This is almost unbelievable and if I hadn't been directly involved, I would have found it difficult to accept. It concerns a hamster - although not
KayEm's violent rodents, Sparky2 & Hamtaro (for a change).
In order to explain, I need to go back over a year to when KayEm first came to the UK in order that we could marry.
KayEm had a hamster then whose arts in escapology were even more advanced than those of Hamtaro. In fact she named one of her current Hamsters,
Sparky2, after him. While we were in England, KayEm's mom called to tell her that Sparky (the original one) had escaped and was nowhere to be
This broke KayEm's heart and it took a while for her to accept that he was gone.
A little while afterwards, KayEm's mom was forced to sell the house she and KayEm shared, and move to another one nearby. Her house was then left
neglected by the bank for over a year, until a few weeks ago when someone actually bought it.
Of course, as soon as we got to the US, KayEm and myself went to the old house to seek the missing rodent. The house was closed up, so we couldn't
get inside but we scoured the outside and the yard to no avail.
KayEm couldn't live without a hamster, so she bought Sparky2 and Hamtaro just before Christmas last year.
Last night, after a particularly wracked-off day at work, I insisted that KayEm needed some relaxation and we went to the riverside to sit and have a
cold drink. By the time we had finished talking and drinking, it was fully dark and Pisky was starving. This resulted in a trip to the local 7-11 for
On the way back, walking through the desolate streets, I noticed a shape leave the cover of the kerbside and begin walking along the road. I pointed
this out to KayEm and, laughing like a Pixy said, "It's a hamster'. KayEm saw the wandering rodent and yelled "It's Sparky !!!". But it wasn't
the 'new' Sparky who was safely locked away at home - it was the original
Sparky who had been missing, presumed dead, for over a year !!!
We had to wait for him to come out from underneath a parked car before managing to catch him and take him home, where he sits now in a large plastic
bucket filled with Hamster bedding awaiting his new home which he will receive later today.
This Hamster has been missing for over a year. All I can think is that he has been living in the old house all that time, only leaving when new
tenants arrived. He is definitely Sparky, as was attested to by both KayEm's mom and Bart, as well as KayEm herself.
I won't include my opinions of the bank who made KayEm's mom sell the house though. If they had still been living there, Sparky would have been
found earlier and KayEm wouldn't have had such heartache thinking he was dead.
Today KayEm called the local newspaper, since their readers enjoy such human/animal stories and they plan to send a reporter and photgrapher over to
speak to her and take pix.
, says the Pisky
By the way - when we got back to the house with Sparky, we were told that Hamtaro had escaped again and was found wandering around the kitchen in
search of food
- So theres a nice heavy book on the lid of his cage now - that should stop the bugger.
[Edited on 30-6-2004 by Pisky]