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Hamster #2 For Teischan (11).

by Anura Guruge

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Teischan wanted, very badly, a hamster for Christmas 2016. Since we were going away right after Christmas it was agreed that we would get the hamster when we got back. And that we did — on January 4, 2017.

She wanted a teddy bear hamster and we eventually found one she liked, albeit female as opposed to the male that she thought would be better, at Petco in Manchester, NH. She named it Rebel.

Rebel was spoilt. The dogs adored her — as they had done the rabbits. She had two cages and lot of toys. Teischan spent time with her everyday. Her cage was brought up to my office every night so that she would have human company for a longer period during the nocturnal hours that she was awake.

Everything was going well. On Saturday, April 22, 2017 we were going to Maine for the day. We got up early. Rebel who had been fine at 1am that morning when I went to bed was ill, very ill. It was sudden and unexpected. No signs of illness or distress prior to this. It was pretty obvious that she was dying! We were willing to cancel the trip. But, Teischan wanted to go.

When we got back Rebel was dead. I had to check.

She had been with us 108 days, just over 3 months.

We were all cut-up. This was so unexpected. I did a fair amount of research to try and understand what had happened. I am still none the wiser.

At first Teischan was saying she didn’t want another hamster till the Summer. I knew that that would change. And it did, last week.

Again, I was on the phone calling up pet stores.

The same Petco that we bought Rebel yet again came up trumps.

We went on Thursday, May 11, 2017 to look at the four teddy bear hamsters they had at the store. Teischan picked this one. She named it ‘Treble’ not because of the meaning BUT because it rhymed with ‘Rebel’ — and it is ‘rebel’ with a ‘T’ in front.

So, that is the story. I really hope this one stays with us for a few years rather than a few months. They are not expensive, compared to dogs, BUT I still hate to see any animals die.

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Teischan (10) Gets A Hamster — Delayed Christmas Present.

by Anura Guruge

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Ever since we lost the last of our 3 dwarf bunnies in September Teischan has been going on about wanting a hamster. Having two active, playful dogs was not enough. She wanted a critter that she could hold in her hands and Braxton, at 47lbs, was past that stage.

After much wrangling it was finally agreed that she would get one for ‘Christmas’. But, it couldn’t be Christmas per se since we were going to ‘Mohegan Sun’ for a 4-night mini-vacation, straight after, and hamsters need a bonding period.

So it was agreed that we would get it early in the new year. I started calling up local Petco stores to find out when they were getting their new shipment of hamsters. Concord Petco, the best for us, was getting their delivery today — at noon. So we actually took Teischan out of school, at 2pm, so that she could get there at a reasonable time. I got her there by 2:40pm.

She wanted a Teddy Bear Hamster. They had 4, but they were all female. Teischan wanted a boy.

So, I opted to take her to the Petco in Manchester, 20 minutes away.

They had a boy BUT Teischan didn’t like it! It did look a bit sickly. So, I was going to try other pet stores. But then Teischan changed her mind. She decided she would get a CUTE female instead.

And that is what we did. Not sure she has a name as yet. It was, I think, going to be ‘Teddy‘ (as in Roosevelt), for the boy. She did inform me that the girl could still be ‘Teddy’. I guess she is right.

I had to widen one of her shelves by 4″ to safely accommodate the cage — with zero risk of it tipping over. Had to stop at ‘Home Depot‘ and buy some wood. Also added a 3/4″ lip to be doubly safe. All screwed down. So the cage is safe. Another is on the way — since I gather they like multiple habitats. We are good on the toy department. I had done some Christmas shopping on that front, on Amazon, for Christmas.

So we now have 2 dogs, 1 hamster and 1 betta fish.

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