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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hamster Dance

The Man lost.

That's right. He lost. And we won. How did that happen? Well, remember how I didn't get the birthday present I really wanted and how we don't have a dog or really any pets to speak of (and NO, fish don't count) because the Man didn't like 'em? That ended yesterday.

For months, Boo has begged and pleaded, plotted and planned, asking for a hamster. We had her learn about hamsters. She took notes. We told her she had to pay for half. She filled her piggy bank. We said there would be rules. She even agreed to the consequences. And while I had been willing to wait for my pets, she wasn't.

So yesterday was Hamster Day.

I picked her up from school and we headed to the pet store. On the way, I explained to her that there were two other pet stores within driving distance, so if they didn't have the hamster she had been dreaming of, it would be easy to go to the next place. (Ironic how I was explaining how she didn't have to settle, given that she had already proved just how much she won't do that.)

The pet store girl took out the different cages of hamsters and let her hold whichever one she wanted. In the last cage, she found him.


He's a Fancy Hamster and at the moment, his name is Peanut, short for Super Chunky Peanut Butter. Also called Guy. (He's not really striped. That's just the sun and my lack of camera skills.)


And about a minute after I took this picture, he bit her. She cried, put him back in his cage, and watched him lovingly through the bars. *sigh* Every little girl needs a hamster.

And I hope she doesn't get mad that I will totally sneak into her room and play with him while she's at school.

And I'm really glad she didn't get the little white one...that thing had beady red eyes and I think it wanted to slit my throat in my sleep.

What pet advice do you have for Boo?
Or if you don't have any, what pet do you want?

14 comments:

stewbert said...

How fun! We had gerbils. They had lots of babies.

Don't get a second one. That's my advice.

Oh, other advice: Don't let aunts/grandpas evict the hamster to the garage due to stench and "forget" to feed it while you're in the hospickle for any reason. They die and then you have to deal with the fall out when the aunts/grandpas go home. lol

Me (aka Danielle) said...

Fun! I had a hamster as a little girl! My best advice, don't convince yourself that your little pet needs a friend. I tried that...two is not better than one. Especially if they fight. Awkward.

MommyJ said...

Agreed... one hamster is plenty. My son had a hamster. It lived FOREVER. They told us at the pet store to expect about a two year life expectancy, and since ours was just under a year old, to plan on one year more. THREE years later, the poor thing finally died. It was the oldest, slowest hamster I've ever seen. It was fun though... a good starter pet for the kids.

TheOneTrueSue said...

Hamsters are evil. I cannot be UNconvinced of this.

Thanks for putting up the Service Soapbox button :)

Tipi said...

My advice: Play with it every day!
If you don't it will start biting and stuff...do you have a hamster book? 4H has a pocket pets program that she might be able to join if you have 4H in your area. Enjoy it!
thanks now I miss Special and Dude :( and Monkey Face and Dandruff...

Nat said...

How funny! Our cat's name is Peanut Butter! We also have a dog, but sadly, his name is NOT Peanut Butter.

Cheryl said...

Congrats Boo! Just remember to feed little PB and change his cage often so it dosen't stink up your room :) Have fun playing with PB

Jessica said...

I won't let my children see this post because sadly they will never have a pet-Dru is allergic to anything hairy and actually both of us are more and more convinced every day that we don't want any animals of any sorts! My poor children will be deprived forever, but I am convinced they will live and hate me for it the rest of their lives! :)

Rupper Family said...

My advice? Buy some Scentsy products!

Rupper Family said...

My advice? Buy some Scentsy products!

Debi said...

I looked to see if Kristie left any advice. Since she didn't, I will tell you the advice she would give. She would say to tell Boo to be sure to FEED her hamster or it will die. Kristie can tell you the rest of the story. :)

Amber said...

Put a lock on the cage so little brothers can't sneak in to look at the hamster and leave the cage unlatched letting the hamster roam the house while the family is gone for 8 hours and comes home to spend the next 4 hours looking for said hamster...

Erin said...

So, I seriously want to know - one month from now, or two months from now - does the cage stink? And does the room where he resides stink? I don't really WANT a pet in our house, but my kids do, and I think it may (may being the operative word) teach them responsibility.

Tipi said...

Erin, start with fish! A smal tank, like a 2.5 gal and a Betta make a great start if you want to teach responsibility.

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