Sunday, January 27, 2013

Beatrice vs Bellatrix

Last April we bought a hamster.

I am not a big fan of rodents but we were at an auction and the kid was beggin', and it came with all the bells and whistles so I agreed. I remembered when I was a young gal and had guinea pigs and birds... things I could call my own and take care of. Besides, it was such a small addition to our growing menagerie.

For a week we tried different names to see if they fit. Mr. Grumpy Pants, Grumpaloo, Hammy, Tom, Bacon... nothing seemed to stick. Nevermind, interest in our newest family member didn't last very long anyway.

First it bit D. I tried to explain that the hamster was soooo tiny that it was probably just frightened. Yeah, the kid didn't care about that bit of logic.

Then it would run in it's wheel in the middle of the night. D would come into our room with sleep in his eyes, woken up by the noise. "He can't help it. Hamsters are nocturnal. He just wants to play." I'd explain.

Soon after he was moved into the guest room where he would 'play' with the ball in his water bottle waking up the whole house.

And so that hamster was moved into my studio where he has been watered and fed and otherwise completely ignored.

Until now...

Over Christmas a little visitor came into my studio and asked lots of questions about 'the hamster'. I explained that he lived in my studio, away from everyone and was pretty much ignored because he was a bit of a jerk. Later, I felt badly about calling the little thing a jerk. I mean none of that was his fault. So I made up my mind to make nice with the little fellow.

"Maybe you should see if someone else wants him." Mr. Pixie said out of the blue.

"No! We took him. We'll take care of him. I've decided to rename him Beatrice and that we're going to become great friends." I replied. Mr Pixie shook his head.

And so I've been giving Beatrice extra treats and speaking with her while I do my crafting. Tonight I cleaned out her habitat, rearranged her tunnels, arranged everything extra nice and even put in a shiny new food dish. When I was done, Beatrice ran around like crazy and Mr. Pixie put on a squeaky voice saying "What have you done with my space woman?! You f'n changed it it all!" I hate to say it but it really seemed like that was exactly what the furry little thing was saying.

Here's a photo of wee 'Beatrice' with a fat slice of apple, in a sparkling clean cage.

Ummm, perhaps more of a Bellatrix than a Beatrice?

*Sigh*  If I'm honest he looks more like Voldmort and I'm pretty certain that my plan is destined to fail because he is in fact a bit of a jerk after all.

Ah well, if we can't be chums at least I can keep him warm and fed and out of trouble.


  1. wait a minute .... did it suddenly start biting ? because I hate to tell you it be be having babies ... we brought a hamster Faerie we named her and she was so sweet but then a week into it she bit me and then I came down in the morning to found babies ... ten babies .... I just saying but don't be surprised hugs wendy

  2. yes i reread your post and yes that sound like fairy's she got all cross when i clear out her cage .. OH NO sorry

  3. Just be patient & handle her a few times a day. Perhaps while wearing gardening gloves. She may have had a less than nice owner previously, or just isn't used to being held yet. Give her some time & lots of love & I'm sure you two will get along smashingly. ^-^
    My hamster wasn't terribly fond of being held at first either, but after a while she got used to it & was really good about not biting.

    Also, make sure your hands don't smell like any kind of food... or you will get chomped & the hamster will be totally confused... XD

    And she totally looks like either a Bellatrix or a Voldemort. <3


  4. I kept quite a few hammys at a teen (still had one when I left home) I even sat a friends hammy once with instructions to tame her, and when the friend returned the little ham would climb out of the cage onto my hand. One day, when I have a craft room which isn't likely to send the poor thing into hibernation I will have hammys again, they are too cute to resist.