Oct 5, 2006
hamster euthanization at home
Martin and Cecilia loved Spiffy the Hamster, but Spiffy's contracted proliferative ileitis and has to go. You already know what to do--but there are four essential guidelines you simply can't afford to forget.
Have all the proper equipment at your disposal, including gloves, goggles, Ziploc baggies, masks, and the necessary pharmaceuticals.
Under no circumstance do you want Martin and Cecilia to accidentally stumble across your efforts. Wait until they're at school, or until after they've gone to sleep.
Martin and Cecilia will soon notice Spiffy's absence. Time for a cover story. Spiffy won the lottery and is on a fast plane to Aruba. Or he decided to return to his native country, where his parents have been pining for him for decades. Or he was abducted by aliens. Or maybe Spiffy enlisted.
Under no circumstances do you admit the cold hard truth, that you hastened Spiffy's demise, that Spiffy would have suffered and died a cruel death if you hadn't. You don't want your kids to turn into atheists, do you?
At least three feet, in a cardboard box that will soon decompose. Let Spiffy return to the earth that bore him.
[122nd in a series]