Thursday, November 11, 2010

He's Back!

We'd all given up hope. I had even convinced myself that I could smell a dead rodent in Hadley's playhouse under the stairs. We gave him food and water for one week but then he stopped getting the food and we just knew. . . he hadn't survived out of his cage. So we stopped leaving out the food and water. It had been 3 weeks and not one sighting. I literally lost sleep over the thought of that poor hamster. Stuck somewhere and not able to get out to get food and water. Then last night Ryan came running up the stairs, excited to tell us he had just seen "Flash" run under Jack's bed. We didn't believe him. We were in the middle of our Survivor party and the girls were up for the reward challenge of finding him. Kim wasn't even nervous to grab him with her bare hands. We looked under Jack's bed. No hamster. Took out the bottom drawer from their dresser and there he was -- hiding in the corner under the dresser. It took a few screams and unsuccessful attempts at grabbing him but we finally caught him and got him back in his cage.

I wasn't ever really worried about him finding enough food to survive. There's plenty of crumbs on our kitchen floor, just didn't realize there was that much food and water left around. He looks bigger than ever. Probably survived off of Jack's Halloween candy that's in a bag under his bed. Gross! I thought he'd be grateful to be back in his cage but I think he's just really mad. He was enjoying the free life!




8 comments:

Vennesa said...

Do you make them wear gloves to hold him?

heather said...

No forcing involved. Flash is mean and bites all of us. No one dares hold him without gloves. We were all kind of okay with having him lost.

Rebecca said...

I think you guys should write a book on hamster adventures! You have had your share. The person that wrote Marley and Me are millionaires! You could be next!

Kristin said...

Oh my. A bittersweet homecoming :)

Becca said...

Yay! Welcome back, Flash! Btw, female rats make much better pets, with similar short life-spans as hamsters. Not mean, much smarter, don't spend their lives trying to escape. They just need a bit more room. :-) Just for future reference...

COOLWHIP said...

I love that he holds his pet with kid gloves....

Alex and Kristi said...

I am glad that Flash is back, even if he does bite. :)

Phoenix Rising said...

We had a hamster once. It also got out. And we found it. Retrieving it involved a spatula. (We had baseboard radiant heat... very, very hot.)