Sunday, July 29, 2007

So Long, Milky

Yesterday was a very sad day for me.

I got rid of Milky, my hamster.

There is a hole in my closet where his cage used to be, and it makes me sad every time I see it.

I have been meaning to get rid of my hamster for some time now, but I had no idea how to do that. My friends and I came up with a few different plans:

1. Let him go in the wild.
The problem with this plan was that I would feel guilty for the rest of my life. There was no way that I could take my precious pet and put him in a field where birds could pick him up, carry him away and eat him. I couldn't live with myself knowing that would be the end of him.

2. Find someone with a snake, and feed him to it.
The problem with this plan was that I would, again, feel guilty for the rest of my life. What a way for a hamster to die. Mice are one thing, but a pet, a named pet, is another.

3. Carry him into a pet store in my pocket, then pull him out and walk up to a store employee, claiming we found him running around the store, and that he needed to be put back in a cage. (My personal favorite because it was the least cruel.)
The problem with this plan was that the employees would probably notice his patchy fur, due to the summer hair cut Carolyn gave him a few weeks ago. Another problem is that he was a lot bigger than the other hamsters in the store, and they would know something was up.

4. Put him in his ball, and let him loose on a busy street.
The problem with this plan was... well I won't even go into how wrong this is on so many levels.

Since none of these plans seemed like they would work, I decided to call Petsmart and Petco to see if they would accept hamsters that had been previously owned. Petsmart told me that if I had bought him there less than two days ago, there would be no problems. Milky is about a year and a half old, so this definitely wasn't an option. Petco, on the other hand, said that I could take him, his cage and all his accessories up to the store and sign a "transfer of custody" form. They would then put him up for adoption and find a good home for him.


So yesterday afternoon, I cleaned Milky's cage for the last time ever, put him in the car, and drove to Petco. After signing the transfer of custody form (I felt like I had gone through a divorce or something), the super nice and friendly employees took Milky in. They thought he was adorable, and welcomed him into their lovely family. I waved goodbye and walked out the door, feeling a little sad that I will no longer have a small rodent living in my closet. I no longer smell hamster pee when I walk into my room, which should make me extremely happy, but instead makes me a little sad.

Give me a few days and I'll be over it, I'm sure. Milky will forever live on as my phone's background picture.

I can't wait for Kellie to be back in Texas. I really miss her, even if she doesn't miss us very much. Texas loves her more than she knows. :)

There are 10 more days until the end of this Summer School session. I honestly can't believe this summer is nearly over. It really really makes me sad, because I have enjoyed it so much! I have had so many adventures, met so many people, learned so many new things... I couldn't have asked for a better summer this year.

I move into my new duplex in 12 days. It is going to be a huge change for me, since I am so used to living with the same three amazing girls. My new roommate is amazing, too, but it will definitely be different than it is now. I think the main difference is that I'll only be living with one other person. I am excited and sad at this new chapter of my life. But God is still good. :)
I think I have run out of things to say. I keep looking out my window at the beautiful sky. I want to get out there. I think I will go somewhere and just lay outside. It looks absolutely gorgeous!!!