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Tracy Engelbrecht

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Hamster Murder

 Now, this isn’t easy for me.  I’m about to share one of the most shameful episodes in our family’s history, and I’m girding the loins for the torrent of abuse which must surely follow.  And I’m afraid my father will never forgive me for letting the skeleton out of the closet (literally, almost). Be warned, sensitive readers. It’s not pretty.

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  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    April 6th, 2009 @00:13 #

    A tragic tale, to be sure, but I have known hamsters that would have been only too happy to be put out of their misery. Houdini springs to mind. I've changed his name to protect his innocent owners, who had come to the unholy conclusion that the poor little blighter would enjoy rolling around the house in a transparent plastic ball. But the enjoyment was reserved solely for the three dogs and four cats who shared the house with Houdini and followed him around all day, treating the shell-shocked little bugger to an endless series of near-death experiences.

    You could hear him thinking: "Bring on the golf club, dad."

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    April 6th, 2009 @01:16 #

    Nooooooooooooooo! You're all in disgrace. Not even the naughty step will do...

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Tracy</a>
    April 6th, 2009 @06:10 #

    Hmmm, Richard not sure if that makes me feel better or worse. No more critters for us, that's for sure. Helen, the shame is unbearable. I'd like to think it's punishment enough, but karma's a bitch. The hamster wheel will turn...


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