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Old 01-26-2020, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default Rest peacefully, Chiclet

This is to share the sad news that my sweet little Chiclet, at a couple months shy of two years old, passed over the rainbow bridge this morning. She was my first hamster, and indeed the first pet I've ever had completely on my own. I absolutely knew this day would come eventually, and yet that does not make it easier, as I imagine so many of you already know.

She was a lively little Syrian as a youngster, running marathons in her wheel and enthusiastically investigating anything new, different, and of course chewable that she came across. As time wore on, she was less frenetic but still quite active until she gradually slowed down the last few months.

The past several weeks she began to decline markedly, no longer wanting out-of-cage playtime or running in her wheel. The vet checked her out and didnít find anything amiss, other than potential arthritis and general aging. I focused on making sure she continued to eat, drink and eliminate, and inviting (but not pushing) her to spend at least some time out of her cage for a little activity.

By a week ago she was only emerging to get food/water and use the litter box, and was having more difficulty walking. I moved her food bowl closer to her nest and put a shallow bowl of water next to it, since I didnít think she could maneuver her water bottle anymore. Iíd take her out occasionally and just hold her and stroke her for a little while.

This morning she no longer wanted to eat, and could hardly walk without falling over. Her breathing was very labored, and I began to think I needed to take her to the vet to help her pass on. Itís such a hard decision to make when you just donít know whether the animal is in pain! I took her out and held her, trying to make that difficult decision, when she took her last breath in my hands.

It was painful, poignant, and yet such a gift that I was able to be holding her at the very end. I feel very blessed to have been given that opportunity.

Chiclet, you were the sweetest companion to me, and gave me that unique joy that only a special pet can provide. I will miss you, my dear little girl. May you play well and run free at the rainbow bridge. <3
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Old 01-27-2020, 12:05 AM   #2
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Default Re: Rest peacefully, Chiclet

So sorry for your loss
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Old 01-27-2020, 12:45 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear. Rest sweet, Chiclet. ♥
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Old 01-27-2020, 01:53 AM   #4
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Default Re: Rest peacefully, Chiclet

I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful eulogy your post is though for Chiclet. Rest In Peace little one.
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Old 01-27-2020, 01:54 AM   #5
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Default Re: Rest peacefully, Chiclet

I'm so sorry for your loss, you gave Chiclet a lovely life & she's been a great friend to you, I'm sure she will be sadly missed but has left many special memories to cherish. I'm sure she appreciated you being there to hold her as she made her way to the rainbow bridge.
Run free & play well at the bridge Chiclet.
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Old 01-27-2020, 04:06 AM   #6
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Default Re: Rest peacefully, Chiclet

So sorry to hear about your loss. It must have been so comforting for Chiclet to die peacefully while her best friend was holding her.
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Old 01-27-2020, 04:27 AM   #7
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Default Re: Rest peacefully, Chiclet

I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a very special little one.
Run free at the bridge Chiclet x
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Old 01-27-2020, 09:13 AM   #8
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Default Re: Rest peacefully, Chiclet

Thanks, everyone, for your kind and supportive words. I will indeed miss her, but will cherish the wonderful memories I have of her....
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Old 01-27-2020, 10:42 AM   #9
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Default Re: Rest peacefully, Chiclet

So sorry, Chiclet, to hear about your gorgeous hamster passing on. It sounds as though she had a wonderful life with you. I know just how you feel, having lost my winter white just last week, and the fact that you know the end is coming doesn't make it any easier.

When you have had some time to grieve, perhaps you will find room in your heart for another furry friend. I have two winter whites on order from the local garden centre (the only "pet shop" we have on this remote Scottish island) but have to wait until mid-February. It seems like a very long time!

I'm glad you have such wonderful memories of your time with her.
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Old 01-27-2020, 01:51 PM   #10
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I am so sorry to hear about chiclet. Play well at the bridge x
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