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Sunday, May 29, 2011

W/W - Life without Hammie


Now that Hammie is gone, Oreo is obviously enjoying the unrivaled attention that's lavished upon her though I'm quite sure she misses her hamster pally more that she cares to show.

When we first brought Oreo back from the pet shop, she used to love visiting Hammie's cage. As soon as the cage door was opened, she would hop in and snuggle up against Hammie.

The two were inseparable. We had to pry her from Hammie to get her back into her own cage

Then jealousy got the better of her though there was plenty of love to go round. She started to pounce and nip on Hammie. Ever the gentleman who never once bit back, the long-suffering hamster would let out a loud 'the fat pig is bullying again' squeak so we tended to 'punish' Oreo for her bad behaviour by smacking her lightly on her butt. Then Hammie decided to get even. He tricked us by employing the said squeak even when Oreo was nowhere near, knowing that we'd immediately rush to his aid, resulting in the 'butt-smack' chastisement. Angered by the unwarranted punishment, Oreo would protest by chattering loudly (teeth chattering is a sound guinea pigs make when they are angry or upset). Ah! Revenge is sweet!
How many times the wily old hamster had deceived us, we didn't know but as soon as we found out, Oreo was no longer allowed to visit Hammie. The rivalry between them was becoming too intense and besides, Hammie's health was deteriorating and he needed to rest undisturbed.

When Hammie died, we placed Oreo near him, curious to see her reaction. She started to groom his lifeless body, something she hadn't done for a very long time. I guess she did care for her old buddy after all.

27 comments:

ShanimalsCrackers.blogspot.com said...

That is so sad!

When we had hamsters, we could not put them anywhere near each other. Otherwise they'd wrestle and bite each other and when we'd try to separate them, they'd just bite us.

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Awww, what a sad/happy story! Isn't it funny how animals can take on human qualities/personalities?

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Becky Jane said...

I think animals have an inborn instinct about death...what a sweet story.

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Mammy Dolittle said...

Poor Hammie :(

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Steph said...

Oh, so sweet... and so sad! they are so smart, aren't they??? i bet oreo is enjoying all the attention... are you considering a replacement for hammie?
happy monday, v!

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

Just like children. They start out sweet and cuddly and turn into nasty teenagers. Then, miracle of miracles, they become civillized adults and amaze us. I am happy to hear you still have Oreo to play with and love.
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Mom of 12 said...

Sorry about your hamster...my daughter's bunny died on St. Patrick's Day this year. She cried for days.
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~ Noelle said...

that is so sweet and sad...
been wondering how you all were doing with the loss...
hugs to you

bigguysmama said...

The photos of them together is precious!! I'm sure Hammie is very missed. I'm glad you gave Oreo the chance to say goodbye to her buddy.

~Mimi

Mumma's Mini Me's - Kym said...

Hello new follower :) Aww he is lovely, we had them as children and they are beautiful animals.

alissa4illustration said...

That' sad/happy. Super cute pictures though.

Lori said...

Awe...

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Stacy Uncorked said...

Awww! Poor little guy! I bet he is enjoying the extra attention - even though most likely it's bittersweet.

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G-Pride Farm said...

So sorry you lost one of your hamsters. He was beautiful. Hope you have many memories made and plan on making many memories with Oreo also. Nothing like the love we have for our furry friends.

Alicia C. said...

Aww.. just goes to show, "sibling" rivalry can run deep, but the love is still there!

{Stephanie}The Drama Mama said...

I'm sorry about Hammie, but Oreo sure is cute!

SnoopyGirl said...

What a precious story. Thanks for sharing. We have a hamster named Oreo, but we dearly miss our first hamster Fluffy. I never thought a hamster and a guinea pig could get along. We just read a really cute story from the library about a Guinea Pig private investigator names Sasspants and her sidekick, a hamster named Hamisher. Too cute.

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Mrs. Marine said...

How sad... :( I had two hamsters when I was 12.

Lin said...

Oh my gosh--that is just so sad!! I'm glad you showed him that Hammie was dead though--I think it's important for him to know he died.

We used to have a guinea pig and he would whistle for the dog to come see him. It was so CUTE!!

Grace said...

So sorry for your loss. Sometimes the smallest of pets can capture the majority of our heart.

homeschoolceo said...

Aw, so sweet. I'm sorry your Hammie is gone.

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