Monday, January 01, 2007
Daisy is only four weeks old. She came home with us today. She is eeny weeny teeny. I'll try to get a photo of her next to our other hamster (that looks ginormous next to her).
One of the things I was thinking about putting on my "weird things meme" is that I am inordinately fond of hamsters. No, I don't care that much for mice or rats, and I really don't like gerbils. Guinea pigs are nice, but I really like hamsters. I cannot go past a pet store without stopping in and checking out the hamster selection.
I owned a series of hamsters from the time I was ten until I moved out to get married at 21. I didn't own a hamster from then until a year and a half ago when we got a brown and white hamster that only lived for about six months. Then we got Peppo, the black and white hamster that shows up here from time to time. We've had her for over a year.
Today, we had to go to Petcetera to replace Hayley's new Betta fish that only lived for three days before going...fungal...ick! While we were picking out the fish and the anti-fungus prevention, I wandered by the small animals to see what they had. And that's when I saw her: a perky little brown and white girl who was frisking around while all her sisters were sleeping away. Love at first sight. Doug was a big pushover, and now we have two hamsters.
We're all allergic to cats and dogs around here, so bigger pets are out of the question. But if there is such a thing as a "hamster whisperer" then I know how to be that. I can hand train them to come to me and to recognize my voice. I know how to gain their trust and calm them down when they're scared. They can even be toilet trained. And they are the gentlest of creatures.