posted on Jan, 14 2005 @ 06:34 PM
Sparky, KayEm's hamster (who I know as 'Old Sparx'), was not as active yesterday as normal and spent most of the day and evening sleeping. This was
unusual since he usually ran around his wheel like a dervish.
At about 11pm last night, KayEm checked on him to find that he had died a little time beforehand. Needless to say she was extremely upset. I also shed
some tears for Sparx before taking him outside and burying him beside the tree in the nicest part of the garden.
As you may know, I wrote of him last year in the thread called The miraculous reappearance of
. In it, I explained how, in 2003 when KayEm was in the UK for our wedding, Sparx escaped and disappeared. Over a year later, late one
night while KayEm and myself were going for a walk I saw a hamster wandering down the road - It was Old Sparx himself.
He was a local celebrity for a while, appearing in the newspaper, firstly because of his reappearance (which was nothing less than miraculous) and
secondly because of his age (most hamsters don't live that long). And of course he was immortalised in
Pisky's ATS Story
We were grateful to have him with us for another six months, in which time he regained the weight he had lost while in the wilds and had become once
again the high speed escapologist he had always been.
I raise a glass of 'Best Pixyland' to the shade of Old Sparx.
A most amazing hamster.