Sunday, September 25, 2011

Herbie Woodford : 2.17.10 - 9.25.11

Well, its been a while since I have blogged only because I have been super busy with school, my new job, and life in general. But this is something that I would want to be on here for me to look back on.
As many of you all knew I had a wonderful robo hamster named, Herbert Hancock Woodford, for a year and seven months and one week. He died last night after a week long battle with chronic stage pneumonia or "snuffles". I had noticed that he was sick last Sunday and so I watched him carefully that day, and when he didn't improve I called the vet and took him there on Monday (Sept 19th), he was started on a bitter medication called Baytril. He didn't like taking it but I knew he needed to in order to get better. The past week of him having one good day followed by two bad days was tough on me. I basically slowly watched him die the past six days.
But last night all he wanted to do was have me hold him, pet him, kiss him and talk to him. I held him for about an hour until my husband told me I needed to put him back so I agreed and went to put him up. I cut an apple slice to see if he would eat it (he hadnt ate the past three days before his death) and when I went to hand it to him he jumped into the palm of my hand and sat down. He needed his mommy to hold him. He was scared because he knew he was dying, I didnt mind it one bit because I didnt want him to die alone. I went to my bedroom, layed him on my belly with my hands wrapped around him and covered him up. He layed there for hours just looking at me. It was so nice to share that with him before he died. By 2 am, we had to put him back so I could get some sleep. I woke up this morning unsure if I should check on him or not because I knew he didnt make it. I prayed last night that God could take him if he wasnt going to get better soon because he was suffering bad, but let him stay if he would be better. God answered my prayers and took him to heaven. I know he isnt suffering any longer, and I feel in my heart I gave him the best little life he could have had. I hope he feels the same way and loves me back.
He was my best friend, always made me smile, and never turned down an awesome photo shoot. He was EXTREMELY photogenic. He knew so many tricks too. Like he could stand on his toilet paper roll in his cage and keep his balance, he knew how to come to his door and stand up to get a treat, he could spin his wheel from the outside with his front hands instead of actually running in the wheel... and so many more that I just cant seem to express right now. He was so tolerant of me because I always wanted to play with him or kiss him or hold him and he just went ahead and let me. He slept during the day and played at night so everytime I wanted to play with him he would have to wake up. Such a little trooper. He also hated taking baths, but I wasnt going to kiss a smelly hamster so he always knew when he got his bedding changed he had to get a "smelly good bath".
He was one of a kind and will always have a special place for him in my heart. I will always have my memories of him, and I know he is looking down on me right now telling me to stop crying and love the fact that he is ok and no longer suffering.
I love you forever and ever Herbie,
love mommy.

1 comment:

Tamela said...

What a sweet post to remember Herbie.