Dad Loses Daughter’s Hamster, Panics in Now-Viral Text Messages

If this isn’t the sweetest dad on the planet then I don’t know who is!

Daniel Veerman was so panicked when his daughter’s hamster, Chester, escaped while he was cleaning his cage that he had a complete meltdown in a text message exchange. His daughter shared it on Twitter.

“My dad took over my hamster once I went back to college and ended up getting really attached and today he escaped and this goes to prove how truly pure my father is,” Stephanie Veerman tweeted on Sunday.

“Oh my God I’m so sorry honey I’m so sorry I’m looking everywhere,” Daniel Veerman texted his daughter. “I’m never going to forgive myself if he doesn’t come back.” He said, “If I can’t find him today I’m not going to work tomorrow so I can keep looking.”

Even after reassuring her dad that it was fine and wasn’t his fault, Veerman insisted on making it his priority to find his daughter’s beloved hamster.

This dad is an all star, seriously, how many dads would pour flour on the floor in hopes that if Chester returned to his cage for food, the flour would track his footsteps?

“So I know he’s still alive,” he said. The dad also continued to apologize to his daughter profusely.

“I’m so sorry, Steph,” he texted. “This is my biggest screwup ever. I will make it right.”

“Dad it’s OK!” she reassured him, which did not subside his guilt.

“No it’s not … I put him in his ball a whole bunch of times, I should have double-checked,” he said. “God is good, I will trust him.”

“I know he likes peanut butter,” the worrying father remembered. “That’s a start.”

Eventually, Chester turned up, which was a relief to both father and daughter.

“OMG … DID YOU GET HIM??” Stephanie Veerman texted her dad in reply to a picture of him holding the hamster.

“Yes in his cage,” he said. “Are you effing kidding me.”

“This was the most stressful day in my life since I took the bar exam,” he added. “Night.”

The humorous text exchange has since gone viral with 89,000 retweets and more than 361,000 likes.


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