#1133 – Bare

I had a hamster that was an escape artist. Fortunately he really loved food and so he was always easy to catch by putting some food in a bucket with a stack of books next to it for him to use as stairs. Did you have any pets with the constant urge to be free?

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28 thoughts on “#1133 – Bare”

  1. Crimson_regret says:

    Losing something week?

    Your fillings, your dreams, your head, and your pets.

  2. Miles says:

    The cat… the only problem is if she is allowed outside, she feels it her duty to seek out life in a three block radius and annihilate it. This includes dogs up to 200% her size. Once she escaped the apartment, and our downstairs neighbor freaked when our cat had her little frou frou dog in her jaws. Our cat didn’t understand why the crazy lady was going off about an OBVIOUS pest.

  3. Chuck says:

    We had some lovebirds. The bottom fell off of their cage once, but they were too freaked out to fly of. Then one day the boy lovebird escaped! We were sad. But the next day he came back! We found him trying to get the cage open from the outside so we put him back in. About a week later they both escaped together.

  4. howlslikewolf says:

    Used to have a tropical aquarium. When something called a hatchet fish was introduced, we bought a few. Turns out they must be related to flying fish, because every morning, one of them would have jumped out and expired. We finally got one of the fitted glass tops to prevent their habit of escaping.

  5. Gwid says:

    I have it – Biff-with-long-eyebrows week 😛


  6. soilent says:

    My two birds escaped when the cage “fell over” while they where propped outside to catch a bit of sun.
    I never found out if one of my guests I had at home where responsible or not.

  7. Owen says:

    Miles, your cat scares me slightly.

  8. ZeroBudgetGamer says:

    My dog. When she’s on the leash, she’s a perfectly civil dog, always listens to me, never even pulls at the leash, much less tries to yank it out of my hand. BUT, the second she loses the leash, or finds out a human isn’t attached to the other end, she runs off, deaf to all around her. In her younger years, she’d try everything she could to escape the back yard to go on a quick journey; she’d always return after an hour or so, either panting at the front door, or barking from the front yard for me to come chase after her.

    She’s getting on in years, so she doesn’t have much run left in her, but her spirit has never wavered, and I know the second we give her that inch, she’ll take that mile.

  9. emo_bob says:

    my brother had, at different times, a hamster and a small snake. both escaped with alarming frequency, and were usually found in a corner with one or more of our 3 cats standing guard over it and meowing to let us know that she had captured the escapee. of course, every pet we’ve ever had has escaped multiple times.

  10. Andy says:

    LURKER KITTENS….They lurk by the door, waiting for it to open. As soon as it opens, WHOOSH! out the door. Fun way to get them back in: wait for the loud vehicles to go by, or go out and make an obnoxiously loud noise, they run in faster than they ran out. Problem is, this will only last a little while longer before they lose the fear and won’t come back in. They get “fixed” and stay out as long as they want after that.

  11. Jeff says:

    My ferret, wants out, wants in, if it’s closed she neeeedss! to be in there. The only door she doesn’t bother with is the front door. I once didn’t latch her cage properly at night, I woke up in the middle of the night to the loud clang of her door being forced open and her exicted “dook dook!”. She wasn’t a big fan of me when I found her sniffing the floor a meter away from her cage.

  12. Redmage913 says:

    The question is, how many weeks did he look into the cage before he realized this?

  13. Baughbe says:

    @ Chuck: Sounds like the male went on a house hunting expedition first, then came back for his mate. I hope they don’t get foreclosed on.

    My parents ran a professional breeding and show kennel. (NOT a puppy mill) We had one black cocker spaniel named Pat who was the reincarnation of Harry Houdini. Could get out of any locked crate, pen or run except the steel reinforced wooden airline travel crates. As a test once my brothers put him in an exercise pen with a latched top in the yard, then went inside and watched through the kitchen window. After about an hour nothing had happened. They looked away for a minute. Then when they turned back around, the dog was streaking across the yard. And the pen was exactly where it was, still locked tight.

  14. trillian says:

    I had a long line of goldfish that liked to escape from their bowl

  15. Listy says:

    My favorite pet mouse could get out of her cage. I came into the room one day to find her sitting beside the television, all proud. I had to get a whole other cage to hold her. Later, she got out of that one, too–my fault that time, I left the door ajar. I didn’t know what to do so I just called her–and the dummy actually hopped out of the candy dish where she had been nibbling to say “Hi!” Needless to say, I disposed of the candy and made sure the door was latched from then on.

  16. fluffy says:

    I had a turtle who ran away.

    (Very, very slowly.)

    (I never saw her again.)

  17. The_Gail says:

    I had a hamster when I was very little and we had to cut a hole in the kitchen wall and tape a box with her favorite treats in it outside the hole to get her out of the wall.

  18. ZackDark says:

    First time in a while since I actually laughed out loud.
    But fear not, Chris, for I have yet to find an unfunny one.

  19. ZackDark says:

    *that I atually laughed out loud

    Stupid foreign launguage…


  20. Wizard says:

    Hamsters are quite the escape artists. I know mine always were, anyway. The gerbils seemed more content to stay in their cage.

    My mother (briefly) had a betta that seemed determined to escape. (Or possibly commit suicide; it’s hard to tell the difference with fish.) He kept jumping out of his bowl, and we kept putting him back in, until the time we didn’t discover him in time. Poor little guy… That’s why I got a betta bowl with a lid.

  21. tailman says:

    @zachdark: you got it right the first time.

  22. Moogle says:

    I’ve got a ferret…
    ’nuff said

  23. normzone says:

    I had a horse that you had to both latch his gate AND knot a rope around the gate.

    If you only did one or the other he had the patience to untie / unlatch using his lips, but if you did both the task loading outlasted his attention span and he’d be standing there bored when you came home.

    Another horse, my first/only wild mustang, would not leave his corral when you left the gate opened. He thought is was some kind of intelligence test/trap and he was too clever too fall for it.

  24. hayabusa says:

    we just recently got another beagle, and he is always trying to get past us when we open the gate

  25. Mister Disco says:

    Well there was always one hamster that would escape, and magically be found with a stash of dog food at the back of my mother’s sock drawer. thing is, We’d not had a dog for 3 years. and yet every time, Dog food.

  26. Momorikku says:

    ugh, also my little dog, Leo (Vulpino Italiano, we believe.) He always, ALWAYS got out of the house. We had to chase after him every time… well, not EVERY time. He came back once. Unfortunatley, it was after he got a hole torn in his shoulder. My sister freaked, but he was fine. He just needed stitches. He’s stopped running away now that we’ve had him fixed though…

  27. Radical Edward says:

    We had two hamsters named Thelma and Louise. We were taking care of them and they escaped into my parents’ walk-in closet and into a drawer that held pans in the kitchen.

  28. Nikko says:

    I had a snake at one point, he usually moved at a reasonable pace but once he got stretched out on the floor it was amazing how fast he could go. Knowing this, he was never put on the ground except in small rooms with closed doors, and despite his efforts, he never managed to flee successfully.
    One day i left him for a few minutes alone in our small and inescapable bathroom, and returned to find that he had vanished. We looked under the beds, behind piles of stuff all over the house, even pulled the washer and dryer out far enough to stand on our heads and search the mess of tubes and pipes in the back, but found no snake. Many hours and much effort later we found him in the very bathroom he had started in, curled up out of sight inside the wall heater.

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