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Winston on Cute Overload

September 19th, 2014 Comments off

My former rat, Winston, was featured on Cute Overload last month!

winston

I miss this cutie. All he ever wanted to do was cuddle with me.

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Introducing Ted Nougat

February 26th, 2013 1 comment

I’ve been feeling bummed without any animals around to take care of other than the dog who isn’t a cuddler, so I started thinking obsessing about getting another hamster. There’s a huge Petland by the IKEA we like to visit which has all kinds of hamsters in open cages which means they are handled often and tend to be much tamer than the ones at Petco (where the notorious Oreo came from), so we made plans to go there this past Saturday with E. That morning he woke up with a tummy ache so we didn’t go. I didn’t feel too great on Sunday myself, but I wasn’t going to let that stop my mission, so we got to IKEA when they opened to partake in some seriously cheap breakfast, walked around the store to kill some time, and then arrived at the pet store just as they opened. This little guy was the first hamster we picked up.

Nougat

He was so soft and cute – I knew I had to have him! Plus some little girl was eying him in my hand and I wasn’t about to lose him to a 9 year old.* He’s my first male hamster and even though his face looks a lot like Oreo’s he doesn’t suffer from her bitchy personality. Sticking with the food names I decided to name him Nougat because he’s a sweet teddy bear hamster, but his official name, since it’s hilarious, is Ted Nougat. For only $9.99 you could own your own hamster too. ;)

Nougat

So far he’s loving the wheel in his 20 gallon aquarium. I don’t think he had one in his cage at the pet store so he’s making up for lost time by running in it constantly when he’s awake. Bella is fascinated by him and will lay and watch him when he’s in his play pen. It’s so cute! She’ll also follow him around in his hamster ball but if he starts coming her way she’ll quickly move as if scared of him.

* The girl was really sweet, though; I helped her and her mother learn a bit about hamsters as they were going to buy two since they didn’t know they couldn’t be housed together, among other things.

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Domo @ 7-11

October 3rd, 2009 1 comment

Domo Group Photo

7-11 is currently offering limited edition Domo Slurpee cups and straws, so we took the kids and headed over there early this afternoon to secure some. They were perfect to wash down the microwave popcorn I made when we got home and watched a movie together – Race to Witch Mountain. We were originally going to go see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs but they didn’t want to see it. Guess hubby and I will catch it on our own later. In any case, even though the Slurpees cost $17 total it was still cheaper than going to the movies.

Does anyone know how many cup styles they are offering? I could only find three unique designs:

Cup 1
Cup 2
Cup 3

In any case, I have serious acid indigestion at the moment due to the Coca-Cola Slurpee I drank along with the popcorn. I don’t really care for Slurpees, so that is why I chose the Coke one. I’m paying for it now!

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Halloween-themed Skelanimals exclusively at Target

September 27th, 2009 Comments off

Skelanimals - Front

Skelanimals have been around for awhile. I first spotted them at Hot Topic at least a year ago, if not longer. I’ve loved them ever since, so you can imagine my excitement upon walking into Target today and realizing they’ve chosen them as their theme this year. I think I actually gasped when I saw the display!

Last year it was Domo, whom I also love, but I love this year’s theme even more and it took a lot of willpower not to buy one of everything they offered. Instead, I painfully limited myself to two sets of figurines and a keychain. That’s not to say I won’t be back at Target soon to buy more since I find them so hard to resist.

Skelanimals Reusable Tote

In addition, I got a reusable tote for free with a purchase of two bags of Halloween-themed M&Ms. I told myself I would not be buying any more decorations this year since I have a garage full of them, but I can’t resist these cute dead animals! I love love love Halloween and am seriously considering throwing a party this year just so I have an excuse to buy more stuff.

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Introducing Templeton and Nutter Butter

June 15th, 2009 Comments off

Last Saturday we adopted two rats via Petfinder from a local couple who were moving to an apartment that doesn’t allow pets.

Nutter Butter Sleeping On Templeton

Templeton Sleeping in his Homemade Hammock

Shortly after bringing them home, we noticed the white and cream colored one had a weird held tilt and slept a lot more than the other. Wednesday we took both rats to the vet and she gave us antibiotics (as well as probiotics) to give the one rat. Since then he’s been more alert, although he scares me a bit with his unpredictable behavior and over-excitement where food is concerned. Hence he was dubbed Nutter Butter because there’s just something a bit off with him. We named the dark one Templeton after the rat in Charlotte’s Web since he’s the explorer.

I have to say, I’ve been doing research on different small animals (rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and rats) for awhile, including checking out books from the library, but it wasn’t until after we got these two that I found out male rats have a distinctive odor and it’s not all that pleasant. The first day we had them it made me lose my appetite. We went to Petsmart and picked up a better quality litter/bedding called Yesterday’s News which helped a lot, plus threw out an edible log that they had in their cage that was stinking to high heaven and replaced it with a piece of PVC pipe that we can easily clean, but we still have to change the cage every couple of days to avoid the stink.

The thing is, I’m not 100% sure they are going to stay with us since they are making me really itchy. The kids really liked them, but we told them we’re babysitting them for a friend of ours just in case we have to get rid of them. I’m committed to nursing Nutter Butter back to health before finding them a new home if that’s what it comes down to, however.

I don’t want people passing judgment on me thinking I’m not a responsible pet owner – I feel bad about the possibility of having to find them another home but it’s going to be at least another 10 days since the round of antibiotics Nutter Butter is on is a 14 day regimen. Perhaps by then I won’t be so itchy.

Ugh. Life would be so much easier if I could just get a cat. At least being itchy would be worth it, but for these guys, I’m not so sure. We’ll see what happens, though, as it’s only been a bit over a week and they are more entertaining than Oreo.

Here’s two videos I took of the little rascals today.




Funny side note: Nutter Butter’s original name was Professor Dickweed (taken from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) since that part always cracks us up, but we thought better of it since we couldn’t have the kids calling him that. That’s his nickname, however.

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