12.20.08

An Overdue Update

Posted in Hamsters, Life in General, Quails at 5:53 am by Ravenshadow

It has been quite a sad time since my last post. My only remaining Russian hamster is looking rather sorry for herself; Autumn has an eye infection that causes both her eyes to fill up with what can only be described as “gunk”. I have tried giving her various medication to hopefully clear it up, but nothing seems to work. I have been trying to keep her eyes as clean as possible, but she is not the best patient in the world and tends to struggle every time I try and pin her down long enough to wipe the gunk out of her eyes. With the fight she puts up, you would think that she enjoyed being unable to see…

The quail are both doing well, although keep fighting against my attempts to put them outside in the hutch (yes, the shed is still not finished yet … We still need to put together the shelf and the inner doors). They just stand there against the bars all fluffed up and shivering at me. I have given up for the time being and hope to be able to put them out sometime in the new year. With all luck, they will get the hint and stay out there; not to mention the fact that they will have more room to move about out there.
On a side note; Blackfoot seems to hate me. Doug lets him out in the mornings and he jumps out of the cage and charges over to the bed where I still am, jumps up, and attacks me. Even if I am under the blankets and hiding at the time. I am not too sure what I have done to deserve such treatment, but he really does seem to hate me. That and feet. He seems to have a thing for attacking feet…
Reckless is doing well, even through his foot never straightened out. It does not seem to bother him too much. When he is let out he generally goes for a bit of a fly around the room before finding some high up spot to land on. He has gotten much better at landing now and barely crashes into things any more.

Managed to get some Christmas shopping done today in Milton Keens. I am happy to have been actually able to find some things, and have just about enough money to buy a few bits and bobs. Although it was nice to be able to get out of the house and have a walk around a fairly nice place (I enjoy the shopping center in Milton Keens) I really hated the crowds and the amount of people walking around laden down with numerous shopping bags; all of which looked expensive. Okay, so maybe that part is jealously and wistful thinking, but still… Some of the people I expected to see walking around with butlers or something. There’s shopping, and there is over doing it.

On the way back out of Milton Keens we stopped by the Pets at Home store. They have an adoption center at the back of the store with a few animals looking for new homes. It is a good idea really, but the staff do seem to faff around a lot in regards to it.
In residence was a rather large rabbit, and a young-ish looking Chinchilla. There were also two rather fat ten month old Russian hamsters there that seem to have come from the same place, although they were living in separate display tanks; one above the other. After talking a little with Doug we decided to give the pair a home for Christmas.

We managed to find a member of staff pretty quickly and asked if we could have a look at the two hamsters since we might be interested in giving them a home. She quickly vanishes off out back and doesnt come back for around five minutes. So we stand there waiting, and waiting, and waiting… She finally emerges again with paperwork, saying something about “wanting to be ready”. She kind of jumped the gun a little, considering we only said that we would like to have a look at the hamsters, not that we were definitely interested in taking them home. So, she finally gets the first hamster out and is standing in front of the cage, pretty close to it in fact, making me have to stand on my toes in order to peer around her shoulder. She just stands there fussing the hamster and really not giving us much of a look at him at all. Then puts him back in the cage. We had to ask if we could actually look at him before she actually picked him back up again and handed him over. Having a look at the second boy was a lot easier than the first one.
Both of them were pretty tame, although one is a little more skittish than the other. So I guess they were handled at some point in their life.
The staff member then had to go and find some boxes, taking her away from us (and the now unlocked and open tanks) for another few minutes. When she comes back she starts saying how these animals are ‘brought’ with donations, rather than actually having a price tag on them. Which, considering that they are adoption animals, is a good thing. As she gets me to fill out the stupidly large forms (a full A4 piece of paper that she insists I read sections of before signing) she asks how much I am going to donate. Keep in mind at this point the two hamsters are in their boxes and scrabbling around. I check my purse and dig out some money and tell her £6, £3 each (our reasoning for this is that they sell new stock there for £7 each, and since these are already 10 months old we thought that £3 would be pretty fair). She mutters something about having to check to see if that is okay and vanishes off out back again! Me and Doug exchange looks, shrug, and wait for a few more minutes with two scrabbling hamsters wondering what on earth is going on.
She eventually comes back out again saying that a £3 donation for each would be fine, although goes on to remind me that I do not have to pay in cash since it has to be taken through the till any how. At this point I was about ready to scream at her. Donations are supposed to be just that… Donations out of the kindness of your heart. Hamsters in this country, even more true with those brought from pet stores such as Pets at Home, are lucky to make it to two years old. These boys are already ten months old and are well into their lives. Although I really wanted to give them a good home for Christmas I was almost ready to tell her not to bother.

So, a note for the future… Never again go to the Milton Keens Pets at Home store in order to get adoption animals… Or at least find a different staff member!
On the bright side, the two boys (Now called Pazu and Boma) have settled down into their new homes and seem to be enjoying the fact that they have wheels now.

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