Posts Tagged With: animal blog

Bob The Golden Retriever & His Furry/Feathery Friends

I love a good hammy news story and I have an absolute WINNER for you today.
I hope you animal lovers are ready to be ‘awwww’-ing and cooing all over these pictures.

A dog owner in Brazil has shared some pictures of her gorgeous golden retriever with some unusual friends.

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Yes Bob the Dog really is friends with 8 birdies and a little hamster!!

Now I’m not going to recommend that you introduce your big doggies to the little-furries in your lives. I don’t think this is a very common case – however in this particular case, these furries are all the best of friends!


I mean have you ever seen anything quite so adorable!

I love seeing hamsters in the news and I love seeing hammy things going viral too! And this is right up there in my top thing on the internet ever found!

They even nod off for a little power nap together!!! 😀

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I want Bob the Dog in my life. Now. I also suddenly want 8 budgies too…..
I want this!! I’m so jealous! 😀

Has anyone else got an unusual furry friendship’s going on under their roof!??
The only thing Banjo gets along with is his food bowl!

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Fussy Eating In Hamsters



Banjo is a very fussy eater it seems. And a shy eater too.
He doesn’t like stuffing his chops in front of me. Then again I am a scary site holding the camera up when he is trying to nibble his dinner…

Nom Nom Nom

But I found that with something delicious in front of him, he tends to sit still and tends to pull the cutest poses for me! Yay! Remember earlier this week I posted about the hamster pizza! Mmmmmm pizza!!!
Well I got lotttttts of photos from that delicious treat.
And being the OCD freak I am, I have rationed out the pictures so that when he doesnt want to sit still, I still have pictures to show you all.Banjo eating a hamster pizza
See what I did there 😛 I’m trying to be one step ahead.. I like to think its working 🙂

Anyway, my point of this post was to highlight Joey’s fussy eater-ness.

Is it okay for hamsters to pick through their food bowls, cherry picking what bits to eat? 

Well yes and no, its not going to be the end of the world. Hamster muesli is balanced to provide the best nutrition to your pets. I always think its best to switch up your pets food regularly. Not so much brand to brand, but fresh fruit and veg in there somewhere can’t be bad.

As you can see from Joeys little face, the treat he got the other day really did perk him up. Its good to treat them 🙂

What are your favourite treats?

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Love love love my furry friends! xx

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7 Good Luck Superstitions

This particular date gets a LOT of stick. I mean its just another Friday right?!
Its Friday the 13th which makes it the UNLUCKIEST of all the dates.. if you’re superstitious like that…

So in honour of this unlucky date, I found some remedies to break that cursed spell!
Yes folks, I have trawled the interwebs to find 7 GOOD luck superstitions and my wonderful hammy assistants, past and present, have helped me out with the illustrations of course 😀
(And 7 is a lucky number too! So this post is all full of lucky stuff!)
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Flashback Fursday

Dexter the Syrian Hamster in all his glory!Its very rapidly coming up to 3 years since I started this blog. I thought it was only appropriate to show a flashback photo of the little Syrian that started it all.

Dexter was a very shy and nervous hamster.

It took him a LONG time to come out of his shell. But as soon as he was there, he really did become a cutie of a hamster.

Dexter was the little face that inspired me to start blogging. I wanted to start sharing his little adventures and it all snowballed from there.

I have taken several breaks from the blog but it has never been forgotten, I replied to emails and plotted comebacks and whatnot.

HamsterDiaries is my little hobby and I really enjoy taking pictures and writing and all the joys of blogging that come with it.
So keep on reading and commenting and showing me the love! I really do appreciate every word everyone has to say and I make a huge effort to reply to everything 🙂
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Furry Fan Submission; Sweep & Tarzan

I get a lot of emails on the blog; questions, comments and whatnot. But my all time FAVOURITE kind of email, is the furry fans I get snapshots off!
I love love love seeing and hearing about all your gorgeous little hammys!

And my latest email, just had to be shared! Ladies and Gentlemen, I have 2 beautiful little hamsters to introduce you to!

Sweep the HamsterSweep:

She’s 9 months old now and such a poser.

She’s caramel coloured in pictures, but under natural light she’s a lovely soft grey colour (like Sweep from Sooty and Sweep) with two dark stripes over her front legs, and around her eyes.

Plus she’s super fluffy!

Super cuddly too and prefers free running in her ball.

How GORGEOUS are those eyes! Beautiful colourings there! I haven’t actually seen so many hamsters with this kind of fur so its really lovely to be sent this picture!

And the second furry friend I am pleased to show off to you all is little Tarzan, who looks like a long-lost twin of my Banjo!

Tarzan the Hamster


We rehomed Tarzan last summer and he is a year old this month (we guess).

He looks just like your Banjo, black with a band across his middle.

Tarzan is super tame but prefers running about at super speeds in his ball to being held, it has only been since Christmas that he’s allowed us to hold him more.

This, of course, makes it much harder to get a picture of him … he’s never still!

So not only is this beaut of a Syrian a Banjo look-a-like but also he ACTS like Banjo too with the inability to sit still!

Cuties the both of them!
Thank you so much to Tanya to sending in these snaps! Your fur-babies are gorgeous! And are now hamster-celebrities too! Give them a treat from us! 😀

If you have a pet hamster that you are just itching to show off – send me an email at 
I love hearing and seeing the furry faces I write for!
I will reply to every submission and may even share some more of them with the world wide blogosphere!
So put your best whiskers on as you could be gawped at and ‘awww’-ed over by hundreds of people every day too!! 😀


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A Hamsters Hero

I avoid the news like the plague! Its always so depressing with wars and murders and URGH!
But I stumbled upon a wonderful news article from last year which restored my faith in humanity!

Firefighters give oxygen to hamsters trapped in trailer home blaze

Any headline with the word hamster in it tends to grab my attention but this had got me smiling more so!

When a mobile home was ablaze in Washington, firemen wasted no time in getting to the scene.

Hamsters in the NewsBut even though they made light work of bringing the fire under control, there was another challenge ahead of the brigade: rescuing and saving a family of hamsters.

The crew, from the Lacey Fire Department, relied on ‘pet emergency pocket guides’ to bring the injured rodents back to life – and even used oxygen and first aid to treat the pets.

Hamster being SAVED by a firefighter!

According to KOMO, five rodents – Oreo, Madonna and three unnamed baby hamsters – were recovered. Unfortunately, one of the pets died in the aftermath.

Thankfully, no humans were in the trailer at the time. It is believed the fire was caused by a faulty clothes dryer.

The fire department later tweeted: ‘Yes. Our crews are trained and specially equipped to care for animals that have been rescued from a house fire.’

Article courtesy of METRO.CO.UK 🙂

And if that does warm your heart then I don’t know what will! What a glorious fire service Washington have. I hope I’d have such a caring emergency service team if I ever need!
Round of applause for the animals lovers of the world 🙂


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5 Reasons Hamsters The Perfect Pet For A Child

Internet kisses from Banjo!Everyone will associate hamsters as a childs pet.
Ask anyone – even the kids who don’t like animals either had a hamster or a goldfish as a young’un!

So why are these cute critters the perfect pet for a child?

  1. Having a pet is the best way to teach responsibility.
    This goes for any creature not just a hamster! If you give your kiddie something living and breathing, not to mention rather adorable, to care for and feed and clean up after, they learn valuable lessons from the start! I had my first hamster when i was like 5 or 6 or something – did me the world of good 😀
  2. Hamsters are really simple to look after – even for a child.
    They need water and food and an exercise wheel. Syrian hamsters dont need other hammy friends so its just a cage and the essentials. No fuss, minimal mess and all the cuteness!
  3. Syrian hamsters are hand-sized.
    You may think this is a weird point to make, but if you have a small kid you don’t want to give them a pet that is going to squash them or knock them over. Just like you wouldn’t want to give them something tiny and small that they’re going to lose! Syrian hamsters are the perfect size!
  4. They’re quite robust little pets.
    Kids are not the most gentle of admirers, yanking tails etc. Syrian hamsters can squeeze through holes the size of a 50 pence piece, so if your kid is a The perfect pet - Dexter flashback!little heavy handed, they’re not going to cause a huge amount of fuss! Granted the hammy might not like it, but a little nip from a hamster is a much lesser evil than a nip from an annoyed dog for example.
  5. They’re cheap!
    You can buy a hamster, all the food and the cage for a very reasonable price. So there is no need to break the bank with an expensive pedigree breed or getting pet insurance etc. What more could you want!

So if you are considering a little Syrian hamster for your child, I’d say DO IT! They are adorable and sweet and the perfect low maintenance pet. And once they are tame they are gorgeously fun!

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HamsterDiaries On YouTube

Hands up who watches videos on YouTube! 
*slowly raises hand*
Hands up who loves cute little hamsters?!
*waves hand a little*
Hands up who has subscribed to the HamsterDiaries YouTube channel?!!
*waves hand a LOT*

Hahaha I sat down at the weekend tidying up some bloggy bits and pieces and I realised that all of you wonderful readers are missing a trick!
All of the videos that end up being posted on here are uploaded onto the YouTube channel a week or so in advance.
So if you wanted a sneak preview at what is to come on the blog and a sooner fix of all things cute and hamstery then you have just GOT to subscribe to the channel.

HamsterDiaries is on YouTube - are you there?!

And to make things even easier for you folks, you can just click on the YouTube logo below and it will take you straight to the channel page. Then all you have to do is make sure you’re logged into your account and hit the subscribe button. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!

And to sweeten this deal EVENNNNNN more, at some point in the coming couple of weeks I shall put on a special EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK at HamsterDiaires for you wonderful YouTube subscribers!! Yes you heard that right – a never seen before view of my humble little blog and ONLY for those who have subscribed!
You know you’re curious.. Go onnnnn, don’t miss out!

Until tomorrow folks! Keep them eyes peeled 😉

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Product Review; Tesco Hamster Food

I think its fair to say that when it comes to hamster food, the choices are pretty limited as to what you can buy for your furry friend. Over the next few months, I am going to test and trial a number of products to see if there is a clear hammy favourite.
So what is on the menu tonight?!

I thought I would trial and review Tesco’s Hamster Food first.

Tesco Hamster Food Review

First impressions are always important and I can’t knock Tesco’s for their packaging in this case. Its simple and does what it says on the bag.  There’s no clutter and all the nutritional information is clearly displayed on the side – not that I’m sure many people care hugely about the ingredients in their hamsters dinner 😉

Well as you can read on the bag for yourself Tesco Hamster Food claims to contain the correct mix of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. All brilliant stuff when looking after a healthy hamster! In my opinion a dried hamster muesli will ever be the perfect diet in a bag. I will always recommend you add fresh fruit and veg to your hamsters diet and reading the small print essay on the side of the bag Tesco actually recommends this too! If I’m chopping a carrot or broccoli for my dinner, its perfect to just break off a chunk and treat Banjo You're supposed to EAT the food, not SIT in it!to something fresh!

This particular bag of food was £2.00 which is about right for a bag of this size. You can probably find cheaper and I think Tesco even do an ‘everyday value’ bag for eve less than this but for a couple of quid I don’t think you can go far wrong at all.

Tesco have prized this bag of food on its ‘peanuts and sunflower seed’ mixture which as any hammy owner will tell you is a WINNING combo! However I would be lying if I said the quantity of these ingredients was substantial. Don’t get me wrong you can’t give your furry friend a bowl of peanuts or seeds, they need a balanced diet of course but I was expecting more.
There was a variety of dried muesli too making up the bulk of the food. And I got no complaints from Banjo…
The little brown triangles within this are always left till last in Banjo’s bowl so I’m guessing these are like the brussel sprouts of a roast dinner to them..

To summarize then:
Looks 9/10
Price 9/10
Contents 7/10
Would I recommend: Yes 

Anyone else tried this hamster food? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below – I do love hearing your opinions 🙂


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The Impossible Hamster

Well I moaned yesterday about my unphotogenic hammy.
And I am going to moan again today… STAY STILL HAMMY!!!

Look at that juicy carrot, just sitting there waiting to be nibbled!! But noooooo!

When he stopped very VERY briefly for a quick wash, I managed to get this picture…
This is about the most clarity we are going to get of this hammy for the time being I think.

I know not everyone is cut out for fame… I mean Britney Spears 2007 flashbacks spring to mind, but c’mon Joey you have big paw-steps to follow in!

So I am begging for advice from the blogosphere, how do you keep your furry still for photos?
Or have I just got to accept my impossible hamster the way he is?! 😉 I know Banjo is just a little baby still, maybe we have to warm up to the fame of being a HmasterDiaries pin up ;D

All advice welcome!
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Also while I remember to mention; I refer to Banjo as Joey. It’s his little nickname.
I hope I haven’t confused any of you – there aren’t two hamsters, just the one! 🙂

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