Day 170 with Wealthy Affiliate: 11th July 2015 - Little Slugger went home to Hamster Heaven
Last Update: Jul 12, 2015
On the 11th July, at 3.35pm (my time) found Slugger cold and still in the doorway of her little condo.
Slugger was an exceptional little dwarf hammy. She was one of Chip and Dale's first litter so would be the oldest. She had Dale's dark colours but sweeter looking, and when just a few days old was ready to take on all comers with all four paws spread out and hissing away. She was the runt and remained small (about the size of my fourth finger) even at two months.
Yet at 21 days old she helped care for her rejected siblings when mom Dale had new pups. I hand-fed the pups, but Slugger was the one who entertained and played with her siblings until they were old enough to give away.
One day at barely a month old, she escaped through the bars of the tiny temporary cage she shared with three of her siblings. We had left the cage on the floor and thought she had disappeared under the door, and would have been cat food.
But three days later my son saw her coming for my water bottle which I had left on the floor beside my chair. She had survived on the food the others insisted on kicking out the cage and littering the floor all night. But she needed water and finally exposed herself. We had her for the next year and a half.
She looked after three more rejected litters from mom before Dale decided enough is enough! No more babies! Dad Chip was bitten severely by Dale, so we had to separate a bleeding Chip before she killed him.
I'm so sorry to share this sad news, but the pain of having pets leave you, even though you didn't want them in the first place - isn't what we want to feel ever. My son says he doesn't want anymore pets, it's so hard to take the pain, and I agree with him.
The reason I shared this is to say I felt more or less the same kind of ache when I couldn't access the WA site while I was self-exiled. I received all the notifications into my inbox and felt so helpless.
I came back to the WA on the 10th and Slugger left us on the 11th. I was so glad to be back and then felt so sad. I never want to go through this ever again.
On the 11th July, at 3.35pm, little Slugger went home to Hamster Heaven. Be happy little one, we miss you.
Thank you for reading this page my dear friends. God bless all.......
Hi Shirley, sorry for your loss. I lost my boxer that I had for over 5 years, about six months ago. My grand daughter lost her cat about 3 weeks later. We raised both of them from the time they were old enough to take away from their mothers, and they were both like members of the family. My grand daughter and I both said never again.
I watched my grand daughter go through much hurting, and her pain only started to go away after we adopted a stray cat. She has now become very close to the new cat. She knows I miss my boxer, and now tells me it will help if I find another one to replace Boomer.
Maybe she is right, kids can be so smart about some things.
Something to think about.
You have a very wise granddaughter dear Donald, and I agree. It's just that I dread more of the same sad event for my son's remaining four Hammys.
Dale the Matriach, LittleOne - Slugger's little brother, who's closest in looks and behaviour to Slugger, little Burrito our 3 legged one and last Ocha, (Flip and Goldie's only remaining offspring). All long histories. (sigh).
I'll get through it of course, still sad tho. Thank you for sharing dear, God bless you and yours......
Thanks for sharing Shirley!
My sincere sympathy for your loss. I think most of us have been through that and it really hurts. My hopes for a speedy recovery....Dick
Hello Dick. Thank you for your kind understanding. I don't want to wallow in sadness, but knowing there are those who understands makes it easier. Thank you again dear, bless you and yours.........
Sorry for the sudden loss of your pet
Yes, it was sudden Divican. My son had held her earlier and she was fine. I too saw her moving around at about 1.00pm. Her heart must have just stopped. Thank you for your kind sympathy. God bless........
Dreading the day my cat dies
They mean so much. Peace be with you.xxx
I pray that will be a long, long time from now. I love cats too as you would have gathered Julie dear. That's one experience I pray we never ever get anytime soon. God bless you and your boy, and cat.......
The loss of a pet is the loss of a family member, so sorry to hear of your loss.
So true Gary. Thank you for your kind commiseration dear. Blessings for you and your lovely family.......
Hi Shirley, sorry to hear about your little Slugger.
Oh Shirley, this is so sad. sorry for your loss. Pets are family members and it's hard to loose them! Sending you comforting thoughts and healing energy.
Dear Angela, thank you for the comforting thoughts.
Yes, it's hard to loose any pets, especially when you've had to hand feed them. Slugger's was one of Dale's first litter rejected. Hammys are so amazing, within days of their birth they were eating, and within days of being kicked out of their nest they were independent and can live without milk. God bless dear.......
Hi Shirley, you told a sad story in a loving way. And dispite the sadness you've been going through, I love you name choices:)
How nice to see you here dear Loes. Yes, we have to move on, tho' I seem to find this time harder. Slugger is the first grandchild, and most special. God bless you dear........
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Sorry for your loss Shirley, I hope it helped you to write about Slugger.
You turned it into a really nice blog.
Did Ron. Thank you for your kind thoughts. God bless....