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Friday, October 5, 2012

The Tale of a Lost Hamster


My little guy Tyler loves animals. The only thing he wanted for his birthday was another pet. Since I knew my husband would say "no" only because we already have a mini zoo, I took him to the pet store to get his hamster after school.

Tyler was on top of the world. Before I took him to get his hamster, I brought him to the Zoomar's petting zoo to play with their hamsters. After seeing him cuddle and interact with their hamsters, I knew he would do a terrific job caring for one.


When I brought him to the pet store to pick out his new hamster, he was jumping up and down with excitement after hearing about the surprise. He took his time carefully holding every hamster in the pet store before picking the soft brown hamster (to be named Junior).


When daddy learned about the hamster he was mad at me for about two seconds (he can never stay mad at me) and then helped Tyler setup the cage for Junior. Tyler was so excited about his new pet, and put the cage right next to his bed before going to sleep.

The next morning we went to wake-up Tyler and noticed that the top on Juniors cage was off. Then we began the search for Junior. I spent the entire day tearing up the bedroom looking for the hamster - just to have no luck.

Then I got a call from the school. It was my older son Andrew. He was upset and had to confess. He had snuck into Tyler's room in the middle of the night to "cuddle" with the hamster in his bed. Then he "accidentally" fell asleep with the hamster in his bed.

Starting to sound like a soap opera...right?

I could have screamed knowing that I had spent the entire morning looking in the wrong room for the hamster, but glad that Andrew had told us the truth about what happened. I then began my search for Junior in older son's room, when I discovered the hamster had climbed into a hole in the wall. A hole that I swore I would patch for months, but got lazy and did not do it. I had accidentally made the hole in the wall while moving some furniture, and now it was home to our new hamster.


I tried everything to lure the hamster out of the wall, but after a full day he slowly moved further and further into the walls sealing his fate.

When Tyler came home from school, he sat next to his empty hamster cage and cried. He cried...and cried....and cried...and cried...until falling asleep for the night.

The dilemma now is...Do we tell Tyler that his hamster is "dead"? Or do we replace him with a similar hamster while he is at school?

14 comments:

  1. Aw! That is so sad :/ I'm not sure what I would do in that situation. I'd tell him that his hamster is lost and try finding it, or just replace it.

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  2. Oh my gosh! I have no idea what I would say! :-( This happened to my mom's neighbor (hamster went into wall) and I'm not sure what he told his girls.

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    1. Let me know if you find out. I am hoping my sons room doesn't start to stink up too.

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  3. So sorry to hear... I'd say replace this time...

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  4. If the hamster is possibly still alive, put some fragrant food (like peanut butter) by the wall to lure him out. My hamster got out when I was a kid and ran around the house for days, no food or water. He was ok in the end- we captured him by putting out pile of food and just leaving it for awhile. If you're sure the hamster is dead...well, I'd tell him the truth. And then maybe get a replacement. =(

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    1. I am going to try that right now. Thank you so much for the tip.

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  5. oh my gosh I wish I can think of something that would help have you tried dropping his food inside that hole? and checking it later in the night I hope you can lure him out

    that's so sad I hope he comes out for the food pile and water leave the cage open on the floor near the whole with even more food leading too it.

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  6. Oh my... I have no good advice for you! Wow, what a dilemma... poor guy!

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  7. :( Poor Tyler! I have so many memories of having hamsters as a kid and them getting out and finding them and also never finding them. One of the good memories is going and getting a new one, and always hoping the missing one would come to meet their new friend.

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  8. Well, since you have already set a bad example for your children by going behind your husband's back and knowingly usurping his authority to purchase a hamster.....you should probably take this opporunity to teach your children about consequences and accountability. I believe you should tell your children that you had no business bringing a pet home without the approval of the head of the household. Then, you should acknowledge that your procrastination in repairing the damage you did to the wall had consequences you could not have forseen, but you still have to take responsibility for...Then you can be the ultimate example of honesty...and tell your son the TRUTH about his hamster...and have your older son confess to him how he was involved in the situation...and even though his intentions were not malicious....they too had consequences. This circumstance is a perfect parenting opportunity for your whole family to learn about responsibility and honesty. I think keeping it a secret, replacing his hamster, and not holding your other son accountable is cowardly and will damage their character....you can also discuss the nature of rodents and how they feel most comfortable in a burrow-type environment like a nook..or wall....rather than a cage...Junior was making a home the way God designed him too.

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