In June 2012, we went to a local pet supply store looking for another hamster to add to our family. We know we wanted a Syrian hamster (the large ones) who was friendly. After looking at the hamsters for a while, we asked one of the employees if she knew which one was friendly. She said all the ones on display were okay, but they had one in back that was brought to the store after having babies. She was super friendly and was available for adoption. We said we’d take a look at her and after a few minutes, something that looked like a lab mouse was brought out. We were taken aback by her short white fur and red eyes, but once we got past the initial shock of her appearance, her unique coloring started to grow on us. Since she was really friendly and that’s what we were looking for, we decided to adopt her. We decided Snowy would be the perfect name for her.
We bought the biggest cage we could find, which was actually a cage designed for rats. We bought extra shelves and ladders so the cage would be safe for a hamster. We’re glad we bought a huge cage because Snowy was VERY active. Some days even this cage with a large wheel and six levels of places to explore wasn’t big enough. She’d climb the wall and hang from the roof of the cage! When we opened the door and folded it down like a bridge, she’d climb down the door into your lap.
Because she was so active, Snowy enjoyed a nightly romp in her exercise ball. She’d roll around the house for about an hour. Sometime she and Tux would bump into each other and say hi. Since Snowy is a girl and Tux is a boy, this is the only way they could meet.
We had Snowy for a little over a year so I do wish she could have been with us longer. But I think the time she spent with us was really high quality. She had a quiet, peaceful home, a huge cage, lots of fluffy bedding to make a sleeping cave, got lots of exercise, had high-quality hamster food, and enjoyed daily fresh food treats. And boy did Snowy like her treats. She ate little bits of peanuts, almonds, pine nuts, bananas, apples, strawberries, cranberries, cucumbers, carrots, fish, chicken, shrimp, dry cereals, and cooked rice. And every time we held a treat for her, she took it very gently from our fingers.
The last photo is one of my favorites. She happened to lift her front paws up just as the picture was taken so it looks like she’s dancing. I often use it as my screensaver at work and it always makes people smile.
We’re glad we found this friendly little girl and decided to make her part of our furry family. Remembering Snowy will always make us smile.