A few years ago, I was bringing a Robo hamster back to her family after her veterinary visit. Her cute little round face was peeking out from my closed fist. I had a Sharpie in my lab coat pocket. If you know me or have been around the Riley and James website, you probably know where this is going…I drew bunny ears and whiskers on the hand I had around the hamster, and Ham-Rabbit (named by the beautiful and talented Pet Nurse Erika Workman) was born. SO cute! The hamster was returned to her family without incident.
However, the next day when I handed the next client’s hamster back, she immediately asked, ”Why do you have Sharpie on your hand?” Wouldn’t you think her first question would be “Is my hamster going to be ok?” or “What medication do I need to give her?” or something like that? No…she zeroed right in on my sharpied hand! Some people are just obsessed with Sharpies.
Knowing she would either think it was as hilarious as I did, or completely unprofessional, like most grown-up clients (and doctors) probably should, I sheepishly asked to hold her hamster again, then hopped my hand towards her with her little hamster in it. She could not stop laughing to say good-bye and was still giggling as she checked out. *PHEW*
As we were driving home after visiting our family in Ohio last month, Russ said (after miles and miles of silence), “You know what would be REALLY cute? Hamosaurus!”
We came up with all sorts of awesome hamster costume ideas that night, and this week we finally had Sharpies and hamsters and nephews who could give us permission all in one place at one time. So now, I am proud to announce…
Ham-Rabbit. And friends.
Coming to Riley and James New Year’s Eve.
You will love them.