I’m sure you’re expecting a dog or maybe a grizzly bear which would be great to protect the garage! But no, I’m allergic to most animals, and we needed an animal that could take care of itself while I’m trucking…
It all started when we found a little deer mouse in the house last winter:
The picture doesn’t quite do it justice… it was very cute. We had decided to keep it as a pet, at least until warmer weather came by, but unfortunately we learned that this specific breed of mice can carry a disease deadly to humans. Since it was caught eating sweets, we named it “Diabetto” after Family Guy’s character Hispanic maid Consuela’s son. We kept it until mid march, taking precautions not to catch the disease, and we released into the wild. It was for the best anyway as it was always afraid of us and ran to hide as soon as it heard a sound.
A few weeks after that, me and my fiancée decided to get a dwarf hamster, since we already had a suitable cage. It was also around the time I was feeling very sick so I figured a pet would probably help me relax. We went to the pet store and I put my hand into the dwarf hamster cage. Of the 5 or 6 little sleeping critters in there this little fella crawled onto my hand:
Upon inspection, the shop owner told us it was a male but later this same day, with the help of the internet, we found out it was a little female Winter White Russian dwarf hamster. We thought that its head looked like a mini wolf so my fiancée went on a related name hunting spree. It had to have “wolf” or “loup” (french word for wolf) in it. She settled on “Loonie” since our little friend was a bit clumsy at first. We were able to tame it in a single day.
Here’s another picture:
Awwww…. totally scrumptious right? We’ve had her 2 months now. I don’t seem to be much allergic to it. It takes care of itself very nicely; cleans its fur often, pees always in a single place (sand bowl), and puts its feces all in the same place. However, little missy here is a food hoarder, haha, well it is a trait of this breed and of many rodents in general.
My fiancée was a bit jealous at first since it seemed to like me more. It went into my hands more than hers and believe it or not it would come running to me if I called its name. It’s very fun since we give it a good bit of floor time, we don’t have to run after it to catch it. It seems fairly intelligent for a rodent but it is occasionally prone to a bit of panic when it is very tired. Anyhow, like I’ve said, my fiancée was a bit distraught at first since she was the one paying for everything hamster related but after some effort she was able to tame it as well. It’s still not as responsive to her than me but it’s close.
Here’s a short video of it:
Awwwww! Little furry ball you! She sure likes those gluten-free crackers more than me!
Our little hamster has become my fiancée’s “official hobby”. Judging by the amount of stuff she bought for it… yeah… totally! See for yourself:
It is spoiled rotten… She’s $500~$600 into it so that’s an understatement. I can’t blame her, since my fiancée sight has worsened she doesn’t do as much craft as she used to. Anyhow, little Loonie is a nice and friendly distraction, which is good for both of us! Oh, and don’t worry, I won’t be turning my blog into a “cat video” type frenzy!