Friday, September 5, 2008

A Death in the Family

Sadly, I was informed this morning that a lovely member of our family had passed on. My children had to give me the news as I was putting on my make-up. I'm ashamed to confess that I thought they were making it up and ignored them until my mascara was perfectly applied. But alas, it is true. Tinkerbell has gone to Heaven.


I was hoping to dispose of her remains discretely with the morning's garbage, but my heart-broken brood is quite insistent that we give her the proper burial she deserves. Um, anyone have ideas on how to wrap a hamster for burial so the other family pet doesn't dig it up and use it as a chew toy?!

I imagine we'll be paying a visit to the pet store this weekend to select a new little rodent to love. After all, following her most recent escape (while we were away, she chewed clear through her awesome plastic cage), a brand spankin' new 'chew-proof' cage was purchased. It came with food and shavings and treats... We can't very well let all those great hamster supplies go to waste!

But Tinkerbell will forever hold a special place in our hearts. She will be remembered as the great escape artist of 2008; the disgusting little creature who chose to use the same corner of her cage for food, bedding, and bathroom; the monkey hamster who could climb her cage and swing from one finger; the cute little furball who Braeden just wanted to pick up and play with this morning - that lay stiff in the throes of rigor mortis in his little boy hands...

Farewell, Tinkerbell!

6 comments:

  1. Can't say I have seen a dead hamster before :S Poor little Tinkerbell...

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  2. Why must our lovely children have rodents/lizards,whatever - as pets? I shudder in memory of my son's favorites. Good luck with that!

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  3. ok so you seriously took a picture of your dead hamster????LOL... that is hilarious..... so did you guys have a burial???
    It was great seeing you at FF today

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  4. We had a small ceremony with a prayer. But I was able to convince everyone that "burial" in a small box, tied up in two garbage bags, and added to our garbage bin was the wisest course. Phew.

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