Just a word from the wise ... never promise a four year old a hamster for their 5th birthday. I made this mistake a few weeks ago to get a screamin' fit to stop in the middle of the rodent section at our local pet store. It is all we have heard about since. We came up with the idea of telling him that if he gets a hamster, he won't get anything else from us for his birthday. We thought the lure of legos, bionicles, and various Star Wars items would be enough to make him forget the furball. WRONG!!!! He is fine with the "no other gift" idea. In fact, anything he asks for now is requested for his 6th birthday or Christmas. Now the hamster is mentions at least three times a day and his birthday isn't until October!!!
So I guess we will be adding another animal to our menagerie. We already have a golden retriever, two cats, two cockatiels, and one vacationing firebelly toad (It was two at the beginning of the summer, but the survivor got REALLY hungry). Anyway, I will keep you posted as the saga unfolds.