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?"
"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.