Fifth Time Lucky?

It’s been a long week (is it really only Wednesday?) and quite frankly, I have spent far too many hours in Pets at Home.
As you know, our beloved Bobby met a rather unfortunate end just before Christmas and so we were cajoled into decided to get two smaller hamsters; one for each of the girls. On Tuesday of last week, we rocked up at Pets at Home, excited to meet our new family members. We were spoilt for choice but finally plumped for these two little cuties….

Meet Apple and Crumble.

Guess which one was the bully?!

Apple and Crumble were two girls, apparently (how on earth you can sex something that size, I have no idea!). From the moment we introduced them to their new cage, they fought. We had been told by the rather ill-informed assistant in Pets at Home Manager that you can indeed house two Russian Dwarf Hamsters together.  It would seem that we were just “unlucky”.
Sunday saw us returning to Pets at Home, with the dynamic duo, swapping them for a pair of male Russian Dwarf Hamsters. We were full of optimism.

Meet Billy and Barney.

Boys tend to be less aggressive and more likely to live harmoniously in the same abode (yes, we were that gullible). Two days were spent handling them, in an attempt to tame the little critters and then it started all over again. I never knew that hamsters could actually box one another or squeak at quite such deafening pitch! We opted to leave them a day or two, hoping that things would settle down but yesterday, we returned home to find Billy quivering in the corner, minus a rather large chunk of fur. 
Enough was enough!  We returned the hideous monsters little creatures to Pets at Home, asking to exchange them for a Syrian Hamster. We know where we are with a Syrian.

Still with me?

Meet Leila.

The fifth hamster in as many days!  I do hope there is no sequel to this saga and that we have many happy days with our new addition. If you managed to keep up, you deserve a medal!

Warning: Do not ever attempt to put two Russian Dwarf Hamsters together.

Linking up to The Gallery where the prompt this week is ‘New’. 
We’ve certainly had our fair share this week!

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32 Comments on Fifth Time Lucky?

  1. Mama Owl
    January 15, 2014 at 8:23 am (2 years ago)

    What a palaver! Our first two Roborovskis lived very harmoniously together for over two years until they died (a couple of months apart) back in the Summer. We’ve got two more now and they get on just fine, a couple of days of settling in but all quiet on the western front ever since!

    • Suzanne Whitton
      January 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Perhaps we should have given it a little longer but when we discovered blood, enough was enough!

  2. Mama Syder
    January 15, 2014 at 8:39 am (2 years ago)

    Lol, Oh Wow, what a week you have had! Leila is very cute xxx

    • Suzanne Whitton
      January 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm (2 years ago)

      To be honest, this is what i wanted all along *shhh*

  3. Mama H
    January 15, 2014 at 8:41 am (2 years ago)

    What an ordeal! My Russian critters, Ronan and Shane lived happily together but it’s seemingly not as easy as throwing two together and hoping for the best…. Glad you have a resolution!

  4. saveeverystep
    January 15, 2014 at 9:09 am (2 years ago)

    That’s so funny. You’ve really experienced the ‘try before you buy’ this week!

  5. Mirka Moore @Kahanka
    January 15, 2014 at 9:49 am (2 years ago)

    Oh my, what a week for you. Thanks for commenting on my post. We will be getting isabelle a rabbit once we move, or maybe even a puppy. These look very cute too.

  6. Sonia Constant
    January 15, 2014 at 10:01 am (2 years ago)

    Awww I had about 5 hamsters growing up. All met rather unfortunate ends. My favourite was Fraggle. Who was a lovely hamster – looked like a badger and he had to be put down. It was the worst day of my life! x

  7. Charly Dove
    January 15, 2014 at 10:38 am (2 years ago)

    Oh my goodness what a week you’ve had!!! Leila looks lovely though! Fingers crossed peace and harmony can reign again. My post is an easy one this week about Poppy’s new coat! Mainly visual :)

  8. Trish Burgess
    January 15, 2014 at 11:04 am (2 years ago)

    I shouldn’t laugh but it was such a funny story. I bet the staff at the store were hiding from you in the end.
    Good luck with Leila!

  9. Becky Willoughby
    January 15, 2014 at 11:22 am (2 years ago)

    we’ve gone to guinea pigs – 2 boys living in harmony mostly!

  10. Jenny Howard
    January 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Nightmare! Personal experience with Pets at Home means I now avoid them like the plague for buying anything more complicated than a bag of woodshavings! When we recently bought our 2 gerbils, we went directly to a local breeder, which means you get to speak to someone who knows what they’re talking about.

  11. Louise Fairweather
    January 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm (2 years ago)

    You are just convincing me not to have pets full stop! Hope there are no more trips to the pet store lol x

  12. Amy Ransom
    January 15, 2014 at 2:04 pm (2 years ago)

    At least you didn’t accidentally get two of different sexes who went on to reproduce and give you ten more… I had no idea you could return pets so readily ;0) Welcome to Leila!

  13. Mummy of Two
    January 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm (2 years ago)

    LOL My sister had two russian hamsters together and although they didn’t scrap they did escape together quite regularly! Leila is lovely – I hope she remains in the family for a little longer than the others!

  14. Sara Murray
    January 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Good luck with Leila :) What a week you’ve had! I think it will be a long time till we attempt pets :)

  15. Mary @over40andamumtoone
    January 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh dear! We only ever had one at a time, didn’t realise that Hamster’s fought! Good luck with Leila #theGallery

  16. Jess McGlynn
    January 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Blimey, sounds like you’ve had a lot of fun! Fingers crossed you will have much more luck with Leila :)

  17. The Reading Residence
    January 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh dear, it has been all go! I’ve only ever kept hamsters on their own, as I always believed they were better like that. Hope you’re all set now with the Leila!

  18. dragonsflypoppy
    January 15, 2014 at 7:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh Suzanne I’m sure it was really very traumatic, but your way with words did have me smiling all through this post! Do hope life is harmonious with leila (great name by the way) and wish you lots of happiness with her! xx

  19. SarahMummy
    January 15, 2014 at 7:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh dear! Hope this one works out for you. What a week!

  20. Hurrah For Gin
    January 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Lol i wonder how many hours the kids spent naming them all? ;) I hope Leila lives to a ripe old age anyway (2 or 3?!) x

  21. Helpful Mum
    January 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm (2 years ago)

    My best friend found that out with her Russian dwarf hamsters! Leila looks lovely!

  22. Rebecca Beesley
    January 16, 2014 at 12:26 am (2 years ago)

    My goodness you have been busy with all that swapping. Hope leila is happy in her new home with you. (and don’t tell my kids as they’ve been begging for a pet – we have a cat already but apparently that doesn’t count according to them!) xxx

  23. Azhar Mahmood
    January 16, 2014 at 5:42 am (2 years ago)

    When selecting a Pet names for girls, try to agree both personal characteristics and character. It’s also a good concept to hold in brain that you are going to have to spend the next 15 years yelling this title at the dog park, so select wisely!

  24. Older Mum
    January 16, 2014 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

    My goodness me! What a right old merry go round. Glad you finally decided on the one…. those Russians do look cute though! X

  25. Vivienne
    January 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Aaah yes, I remember the rather violent death of a friends hamster when we were in primary school due to them being russian hamsters…

  26. Lous Lake Views
    January 16, 2014 at 4:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my goodness what a week! better luck this time :-)

  27. Izzie Anderton
    January 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Here’s hoping it’s third time lucky!

  28. Siobhan from Everyone Else is Normal
    January 23, 2014 at 1:42 pm (2 years ago)

    This has all the makings of a funny joke about current global politics… although the fact that you’ve found peace with a Syrian is rather ironic given the current hideous civil war going on there. Amusing for us to read, sounds less jolly for you! S

  29. Nayna Kanabar
    March 25, 2014 at 5:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I would have given up at this stage and got goldfish instead!!! lol


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