Monday, June 8, 2009

Pumpkin Is Gone!

Last summer, a VERY happy little boy brought home a new best friend.

He loved everybody

and everybody loved him

Well...almost everybody

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"
"the catS?"
"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's already been named "Phoenix"


Timmy's Girl @ Luv My Quiver Full Of Arrows said...

I was wondering when the day would come, Kristi. So blessed to hear the boys handled it well. Involving them was a wonderful idea. Looking forward to meeting Phoenix, which is a GREAT name btw.

xoxo, Veronica in CA

Stacey,momof 2 said...

If you are thinking about pets... see the post over at In the Life of a Child... can you imagine praying mantis's (spelling?) as a pet ?
We are very happy with our one beta fish...

Debbie Yost said...

You were lucky to find a home for Pumpkin. I wasn't so lucky when it was time to get rid of my cat. It was sad, but she was peeing all over my house. Sounds like everyone (even Pumpkin) will be happier! Hampsters are pretty cool, too.

bethn said...

It sounds like the boys handled the transition well. I'm glad you found a good home for pumpkin.

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

I'm glad you finally found a good home for him and that the boys are ok. Guess who will be begging for a hamster as soon as they see Noah's, lol...

The girls have been reading to Tips and Dusty ever since finding out that they can read to a pet as part of the summer reading club. As naughty as Tips is, I just can't bring myself to get rid of her (yet) when I see Hannah snuggled up with her, reading... Sigh.

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Oh, and I realized yesterday that tomorrow is the kittens' first birthday. Hard to believe it was only a year ago!

Courtney said...

You have to do whatever is easy for you. Noah is young and resiliant...and now he'll get a hamster named Phoenix. Glad you found a good home for Pumpkin.