Seley\ I think a lot of pet owners can relate to this experience…

Also, first actual appearance of my darling little hamster! He is a tiny Russian dwarf hamster with a long Russian name: Stolichnaya Boris Tchaikovsky! I really love his floofy little eyebrows and mustache, agouti-color Roborovski hamsters have the cutest markings…

Edit: Stolichnaya is not “real” Russian vodka, at least not what I can buy here – Stoli made in Russia isn’t exported, the stuff I can buy is made in Latvia. Roborovski hamsters are native to Russia (and China), but of course my particular hamster was born in America. The parallel is intentional, for his entire name I was going for “Americanized Russian.” I ran it by a couple of friends who are Russian natives, to make sure it wasn’t offensive or crude, but it is most definitely cliche.