British Student Kills Hamster for Fun

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As a hamster lover who just adopted a new one today (still unnamed), I find this incident particularly reprehensible. Tags: hamsters UK animal cruelty Thanks to for the story.

Hamsters Celebrate 70 Years in the US

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Prior to the 1930s, hamsters were pretty much in the wild. Now, one million hamsters are kept as pets, an increase of 41 percent since 2001. Sadly, though, some 200,000 hamsters were used for research in the United States in 2000, third behind rats and mice. Tags: hamsters Interesting article. Prior to the 1970s, virtually all were descended from one breeding pair. This includes the two sitting on the shelf in our house!)

Cute Google Hamster Gadget

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This is a very cute little hamster gadget. He runs on his wheel, and you can click your mouse to feed him

A Hamster’s Story: The making of a novel

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But most of all Emmie loves Hamlet, her hamster. Emmie is fourteen years old and has loved several hamsters since she was seven: Carnie, Ophelia, Ichilles and now Hamlet. Carnie, the first hamster, was the tragic one. Comforting an eight-year-old while she pets her dying hamster, dripping tears…it is easier to catch a breeze in your hands and return it to its home. She would rub her nose across his body, sniffing deeply while the hamster waited, amused, by the affair.

Welcome Lou!

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Our last two hamsters passed away in September and are now buried under some berry bushes. Since then, I've been looking for another dwarf hamster (I currently have two teddy bear hamsters, Doris and Heidi). Tags: hamsters Finally, on Sunday, I found one at our animal shelter. Our new Russian dwarf is named LOU!

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Happy Saturday

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It's a hamster sort of day

Hey, This Does Have a Hamster in it

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10 reasons why guinea pigs make great pets

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10 reasons why guinea pigs make great pets – by James Alston writing for ExoticDirect ExoticDirect offer pet insurance for guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, mice and other small pets. They also insure parrots, reptiles, tortoise and even pygmy hedgehogs! pet care

Uncovered Reports Show Three Research Labs Fined for Violations

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Rockville, MD: A lab assistant reported a hamster running loose inside a walk-in refrigerator and a live hamster was found in a euthanasia bag inside the walk-in freezer. Another report said a lab assistant reported finding a dead hamster in a cage in June 2008 after the cage was removed from a sterilizer. "It Here's the Honor Roll from Fox News. These entities were all cited for violations by the USDA. Thanks to Stop Animal Exploitation Now! for finding them.

San Francisco Considers Banning Pet Sales

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All companion animals including dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, and lizards would be considered as pets. Pet sales would be banned altogether, except for the sale of pet fish. If it passes, San Francisco residents would have to go to a shelter or rescue group to adopt an animal. Sounds good, but I just don't believe this will pass. It would set a national precedent, even if it is San Francisco.

Have You Considered Keeping Goats as Pets?

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Cats and dogs are the most popular pets, along with hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs also being amongst the favourites. Although keeping goats does require a bit more work than keeping cats or hamsters, they will reward you with their intelligent personalities and social nature. Have you considered keeping goats as pets? Those wanting a more unusual choice may perhaps opt for a snake or tarantula, but these aren’t exactly cuddly or cute choices.

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Dog is Good

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The bottle has a ball bearing for the dog to drink out of, much like a hamster water bottle. We have always loved Dog is Good. They have a lot of great shirts, mugs, hats, and more for animal lovers. Now they have added a great item for your dog! The Dog is Good Water Bottle is not only a lot of fun to look at, it’s super convenient! The bottle is BPA-free, stainless-steel. We got a chance to try one out, and just loved it!

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The Cookie and Coco Caper

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I have 5 cats and 3 hamsters, but still emailed my husband asking if we could take 2 labs. If you get an email that someone has been evicted from their home and desperately has to find homes for their beloved labs Cookie and Coco, don't hop on your computer and contact everyone you know. It's a hoax. How do I know? Let me tell you my short tale.

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Teaching Kids Animal Compassion

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Guinea pigs also do not bite, unlike hamsters and gerbils which can tend to be nippy. Whether your family chooses a hamster or a dog, be prepared to care for your pet in sickness and in health. Choosing the right pet for your child is key. By Dr. Tim Hunt, DVM. Children can learn so many valuable lessons by caring for a pet. Having pets at a young age instills kids with a sense of confidence that they can take care of an animal and help it to live a thriving life.

Reasons to Choose a Pet-Friendly Retirement Community

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And no matter what pet you own — be it a snake, a turtle, a ferret, a hamster or guinea pig, an aquarium full of exotic fish, or perhaps an iguana — you want to be sure that your senior living community supports your pet living there. Not all retirement communities are created equal. And while many are similar, there are always certain things that set the best ones apart from the rest. One of these things is how the retirement community regards its residents owning pets.

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Traveling with pets?

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Peggy Frezon, freelance writer and pet lover, has owned dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, hermit crabs, turtles and fish. Guest post By Peggy Frezon , Rensselaer, New York. Lots of people travel over Memorial Day weekend. Whether you’re visiting family or checking out a new vacation spot, does your cat or dog join you? Kelly enjoys coming along to her “grandparents’ &# summer place on a mountain lake.

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In addition to dogs and cats, we now feature all kinds of pets for adoption, including rabbits, farm animals, ferrets, hamsters and other small animals, horses, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and even fish. The following is a guest post from the amazing animal lovers of is the world’s largest non-profit pet adoption website. We are like an ad agency for shelters and shelter pets.

Our Pawliday Picks for 2013

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Santa Hamster. Yes, an hamster wearing a Santa hat! Oh, FYI, I bought myself this hamster pillow for a pre-Christmas gift and it is even more adorable in person. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And of course we wanted to help you in case you had any last minute shopping to do for the animal lover in your life. So, without further ado, here are our Pawliday Picks for 2013! Schmitty The Weather Dog ! This adorable book combines a cute Yorkie with science.

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Starting Another Year of Birding in Costa Rica

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I fashioned ear plugs out of tissue, I tried sleeping on the downstairs couch (that would have worked but Ginger the hamster was running like crazy on her wheel), I did my best to get some sleep. Not long ago, I had trouble sleeping because of these small, random explosions going off in my neighborhood. Each one was followed up by a litany of dog barks, some high in pitch, others low, far-carrying woofs.

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