Tuesday, 31 May 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEETY !!!

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HER LIFE LILLY SAW THE PEPPERIADE
 May is special for us for many reasons. One of them is that on February the 6th, exactly three months ago, I brought Lilly home. She was so tiny-mini  that I could close her in my hand. Now she’s a grown up, independent young lady (time flies) so we decided to throw a party. Real vip party with a cake and gifts. 
LILLY BLOWING OUT THE 'CANDLE'
Never mind she's naughty. She deserves the best. After all, she’s young adult now. It needs celebration. We don’t know the exact date of her birth so we improvised and stated that on the 6th day of May our sweet girl turned 5 months! Everybody was invited. I made The Pepperiade: three-color cake, a pepper one (Lilly’s favorite) and my dear husband found a proper gift on this occasion: in one of the local pet shops he spotted and bought her… a car! Astonishing, green car with red inscriptions on both sides saying: HAMSTER CLUB and RACING TEAM. I wrapped it with red ribbon and we were ready. Everything was perfect and waited for our noble jubilee. Lilly was kind of grumpy and sleepy that evening.
DOES IT FIT ME, MOM...?
My little lazy bone slowly came out of her tubes, groomed herself and started to sniff around. She must have felt the pepper ‘cause suddenly she rushed towards the cage door and looked outside noticing this smelly, juicy, colorful vegetarian ‘cake’. Finally she left the cage behind and approached - excited - The Pepperiade. First she smelled it all over, then blew out the green stem as if it was a candle and she started to feast. It was fun to watch her stuffing herself with both hands, till she was full. Well, she knows, it’s impolite (she played in Hamster Savoir Vivre, remember?) but it was her birthday, after all, and everything’s allowed on that day. Then the gift time came and Lilly was introduced to her birthday present:
LOOK, I'M A GIFT !
the automobile packed up with fresh broccoli. I raised her well (my little girl knows how to behave) so she politely pretended that she is perfectly happy with the car, but - believe me, I know that - she had more interest in the vegetables than the toy (don't tell it to my dear husband). Well, she’s a hamster, after all. Anyway, the party was a big success. We all had a good time, thankfully celebrating our 3 months together. Lilly is happy, healthy and vivid. We couldn’t ask for more (well, maybe she could obey me a little bit more). To be honest, an afterparty also took place that day, but let's keep it in secret. We hardly behaved, you know, there was so much fun, food and drinks that for the rest of the evening Lilly even tought she was a present herself. We're absolutely going to repeat it. 
COMMEMORATIVE PHOTO OF LILLY AND HER NEW CAR

Thursday, 26 May 2011

BED TIME HISTERICS

I’ve barely slept in days ‘cause Lilly wakes up around 9 PM and stays awake till about… 1 AM, demanding constant attention. She became quite possessive, you know. I have to come and carry her in my arms, otherwise she bites the bars.
BUSTED :-)
This little gnome does it with such a feeling that sometimes she looks like she was really angry and hated them for real. It’s time to face the truth: I spoiled her and now she’s being very, VERY naughty. When she’s running in the room, I have to run and play with her, otherwise she’s unhappy, sitting in the center with lonely looks and begging eyes. Would you believe she - being a big girl now - still refuses to eat from her bowl until I come and give her seeds from it on my hand…? My little precious. I’m crazy about her and she knows it well, abusing it openly and shamelessly. I don’t know whether she thinks she’s a star or what, but she’s incredibly fastidious nowadays. The worst part is the bedtime. It's a nightmare.
LILLY MAKING FACES
No matter how long she plays outside with me, after putting her into her cage it’s always drama: few minutes she stays still and than it starts - scratching, making faces, gnawing away cage bars and hanging on the cage wires. It’s her every night variety show and I’m forced to do whatever pleases Her Highness. Me myself...? Phew! I'm not that important. I might fall on my face because of  fatigue and she wouldn't notice. She goes to sleep when SHE wants to. In that case approaches me and stands on her back paws. It’s sign she’s tired and I’m supposed to carry her to her nest. Which I do gladly, ‘cause while she’s asleep - and only then - she looks like a true angel. A furry one.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

LILLY TEACHES GOOD MANNERS

Here we are. The first photo presentation created out of love. Although it was her debut, Lilly did her best. She even helped me with the editing, gazeing at the screen over my shoulder. Thanks to her it's a masterpiece. Go, see yourself.

 

You know, when I brought her home and learned how graceful and  photogenic she is I regreted that I didn't have a camcorder. I had to use my imagination to keep those sweet moments with her forever. That's how the idea of  slideshow occured. Thanks to good, old camera we managed to create something special and most dear to us. It's true blessing to have you here, Lilly.

Monday, 9 May 2011

QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

Once Lilly trusted in me and tasted freedom outside her cage she became unstoppable. After exploring half a room (there are still places I save for later, to keep her beautiful mind occupied) she started exploring… uninteresting me.
MY LITTLE EXPLORER
I had been run all over, there and back. She tried picking up my hair, sliding off my legs and climbing my arms. My sweaters’ sleeves are no longer mystery to her. My hands are scratched and my clothes are torn, but nothing compares to those little paws running all over you and tiny whiskers skimming your skin.
JUMBO!
You should have seen her trotting on those furry puffy legs, shaking her little bum. Priceless! There’s no thing more cheerful than watching a hamster on the move. At this point I started taking pictures of Lilly and she seemed to like it so in my ugly mind rose the idea of sharing her with the world. She doesn’t mind so… here we are: blogging and streaming on YouTube. By the way: did you know hamsters have five almost-human-like fingers at their hands and feet…? I didn’t and I was absolutely delighted when I discovered Lilly has them. They are the sweetest things I’ve ever seen in my life (despite of a hamster itself) especially when hammies hold something,  some pieces of food for example. Enough of digression. Day by day Lilly was becoming more lively and now every night belongs to her. She comes out of her tubes, grooms herself precisely and is ready to go out. First onto my hand: stroke, stroke… and than I put her on the floor so that she could do some  free
ALMOST LIKE TWINS
running,  exploring,  jumping, scratching, climbing, digging in the carpet, bitting furniture and playing hide'n'seek with me. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up, sometimes I have to encourage her to try new things but each walk is different and I simply can’t wait every another one. But it's only when  the night falls. All day long Lilly is sleepy and barely goes out of her pipes to take a seed or two from my hand. But when the evening comes, she changes. Just like dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde. My little girl just wanna have FUN, FUN, FUN! She's impatient, quick to learn and charming. And you have to try hard to please her: each time new smells, sounds and textures are required, otherwise little princess is bored and may become nasty... And we wouldn't like it, would we. I tried to build a maze for her once. Just a common maze made of some toilet paper tubes, nothing special, but took me over an hour to figure out how to make crossings. And guess what. Lilly walked in it ONE TIME and... despised it.
IT WASN'T ME!
She didn't like it, can you imagine?! That's just her. My super construction ended in the trash can but guess what she DID like: a closet. Just so. An ordinary, huge, corner closet which is actually our glory-hole. Each time Lilly is on the run I have to open and unload it for her. If not, she's very upset and unhappy, and tries to scratch a road inside herself. Well, she's very independent in general. She likes doing things on her own, like leaving the pipes, for example. No matter how I tempt her with my helpful hand waiting for her to come down comfortably, she always avoids it, choosing acrobatic evolutions on the cage bars . She  uses those as a ladder thinking she's so smart and self-reliant... Hah! But there are some things she WON'T do without me. You hear me, Lilly? You need me, baby, for... STROKING and KISSING and HUGGING! :-) Not mentioning the seeds, which won't materialize in your bowl themselves , honey-bee. And that's how we got to the dessert. Here's the riddle:

FIND A HAMMIE IN THIS PICTURE :-)

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

PSYCHODELIC SPINNING WHEEL

Lilly outgrew her old green spinning wheel very fast. It became obvious when she became a mature hamster and had to bend to 90 degree angle to fit in it. It was painful to watch her trying to run with her head up high so we didn’t wait.
LOWRIDER
I found the biggest (and the coolest) of available hamster-friendly spinning wheels and ordered it right away. After few days Lilly’s new black psychedelic running simulator arrived and she totally fell in love with it: she was running in it, sleeping in it and eating in it. My little scientist even invented the pee in spray (she peed while running). I congratulated her and… went to wash my face (yuk!). After this dreadful experience I stopped staring at the white spiral painted in front of the wheel. I must have been hypnotized by Lilly spinning and spinning and spinning… Well, eventually we got rid of this crazy spiral, ‘cause Lilly started to eat it up.
COME, MY PRETTY, LET'S TAKE A RIDE !
I suspect her of licking the glue but have no proofs. Anyway, it was safer to tear it off the wheel, what I’ve done successfully while my little free-runner was sleeping, so no hamster’s feelings were hurt. Next day she did notice something changed, but she checked the wheel (inside and outside) and eventually approved. Funny thing, but she quite quickly figured out that it’s impossible to get anywhere in this vehicle. Few times she was running a bit, than taking off to check the direction she was heading for, even digging out the sawdust in there, but it was always the same-old-same (of course) so my clever girl realized there’s no big fun in the spinning wheel (sooo boring), going round and round and round... The big fun was waiting for her... OUTSIDE...!