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Old 01-29-2019, 07:44 AM   #1
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Default Farewell, my Queen Martina

Last Thursday, at about 3 am, my precious Marti passed away and joined her friends on the rainbow bridge.

I can't tell how difficult it was for me. I couldn't make myself create this thread for almost a week, as I began crying just thinking about it.

I can't tell that it was completely unexpected, she was almost two, but it didn't make it any easier. The fact that she had only about three weeks before her second birthday only makes it more heartbreaking.

On the evening of January 23rd, Marti went out of her nest to eat and I noticed that she was breathing very heavily and moving in a weird way, as if not all her legs worked. She couldn't even climb inside her sand bath. I had to give her a little push. I understood that it was probably time. I contacted her breeder, hoping that she would come up with a miracle solution, but she said that I just need to let her go whenever she is ready.

It was a heartbreaking goodbye. I'm sure she knew that it was time and she wanted to use her last hours with us to maximum. Since it was difficult for her to walk, she climbed inside her hideout and then laid down with her little head sticking out, like a dog in a kennel. I had never seen her do it. I talked to her, and whenever she heard my voice she would lift her head and even nod, as if she understood everything I said to her. I tried giving her treats but she only nibbed a bit on baby food and couldn't eat anything else.

After a few hours, she suddenly went out from her hideout and went to her old hideout. About a month before I moved her to a bigger cage and she changed her nesting place. But that day, she went inside her old hideout, then climbed out, laid between the things that was with her in her very first cage, and passed away.

I can't tell how hard it was to understand that my little golden princess passed away. She was my very first hamster, and she was INCREDIBLE. She was so incredibly smart, so neat and so adventurous. She was an amazing escape artist, and she was always full of surprises. She came into my life when I really needed a pet, and she became the best little friend that I could ask for. I will never not be grateful for her, she was the best hamster I could've asked for.

She found her resting place in the center of the city, under a bridge that you can see fireworks from, surrounded by numerous landmarks. It is a place worth my little Queen.

I hope she met Prince Lemon, Eros, Boris, and Pasha, and all other amazing hams up there and they are having so much fun together.

Thank you, Marti, I will never forget you.



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R.I.P. Martina - my golden Queen. You were amazing. 14.02.2017 - 24.01.2019

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Old 01-29-2019, 08:50 AM   #2
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I'm so sorry for your loss Burakki, Marti was a lovely girl & you clearly had a very special bond with her, you gave her a lovely life & she will live on forever in your heart now.

Run free & play well at the bridge Mart.
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:11 AM   #3
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So sorry for your loss. What a sweet little face.
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Old 01-30-2019, 12:13 AM   #4
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Sorry for the loss of your very beautiful, special and much loved ham Marti x
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Old 01-30-2019, 05:38 AM   #5
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I am so very sorry for your loss. She was so beautiful and clearly much loved.
Run free at the bridge Queen Martina xx
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Old 01-30-2019, 10:30 AM   #6
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cypher, mzwiwy, pinkpixie, souffle, thank you all for your support! It means a lot when there are people who understand how heartbreaking it is to lose a ham, especially the one that made you fall in love with hamsters as a species. This forum is so important, I'm really glad that I'm on it.
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Old 01-30-2019, 02:35 PM   #7
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Sorry to hear you lost your little hamster. It is very sad when we lose them. I remember going into work after learning my hamster had died and I couldn’t stop crying. My work buddies clubbed together and bought me another one as they felt sorry for me.
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Old 01-30-2019, 05:33 PM   #8
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So, so sad, yet very beautiful how you guys connected. I'm sorry for your loss
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Old 02-01-2019, 08:44 AM   #9
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I am in total shock and utterly heartbroken that the magnificent, adventurous, and charismatic Marti had passed to the bridge. The world is a much sadder place right now, and the Rainbow bridge had gained yet another very special, heart-ham with the passing of your cherished beauty. I'm so extremely sorry for your loss, Burakki. My heart is overwhelmed with sadness for what you are going through right now. I can't stop crying right now and I'm at a total loss for words. I have always felt a special closeness to Marti, and I always thoroughly enjoyed catching up on her latest adventures and seeing her shine in all of her lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing her very special life with all of us on HC; to know her was to love her, and I certainly do. She was truly blessed to have such an amazing, loving, and devoted mum like you; she was loved and cherished and knew it every day. Your bond was exceptional and always touched my heart. I haven't been on HC much lately due to all that has been going on in my life lately, but I am so heartbroken that so many very special hams have passed since I was away. I believe in my heart that all of our beloved hams and other animals who have sadly passed to the bridge will be playing with one another so happily right now. I'm sure they will be the greatest of friends. It gives me comfort knowing that they are all together now and creating so much silliness there. I know Queen Martina will be visiting you in your dreams just as Eros visited me in mine. Marti's memorial thread is truly touching and her collage of photos capture so many of the great times had by both of you. Her final resting place sounds absolutely perfect and truly special, befitting your most precious Queen Marti. Tons and tons of HUGE hugs to you. You are in my thoughts; we are all here for you.

Queen Marti, you were a truly exceptional ham and have touched so many hearts along the way. You will live on in our hearts always and never be forgotten. Please send a loving message from the bridge to your amazing Mum who loves and misses you so. Have fun with Prince Lemon, Eros, Snickers, and all of the dearly departed loved ones at the bridge. You are in great company and I'm sure you will all be happy. Cuddles and kisses to you all.
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:30 AM   #10
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Pazzie, fredso, thank you for your condolences, it means a lot to have support from people that understand what you're going through.

dreamtree, I can't say how much all your words mean to me. You and Eros were our most darling buddies on this forum, and it breaks my heart that both our beauties are not with us anymore. At least, now they will be able to actually meet each other and I'm sure, the Rainbow bridge has become a much funnier place with our girls being there. I'm sure they're having so much fun causing mischief up there.
It's so sad that probably all the hams that I met when Marti and I just joined the forum are not here anymore. It's so unfair that their lifespan is so short. They are too amazing to go away in just two years.

I remember when we just got Marti... Initially, the short lifespan was supposed to be a benefit, because we didn't know whether my mom would be allergic to her or not. Also, my mom was unsure about getting a pet in the first place, so she thought that a pet that lives just two years would be a good compromise. But when we just brought her home and she started examining her new cage, my mom said "I don't want her to die in two years..." In just a couple hours, Marti managed to completely win both our heart over. The thought that it would be just for two years scared us. That was part of the reason why we got Prince Lemon, hoping that he would still be here when Marti passes, but... It didn't go out as planned. Then we got Noir the chinchilla, and I'm so happy we have him, and that chins can live for more than 20 years. I will do everything I can to make his life amazing. We tried to give Marti the best life possible, and I hope she was a happy ham.

Sometimes I think about getting another ham, but both my mom and I are not ready to lose another pet in two years. Maybe we'll get another chin, or guinea pigs... This way it won't feel like I'm just replacing Marti and Lemon. They were incredible, and brought me so much joy, so I really hope that they are having an incredible party on the Rainbow bridge with all the fabulous hams from this forum, and others that we don't know about, and with other pets that are free now. I sure hope they'll meet my childhood dogs up there and tell them all about my current life now. Our lost pets become our little angels, I believe in that.
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R.I.P. Martina - my golden Queen. You were amazing. 14.02.2017 - 24.01.2019
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