r.i.p. ketchup

(oliver's 5th bday, moving ketchup in.)

when oliver turned five, we bought him a hamster. he has always wanted a furry friend. cat, dog, hamster, whatever... he just wants to snuggle with something. he has at least 13 stuff animals in his bed with him every night. he'd prefer a cat over other animals; i'm allergic to cats. i'm the hurdle to all his dreams coming true. :) once, he tried to convince me to buy him a cat by telling me that the cat could live in his room and i just wouldn't be able to come in there. i felt loved.

being that we rent our home and our landlords won't allow any real snuggly pets, we thought oliver's pet desires would be pacified with a hamster. he named him ketchup and he was scared to hold him.
(oliver in mourning. can you see it in his eyes?)

ketchup hung in there with us for a year and a half. he died this past weekend. oliver said it was the saddest day of his life. he wailed. we spent some time saying goodbye and then had the burial the next day, with a real live pastor officiating the "service." :) that night, when all the kids were tucked into bed, we heard oliver crying in his bed saying, "un-bury ketchup, un-bury ketchup, un-bury ketchup." pretty sad, eh? he wanted to keep him. i guess we could have offered to have him stuffed and mounted, but ewww. i told him we could frame a picture of him in his room as an alternative.
(the stinky little guy.)

fyi, we don't recommend a hamster as a pet. they stink, make a big mess and are nocturnal. b did all the hamster care so we were kinda relieved when he died~ cold hearted parents that we are. do not tell oliver!!!