Killer hamster lost, then found
In this column, I usually share a pet tale submitted by readers. Today, I share one of my own.
More than a decade ago, when my daughter was about 4, we had a long-haired Teddy Bear hamster named Killer. We named him that because when we went to the pet store, initially we thought we should buy two hamsters so they wouldn't get lonely.
We chose two handsome hamsters which were placed together in a Chinese food take-out food box by a salesperson. As we stood in line to check out, we noticed a scuffle going on inside the box. It turned out that one hamster was attacking the other. Perhaps hamsters prefer to live alone, we thought. So, we kept the aggressive one and put the other back. We named our new hamster Killer for obvious reasons.
We had a toy castle that we would let Killer run around in because it was contained and he couldn't escape. Or so we thought. One day, he did escape and we couldn't find him for days.