When you turned 9 years old, a year ago, your main gift was your first pet ever- a Syrian hamster.
We had quite a learning curve those first couple of months, trying to figure out A) how to keep it alive, B) how to keep it happy, and C) how to get you to be happy about having a hamster; despite the responsibilities that come with having a pet, as it took time for us to tame an animal and have him get used to us.
But these days, we are well-versed in how to accomplish all three of those things.
Now, Alpha (AKA: “Mr. Sniffer”), is a solid member of the Shell family.
It wasn’t easy at first- in fact, it was pretty terrifying.
But I am proud of our decision to stick with it; and to not return him to the pet store during those first 30 days when we could have.
Having a hamster has been a good thing for you and our family.