Now Clive looks like this:
That's actually Clive on the left - the one on the right is a Clive look-a-like from Wiki Commons. Much better angle and lighting than I could get at home
Several weeks ago Clive went MIA for three days. Busted out of his towering hamster home and disappeared. Now, there's a lot of space in our home and tons of great hamster hiddey holes. I searched every room, opened every closet, cupboard drawer, even scoured the basement because experience has taught me that hamsters are not afraid of stairs. No Clive sighting anywhere. Just when I began to accept that it would be a mere matter of hours before I'd come upon a hamster corpse, Clive appeared. In our bathroom sink. Three rooms away from his home. How he managed to scale the wood cupboard and vanity to get to the sink remains a mystery.
Needless to say after three days sans water and food, Clive was thirsty and hungry. And wary of venturing out of his home, which for me, who likes to take him out to play, was a problem. I'd open the door to his domicile and he'd scurry up into one of its tubes and inch his way into his Space Station Command Center. (see first image, top of the page - hatch open). However, since Clive has gained more girth and more fluff since leaving the pet shop, that, To The Top Of The World! maneuver wasn't as easy as it had been in his hamsterlet days. Not only not as easy, it had become rather, mmm, confining, as in, getting stuck in the tube confining.
I told you all of that to tell you this.
Question: Why would you buy a hamster cage and not want a hamster to put in it?
training, playing with or walking the dogs, but for the
canines. Backpacks, life jackets, bandanas, bows, hats, sweaters, coats, shirts, tank tops and.....dresses, and......shoes and socks.
As I drove home I recalled a PBS News Hour program I watched last year, shortly before Halloween, about how much money Americans spend annually on their house pets. Approximately 65% of the households in this country house a pet and if I'm remembering correctly, the amount spent on pets last year was somewhere in the vicinity of $55 billion, expected to reach close to $60 billion this year. A large part of this money is for food and with all the healthier, more expensive chow options we have, the pet food grocery expenditure can be a hefty bill.
However, the news that really jarred me is what pet owners in America were projected to spend on Halloween costumes for their pets in 2014. Yup, you read that right.
H A L L O W E E N Costumes. Guess how much it was predicted they would spend? If you guessed 350 MILLION dollars, then you're right. $70 million more than was spent on critter costumes last year.
The unhappiest poodle angel I've ever seen. And have ever seen. A worse indignity than christening a newborn child with a dog breed for a name, like Poodle.
With the last name of MacDoodle.
US Vice President Dick Cheney's dogs dressed for Halloween...and don't they look like a happy pair of
Do you think this gratitude extends to the wearing of costumes?