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HuHam Bond #2: Hammy

by wiffy on March 19, 2010

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This article is written for HuHam Bond, a series of short stories celebrating the close human-hamster bond and friendship. Check out how you can submit your story here.

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Written by forum member DolphinDreamer for her hamster, Hammy

Hammy

Hammy had always been a great hamster. He was my first hamster and always special to me. I remember waiting outside of a local pet shop on April 22, 2007, waiting for them to open. When they did I immediately went to look at the hamsters. Out of all of the hamsters in that tank, one stood out to me the most. There was something special about him. And he looked like the perfect one, so I chose him and brought him home. I tried to think of a good name that day. Butter and Oatmeal are among the many names that I remember thinking about naming him, but none were good enough. Due to my lack of creativity in names I chose to name him Hammy. Hammy was a name that suited him well.

Hammy

When I got him, I didn’t realize that he would be so amazing and eventually change the way I thought about life. I tried my best to take care of him. I remember being so scared to hold him, because I thought he would bite me, but he never did. Soon I began to trust him and he began to trust me. During the first few months I had a lot to learn. I found Hamster Hideout and joined the forum, and soon learned how to properly take care of him. I had made my share of mistakes in the past, but he still seemed to love me and be so patient with me learning. One event early in his life that I remember so well, was his first escape. I had only had him about 2 weeks at the time. I was watching a movie, called “Flushed Away” (its about a pet mouse and his journey when he meets some wild mice.) Well all of a sudden I heard the lid of his cage moving around. I got up and went to go see what he was up too. I turned the light on and looked in the cage, only to find he was not in there, instead he was happily sitting on top of the cage. How he escaped is still a mystery to me. I carefully put him back in his cage and hoped he wouldn’t escape again, and he didn’t.

Hammy

Hammy enjoyed living in his bin cage with all his toys. He had a pink igloo because pink is my favorite color, but he didn’t seem to mind. Everyday I would take him out for playtime. And each day was like no other; he would always find a different way to surprise me. He loved coming out to play and he loved treats, especially cheddar cheese. We had so many adventures together. Hammy also seemed to have a little mischief in him. He loved to move his cage around, climb up the front of his cage, climb out of the playpen when I would clean his cage, and make as much noise as he possibly could at night. Once I remember having him out to play in his favorite spot, on my bed and the shelf behind it. He was hiding behind some beanie babies when I heard a noise. I moved the beanie babies away to find him sitting proudly beside his pile of un-stuffed cheek contents that he thought he would hide on my shelf. One time I caught the little guy climbing on the top of his bin cage. He was holding onto the wire-mesh on the lid and looked like an acrobat. That scared me so much when I saw him climbing around like Tarzan. Hammy seemed to love attention. He would always find someway of getting my attention when he was awake and letting me know that he wanted to come out to play. Hammy was so loving and gentle. He not only let me hold him, but he also let other people hold him and pet him. He seemed to be the perfect hamster in everyway. He was even potty trained…when he wanted to be. Sometimes he would decide not to be potty trained just to annoy me a little. Hammy had so many cute and mischievous ways.

Hammy

Hammy was always there. I had always had trouble making friends during my life. Hammy became more than just a friend; he became part of the family. He listened to me when I talked and always seemed to find ways to make me smile. On some of my saddest days, he would find some way to make me smile, even laugh sometimes. He had more love to give than I could have ever imagined. He was with me through so much during the time he was here. He helped me live. Near the end I noticed something. Hammy seemed to have one more thing to teach me before he left. I remember taking him out one night to find that he was coming to the end. He just slept in my hands for over an hour that night. I thought for sure that he would die that night, but he lived longer than I expected. I did all I could for him, but it was his time. He didn’t seem to want to give up though. Through this time he seemed to teach me a valuable lesson. I had noticed that it seemed like animals didn’t want to give up. Hammy didn’t want to give up. And neither did one of my other hamsters in the past, Ruby. Hammy seemed to be slowly dying and yet he still wouldn’t give up the fight for life so easy. I wondered why humans seem to give up so easy; why did I want to give up so easy in my life. Anytime something gets hard in life it always seemed easier to just give up. I several times just wanted to give up. How is it that a life so small and thought by most to be nearly insignificant could fight so hard to live? A human’s life is so much longer and thought to be so much more significant, yet we sometimes seem to give up so much easier. Hammy never let me give up on my life all of the times I wanted to. There were times I needed someone, but my friends couldn’t always be with me every minute; Hammy was there. My friends were half of the reason I didn’t give up, but Hammy, and my other hamsters were the other half of the reason. He was there for me so much. Hammy seemed to teach me that no matter how hard things get, I shouldn’t give up. It will be hard sometimes to keep living and keep fighting, but I know I will try. He seemed to want to prove to me that life is so very special. Who would have ever thought that hamsters, especially one little hamster, could change my life so much.

Hammy

Hammy finally passed away on October 28, 2009. I woke up that morning to find that he finally passed away. Now that he is gone I miss him so much, but I am so thankful that he got to be part of my life. Hammy left so many tiny little paw prints on my heart and I will never forget him and the good memories we had together; and I know that I will also never forget the lesson he has taught me about life.

Hammy

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 wiffy March 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I love Hammy, he will always be fondly remembered. great story!

2 Peanut123 March 21, 2010 at 10:08 am

i love this story, god bless him and take care :)

3 samoa March 21, 2010 at 10:17 am

thank you for telling us about hammy, I wish I could have met him.

4 samoa March 21, 2010 at 10:17 am

his pictures are wonderful

5 hammie_ham March 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

Aww such a sweet story! :)

6 Viggy Sidney March 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Hammy was a wonderful hamster! He’s a little angel watching over you now. He will be missed, but never forgotten. You gave him the best and I’m sure he thanks you so much for that. Now, he’s taking care of you :). Thanks for sharing his story.

7 Huey March 22, 2010 at 5:58 am

Your story really hit home for me. That’s how I feel with my own hamster, I feel a close connection with my hamster as you did with Hammy. She knows when I am sad and lonely and she makes me smile just like your Hammy. Even though hamsters are small and they aren’t with us for very long, they can still teach us a lot about life.

I have learned a lot, right from the beginning, when we got Huey, because we had another hamster right before her who only lived about 9 days. The first hamster was very shy (probably sickly) and would hide all the time, but Huey is very outgoing and loves to come out and play and meet new people all the time. I am very shy and I am seeing the benefits of being more outgoing all because of Huey.

8 dalosiman March 22, 2010 at 11:47 pm

DD, This is such a great story! I was unable to hold back the tears. Thanks for publishing your story!!

9 dusty March 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm

It’s wonderful how little hamsters can teach us so much about living a full life. Great story and thank you for sharing it with us.

10 kisetsu March 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Hammy is such a beautiful hamster. I find syrian hamsters are more intelligent and they can relate easily to humans. Such a wonderful story, reminds me of the time I had with my syrians. Hammy reminds me of my Hamlet who looks like him. :)

11 Shaunna April 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Awwwww, thank-you for telling us all about hammy I nearly cried,
I have a grey syrian hamster Poppy I am allways cautious to hold her thinking she would bite me but Poppy never does! My nephews got a hamster today he named it Hammy :) ;)

12 Pmona May 9, 2010 at 8:55 am

What a sweet, touching story.

13 Noelle November 21, 2010 at 5:46 am

After reading Viggy Sideny’s story I didn’t think I would start crying again, but guess what? Your story made me start crying right when you said you picked him up in your hand. Hamsters are something special they teach you how to keep on going- even when themselves cant.

14 hyeongjun May 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I have a hamster in korea and it got 66666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666 babies now!~

15 :) August 5, 2011 at 3:50 am

This made me cry as my hamster is nicknamed Hammy. and it makes me feel so sad when i hear about such a wonderful and special animal dying. Hamsters are special.

16 irania aylla August 14, 2011 at 3:21 am

Hello! ‘m from Brazil I was looking on hamster and saw your story with Hammy. This story is very moving I have a hamster named Bijou she is very playful she loves to run on his wheel, I wonder how will be when she dies? I think because i think the day of her death, because today that penssar elaesta alive, healthy, and happy?

My condolences by Hammy but he was not worry where he is happy.

Signed: Irania Aylla of Brazil

(Note: Always be happy because Hammy WISH to see you happy)

Bye, bye.

17 lovinganimals22 October 31, 2014 at 3:46 am

That is a very lovely story and I understand that it is hard to lose a pet that is so close as Hammy and you were. I too had a really close bond with a pet but we need to stay strong. I’m glad Hammy taught you that lesson because our lives do mean something in this world. Every life means something!

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