I know, I know. Fru looks a lot like Yukimo. What's a girl to do when she falls in love with a new hammy, even though it looks like a previous hammy? Get the hammy anyway, that's what. ^__^ Needless to say, Fru was my fate... Here's her story.
After Yukimo passed away, I was devastated. It was difficult getting myself up in the morning because all I could think about was how Yuki was no longer at my side. She was always the first thing I saw when I woke up, and the first sweetie I would talk to during the day. While Shawn was at work one day, I started texting him to get out some of the emotions that were going through me. He felt so bad for me... He suggested that we consider getting a new hammy. When Shawn first said that, I didn't know what to think. A new hammy would feel like I would be replacing Yukimo, and I didn't want to have her replaced so easily. Even Mom suggested that I not get a new hamster after Yuki because it would be time to focus fully on Ed and Isis instead. After all, I had wanted kitties my entire life; I should be grateful for them. But something just didn't feel right in my life. I had become a true hammy lover.
Later that day, just two days after Yukimo passed away, Shawn and I went to the same pet store where we got Yuki. I wasn't really planning to get a hamster that day-- it still seemed way too soon. But fate stepped in and showed me that a new hammy was an absolute must in my life. It was time to move on.
Shawn and I walked into the room where the hamster cages were kept. Slowly, I walked across the wall that was full of furries. <3 Peaking inside the cages, I tried to locate at least one hammy, but they all seemed to be buried deep underneath the woodchips. Finally, when I came up to one cage, I saw her. As I walked closer and put my head near her cage, a little white, furry head poked up. She blinked. I got so happy to finally find a hammy in this horrible mess of a haystack, so I waved my finger at her and smiled. As soon as I waved my finger, she put her hand up to where I was-- just one hand at first, so little and so friendly, as if to say "Hi there!" I got even more excited so I continued to wave. And when I did that, she put her other hand up to the cage to try to get closer to me. I wanted to cry.
My heart was immediately stolen, and I was almost near tears. I looked at Shawn and said, "I think we have to hold her now." Shawn agreed and went to get an employee so we could have him take the hammy out of the cage. Holding the hammy for the first time was one of the best experiences of my life. Unlike other hamsters, this hammy was thoughtful; she moved slowly to inspect everything she touched. She was so curious about me, and I loved it. After holding her, I knew that fate had matched us up.
I named my new hammy Sukifru. I know that it's a lot like Yukimo, but that was completely accidental in the naming process. I wanted to use the same naming process, but I also wanted Fru to have her own identity. "Suki" means "love" in Japanese, and "fru" is short for "fructose." So when the name is broken down, her name is "love sugar." (After all, she does look like a big lump of sugar. ^___^) Shawn and I call her Fru for short to help us avoid calling her something too close to Yuki's name.
While Fru may be a white dwarf like Yuki was, she's a completely different being. In fact, it's amazing how different the two hammies are from each other. Not only are Fru's movements the opposite of how Yuki would move, but her mannerisms and habits are crazy-different. Some things that I've come to totally adore about Fru are:
- Fru likes to tunnel like crazy. Sometimes she forgets where certain tunnels are in her woodchips, so she accidentally falls into them and looks confused.
- Fru is super chubby. When she stands on her two legs and brings her two upper hands close to her, she looks like a big, round fluffball. O__O
- Fru squeaks when she sleeps. Sometimes it'll just be one random squeak, but other times involve a long string of squeaks. ^o^
- Fru loves running around in her ball. If she doesn't get enough ball time, she starts to get antsy and begs to come out of the cage. When she's in the ball, she has the habit of following Shawn around the apartment. Wherever he is, she finds him.
- Fru demands attention when I'm sleeping. She bites her cage bars and scratches the roof of her towers so she can come out and explore. Once I take her out, she calmly likes to explore her surroundings.
There's so much to learn about Fru. I've only had her for a few months now, but I'm so in love with her. And my fear of "replacing Yuki" isn't something I ever worry about now. Fru is just a new member of the family, someone to keep me company and love every day she's with me.
Note: Fru's fur is actually all white with a few touches of black around her ears and eyes. The reason her fur looks slightly brown in these photos is because she did a lot of tunneling in her cage before my photoshoot. She was completely covered in woodchip dust!