Saturday, October 17, 2009

Happy Hammies

I received this fantastic email a few days ago, from the new owners of Boxer and Twin #1:
Dear Laura,
A quick note to let you know the hamsters are doing well and have adjusted to their new home easily. Boxer is learning how to drink from a water bottle and we hope that Thundershock (aka Twin #1) will copy his lead.
Thundershock seems to like sleeping with Boxer, but not vice-versa. They have a log that is both a toy and an edible treat and it’s fun to watch them pop in and out of it - they love it. Thundershock enjoys clover and dandelion leaves and Boxer seems to like hay – and also enjoys sunflowers seeds. We’ve noticed that they seem to like a little bread with butter every once in a while too.
Thank you again for letting us know about them!

I was just grinning as I read it, you can tell that those two got a wonderful home. Also, hats off to them for the name Thundershock - it's about 1000 times better than 'Twin #1'!

In other news, the three orphaned hammies are doing wonderfully! In all honesty, I thought Houdini would be the only one to survive. I was sure Nicky was going to die during the first night.
But they proved me wrong - they've fattened up and run around like happy little hammies. They are quite a bit smaller than the first litter was at that age, and Nicky in particular still looks pretty mouse-like, but they're friendly and energetic.
Houdini is adorable. He's also much darker than the camera makes him look here. I thought he had intact ears, but it turns out there's a small hole in one of his ears. What caused all these ear injuries? I call him a 'he', but they're too small to be sexed properly.
I have to get a photo that properly shows off Riff-Raff's ripped ear, it makes her look very tough. She was so quiet when she first came in, but she's the most active of the bunch now.

Nicky is still pretty shy. She loves Molly, she just follows her around adoringly. Molly likes Houdini best, but we don't tell Nicky, it would probably break her heart.
I think when these guys go, Molly is going to be very happy to have a break!


Sharon said...

Aww.. they are SO cute!! I giggle every time I see an update on your blog hoping there's more pictures. You are doing an awesme thing!!

I have a Robo hammy I was given (Had "dumped" on me by an owner who got her for his kids ,and then decided she was too much work. May the Karma Gods reward him for that one) and I'm trying to get her adjusted to people being a good thing, doesn't seemed like they paid her much attention at the last place.

I love reading how these little ones (and the litter before) are doing, because I know there's hope for mine

Laura HP said...

Thanks for the comment! I'm always happily surprised to see someone reading.
It's sad that so many people see hamsters as 'disposable', but good on you for taking in the little one! Just keep handling her every day - if she nips, I found that a neat little trick is to keep moving your hands so she's forced to walk from hand to hand. No time to stop and bite! Then eventually she won't even want to =) Good luck with her!

Inspector Clouseau said...

Great close up shots of these delightful creatures. Nice work. I came across your blog while “blog surfing” using the Next Blog button on the blue Nav Bar located at the top of my site. I frequently just travel around looking for other blogs which exist on the Internet, and the various, creative ways in which people express themselves. Thanks for sharing.