Last summer, a VERY happy little boy brought home a new best friend.
He loved everybody
and everybody loved him
But after awhile, even Minnie adapted to the new family member.
And he really was completely adorable
But after awhile, what seemed like a wonderful addition to our family started to become more trouble than pleasure.
Running outside constantly
Scratching up the new paint job in the kitchen
Tearing several shower curtains and ripping apart the drywall in the basement
And it wasn't just his claws.
Pumpkin ate WAY more food daily than Minnie could in a week
As well as eating the blinds
and the foam pads in the basement, followed shortly thereafter by throwing them back up in various locations.
He was also jumping on the counter tops getting into anything and everything, and regularly knocking over anything that is on top of the cupboards.
He was also CONSTANTLY on top of Minnie. Sometimes Minnie would put up with it, but other times after growling and snarling at Pumpkin for awhile, she had to go and hide just to get away from him.
Now you may be saying, "Yeah, that's just what cats do."
And I'm sure you re right.
But we had two cats, one who made life a nuisance and one who didn't.
So after a LONG time time going back and forth, we decided it was time for Pumpkin to go.
I got a call Monday afternoon for someone interetsed.
At first I was trying to figure out a way to have the kids out of the house during the exchange, but them I decided it would be better to involve them, so they wouldn't be scarred for life.
So I went into Noah's room, sat on his bed and asked him a question?
"Noah, remember how you wanted a gerbil or hamster?"
"Do you remember why Mommy said no"
"Because the cats would eat it"
"No, just Pumpkin. If we get rid of Pumpkin, can I get a hamster?"
You can see where the rest of the conversation went from here.
An hour later, Pumpkin's new family was here to collect him and the boys were saying their goodbyes.
Notice Princess Minnie watching guard over the scene
Noah got a little weepy as they were pulling out of the driveway, but then asked to go swimming next door.
Since then, he's been fine and has been snuggling with Minnnie in his bed for bedtime.
And the hamster yet to come...it's already been named "Phoenix"