Otum

( Samerhaus sa Taglagas )

HBH = Hulog–Bagsak* sa Hacienda, o kaya Hakot–Basura ng Hamster 😆

[ * “Fall” kasi ]

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Anlayoooo ng CR…

Makalipat na nga!

‘Tsokey lang yun!

Kesa naman magkasakit you sa bato.

Hongah.

Saka heksersays na rin, o ‘diba?

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Eto po ang tinutukoy nila: ← i-CLICK ang dagang ihing-ihi (wala lepto yan)

De-da da da

( Chamertaym pa rin )

HBH = Hacienda–Bulaklak ng Hamster, o kaya Hamster’s Bulaklak Harvest 😆

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Gurabeng init sa building nina bosing!

Tataas yat’ang highblad ko.

Inom ka kasi ng

iced tea na may yelo!

Hongah.

O kaya mag-night-swimming ka sa gabi!

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Ang tutuo nyan, di na masyado si Doray sa samplawer sids. → This May, sya ay 18 months na (senior citizen sa mga hamster) — mahirap na, baka nga ma-hayblad pa sya. 😆

Sumaglit lang. Sa Lunes, baka sakali ule.

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( “Isno-wed” distaym )

HBH = Holiday Bakasyunan ng Hamster 😆

Unang pasko ni Doray

Akshuli pangalawa — di nya matandaan yun una kasi nuon beybi pa sya. mouse-ismol

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“Maligayang Pasko!”

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Yan lang muna… 😉

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hauMted

( Hamsdertaker, part 2 )

HBH = Haunted Bahay ng Hamster 😆 [ → Kiddy version ]

Naiinip si Doray… Nagyaya ng katropa para may makahunta sa undas. mouse-ismol

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Awo, awo, awo —

Awoooooooooooo…!!!

`Yaw ko na dito sa mansyon —

Nagmumurto yata’ng mga namayapang DAGA!

Hongah! Uwi na kami!

Multu? Hindi kaya —

komputer mouse lang yan!

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hammie-trio

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not even one day

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Yesterday it was his wife… Then suddenly, without any hint, it was him. Before the sun set this afternoon, Mochawonka followed his wife’s pawsteps to join their departed family members.

Evening nap: the wiggler in his inactive state.

Etymology of name: color + WB movie chocolate-maker

Alias: Mocha ‘the wiggler’

Gender: male

Color: light brown

Parentage: Arrow + Isnowitwit Kotonbol

Generation: “4½th

Litter group: Panapanagang (sons and daughters of Arrow)

Spouse: Isnohontas Kotonbol

Lifespan: 26 months 18 days

Cause of death: ?

Earliest riser (3:30 pm) ; treads his small wheel right-away, and insist to get out of his cage for a tread on a larger wheel.

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Published in: on 17 December 2008 at 11:50 pm  Comments (11)  
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goodbye hello

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The hammie who welcomed you 466 days ago bade her last farewell at about 6:40 this evening.

‘Hello, world’ hammie Isnohontas Kotonbol.

Etymology of name: color + historical Algonquian Indian heroine, early 1600s

English equivalent: Snowhontas Cottonball

Gender: female

Color: white

Parentage: Arrow + Isnowitwit Kotonbol

Generation: “4½th

Litter group: Panapanagang (sons and daughters of Arrow)

Spouse: Mochawonka the wiggler

Offspring: 2 (survivors of 6; only one litter, the PanapanaIIgang)

Lifespan: 26 months 17 days

Cause of death: old age

Isnohontas was the most friendly member of the family.

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Published in: on 16 December 2008 at 11:50 pm  Comments (6)  
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Exit

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Departure season is not yet over… At about 9 o’clock this evening, grandmahammie Mochahontas joined her hubby Berio (the elder) with the rest of their departed family members.

Penthouse gate (2007 May 19) ; pension house end of the bridge (2008 Nov 08).

Etymology of name: color + historical Algonquian Indian heroine, early 1600s

Gender: female

Color: light brown

Parentage: Arrow + Isnowitwit Kotonbol

Generation: “4½th

Litter group: Panapanagang (sons and daughters of Arrow)

Spouse: Berio

Offspring: 6 (3 boys and 3 girls in only one litter, the Boolagang)

Lifespan: 25 months 20 days

Cause of death: old age

Ibang klase magpaikot ng gulong si Lola Daga.

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Timed out

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At about 11 am today, Teepee Pompom joined her hubby Ispidbol with the rest of their departed family members.

It was her time.

Etymology of name: native American Indian tent + appearance

Gender: female

Color: white

Parentage: Mochawonka the “wiggler” + Isnohontas Kotonbol

Generation: 5th

Litter group: PanapanaIIgang. This is an unexpected litter. The Panapanagang (their young parents) were not separated until after more than 40 days from birth enabling the mating of the young pair. Only two (2) of the resulting six (6) cubs survived.

Spouse: Ispidbol

Lifespan: 23 months 6 days

Cause of death: probably digestive tract illness due to old age

Bitin ba? Dito may kumpleto (music and lyrics). ► Grave robber

Traits and characteristics: Round and fluffy (like Isnowitwit her grandmother); has a peculiar tail but Teepee’s is pointed forward. She is a very vocal female, quite the grumpy and bitey type, who refuses to be handled except when she’s in heat. Gnaws the woodwork of any cage – even the exercise wheels were not spared. A habitual sleeper under her bedsheets.

At 22 months 22 days, she saw the installation of the Snowy-Teepee clock on Ikabod tower. Her last visit on the tower deck was taken six days before she passed away.

Her greatgrand-aunt Snowy (3rd batch, 2nd generation), from whom the tower clock was first named, was the first white female raised in the family. Teepee was the fifth and the last.

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Published in: on 4 November 2008 at 11:00 pm  Comments (12)  
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Isang ikot

Birthday ngayon ng unang post ni Hello Hammie ko. Bukas naman ( Sep 8 ), isang ikot na rin simula nung ipasulat at ipa-post nya sa akin ang sarili nilang bersyon nina Malakas at Maganda (click that for the original version).

Hindi na ako masyadong magbibida, para may panahon kayong samahan akong mag-ikot-ikot dito sa IkawTubo bidyo. Ni-produced ito ng magigiting na mga salinlahi nina Mauslakas at Magandaga. 😆

See 12th comment (mine) below. ↓

Hirs a litol song I rowt

Yu mayt want to sing it nowt por nowt

Donk Wodent… Bi Hammie…

Aru… lumala yata ang vertigo ko. 🙄 Tsokey lang… Basta naka-one full turn na akong sakay ng blogosperyo. 😀 Isang taon na pala akong nagkakalat ng superbabaw kong kaligayahan sa internet?

Pasensya na po kayo sa mga korning jokes ko. 😳

Galing sa Yahoo Mail inbox ni misis:

There comes a TIME in our LIFE when we have TO LET GO of all the pointless drama and the people who created it and surround ourselves with people who make us laugh so hard that we forget the bad news and focus on the pleasant memories. After all, life is too short for us not to be HAPPY!

🙄 …Nyay! 😳 Ahehe… Hindi naman sigruro “pointless” yung mga dramanobela na nikukwento ko dito, di ba? Atsaka mas marami naman “pleasant memories”. 🙂

Seven in 5

Another thing the month of August reminds me is how this clan had started.

It was five years ago when I first saw these two (later bacame the first couple), with the rest of the litter, helpless as they were, “sucklings” to their mother. Their owner was my wife’s friend, a former “suki” in our cross stitch and framing business.

The following month (September 2003), she offered us to adopt a pair of these hamsters. Her auntie didn’t want to keep these “bad luck” critters any longer, and was thinking of disposing all of them soon. (You have to squeeze your way in to reach the innermost end of this blog’s sub-terranean tunnel for details… Take this shortcut.)

I’ve been keeping records of my hamster’s “chronicles” even before I gained access to the internet:

19 had lived and perished before I started to blog.

One passed away soon, less than two weeks after I launched this blog.

13 were left to be seen “on-live” in my posts.

Out of the 13, nine are still living as of this day.

The following presentation was also produced in their pre-blogging chronicles (Ispidbol’s appearance was added just later). CLICK the photo.

NOTE: WordPress does not allow a .pps-file upload anymore, so this is a .ppt (powerpoint) presentation. Wait for it to be downloaded, open the file, then hit F5” on your keyboard to play and watch the presentation. “ Less than 3 minutes. Nakakaaliw ito, para sa mga “batang” paris ko! 😉

ADDENDUM (2009 Nov 16) : PPS format can be uploaded again; Just open the .pps-file after the download and watch. Thanks!

Hamster cages and wheels are kinda expensive, so I learned to improvise.

One of my utmost concerns is what to do when a hamster got sick, or how to prevent incidence of illness. That was the first topic that I researched upon gaining internet access in August last year. My searches led me to Wikipedia, then to fellow pet- and hamster-bloggers. Eventually I thought on blogging at WordPress, signing up with Flickr and YouTube ONLY as photo and video hosts. (My blogging is another story, so much about that next month).

I am not a breeding expert. I was quite disappointed when I learned that what I’ve been doing is not a “good” practice. I knew some basic rules about genetics, but I was not seriously aware about the ill-effects of in-breeding. I stopped “marriages” among closed relatives since the last litter of June 2007 – after I have gone through seven generations.

Amboy’s ♂ ‘good side’

Seventh-line descendant Amboy. Will he be my last hammie?

Amboy is my 33rd hamster. He belongs to the 7th generation (maternal line; see my first comment below) and is the youngest. He had gone past midlife but still celibate – a forty year-old virgin, at that. 😆 Now he is faced with the question:

“To breed or not to breed?”

FLOOD for thought:

Remember that the Ark was built by an amateur, Titanic by professionals.

She’s mine!

Hammies can be are! very adorable. 😉

Her name is Chmurka. She belongs to Pyza/Klara, one of my “stranger-friends” who welcomed me in Flickr and YouTube (sites where I found people who can say and do all the ‘silly things’ about their little critter friends and yet enjoy the impunity of being dubbed as “crazy”).

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Published in: on 25 July 2008 at 4:30 pm  Comments (9)  
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Nine lives

NOTE: Hamsters’ gestation period (pagbubuntis ) is 16 days (6-12 is the normal number of pups per litter); average lifespan, between 2 and 3 years.

(‘By batch’ sila kung dumating, kaya ‘by batch’ din sila kung lumisan. 😛 )

My nine living hammies.

How are my 9 hammies doin’? (a rundown):

Panapanagang (1 year 9 months 22 days). The elders (Hamsters are already considered seniors when they reached their 18th month).

Mochawonka (). Eldest male, therefore the family chief. 😆 He’s gaining weight lately. The Hall (made available to all members as a hammy-gym) was reserved for him from 6 to 7 am, and most of the evening hours.

Mochahontas (). Grumpy grandma’s bites are not that ‘nasty’ anymore. (Obviously, the “Lola” had passed on some of her temperament trait to granddaughter Syma!)

Isnohontas (). To both humans and fellow-hamsters, the peace-loving momma remains the most amiable of all. She’s been spending most of her time sleeping, but insists on getting out of her cage when awake.

PanapanaIIgang (1 year 7 months 22 days). The new oldies are only 60 days younger than their parents, Mochawonka and Isnohontas.

Wigwam (). Still young-looking. Always wary and suspicious, ready to bite (not so hard – “nip” is more appropriate) if handled against his will. Very responsive to odors of his kind – male’s musk makes him gnash his teeth, female’s scent excites him so easily (this behavior is typical).

Teepee (). Ispidbol’s widow has a cyclical mood shift. Shows hostility toward her fellow-hammies except when she is in heat. The most vocally expressive among them.

Boolagang (1 year 4 months 16 days). Two of the three surviving male offspring of Mochahontas (A third white male named “Hamty” is still living with his foster owner). These two ‘boolaboys’ are the new ‘record-holders’ (you may want to check this out – The Lupindilayks).

Bebong II () and Berio II (). The ‘Dugyot’ (unGroomed) Brothers 😆 are the most hyperactive. Physical growth seems retarded. Sharing cage, still no sign of serious fight or struggle… just like that – carrot- and wheel-olympics 😆 (see video).

Chochobebes (1 year 1 month 17 days). The offspring of the late Isnobol. My youngest hammies have reached their ‘midlife’ last month (June 4).

Syma (). The once-bitey hamster has been learning to deal with humans. Meticulous regarding her food and toilet habits. Active in the first few hours after midnight, making all sorts of noise when I and my wife are about to sleep.

Amboy () shifted his daily sleep-and-wake schedule. At about 12 noon everyday (when all other hamsters are sound asleep), the once-thin and timid little hammy is persistent to leave his cage for a four-hour ‘workout’ in The Hall. The fact is, he is right… he’s quite big now for his homecage wheel.

Quite similar to linked cabs on a subway rail? — passing so swiftly, coming and going in quick succession (s’ensya na sa ni-sampol kong tweyn… ‘indi ako makaluwas para manyut sa MRT eh). 😛

May JOKE pa… CLICK nyo ito, hindi na bastos, pramis.