Yes – two brothers for Chloe and Sophie. Not of the human species, thankfully. Two dwarf hamsters that Chloe lovingly named Alubus and Gloup. They are very active little creatures, running on their exercise wheel, eating and drinking, and chewing on wood.
Alubus has a white patch on his side and Gloup has a white streak on his belly. In case you hadn’t already guessed, Gloup is named in honor of the glutton Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Chloe purposefully chose an alternate spelling) while Alubus is a made-up name that Chloe simply thought was funny.
It was encouraging that when I gave Chloe the opportunity to come with me to the pet store this afternoon to buy some additional supplies she turned me down in order to hang out with her new buddies. We’ll see how long that lasts. I give it until the first time she has to clean the cage.