Friday, October 24, 2008

His Name is Pipkin

By Heather

Have I introduced you to Pipkin yet? Aka Pip, aka The Pipster.

He’s our latest hamster, technically belonging to my daughter (who received him as a birthday present from two of her best friends), but has been adopted by the whole family just because he’s so irresistibly cute.

Exhibit A: Pip playing peek-a-boo from behind his wheel.


All right, I know some of you think of hamsters as one genetic link away from a rat, and okay, maybe technically DNA-speaking that may be true. But in our hearts he’s a Ratatouille kind of rat and not a Lady and a Tramp version. Not that he’s a rat. He’s a cuddly teddy bear hamster, who has the cutest toes.

Exhibit B: Pip rubbing his face against the outside of his cage (he’s a bit OCD about this). Look at those toes!

Rubbing his face

We’ve never really been pet people (the fish don’t exactly count) until our son talked us into allowing him to get a hamster (RIP Trot), then our daughter wanted one (RIP Dewey), and then our son wanted another one (RIP Remy). And yes, as you may have noticed hamsters don’t precisely have longevity in their favor, though Dewey lasted over 2 ½ years, which is something like 100 in people years.

You may have also noticed a theme with the names if you’re an avid Red Sox fan. Well. That is until you get to Pipkin. His name came straight from Watership Down, my daughter’s favorite book at the time (it changes often) Pip came into our lives.

But we’re glad he did. Just look at that cute little face:

Exhibit C: Pip’s cute face.

Pip looking for his food

How about you? Are you a pet person? If so, what kind?