Dying young

There is only one thing which makes it very hard for me to accept the departure of a pet. It is when it didn’t live its full lifespan, especially if it died so suddenly, without any hint or warning.

Beria-girdel was a Boolagang, one of the three daughters of Berio and Mochahontas. She was a very active and lively hamster. I mated her with Wigwam when she was in heat on September 2; incidentally that was 16 days before my birthday, which means her babies were expected to be born on my birthday. But like Snowy and the elder Beria, she got birthing problems.

On September 18, she suddenly became dormant and I could hear her groans. To make it worst, she refused to touch her food. The daytime passed without sign of any babies, only bleeding. Since there were still the hours of the night to complete one day, I dared not to touch her because I was afraid I could do her more harm than good. Finally a portion of the first baby came out the following day. She was straining very hard but unable to push it out, I had to pull it gently; and I could see her feeling of relief when it came out. Minutes later came out the other small lifeless bodies all by themselves one by one.

My mother used to tell me her story about how she suffered when she gave birth to me — I was born by breech birth and came out a “blue baby” … I was seemingly lifeless — still, not breathing and didn’t cry or made any response to the new world outside. If not for the expertise of the midwife, who needed to hold me upside down by my feet and snap me at my buttocks, I’m not here at this moment telling this or my hamsters’ story. The birth ‘crippled’ my mother for a month or two.

Beria-girdel’s last attempt to “crawl” to her sleeping spot (she was literally pulling her hind legs) was still very clear in my memory. By the look in her deepened eyes, I can feel as if she was saying:

“It’s alright, Robert… just let me ‘go’ — I’m dying.”

Late that night, after two days of intense labor stress, Beria-girdel died very solemnly. It was two days after my birthday, just less than 40 days ago. Again, another moment of mournful crying for my poor little pet. I couldn’t restrain the tears in my eyes as I buried her small body early the next morning — Autumnal Equinox, the first day of the Fall…

Beria-girdel lived for only six months and 15 days.

“Rubbing frenzy” (Remembering Beria-girdel)

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  1. nagkaka kaskas din pala ang mga hammies. mdalas ko makitang ganyan is pusa or aso pag naglulumandi😳

    hmmn. ] pano mo kaya nalalaman pag in heat😀 para din bang sa babae:mrgreen:
    bilis pala manganak ng hmasters, sa bakasyon mag kwi kwik kors nga ko para di na ako ask ng ask sayo😀

    homebodyhubby: hindi naglalandi yan… 😆
    freak-out yan kasi ayaw nyang may amoy ng ibang hamster sa kulungan. pag hinawakan mo yan kakagatin ka!

    pag in-heat ganito:
    una me mga “huni” o vocal sounds silang ginagawa.
    sagutan sila sa kani-kanyang kulungan, malimit sabay-sabay pa. tapos pag hinagod mo sa likod si babae, para syang estatwang kabayu-kabayuhan na hindi tumitinag maski ano gawin mo. namumungay ang mata at minsan parang nanginginig pa.

    four days ang estrous cycle ni babae, every fourth day
    lang sya lumandi… si lalake — oldataym! :mrgreen:

  2. ay ang saya saya! sarap cguro makinig ng “haranahan” nila😆
    sana di tulad sa mga pusang in heat sa bubong, kaka kunsumi yung mga yun😀

    hmmnnn,😕 namumungay na mata at playing dedma😳 may dugong hammies kaya ako😆

    homebodyhubby: ay… natatawa nga lang ako pag
    may naglalandiang pusa dito sa baba e…

    sa “BABA” kasi nasa 4th floor nga kami, pag dungaw mo sa bintana puro bubong ang kita mo😆 kaya para akong nasa balkoni na nanunuod ng x-rated film ng pusa!

    pero hindi naman ako flip para panuorin yun ano?
    natatawa lang ako sa atungalan nila😆

    bakit? …every fourth day ka rin ba kung…:mrgreen:

  3. sayo nkaka tawa kc di nagkakalampagan ang bubong mo hehe, kaya sa bubong namin sarit saring tsinelas, payong at kung ano pa na pwedeng pamukol ang nandun pra magsi alisan ang mga buset😀

    sa playing dedma ako gurl hammy😳 pero kung sa frequency eh lalaking hammies ako😆

    homebodyhubby: hehe wala na kasi silang maakyatang bubong dito e. tsaka paakyat pa lang sila sa hagdan binu- bugaw na namin. ipinagbawal ng mga daga ko ang pusa dito.

    hehehe. para ka palang si curacha…:mrgreen:

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    the only surviving daughter of Berio and Mochahontas.
    Because of what had happened to her banded brown counterpart sister Beria-girdel, I decided to make her
    a celibate hamster for the rest of her life. […]

  5. […] Hindi mapaanak […]

  6. […] Dying young […]

  7. […] One passed away soon, less than two weeks after I launched this blog. […]

  8. […] She passed away in the springtime of her life. […]

  9. […] One died soon, less than two weeks after I launched this blog. […]

    […] Because Beria-girdel perished at a very tender age (6 months 15 days) of birthing problems, I decided that her sister Bebang-girdel be celibate for the rest of her life. The ironic and remarkable thing is that Bebang-girdlel succumbed to cancer at age 1 year 1 month 1 day, which if counted in days is 398 days – exactly double that of his sister (199 days) . […]

  10. […] Si Wigwam ang nabyudong asawa ni Beria-girdel, ang hamster na bagama’t inabot ng paglulunsad ng MPSD ay hindi na nakasama sa labintatlong promotor ng pet blog na ito. […]

  11. […] Beria-girdel — Wigwam’s wife. […]

  12. […] Hindi na pede, yunow… last chance na nila yun. Lalagpas na sa six months ang edad ni Doray — high-risk pregnancy na… Mahirap na, baka matulad pa sya sa iba kong wishing-to-be-nanay na mga alaga.😦 […]

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  13. […] Wigwam Wigglerson (29 Nov 2006 – 03 Jun 2009).
    Spouse: Beria-girdel […]

  14. ————————
    Doray Daga
    1 died soon, less than two weeks after this blog was launched.

    • Because Beria-girdel perished at a very tender age
    (6 months 15 days) of birthing problems, her sister Bebang-girdel was made celibate for the rest of her life.

  15. […] Nung 2007 naman yan ↑ “Dying young” […]

  16. Finally, it occurred to me what my mom told me…
    Yung binanggit ko dyan ↑ sa itaas tungkol sa pagiging “suwi” ko: Altho I was the one who was born breech, it wasn’t really me who temporarily ‘crippled’ my mom after birth.🙄 I think it was 2nd brother?
    ————————————————

    Yes, of course it wasn’t me.


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