Let's rewind to Sunday morning after Jess' party on Saturday. She came to me and said that she wanted to buy a hamster with her birthday money. Since she has been bugging me for, oh, I don't know, about a year about a darn hamster, and my response to her is always the same. "Save up your money and you can get one." Well, she now has the money, so I can't really say no. Right? Right!
Off to PetSmart we go. We check out all the different types of hamsters (did you know there was more than one type? I didn't. A hamster is a hamster, Right? WRONG!!) Jessica went with the Miniature Chinese hamster. He was SO tiny, and actually kinda cute. In a furry, rat kinda way. ( I stress HE because the sign clearly stated "male" and the kind woman working said to me, and I quote "We only sell males because we don't want to have to separate male and female and we don't want little babies". Great! We'll take that one!
click on the picture, very clearly says "male"
Jess had a friend with her. Here is the brief conversation we had:
Jess~ I am going to name her Delilah.
Me ~ But it is a boy.
Jess ~ No, it's a girl.
Me~ No, the woman said they only sell boys. Why do you say it is a girl?
Jess & Friend~ We looked! (insert giggles)
Me~ Oh..OK...Maybe it's parts are too small and you just can't see it! ( I know, so wrong to say to a 12 and 13 year old, but they have already had the sex ed class in school)
Since we already have a boy cat named Sasha, I figured what will it hurt to have a boy hamster named Delilah.
Fast forward to this afternoon around 3ish. The boys were just waking up from their nap. I was on the phone with my sister (she was at work and I am wondering if the conversation was recorded) Delaney comes down stairs and here is this conversation:
Delaney~ Mommy, mommy, I was in the bonus room watching TV and I heard Jess' radio playing, so I decided to go lay on her bed and listen to her music. I was just laying there listening and I looked at her pet and it has..." here is where it gets a little fuzzy, I think she said...no...noway...
Me~What did you just say, Delaney?
Delaney~ I was upstairs in the bonus room watching TV and...
Me~ No, no, skip to the part about Jess' pet...
Delaney~ Her pet has babies!
ME~Babies? Are you sure?
Delaney~ shaking her head and grinning
Me~ Delaney, don't joke with me. Are there REALLY babies up there?
Delaney~yes mommy (still grinning)
ME~ Delaney, if I go upstairs and find out you are only joking, I am going to be very upset. Are you joking with me?
at this point, because Delaney likes to play silly little jokes on people, I did not know if I should believe her or not. I dash up the stairs and....yep, Delaney is right... There are babies...
(I did apologize to Delaney for not believing her)
Eight of them! Yes 8. 8 little baby hamsters that I now have to raise. At some point, I have to take them away from their mother, figure out which are male and which are female (guess I can have Jess and her friend help with this one) and put them in separate cages so we don't have even MORE babies!
OH...And I have called PetSmart to let them know that there boy hamster that they sold me now is a mother of 8! I swear if I was face to face with that little sh*t when he giggled at me I would have slapped him into next week!!
With that said, they did offer a few options
1 They would take every thing I bought and give me a full refund for it.
2 They would take mommy and babies and give me a replacement hamster (male, we promise)
3 They could take mommy and babies, keep them until the babies are old enough to wean from mommy and then give us mommy back.
4 They will give us extra food and bedding
I let Jess make the decision. She picked THIS hamster from all the others. This is the one she wanted. She is not ready to hand it back over for any amount of time. So, we are going tomorrow to pick up the extra food and bedding and see if I can talk them into giving me at least one more cage since I am going to have to get two more!!
Man this sucks!
On a side note...in about 8 weeks I will have a few hamsters to give away. If there is anyone close by that would like one for the low, low cost of $0, just let me know!