Thank you for everything, Flan

Monday, April 10, 2006 - Posted by Javi Lavandeira
On Friday morning I prepared Flan's carrier and left home early to be at Dr. Ozawa's clinic as soon as it was open. When he saw her he noticed that there was some pus coming out from under her tail. She hadn't had pus the night before or I would have noticed, as she slept in my hands for several hours. Dr. Ozawa said that her condition was very, very bad, and that this time her uterus was certainly infected. He would have to operate Flan again immediately, but recovery was very unlikely even with surgery. I filled the surgery agreement forms and left Flan with him. I had the feeling that this was going to be a good-bye.

I had been able to sleep just two hours the night before, so when I came back home I called my office to give notice that I would go to work in the afternoon. I went to bed.

A few hours later the phone woke me up. It was my wife. She had been talking with Dr. Ozawa on the phone. He said that he had operated Flan, but after the surgery her heartbeat was very weak. I woke up and started packing her cage. I was going to take it to Dr. Ozawa's clinic because I didn't want Flan to be on her small carrier all the time if she was going to be in the clinic for three days like the previous time. My wife called again. There was no need to take Flan's cage anymore. She had died already.

We went at night to take Flan's body home. Dr. Ozawa had bought a small bunch of flowers for her.

Back at home, I wrapped her in the same kind of tissue paper that I use for their nests. We would bury her in the morning, so I placed her on the nest in her cage. She spent her last night at home there.

On Saturday morning we took her to Mount Takao and buried her not far from the place where we buried Julita almost two years ago.


ms buttons on Monday, April 10, 2006:

Dear Javi,

I'm so sorry to learn about Flan's passing. i've lost a hamster myself and it's a most horrid feeling. Take care and take heart that Flan's in lovely hammie heaven now.

It had been a joy reading about her and she has brought on many a smile on my face. will definitely miss her.

Demian on Monday, April 10, 2006:

Sayonara, Flan-chan.

J-Lan on Monday, April 10, 2006:

oh flan.. we're going to miss you s0o much.
i'm so sorry javi.. i know it's awful to lose your loved hamsters.. i've lost a few , too.

Nikki on Monday, April 10, 2006:

To lose Baru in January and then lose Flan 4 months after that... it is truly, truly heartbreaking. You have the most beautiful hams, Javi. My Pochi and Hachi send their love.

Emily on Monday, April 10, 2006:

I`m so sorry to hear about this. Like Nikki said above, you do have the most beautiful hamsters.

Ben on Monday, April 10, 2006:

I am so very sorry for your loss.

Lil Brat on Monday, April 10, 2006:

I am so sorry to here about Flan atleast she will not suffer no longer. You are in our prayers

Daniel on Monday, April 10, 2006:

I think that female hamsters do not survive as long as males. This really is a shame because they are so sweet. I have bnever have one reach two years whereas my males have all out lived three years with no problem. Sorry for your loss.

Antoinette on Monday, April 10, 2006:


Please accept my condolences. My heart aches for your loss. Rest peacefully little Flan.

Hector Pagoda on Monday, April 10, 2006:

Mount Takao looks very beautiful. A fitting place for such beautiful creatures.

sammycat on Monday, April 10, 2006:

Hey Javi. Sad to hear about Flan. Thanks for sharing.

Becka on Monday, April 10, 2006:

Goodbye Flan, RIP

Lucas on Monday, April 10, 2006:

That is too sad. A favourite dog of mine just died this weekend as well :(

RIP Flan

chet-s momma on Monday, April 10, 2006:

Lucas-sorry for your loss!

Javi and Family-
Thank you for sharing your stories, both happy and sad! I love to think of everyone looking at this site feeling peaceful, happy, and in touch with small creatures on this earth, even if for one small shared moment.

Love you, Flan!

chet and angela

maymee on Monday, April 10, 2006:

God bless you and keep you, dear Flan. Thank you for the sweetness you brought into our lives. Much love and many hugs go out to you.

I mean no disrespect, but Javi are you sure this doctor is a good one? Please forgive me, but I had to mention it.

taradharma on Monday, April 10, 2006:

oh, so sorry for the loss of Flan. What a doll. Hamsters are the best, sweetest creatures. Glad you had her in your lives for awhile. You loved her well.

Martin & Miranda on Tuesday, April 11, 2006:

We are so sorry for your loss. Flan was a cutey and she is with Baru now! Don't be sad, she wouldn't want it that way.

Lol M&M

zoey on Tuesday, April 11, 2006:

i'm sorry for your loss :( flan may be gone but she's not forgotten!

comebacknikki on Wednesday, April 12, 2006:

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this. I just recently lost one of my hamsters and I know how hard it is. :(

Hamster Luver on Friday, April 21, 2006:

I'm soooo sorry to hear about the passing of Flan. You must be so devestated. I'm really so sad to hear this news. I hope that you will have some time to recover and take care of yourself during this difficult time.

Puff The Dwarf Hammie-Brother:Piggles on Sunday, April 23, 2006:

Well Flan,Baruchito and Julita are gone...I hope Flan and Julita can co-exist up there in hammie heaven

donkey from the philippines on Monday, April 24, 2006:

For sure, Flan is now happy in Hamster heaven...

DogLover on Monday, May 01, 2006:

i hope Flan can Rest In Peace knowing so many people care about her.

don't kill yourself because she died. try to get over it. i know how much it hurts to have a special pet die.... my VERY FIRST dogs i had both had distemper and one died (not put to sleep, but died) of distemper. i was devistated. when i finally got two more dogs (this time not from a shelter) and i finally got over my first two dogs' disease (and death for one of them). now my two dogs are happily living and just had their 4th birthdays on March 4th and 6th.

Max on Tuesday, May 09, 2006:

I'm so sorry to hear your hamster died. I enjoyed reading about Flan very much and I'm very sad to see her die ='(

She's is a better place now with lots of other hamsters to play with. I one lost a hamster and I felt like the world would end. I know how it feels. So sorry about Flan again. RIP.

Christina on Wednesday, May 10, 2006:

I'm so sorry. It is horrid to lose a hamster. I had one for not too long and she died. It is a horrid feeling, but at least she is in hammy heaven now.

steve on Thursday, May 18, 2006:

im sorry for ur lose i had a hampster to and she passed away i no how it feels.

Lily on Monday, May 22, 2006:

Flan... that name I shall never forget. I hope you can say hi to Julita, Baru, and Soto, my hamster, for me.

Lindsey on Thursday, May 25, 2006:

I lost my teddy bear hampster, Theodore, a year ago and I miss him so much!!!! Im sorry about your loss....

AJ Divas on Sunday, July 09, 2006:

I'm so sorry that Flan have gone to hammie heaven:( We just lost our very own 1st hammie, Storm this morning:( He only has been with us for a month and 2 weeks. He was diagnosed with an abscess on his left thigh area, we treated him with antibiotics and he was healthy. Then all of a sudden he seemed like he was sick again, his fur was fine no signs of injury. I guess he was sick inside:( He must've been sick before we got him:( We miss him:( R.I.P. Storm & Flan

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