To Elwood, RIP

November 1, 2009 at 7:08 pm 3 comments

I don’t usually write about my personal life, except as it pertains to health and fitness, but I will make a special exception today. Nearly two years ago, hubby and I bought ourselves three small Russian dwarf hamsters, and called them Jake, Elwood and Spike. The hamsters were a kind of compromise pet – we were limited because of a) my allergies and b) the no pets rule where we live. But after a chance meeting in a pet shop (where we would often go just to dream and play with other people’s pets), we became the proud owners of our three little hamlets. They would have been about a month old when they came to live with us and were so tiny you could barely feel the weight of them on your palm.

Since then, despite me developing an unfortunate hamster allergy (particulary when it came to cleaning their cages!), they have provided us with hours and hours of priceless entertainment. One of my favourites was Elwood, standing up on his hind legs, holding a chip (french fry) as big as he was between his little fluffy paws, and nibbling away at it with gusto. Before anyone gets on their high horse, the chip incident was a one off. Usually treats comprised seeds, nuts, or a bit of grape or broccoli.

Young ElwoodIt was always quite amazing such small animals could have such large and distinctive personalities. Jake, although a bit of a bully when he was with the other two (we had to separate them), was the only one who would sit still and let you pet him. In the early days, he was also the one who left little unwanted presents when you picked him up – the highlight being the day he weed on my rather posh mother. He loved running on his wheel – although not so much nowadays, he is getting on a bit – but never strayed far from home. Spike was like spiderman – he would hang upside down off his fruit stick to make sure that he got every last morsel. But Elwood reminded me the most of myself, and probably because of this he has always been my favourite. He was greedy, lazy, and loved to explore. We would let him loose on the carpet and he would hoover up any crumbs that we might have missed. He’d eat anything and everything and hated his wheel. But he never missed a chance to escape and would roam all over the house in his little yellow ball. When he was young, he’d sit up on his back legs and look like a little grey fluffy tennis ball he was so chubby, but as he grew into adulthood he became the slimmest of the three.

Russian dwarfs don’t live all that long – between one and two years generally, 18 months on average. Ours must be around 21 months old now. Spike has a couple of tumours on his rear legs but otherwise seems absolutely fine and is still going strong. He is likely to die of old age before the cancer makes him ill. Jake is a little chubbier, and runs a little less than he used to, but is otherwise in good health. But Elwood developed what looked like a cold last Thursday and died suddenly on Friday night. He was buried yesterday in my mother’s garden, in a small box with some fluffy bedding and his cuddly broccoli, and in the spring we will plant some sunflowers to mark the spot – his favourite seed, and apparently the national flower of Russia. Hubby and I cried like babies, and I am tearing up as I write this. To my little explorer, R.I.P.Elwood escaping

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  • 1. Cynthia  |  November 2, 2009 at 1:27 am

    I’m so sorry. Pets have such a hold on our hearts, and size does not matter. One of my friends in CA used to have hamsters and guinea pigs and such while her children were growing up and the hamsters would make me laugh and laugh! Of course, my cats do that now!

    I know you’ll miss your little guy! The sunflower idea sounds lovely and a nice way to remember him. Plus, I’m sure Jake and Spike will enjoy the seeds.

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  • 2. Rob  |  November 2, 2009 at 1:58 am

    Sorry to hear about Elwood.

    Rob

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  • 3. keleigh  |  November 6, 2009 at 12:34 am

    I’m sorry for your loss.

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