This guy has been a long time coming.
Initially, Annabel wanted a bearded dragon. But then . . . she pivoted. My sister has a hamster, and I grew up with a succession of hamsters, and A was excited (okay borderline obsessed) about the idea so . . . here we are! Our very first and possibly last family pet!
One of the more positive uses for YouTube is as a tutorial for various aspects of life, including hamster ownership. A watched MANY videos by Victoria Raechel, a 23 year old Canadian who is basically the queen of hamster care. Thus, our enclosure is not a small cage. It is a hamster mansion. Josh ended up taking on the project and built it out of wood and plexiglass in the garage. It was a project.
It was initially even bigger but I threw a full on fit and he cut it down.
And here he is!
On Sunday evening we headed to PetSmart (against every instinct . . . I generally don’t want to do ANYTHING on Sunday nights!) and we scoped out the hamster selection.
This guy was eager, energetic, and enterprising.
And so he came home with us.
Meet Leif Toastmallow Unger, named after one of the selections in our kid-naming discard pile that Josh and the kids make fun of me for (other Unger children that will never be include Quentin and Penelope. I love those names!).
Anyway! We have a hamster. Annabel is the primary owner and swears she will be responsible for all hamster-related tasks. So far the kids are SUPER into Leif – they run to check what he is doing at every opportunity. A is following a taming protocol she learned about from Victoria Raechel so hopefully he will be nice and not too bite-prone.
So. An exciting week in our home!
I’m also on call and being as stoic as possible about it.