figuring there were 36 kids in his classroom, what were the chances? I wrote it.

I was the ONLY parent who wrote. That free bird cost me $80 in a cage, and that was 24 years ago.

But in the end, we loved that bird. It used to do a mating dance for the hubs, who it adored. It also laid an egg! Imagine that. Obviously, it never hatched, lacking a daddy bird, but it was very entertaining.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh my gosh, that's a HUGE commitment, don't they live forever Ane? My daughter came home with a class crawfish once. LOL

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

That is adorable, Kris. I love little animals. I had guinea pigs in my early twenties. Not by default, though. All four of our cats, of course, as I've mentioned, are by default, but I think they're an answer to prayer. Little blessings that are a huge nuisance, but still...lovable. I'm certainly NEVER alone, even when I want to be. But with cats, unlike kids, I can close the sunroom door and leave them inside, noses pressed to the glass, trying to make me feel guilty.

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humphrey is so adorable!! I would LOVE to have one of those but he'd be dinner for my cat, unfortunately! :(

At 1:26 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

I used to call hamsters "rodents" too until our son left his miniature one (2 1/2 inches long as an adult!) with us when he moved to be near his his wife. "Junior" lived in a fish tank and ran on his wheel every waking moment. He liked his ball but we used it only when we needed to clean his cage. (One day the ball opened and Junior was free...only to be scared witless by the big, cruel world. When DH tried to catch him, Junior literally ran into his hand!) Anyway, we had Junior until he died of old age. That little "rodent" had wiggled his way so deep into our hearts that we have not been able to get another hamster since.

At 1:23 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Ruthie, I LOVE that story. I read it to my daughter. Thanks for sharing that, so sweet!!

At 11:25 AM, Blogger CJsKidsClub said...

LOL My mom is now an unintentional pet-person. I started rescuing cats when I was a kid and am a total animal lover.

After my relationship with my son's father failed, I ran home to mom. With my pets. We discovered my son has my "thing" for animals when he started brining the wild cats inside. LOL

Dogs, cats, lizards (including a bearded dragon), parakeets, fish, chickens ... We've had them all and love to volunteer to help them. CJ wanted a corn snake and some funny rats (their antics on the wheel were hysterical) but I had to draw the line somewhere.

We're eyeballing some horses now that we're back on the ranch. LOL


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