It is my very sad duty to announce that Pip, the co-founder of this site, and above all, my beloved first hamster, has passed away. His death occurred a little over a week ago, dying peacefully in his sleep. He had a good life, and always enjoyed the finer things, like the best lettuce, juiciest grapes, the fattiest sunflower seeds, and the comfiest bedding. I will miss him dearly, but I know that he’s (and excuse the cliché) gone to a better place.
This event has sparked an awareness in my head. Before last week, I had been blissfully free of the sorrow mourning for a deceased pet could bring. But now I know what it’s like to miss a little creature so terribly. I will soon be adding new pages on hamster health and dealing with the death of a hamster.
It’s hard when anyone loses a pet, whether it’s a child or an adult. There’ll be a guide on the health pages, on explaining a hammy’s death to the younger carers, while also offering tips and advice for older hamster-lovers. You may say “but it’s only a hamster, no one can be that upset”, but the truth is, whether it’s a family dog that’s been with you 15 years, or a hamster that’s been with you only 2, it still hurts when they leave for pet-heavan!
Pip had a good life, and will be missed a lot. He was hilarious to watch and had the kindest, sweetest personality imaginable. It’s funny how hard it was to take pictures of him, he moved so quickly! Sometimes, I still think I can hear him running at lightening speed on his wheel.
Good bye Pip, and you’ll always live on at The hamster place.