Aquila the Hamster (March, 2006 - October, 2008)
Our beloved little hamster, Aquila, has finally passed away. My wife and I first got him back in March of 2006. At the pet store, we held two different hamsters: one bit me right away, while the other one didn’t. Ever since then, he has been the nicest possible hamster—never biting, always playing with us, even responding to our calls. When we took him in to the veterinarian one day to check out a strange bump, he said that Aquila was the nicest hamster he had ever seen. And that’s been the story. For the last two and a half years, we have been blessed by our little furry friend, who has brought us so much joy.
Suddenly, in the last few weeks, he aged rapidly, becoming more lethargic and refusing to eat his food. Knowing that he was near his end, we took him out a couple last times and got some pictures. (The two pictures were taken last week.) We held him close and told him how much he meant to us. Tonight, finally, he died. He looked very peaceful. We buried him behind our apartment building and gave him a tearful eulogy. Thanks, Aquila. You brought us so many good memories.