Oh No, Not Another Pet Story!
Yes, I know…but I just can not let it go. I feel so sorry for some small creatures.
The story started with my kids begging for a dog or at least a cat (grr, must say that I am totally not a cat person, maybe it has something to do with my cat allergy) for a long-long time now.
I kept reminding them about the fact that they already had a dog of their own, but no, they want a new one, in my house, a tiny little one. I must add that one of our neighbours recently got a puppy and my kids are so enthusiastic about her so they want to play with her and walk her all the time :) .
Ok, so…last November the girls father (my Swedish ex) promised them that I would buy them hamsters!!! Note this selflessness! First it made me mad but after some thinking I agreed on getting them hamsters. We went to the pet shop and we came home with 3 little dwarf hamsters, 2 females and a male so everyone was happy.
Now you might wonder why I broke at last on my “getting a new pet” philosophy. We used to have some hamsters when I was a kid, my little sister was just crazy about them. But not me I must tell. I was terrified even touching them :) . My childhood passed by with hamsters in our house me even without daring to touch any of them. So if you can follow me now, I was thinking: OK, now I am a big girl, I am going to try to hold them at last…we all need different kind of challenges during life, huh? :D
After 3 weeks of happy period the surprize came!!! One morning I found 7 small pink whining babies in their house. After the first shock I had to make sure that the other female wouldn’t hurt the babies so I drove to a pet shop to get a new cage and I separated them.
The other female hamster looked so unhappy without company so I decided to get her a “boyfriend”. That was back in November last year and I must say that we keep getting babies since then, every third-fourth week there is a new delivery :)
Luckily we made an agreement with the pet shop that I would deliver those babies to them after 4-5 weeks and receive some hamster food in exchange :) .
This is fun in a way, but I started to feel sorry for those poor ones, their live is a constant breast-feeding and delivery circle. Should I try to give them a happy life by separating the males from the females or is it the way of nature that they are happy with? This is a great dilemma…