Sometime last year a post like this was doing the rounds and I quite enjoyed it. So, fashionably late, of course, I thought I would write my own.
Since I do not have a dog* (which seemed to be the go-to furry companion to write about), I will be providing you with 15 facts about my Ham-Dude, Sir Pork Chop, the first of his name.
This post comes at a bittersweet time, a time where I want to savour every moment with my little man before there are none left. After taking Chopster to the vets a couple of weeks ago, we found out that he has cancer. Yeah. That. There are not many options, surgery is almost out of the question given his age and that he is a hamster. At the moment it’s wait and see and make another decision in the future. He’s happy right now, which is all I could want. According to the vets it could be “weeks to months” and we are almost past the “weeks” so who knows, seems like there is no stopping him.
But, let’s not ruin the joy that is hamster photos and my poor attempt at trying to come up with various facts about Chopster so you can enjoy him too!
Fact Number One
His name has no special meaning, we just came up with it one day and it stuck.
I guess that is obvious.
Fact Number Two
I like to pretend his birthday is the same day as mine so I can get presents on his behalf. Really, I have no idea when he was born, or how old he was when we bought him home, just a vague recollection of something about “14 weeks”. He is roughly two-years-old and bit more.
Fact Number Three
The only trick he knows is tapping his exercise ball on enough surfaces will eventually work the door into the open position, then he can walk out if he wishes. Sometimes he cares, sometimes he will just continue on in his ball.
Fact Number Four
His favourite nuts are walnuts. His favourite seeds are sunflower seeds.
Fact Number Five
His favourite vegetable is a toss-up between broccoli and cucumber, whilst his favourite fruit is always a blueberry.
He’s also partial to strawberries, banana, cauliflower, hemp seeds, mango, chickpeas, coconut, carrots, potato and occasionally the candle wick if he is sneaky enough.
Fact Number Six
He is too cool for snuggles.
Fact Number Seven
He will turn his nose up at whatever he feels like and just walk away. He has rejected: peanut butter, peppers, blackberries, most dried fruits, green beans, asparagus and yogurt. He is a man who knows what he wants and is not afraid to ignore you until he gets it.
Fact Number Eight
He absolutely refuses to eat in the open, all food must be taken into a specific corner to be consumed. If you give him food outside of the cage, at the most, he will carry it almost two meters to eat it in peace.
Fact Number Nine
He rarely fills his pouches, except when collecting his regular hamster food. He prefers to make multiple trips to the snack bowl to collect the food, it helps to keep himself slim.
Fact Number Ten
He likes to wee on my fresh bed linen. All other bed linen however, he does not care about that.
Fact Number Eleven
I am 100% he has selection hearing. Say his name: nothing. Open the fridge: he is there and waiting.
Fact Number Twelve
He also sleeps like the dead. I have never been able to wake him up during the day no matter how much noise I make. I can clean his whole cage out before he has even thought to wake up and crawl out of his bed.
Fact Number Thirteen
More than once I have had to remove all the sofa cushions to find him again after he has decided to adventure into the depths of the sofa cracks. Each time it reminds me that I need to hoover the sofa though, so it is a win win situation.
Fact Number Fourteen
He gives no shits. If your hands or an object are in his way, you will be pushed with hammy hands and head until you are moved. If that is not enough, he will pick your fingers up with his teeth and tug you out of the way. Tantrum or not, he is still not allowed to crawl down the edge of the desk in front of the cage. History shall be repeated and one shall fall off.
Fact Number Fifteen
He has only ever chewed one cable, luckily it was for the printer and that has been broken for ages.
15 facts? That was pretty easy. The crazy hamster-lady inside says we can come up with some more, but I think 15 is enough. Tell me a fact or two about your furry friend? Or scaly friend? Or human friend? Choose as appropriate.