Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2 Year Old vs. The Hamster

Pretty & Boo got hamsters from Santa this year.  They've been very good at taking care of them and keeping their bedroom doors closed to keep out unwanted guests (aka: the cat & Pickle).

Today, however, Pretty forgot to close her door.  I was in the office and Mr. Twingle was in our room getting ready for work when I heard the distinctive banging of the hamster cage.  I hollered up to Mr. Twingle that I thought Pickle was getting at Snowball; to which his immediate reply was "I need help!"

Turns out Pickle decided Snowball needed food.  She had gone into Pretty's dresser, taken out the bag of food and proceeded to spill it all over the room.  But, not before opening Snowball's cage doors.  In the midst of scolding Pickle and telling her not to feed the hamster, Mr. Twingle realized Snowball wasn't in her cage anymore.

"Where is Snowball?"  Panic.  OMG, the dog or the cat got it.  We're going to have to run to the pet store and get one identical to Snowball and somehow train it before Pretty gets home from school.  These are the thoughts running through Mr. Twingle's head, he confessed later.

Thankfully, Pickle had been paying attention and told us "Noball in da coset".  Sure enough, when I opened the door to the closet farther, there sat Snowball, in Pretty's Barbie house.  It was actually kind of cute!
I scooped her up and calmed her down as she really didn't like the vacuum sound of Mr. Twingle sucking up all the food Pickle spilled.  I then put her back in her cage, with a yogurt drop hamster treat and covered up the cage so she could sleep.

Needless to say, the bedroom doors and now closed, with child-proof door knob covers.

If we hadn't been in such a panic to find the hamster, I probably would have taken pictures of the disaster.  Thankfully, neither Pickle nor Snowball were hurt by the event and we've learned that in a case of the 2 year old vs. the hamster, the score is even!


  1. You just never know what kids will do. Thank goodness it all turned out ok!

  2. I honestly didn't think she'd be able to open the cage; or even know how for that matter. The door has a spring loaded clip, so I didn't think she'd have the strength to do it. Oh well...I'm glad it all worked out. But just goes to show, you can't underestimate a toddler!

  3. My 7yo is desperate for a hamster. I don't like I could handle lost pets around the house. Or at least that's what I tell myself. ;)

  4. LOL. As long as you don't have a 2 yo Kristin, I think you're okay. My twins are 7 and they're surprisingly good with theirs. We read a couple of hamster care books before Santa brought them theirs.