Adding to the Menagerie

I have tried to write this post about twelve times but it never got off the ground since things kept popping up!  I am not quite sure where to start with this!  I suppose the beginning is probably the best.  Forgive me if this gets longwinded, I just have so much I want to say!

On Friday, Andrew and I both had the day off.  So I made an appointment to have Gwen groomed.  She was getting pretty stinky, especially after he last trip to the dog park…so much mud!  Miss Gwen went to the groomer and we decided to splurge a little and get her the special which included a teeth brushing and this fancy pants shampoo and conditioner that smelled like honey and almonds. (Honey and Almond Milk Bath Spa Works was what they called it at the store.  It’s a seasonal thing.) About twenty bucks extra but it was SO worth it!!!  She smelled like Heaven when we got her back!   You could be six feet away and still smell her!  Oh my goodness it was so good!  Of course we took her to where I work so I am going to have to find out if you can purchase that shampoo!  I will let you know the brand once I find out! 😉

We have been talking about getting a couple of hamsters for a little while now.  Roborovski Hamsters (aka Robo Hamsters) to be exact!  They are a type of dwarf hamster, the smallest of the hamsters, and native to Mongolia.  They are social little creatures, only about the size of a ping pong ball, and very cute!  They are quick and supposed to be a little difficult to handle because of their size.  When we dropped Gwen off to be groomed, I showed Andrew the hamsters.  Once he saw them he finally agreed that yes we would be getting a couple at some point!

Since Gwen was going to be at the spa for a few hours we headed up to the range to go shoot.  Our intentions had been to shoot rifle and maybe a little pistol but the local PD was using the rifle range for something so we only got to shoot pistol.  Andrew got dart board targets for Christmas so we played a round of Cricket (I think that’s what we played) and I beat him!  It was fun!  We shot our own pistols so he got a slight handicap of having to shoot at the next farther line since the middle line would’ve been too easy for him with the 9mm.  I shot my .22 which would have sucked at the far line, so we were pretty even except for the fact that I stomped, stomped, stomped him!

We headed home to wait for the call telling us Gwen was done.  On our way home we went to the Petco by our house just to look at hamster stuff.  We saw the little Robo there but didn’t buy anything except an exercise wheel since the place where I work didn’t have the kind/color that I wanted.  At that point we had decided that we would be buying the basics for our hamsters!  We talked about them in the car and we were leaning towards getting them that day/weekend.  When we got to Petco to pick up the dog we got a cart and started to get the things we needed.  We got the dog, got the stuff, got the dog a Moozle (beef snouth chew treat) and a Kong piggy because I felt bad that we weren’t getting her anything.  I had also fully intended to use our two $5 off ($10 total!) coupons on this purchase but of course some lady distracted me by asking about Gwen so that didn’t happen.  I did remember to ask for my employee discount which helped!  AND we used a gift card that had almost $100 on it so that made it super nice and way less expensive! 🙂

The Moozle (beef snout) and the Kong Piggy that we got for Gwen. We love Kong products! They are so durable!

Got home, realized the tank we’d gotten was too big for where we were going to put it.  So we loaded that back up and headed back to the store! Another two 20 minute drives.  Got the right size tank for us for even cheaper since we got an aquarium instead of terrarium — it’s $1 per gallon aquariums w/ petco pals cards right now!  So we got some money back!  How nice.  Did I mention that we purchased our two little Robos on our first trip?  Yup.  We purchased two robos but basically put them on hold since we wanted to get everything set up first.  So they put a sign on the cage saying that they were purchased and going home with me on Saturday!

That night we gave Gwen the Moozle while we were setting up the new hamster cage.  My intention was to only let her have half and then take it away since it was a big treat.  That plan back fired.  She ate the whole thing before I realized it!  So of course that night she had a belly ache.  Turns out the Moozles are just a bit too rich for Gwen…without being too nasty, her upset tummy continued the next day…so she had to have another bath after her grooming and was on a diet of rice and chicken broth for a couple days.  Also, she could clear a room better than Pumba.  Oh lordy, it REAKED!

Saturday we had plans to go to a dog show (Doin’ the Charleston) sans Gwen and then later to go to the range so Andrew could donate blood and get another 3 month membership.  I checked the schedule and saw that Pembrokes were to show at 9:15am on Saturday!  So we got there about 9:00, found the ring and watched the dogs there.  Another breed that was to show in that ring before the Pems was the Sweedish Vallhund.  This dog is related to the Corgi and looks like a corgified wolf.  So cute!  We talked to a lady who had three that she was showing and she turned out to be the only breeder in GA of these dogs.  She imported some of her dogs from Europe and has her own breeding program.  This breed is still a bit rare in the States.  We talked to her, got her business card, and met her male puppy that she had waiting in her car.  She brought him back in when she brought us back a card.  We watched the Pems while we waited.  Oh they were so pretty!  (Mostly females being shown the other day).  We talked to one Pem lady who had a puppy that it was her first show, that little pup was so dainty looking compared to Gwen!

Andrew and I both loved the little Sweedish Vallhunds and we both thought it was neat that we could actually see some at the show and talk to the lady about them!  We had heard about them before and said how neat it would be to one day have one of those.  I am still partial to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi of course but we both think that one day a little Sweedish Vallhund could join our family.  Gwen would probably love to have a playmate but would hate to share her things!  At least they would be the same size.

Moving right along now.  After the show and donating blood, we headed home to play with the dog for a bit before we went to pick up our new additions to our little family and my our menagerie.  We picked up some things we had forgotten the day before, like food, and also picked up our new little hammies!  Saturdays are always quite busy so the associate on register asked if I wanted to get the hamsters myself, since I do work there too.  I told her sure I’d get them!  I felt weird since I was in normal clothes but I even saw one of the managers while I was getting them and he didn’t care, he just said hi.

So now we have two hamsters! 😀  Their names are Boris and Visili.  Boris is the smaller one and Visili is Andrew’s and just so happens to be the fat one.  We picked the names since they are Russian.  I like Boris because it means “small” and Andrew liked Visili because of Vasily Zaytsev the Russian sniper of the Battle of Stalingrad fame (Enemy at the Gates).  Also, Visili means “king.”


Boris (L) and Visili (R)

Sunday I worked and when I came home, I had been expecting to either go somewhere with Andrew and Gwen or maybe head back to the dog show to watch some of the afternoon stuff but I came home to find the husband sick.  He had flu like symptoms that were accompanied by this horrible cough which of course lasted through the night.  Should’ve taken him to the ER that night but we waited until the morning, he went to sick call instead of work and they told him that he has an upper respiratory infection and that “everything was normal and that he sounded fine.”  They should have seen how not fine he was about an hour before we got there!  He had trouble breathing.  Last night was better but he ended up sleeping on the couch so he could sit up.  He went to work and we (his parents and I) are hoping that they send him to the doctor/hospital when they see how horrible he looks and sounds.  But this is the Navy we are talking about…their “doctors” aren’t known for being good or efficient…when he went in he wasn’t even seen by a real doctor.  He was seen by a corpsman which is like a nurse but I don’t think they are as well trained…I am pretty sure a nurse would NOT have told him what they told him and a nurse would most likely have had a doctor see him!  Argh!  I won’t see him until after I’m done at work today so I hope he gets through the day fine…

While the husband was sick with the flu I was nice and bought him a plethora of different chicken soup varieties, saltine crackers, some Gatorade, and Ginger Ale.  The next day after he went to see the “docs” he wanted desperately to go to work even though they had told him rest and lots of fluids.  I wouldn’t let him go.  Good think I drove him to the base and he didn’t drive himself or he may have ended up at work instead of being a vegetable on the couch all day!  I made him go put pjs back on and go to sleep on the couch.  I brought him tall glasses of liquids and told him to drink and then go to sleep.  Just call me nurse Ratchet!

**We will be back to regular Gwen adventures soon!  I have some picture posts planned for the near future!  A picture says a thousand words, right? 😉


3 thoughts on “Adding to the Menagerie

  1. Aw, I hope that he feels better soon :/ let me know if you need anything! Your little additions are ADORABLE, btw!! How is Gwen doing with the new additions? When I had hammies, I put them in those plastic ball things so they could roll around the house. Norma would loose her mind if we had hammies rolling around the house like that!! Haha.

    • So far I don’t think she knows what to make of them. The first day she sat under the table listening to them scratch around. Now she just goes over there when we’re over there. We bought one ball so far, they only had one small one so I’m looking for a second. I relented and said they can roll around the kitchen if Gwen was put away. 🙂 I think Gwen would give the poor little guys heart attacks if she saw them rolling around the house, she’d probably bark her little head off trying to heard them! haha

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