Lucian's Funeral 

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

This morning at 10:30 am, after procrastinating for a long time, I buried Lucian in a corner of our neighbourhood park:

Lucian's Gravesite

With my new trowel, I managed to get only about 5 cm into the ground below a blackberry bush:

Lucian in Grave

The plaid thing is his shroud. A pair of Matt's boxers collapsed recently and this morning Matt asked me where the clothing recycling bag is - after Matt left for work, I cut the butt part off to make the shroud. Don't worry: the boxers were freshly laundered.

I collected dirt from around the park to augment the mound on the grave.

I took one last photograph of Lucian in the sunshine. It was, I realized, the only time he ever had the sun on his face.

Shrouded Lucian

A friend reminded me about Lucian a few months ago and then I cried.

Matt wondered if Ivan the cat knew all along that Lucian was sick. In the last month, Ivan would lay in front of the cage and watch Lucian for hours at a time. Why did the cat suddenly take in interest in the hamster?

I worried all day that his grave would not protect him from raccoons or coyotes, so I got a flashlight tonight to examine it. So far, so good.

Tomorrow I will buy some bleach to disinfect his cage and personal effects.

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So very sorry. I just went back and visited all your Lucian posts. He was a delighful being, and my heart aches for you.

Thank you for your concern re: willow. I take her to work with me at the vet at least once or twice a week, and the dr very patiently examines her while I stress about observed behavioral changes that I fear may be all in my mind. I will share with the dr your story tho as it may shed some light....hamster medicine, i fear, despite the many sacrifices these fluffballs make for our own well being, is sadly medieval. I do hope that talk of bleach and disinfectent means that adoption is not far from your mind. There are so many that need us....

With heartfelt sorrow, I wish you a good nite.

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know you love your hamsters dearly, and Lucian was a special one. Big hugs to you!
RIP, Lucian.
I'm so sorry to hear about your lil beastie. I know he's well loved.
I am so sorry to hear that Lucian passed away. He was such a sweetheart. My heart goes out to you. I'm sure Ivan knew Lucian was sick. How sad.
Ps. With liver or kidney failure you have to suspect tainted food from China. Here is a list of companies known to sell contaminated pet food. Better check it out. Can't be too careful.
List of companies selling contaminated pet food
So sad to learn this news, and sorry to be so out of touch lately. Ivan's a very smart cat, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if he knew.
Pam and I both send our condolences. We'll miss him too.
Poor Lucian...I am sorry for your loss, Maktaaq!

If you're looking for pleasanter things to dwell on, you might find passing amusement in doing a meme of mine, which I've tagged you for...

Hope all (else) is well with you.
Thank you every one for your condolences. I know it may be silly to most people to be sad for an animal, but really all animals have personalities, regardless of whether or not science has proved it yet. And Lucian was extremely good-natured and endlessly fascinating.

Lyn: yup, hamster medicine is very medieval.

Asha: couldn't see that his hamster food was any of the deadly ones. But who knows?
That is so sad. Our pets become a part of our lives so much and we miss them until we die.
Thanks, Roshan! The little guy is irreplaceable. Oddly, our cat finally seems to be less depressed.
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