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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Welcome, Douglas Cement Mixer O'Spoon!

By Catya
Catya is a judge with the California Hamster Association. She shares her experiences in hamster ownership from a high school student's perspective.

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Douglas caught dad's eye from the begining!
Douglas is a Golden Dominant Spot Syrian hamster.
Douglas is a decendant of Spoon
Photos Courtesy of Catya
Douglas the hamster is still getting acclimated to his new home.

Hi again, everyone! I hope you had a happy and safe Halloween. Here at my house, there’s a bit of exciting news. We’ve added a new member to our hamster family, and the proud “parent” is none other than my dad!

My parents are ultra-supportive of all my hamster ventures; they help give out treats, clean cages and refill water bottles whenever I need a hand. But the part of hamster care that my dad loves best is taming, when he gets to hold the hamsters. My dad always enjoys playing with my Roborovskis and my brother’s Winter Whites, but he sometimes misses our Syrians and their unique personalities. Spoon, Toby and Frosty were really cool guys who were all different from any other hamster.

At the California Hamster Association Show in October, a friend of ours who is a breeder brought along a litter of Syrian pups. If you’ve never seen one, let me tell you that a litter of Syrian pups is one of the cutest things you’ll ever see — tiny, fuzzy little ones that can barely hold their heads up as they totter eagerly about their cage. They’re even cuter when they’re sleeping, all curled up with their mom in a furry ball. Sometimes they even snore!

Seeing all that cuteness, how could one not fall in love? Dad certainly did. He jokes with me sometimes, saying that I have way too many hamsters (really, Dad, there’s only 77 of them!), so I was stunned when I heard him ask, “When will they be ready for adoption?” They wouldn’t be ready for a few more weeks, but he was more than willing to wait for one.

Last week, we visited the breeder so Dad could look at all the pups and pick which one he wanted to take home the next week, when they would finally be old enough. One little boy caught his eye. This guy was a Golden Dominant Spot, which means that he’s white with golden spots. Besides his golden spots, he had a curly, frizzy coat, right down to his whiskers. That’s because he has the Rex gene. As a matter of fact, he was descended from Spoon, the progenitor of all the Rex Syrians currently in the California Hamster Association!

Needless to say, that’s the guy that Dad picked. He has been dubbed Douglas Cement Mixer O’Spoon, partly in honor of Spoon and partly for reasons only Dad knows. On Sunday, Douglas came home at last. He is such a cute little foozball that it’s hard to resist the temptation to hold him, but, for the first few days, we’re leaving him alone to adjust to his new life. After that, only Dad will hold him for the first week, so that he’ll bond with Dad especially. Douglas was a little unsure about us and our house, but he’s already getting more used to us. With time, I’m sure he’ll love it here. I can’t wait until then!

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I know part of how Douglas Cement Mixer O'Spoon got his name.
Catya, ask your dad if Douglas goes to camp.
Auntie Pig, Rochester Hills, MI
Posted: 12/14/2008 11:54:52 AM
I'd love to hear how Douglas CM O'Spoon got his name!
Jeremy, St Joseph, MO
Posted: 11/14/2008 2:54:35 PM
I loved reading this catharine! : )
Becca Blake, Whittier, CA
Posted: 11/12/2008 9:04:24 PM
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