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Monday, November 29, 2010

HAMMIE THE HAMSTER

On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, we went to my sister's house.  As we parked our car a lady in a car passing by stopped and asked if we wanted a free hamster.  I immediately said, "No, we have two dogs and a cat".  But the lady said she had four cats and couldn't take the hamster but she felt bad because it didn't have any water.  My boys overheard the conversation and went to see the hamster.  I thought it was being given in a garage sale but the cage and hamster were left on the street sidewalk with a sign "Free Hamster".  My boys picked up the cage and walked up the hill into my mom's house.  My mom freaked at the sight.  She referred to it as a rodent.  The cage had a bad odor.  Vincent made calls to his Cross Country coach to see if he would take the hamster.  The coach said yes, bring him to school on Monday.  But my husband and I thought we already separate the cat from the dogs and now we would be separating the cat from the hamster.  So Vincent called his coach again, and the coach said bring him up tomorrow, Friday  (the xc team was going up to Fresno for a State run).  What a nice guy!  Willing to take this hamster and give him a home.  The coach has raised 3 or 4 injured squirrels and when they are well he releases them.  He has a good heart, that Coach O'Brien.  

So, we've had Hammie all weekend (we didn't want the hamster to impose on the xc team...they were going for a State win).  In the meantime, I have learned quite a bit about hamsters.  We have a dwarf hamster and you can tell by the dorsal stripe.  Dwarf hamsters are stocky animals with short legs, large heads, small noses and soft fur.  They live about 1 1/2 to 2 years, but can live to be 4.  They store food into their pouches (like squirrels) and then take it to their nesting area.  If dwarf hamsters aren't handled on a regular basis they may become wild.  So, best to handle him often!  Chew stick, chew sticks, they need chew sticks for their ever-growing incisors, or they will chew on other things!

So, now YOU know a little about dwarf hamsters. 


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"What A Breeze"

5"x7" oil on board
Got him!  I had just picked up my son Stephen from middle school and on our way home, this handsome pup stuck his head out the window of the truck in front of us.  I grabbed my camera, handed it to Stephen and he got the great pic that I needed to paint.  The driver of the truck figured out that we were trying to get a snapshot of his dog and encouraged him to stick his head out through the back window of the truck, but this little guy stuck to the side window.  

I LOVE dogs!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

"Rocky"

4 3/4" x 5 3/8" oil 
Rocky was my aunt's dog.  She found him wandering the streets hungry and lonely and she took him in.  He became a part of her family and lived with her for many years.  I've heard since that he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, I bet he is running and playing with all his other four-legged friends.  

Friday, November 5, 2010

"Going Home"


I saw this sweetie pie while I was driving home from work.  I grabbed my camera and took a shot.  He looked so adorable leaning out the back window of his truck. 

I wasn't such an animal lover all my life.  Five years ago when Kira walked into my life she changed it dramatically.  Now when I see dogs, cats, raccoons (and sometimes even a coyote) etc.... I see what beautiful creatures they all are: big, small, tame or wild.    

4" x 6"  Oil