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Old 09-05-2021, 05:11 AM   #1
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Unhappy Rest in Peace little Bonnie :cry:

Hello.

Sorry it's been a while since I posted.

And I've got some bad news as well.

Over the past fortnight, I noticed a small lump on Bonnie's right ear. So I made an appointment for tomorrow (Monday), but sadly, she deteriorated so quickly there was nothing I could really do. I tried to get an emergency appointment, but unfortunately the emergency line wasn't working. She allowed me to pick her up, first time in a while, but a few minutes later, she passed away in my arms.

Bonnie has really got me loving russian dwarf hamsters and her tank is perfect size for a small one, so I will probably start looking for another in the near future. Her personality really shone out and it was always nice to hear her little wheel quietly whirring away at night. Even though she wasn't keen on coming out of her tank, she really did live a very happy little life and is actually the longest time I have ever owned a hamster, 2 1/2 years.

It's a shame she didn't live until her 3rd birthday, but I'm so glad of the time I spent with her and she was a little sweetheart.

Rest in soft Peace little Bonnie, aka Mouse and Bon Bon. I will miss you so much.

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Old 09-05-2021, 06:36 AM   #2
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Default Re: Rest in Peace little Bonnie :cry:

I am so sorry. She had a really good long life with you - unusual for a russian dwarf to live that long. It sounds like she passed peacefully in her own home surrounded by love and comfort. But very hard for you. Play well over the rainbow bridge Bonnie.
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Old 09-05-2021, 07:21 AM   #3
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Default Re: Rest in Peace little Bonnie :cry:

Thank you Serendipity.
I did think it was a bit unusal for a russian dwarf to live over 2 years myself.
She seemed to crave a cuddle from me before she went though, which was unusual as she wasn't keen on coming out of her tank. It was like she wanted me to be there with her, which was lovely, but also bittersweet as she passed away.

I am definitely thinking of getting another little russian dwarf later this year, but want to save up for a brand new wheel, den and platform as they've all had a lot of use

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Old 09-05-2021, 09:33 AM   #4
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Default Re: Rest in Peace little Bonnie :cry:

I am so sorry for your loss.
Bonnie wanted to say good bye to you and be with you when the end was near. She must have loved you as much as you loved her. Play well at the bridge little hamster.
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Old 09-09-2021, 04:00 AM   #5
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Default Re: Rest in Peace little Bonnie :cry:

She must have really trusted you and been bonded with you. Our first hamster Charlie was like that with me but kept coming round every time I cuddled him and took a long time to go - had to be pts in the end. It's incredibly hard to lose such a much loved hamster, but at least her end was fairly quick and with love x

You could make a new den maybe, and save some money. Or use a cardboard one or shoebox house? I know what you mean about a new wheel or platform though. If you get a platform that's smooth wood, you could plastikote it and then re use it for another hamster. I find that works well as they can be easily washed or disinfected and left to air then - so I paint all sides, including the thin sides.

Getzoo do some very good platforms in two heights (21cm tall for deeper substrate and about 15cm tall for lower substrate). They're not cheap but they're easily plastikoted.

They do left and right handed ones as well, depending on where you want to put it in the tank. And smaller and larger ones.

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Old 09-09-2021, 09:23 AM   #6
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I'm so sorry for your loss.
Play well at the bridge Bonnie x
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Old 09-11-2021, 02:51 AM   #7
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Default Re: Rest in Peace little Bonnie :cry:

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She must have really trusted you and been bonded with you. Our first hamster Charlie was like that with me but kept coming round every time I cuddled him and took a long time to go - had to be pts in the end. It's incredibly hard to lose such a much loved hamster, but at least her end was fairly quick and with love x

You could make a new den maybe, and save some money. Or use a cardboard one or shoebox house? I know what you mean about a new wheel or platform though. If you get a platform that's smooth wood, you could plastikote it and then re use it for another hamster. I find that works well as they can be easily washed or disinfected and left to air then - so I paint all sides, including the thin sides.

Getzoo do some very good platforms in two heights (21cm tall for deeper substrate and about 15cm tall for lower substrate). They're not cheap but they're easily plastikoted.

They do left and right handed ones as well, depending on where you want to put it in the tank. And smaller and larger ones.

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Hi Serendipity.

Aww I read about Charlie when I first joined here a few years ago. I'm sure by now Bonnie would have met Charlie and they are now friends on the bridge.

Thank you for the link to the website. It's actually fairly reasonably priced - especially if I get everything from there at once. As I've got a terrarium, I have been looking for a water bottle holder for ages, although I am still thinking about using a bowl still. I used to use the Living World Water bottle holder, but for some reason it's been discontinued and so I'm glad to have another alternative...even if I do still end up going for a bowl.

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Old 09-11-2021, 02:54 AM   #8
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I'm so sorry for your loss.
Play well at the bridge Bonnie x
Hi Souffle,
Thank you for your kind message.

My Dad and I buried Bonnie next to one of my favourite Buddliea bushes. As we were digging the hole, I had my favourite butterfly land on my shoulder. It was really nice as it felt as though it was saying the butterflies will look after Bonnie. We are going to scatter some bee/butterfly friendly seeds over her and fingers crossed she'll be able to lie safely in her own little meadow.

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