Meet a Miracle - Hamster Story by Lesley Patterson
Author: Lesley PattersonSource: www.hamster-club.com
Hello everyone! Let me properly introduce
myself, my name is Miracle.
I love to eat sunflower seeds and barley balls
and a little fruit now and then, especially strawberries and mango, those are
my very favorites. I have a good home and am a very happy little guy. I am a
really handsome boy and have fluffy grey fur with white markings and the cutest
little face with a pink nose and big deep black eyes. I was the runt of my
litter. When I was just a baby, my hammy Mommy decided to bite one of my ears
off. Sad I know, but you'll soon see that I now have
a very happy life with my Family who loves me very much and who I love with all
my little hammy heart in return.
I was born from a big litter, I've said that I was
the runt but I think it makes me special because now that I'm all grown up I am
big, fat and happy, you'd never be able to tell that I was once the smallest of
all my brothers and sisters.
I started out with a different family, then the
one that I have now. My new Mommy named me Miracle because she says I am one.
My new Family found me one day when the little girl of my old family was
outside not being very nice to me and treating me like a toy.
This mean little girl was on the playground of
an apartment complex and took me outside with her. It was Summer time, it was hot
outside and there were metal slides at the playground which this little girl
began to use by sliding me down it. It hurt and I was sad and scared. I was
only a baby and didn't even have my eyes opened yet when this was happening to
me. I was wishing to the God of my species that someone would come and save me
from this mean child and suddenly my prayers were answered.
Out of the blue another girl came up towards me
and she was bigger and older than the child who had been hurting me by playing
so rough and doing things you should never do to a hamster. This new girl came
and rescued me, she told the other child that she had better stop and asked why
she was doing things so mean to me. The little girl replied it was because she
didn't want me and this made me sad, especially because my own hammy family had
kind of rejected me when my birth mom for some reason decided to bite off my
left ear. I can still hear out of it though and I personally think I'm so cute
and sweet that my personality completely makes up for this small flaw.
Anyways, this new girl took me from the other
child who had been abusing me and she brought me into what would become my new
home and forever Family. I found out the girl's name was Amara and she
carefully cradled me into my new home and showed me to my new Mommy who
immediately accepted and loved me.
When Amara told her mom Lesley my story and
what had been happening to me this woman made sure to take good care of me and
called herself my Mommy and I was so excited and felt so special now and knew
already somehow that I would be safe and loved in this new place.
My new Mommy Lesley and her husband Andy, my
new Daddy went immediately online and purchased a cage for me and then they
went out while I waited with the rest of my new Family to go out and buy me
food, bowls, a water bottle, chew toys and supplied all this and more to meet
my every need. I remember now being so surprised at the way my new Family was
treating me because I had never had a chance to be accepted and loved so much
this way before. As I said I was a baby when this happened and my eyes were
still shut. My new Mommy and Daddy had to hand feed and water me because I
was too young at the time to be able to do these things for myself. They didn't
seem to mind at all and even acted as if they really enjoyed holding me as I
drank out of and ate out of their hands. I decided pretty quickly that I loved
to be held and handled by these particular humans, they were always so nice to
me and had such big hearts so I made sure to always be pleasant and nice to
I remember a funny story from when I was a baby
that first day that I was brought home and I'd like to share it with you all. My new Family had never had a hamster before
and when I first arrived I was still quite shaken up and understandably scared
because of how I was being treated by my old family. Before I was sure I could
trust these new people in my life, I had an episode where I got a little scared
and rolled onto my back, stuck my legs out and made a noise that sounded like a
beeping alarm clock to my new owners.
They didn't know that I did this because I was
just a bit scared still and my new Mommy went online immediately freaking out
over what had happened, actually worried about me and trying to find out what
my actions had meant and to make sure I was healthy and OK. She did a lot of
research and finally came upon the correct answer, that it was a defense
mechanism us hamsters sometimes use when we are frightened. After they learned
it was only normal behavior they were so relieved. They laughed about how I
sounded like an alarm clock and I didn't mind because once I finally heard an
alarm clock I must agree that I did kind of sound like one and this fact made
me have a nice hammy giggle to myself, too. Mommy even did all the research to find out
what breed of hamster I am and she found out that I am what they call a Russian
As time passed, I grew up healthy and I got
pretty big and a little fat, too but my Mommy thinks that I am the most
adorable little thing to ever walk on this Earth. I know because she told me
so, she talks to me a lot and I listen, always looking up at her to show I'm
paying attention as she lovingly holds me and coos to me with baby noises and
softly spoken words confessing all her love for me. I really enjoy being out of
my cage and if I had my way I'd be out of it all the time just so I could be
around Lesley my new Mommy and the rest of my Family.
I really love all the attention that I get from
everyone and I adore being held, pet, and just generally loved by my humans.
My Mommy does so many special things to make me happy that I try to come up
with ways to bring her more joy also and I found some that really work. Mommy
loves to put me in her pocket and I like to scramble around inside it and
sometimes pop my head out just hanging out in her pocket. I also am allowed to
run all over my parent's bed and I soon found a game that I love where I go
under the blankets and roam around. It's a lot of fun for me and sometimes
Mommy leaves treats under it for me to find while I play. She even bought me a
special thin blanket that's fleece that I really love playing under. I don't
care much for the hamster ball they bought me though, that's why I'm always
allowed to come out and play around the bed and floor while my parent's
One thing I do that my Mom just absolutely
loves is playing a game with her that we call "around the Mommy"
where I literally go around and around my Mommy while she sits cross-legged on
our bed. She really loves it when I play this game and it's so much fun. I play
it by running close to her body and going around her over and over again,
stopping to wiggle my whiskers now and then and look up at Mommy to say I love
you to her. She always says she loves me, too.
Another favorite thing we both like is when I
sit curled up in her lap or her hands and she just holds me and tells me how
special I am, that I am a true Miracle and that she is so happy to have me in
her life. She tells me everyday how much I brighten up her world and my new
Family brightens up mine, too. We get along so well together and everyone in
the family holds me and pets me and gives me treats, loves and attention. I am
a very lucky hammy.
I had a hard start and wondered if my life
would get any better when suddenly I was rescued from my bad situation and put
into a place I could really call home with people I could really consider my
loving and faithful Family. My Mommy took lots of pictures with me and she's
going to share them with my story so you can see me when I was just a baby in
their hands and also see what I have grown up to be and look like. She always
tells me that I am the cutest hamster ever and she thinks that my missing ear
gives me character. She never judged me or treated me differently because the
left one is missing. She always treated me just like any happy, healthy hamster
should be. I don't really mind the missing ear myself because it doesn't
interfere with anything and I can still hear out of it just fine.
I lived a very long and happy life with my
Family, longer than most hamsters usually live, I was on this Earth for about 3
whole years. My vet said that I lived practically forever and had a very long
and happy, healthy life.
Sadly, I am writing this to you from Hammy
Heaven. I passed away at the beginning of this year inside my cage in the
middle of the night while I was sleeping all curled up into a ball in the hammy
hut that my Family bought for me and that I loved so much. I really miss them
and I know they miss me. I know Mommy remembers me everyday and I also think of
her just as often. I was lucky to be loved by such a great Family.
I am buried in a nice spot underneath a tree
and a fern now grows there, and I live on not only in Heaven but in this little
plant as well and Mommy and the rest of the Family still come visit me to this
very day bringing flowers to my little grave and handfuls of sunflower seeds,
fruits, and the hamster barley food balls that I craved and loved so much when
I was alive. I miss them, and I know they miss me, but Mommy always said we'd
find each other again in Heaven, and I am waiting for her here. Mommy named me
Miracle and I was one, but my new Family was also a miracle to me and I'll
never forget them, ever.