Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Ride Share With My Two Hamsters

I will pay you $150 per delivery of live hamster to the Washington, D.C. area. Please contact Johanna to help arrange transportation for my children's precious pets.

That was the honest to goodness Craigslist ad I posted a couple of weeks ago...but before we talk about the general wackiness of it, let me back up a little.

When we announced our move to the kids, one of the first questions was, "Can we bring the hamsters!?!"

To which, I said 'Yes' in exactly the same way anyone would say yes when looking down the barrel of two pairs of sad eyes. I didn't give it too much thought and when I did think about it I assumed the hamsters would die, get lost or otherwise change status from cherished pet to fond memory.

Flash forward to a month ago. "It's $150 per carry on of live animal" my husband grumbled via text message.

"Great! Go ahead and book their flights," I texted back.

The next week I received another text in the hamster vein. "Turns out airlines don't allow hamsters as carry ons."

I'll admit it. I panicked. And then I started brainstorming

What I came up with was a Craiglist ad. Sure enough, within hours of placing it I'd received no less than six telephone calls from cross-country college students who were more than happy to have their gas money provided courtesy of Nixie and Nibble.

When I told my husband he was...slightly less ecstatic. "Really?" he said. "Can't we just get them new hamsters in DC? They only cost $15."

"You can't put a price on your children's psychological well-being," I told him.

"So finding them a new home is out?"

"Absolutely out!"

"What if they were to mysteriously die?"

"We're not really having this conversation!?!"

It should surprise no one who knows my husband that, miraculously, about twenty minutes later, it was discovered certain airlines do, in fact, accept hamsters at a rate that is 2/3 less than what I had offered in my Craigslist ad.

Even better, my husband has agreed to personally escort Nixie and Nibble to their new home. As for me, in under three weeks times, I'll be flying hamster-free with Child 1 and 2.

30 comments:

jaybird said...

When I was a kid we had to move cross country twice (from NJ to CA and back again) it was quite traumatic. Our hamster "Nibbles" became collateral damage. Somewhere along our travels, our giant U-haul overheated and the hamster died without the benefits of AC. We cried and carried on until the parents agreed to delay our tight schedule to perform a respectable funeral service. Honestly, the whole trip was ill-fated from the get go. And at one point, my little brother quietly commented, "I wonder if I'll wind up like Nibbles by the end of this trip." It was awful. I'm glad the hamsters can take the plane. They will hopefully enjoy a much safer ride than ours did!!

Connie J Jasperson said...

Oh Lord. I so understand both your AND your delightful husband's divergent points of view regarding the small furred ones.

You never fail to crack me up.

ilima said...

Haha. My husband would have suggested the accidental death or just buy new ones ideas. :) I'm glad everything worked out.

Julie Flanders said...

LOL I'm glad Nixie and Nibbles will be making the move too. I hope your husband and the hamsters have a good trip together. :D

Ella said...

Your husband and mine are related!

We didn't get a pet due to all the military moving. We finally caved and decided we didn't want our children growing up without a pet.
We have been lucky, but traveling 860 miles with a howling hound really was a trip ;D We drove from Maine to Virginia. I hope all goes well~ I love the names of your furry family members~ Be safe and keep us posted!

Hart Johnson said...

Men can be so clueless, can't they? Huge move! But yes... those furry family members are irreplaceable!!! Glad they've found means to move with you!

~Sia McKye~ said...

There were pets I couldn't take along in some of our moving around the country as a kid. It made the move much harder. New place, new friends, new school, but not comfort from the beloved furry one to share it with.

Glad you found a way to move the hamsters too. :-)

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a lot of trouble for two hamsters, but I'm glad you found a reasonable plan.

Johanna Garth said...

Jaybird, awww, I really hope these little guys don't suffer the same fate.

Connie, yes, we did have a little divergence on our hamster philosophies ;)

Ilima, husbands everywhere, right!

Julie, I have a feeling his trip will be easier than mine.

Ella, it's weird how they became such a part of the family.

Hart, absolutely. No poisoning or giving away in the Garth household!

Thanks Sia, me too!

Alex, it was a long negotiation!!

Joanne Noragon said...

I wonder if the girls will put this all together when they have grandhampsters, or granddogs or cats. Expect that call some day.

Elise Fallson said...

Pets big or small can be so very precious. I remember when I left the States, I took my cat with me on the plane. It was crazy the amount of paperwork I had to get done just to get him on board. Glad you found solutions for the hamsters. (:

Pk Hrezo said...

Hey so you're moving to DC?? Wow! I remember something about your move but not that it was to the east coast. i can relate to the hamster ordeal. My daughter is getting one for her bday and she's so excited to have "her own" pet. Also, there are pet safe travel arrangements thru airlines that aren't allowed in cabin--so thats always an option for the more rodent-like pets. ;)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Aww, you're a sweet mommy. No way would my parents have agreed to that.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Aww, I'm glad you were able to find a way to make it work! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

So only $50 to take the hamsters back with you? That's a lot better than $150.
The things we do for our pets. (And for you, kids.)

Jan Newman said...

Amazing what the right motivation will accomplish. Good luck with the move.

Nicki Elson said...

Three weeks! I've had to step away form my bloglife too much this summer & was just thinking about you and wondering if I'd missed the big move. Best wishes for getting everything together. And hey, you can check hampster transpo off the list!

Stephen Tremp said...

My kids have hamsters. Wifey has a dog. I have a parrot. They're family and we would have to take them with us if we moved regardless of the how or the cost.

Good luck with the move!

Shell Flower said...

Yay that you found a solution and now your husband feels like he is getting a deal. Good luck with the move. It really is important to help your kids stay connected to things they love since they are leaving so much behind. Nixie and Nibbles will help your new house feel more like home.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Who knew a hamster could be disguised as carry-on luggage? That's all pretty funny. I hope they don't order the peanuts when en route to DC.

xoRobyn

Elizabeth Seckman said...

How sweet of you to put so much effort into keeping the whole family...including the rodents...together!

Neurotic Workaholic said...

It's great that you understand your children's commitment to their pets, and that you're committed to them too. I had a dog when I was growing up, for twelve years until she passed away. I really felt that she was part of the family.

Tammy Theriault said...

ah you know children well. it's just not the same! good job!

Donna Hole said...

Want a couple cats to go with those hamsters? Pay ya $150, but its a one way trip, no returns :)

.....dhole

Annalisa Crawford said...

You're a super mum. I think I would have tried to convince my kids that hamsters are afraid of air travel and left them with a friend.

A Beer For The Shower said...

I'm just glad to hear things worked out. Someone shipped us our (now) cat (we adopted her from a family friend) and she actually got lost at the airport. Lost. How do you lose a freaking cat? Anyways, they finally found her crate, but it was 2 hours later and she was very scared.

Tonja said...

That struck me as really funny. I wonder how the security pat-down would go if you put one in your pocket. I think I would just drive if I had pets.

Michael Di Gesu said...

As I have said before... you are such a great MOM!

Your kids a very lucky Johanna...

I certainly would do the same for my kids and their pets!

Safe travels!

Jill Haugh said...

The things we DO! My parents would have flushed them down the toilet. But that was the seventies and we were used to heartbreak.
Bravo to you Johanna. Hopefully this will be worth the price of a private room at Shady Acres, when the time is right!
~Just Thinkin'

Tara Tyler said...

aww, a tale of highs and lows! glad everything worked out for man & beast!