You may recall that Oreo the hamster died. Well, I’ve never actually mentioned that he has been replaced by Smokey.
Well, Thursday started much like any other weekday, except that I was actually on schedule and it seemed that getting everyone where they wanted to be on time was an actual possibility. And then it happened. Again. I notice Smokey was not in his cage. Oreo had been replaced by yet another Houdini hamster.
Needless to say, nobody got where they needed to be on time, because nobody was going anywhere until the little fur ball was rounded up. Fortunately, he was found within 30 minutes, squeezed between my desk and the baseboard, calmly chewing on the phone cord.
The varmint was scooped up in a plastic cup and unceremoniously dumped into his cage, whereupon he stuffed food in his jowls… and more food… and more food… and more food…and when he couldn’t do it fast enough he actually seated himself in the food dish to get a little more speed in the task… until the food dish was almost empty, and his head was bigger than his butt. This is Smokey in mid-meal…
Either 1) he was stressed and humans are not the only creatures who turn to food for comfort…
Or 2) he’s packing for his next trip.
I really hope it’s not #2.