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Hamster Hideout is pleased to present the winner of September 09’s ‘Hamster of the Month’ award!

HOTM Sept 2009 - Zoe

Entries: 14

Votes: 10 out of 24 (1 vote per member)

Winner: ZoeBaby’s Zoe

HH: Hi Zoe, congratulations for winning Hamster of the Month! How are you feeling now?
ZE: Hi! Thanks so much! I am so super excited that I won!!

HOTM Sept 2009 - Zoe

HH: That’s a very adorable picture of you in the submitted photo. What were you doing at that time?
ZE
: In my picture I was at the park with mommy and her friends. We went to watch a softball game! It was a lot of fun.I was playing with all the kids there. I was so tired that I fell asleep in Mommy’s hands.

HOTM Sept 2009 - Zoe

HH: You are staying with a new family now, you must miss mommy a lot?
ZE
: I do miss Mommy a lot but my new house is so cool! I love to snuggle in the tunnels and there are a lot of fun houses to play in.

HOTM Sept 2009 - Zoe

HH: Describe your likes and dislikes.
ZE: I really like running on my wheel and my favorite food is still cherries. They are my foster mom’s favorite food too! She plays with me a lot and so do her brothers.

HOTM Sept 2009 - Zoe

HH: Anything else you would like to say to our readers?
ZE:
Thanks for voting for me! I am so happy I won!!!

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Credits: HH Designer Cloudpuff for making the original award certificate and wiffy for updating it

See past and present winners, at the HH Hall of Fame

Psst … Want to win? Check out the current contests at the forum ;)

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Hamster Hideout is pleased to present the winner of May 09’s ‘Hamster of the Month’ award!

Entries: 22

Votes:  6 out of 30 (1 vote per member)

Winner: fufiche’s Martin Brown Bear (Martin)

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Martin

HH: Hi Martin, congratulations for winning hamster of the month! How are you feeling now?
MBB:
Hi! I feel great! Winning Hamster Of The Month is such an honor! My mommy always said I’m a cute little hamham. I think winning this contest is the first step in my modeling/bodybuilding career.

Martin
HH:
You mentioned you like getting your owner’s attention. What do you do together during playtime?
MBB:
My mommy (well … owner) is so easily impressed by what I do! I just have to act all cute or stand on two legs like a human and she immediately gives me a couple of sunflowers seeds or a small piece of carrot. I like my home. It’s very modern and I have everything I need there but sometimes I want to explore the outside world. I feel the need for adventure. That’s when I ask my mommy to take me outside and play explore. She takes me to these wonderful, huge places she calls living room and office. I run around a bit, then I use a very nice wheel my mommy has. Hmmm … it looks kind of small for her. I think she put it there just for me. I do this almost every evening and I love it. My mommy likes to hug and kiss me sometimes. I don’t like that very much. I’m a man now, not a little boy! But I guess mommy likes it so I give her a little kiss every now and then to make her happy.

Martin

HH:
You look so strong and muscular! What’s your secret?
MBB:
Strong and muscular? Well … I guess I am.  I like to keep fit. I run on my wheel a lot; at least 3-4 hours each day. I also climb the bars in my cage. My mommy says I look like a monkey. She sometimes gets a bit scared thinking I might fall. But I’m always okay. :P Once, I really scared my mom. I was hanging upside down from the top of my bar cage, with three paws in the air. My mom immediately took me in her arms and hugged and kissed me! lol! I was okay. Just fooling around … :P Another important factor is my diet. I eat only the best food available and the healthiest treats like carrots, broccoli, lettuce and cucumber. Of course, I eat a small piece of hard boiled egg each week. A bodybuilder like me needs a lot of protein. As for carbs, only the best rice and pasta.

Martin

HH: Describe your likes and dislikes.
MBB:
My likes: yummy, healthy food, running on my wheel, hanging upside down from the top of my cage, exploring, working out with my pal Arnold, climbing my mom’s bookcase and obviously, posing.
My dislikes: being treated like a baby, having my house cleaned (yeah … I always act mean and grumpy when my mom cleans my house) and, of course, returning to my home if I’m not done exploring.

Martin

HH: Anything else you would like to say to our readers?
MBB:
I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. I know I’m cute but so are all the other hams in the contest and I wasn’t sure I would win.
Here’s an advice for all my fans: eat healthy and work out daily! You might just become a celebrity, like me! :-)
Thank you HHers!

Martin

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Credits: HH Designer Cloudpuff for making the original award certificate and wiffy for updating it

See past and present winners, at the HH Hall of Fame

Psst … Want to win? Check out the current contests at the forum ;)

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Hamster Tails #4: The Adoption Bug

by wiffy on November 12, 2008

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We all have different perceptions about pet store hams and shelter hams. It would be natural to assume that pet store hamsters for sale are of better breed and quality, while hamsters who have been given up are in poor condition and untame. However, Hamster Hideout forum member rhapsody found out that the truth is far from it. She now finds so much joy in adopting and rescuing hamsters, that she will never again buy from a pet store.

Read the full inspiring story, written by rhapsody herself.

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“Be warned – the adoption bug is extremely contagious, and catching it will make you want to rescue every single hamster in need.”

I admit that I once had a prejudice against shelter hamsters.  Most I believed were either sickly, ancient, or had major behavioral problems.  I mean, these hamsters were abandoned for a good reason, right?  Why would I want someone’s rejects when I could purchase a young and healthy hamster from a pet store?

“I decided to give the whole adoption thing a try.  And in less than three months, my hamster family exploded from two fur-kids to a brood of seven.”

However, my assumptions about pet stores turned out to be far from the truth as I discovered after purchasing my first three hamsters: Sweet-Pea (R.I.P) suffered from chronic diabetes, Munchkin has a neurological condition that is most likely caused by severe inbreeding, and Nikki has extreme cage aggression.  And after some research, I discovered the ugly truth of the origin of many pet store hammies – breeding mills and irresponsible “backyard breeders.”  I vowed to never again purchase hamsters from a store.  Thanks to a certain Hamster Hideout member and her lovable yet wobbly dwarf, I decided to give the whole adoption thing a try.  And in less than three months, my hamster family exploded from two fur-kids to a brood of seven -

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Robo sisters Itsy-bitsy and Teeny-weeny: The unwanted results of an accidental pet store pregnancy, dumped at a small animal rescue.  Found via Petfinder and adopted on Saturday, June 28.rhapsody_Pippin_300 rhapsody_Pippinbutt

RC dwarf boy Pippin: The only hamster in an enormous humane society, consistently overlooked by potential adopters for over a month.  Found via Petfinder and adopted on Friday, July 18.

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RC dwarf boy Twip: A rambunctious yet unwelcome burden to his owner who no longer had time for him.  Found via Craigslist and adopted on Thursday, August 14.

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Syrian girl Hazel: A large gal with patchy fur that was stuffed into a tiny filthy wire cage that had very little floor space and a 5’ wheel.  She had a deep mistrust of humans and a penchant for biting.  Found via Craigslist and adopted on Wednesday, August 20.

“Adopting a hammie is truly an experience like no other, and trust me, you’ll never regret it.”

With these new additions to my furry family, I learned just how rewarding adoption can be.  In all honesty, I feel that I have bonded with my five adoptees on a far deeper level than my two pet shop hamsters.  For me, there is a sense of greater responsibility on my part to make things better, to right all the wrongs these hamsters have experienced.  To prove to them that they are worthy of love, and that my home will be their forever home.

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And they in turn respond to my love and care with an outpouring of affection.  None of the five have ever bitten me, not even the mistrustful Hazel.  The robo girls will affectionately head-butt my fingers every now and then.  Pippin and Twip are absolute love-bugs who enjoy being held, crawling all over me, licking my fingers, and hugging my nose.  And Hazel … well, the timid gal has fully blossomed into a cuddle monster who likes to take naps in the crook of my arm.

Be warned – the adoption bug is extremely contagious, and catching it will make you want to rescue every single hamster in need.  Adopting a hammie is truly an experience like no other, and trust me, you’ll never regret it.

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