Monday, October 19, 2009

Farewell to a Furry Friend

Little Miss Frenchy Frye came to me with a host of troubles. Such a sweet personality, so calm and relaxed, even when being treated for some horrible wounds that had become so infected, it was doubtful that they would ever heal. Old abscesses that had drained and were healing on their own looked like large scabs on her back and under-arms. One leg was so badly infected, it had swollen and pulled her lower leg up into her knee joint. An abscess beneath her ear needed to be lanced and drained, and the skin on her tail was starting to peel off. Very sad indeed! The new owner that found her in this condition was horrified, and we could only presume the best about the previous owner - they might have not known it was not a good idea to put 'Frenchy' in the same quarters as a Dwarf Hamster (they are very vicious to outsiders!) or perhaps another hamster that was not very sociable - so please, if you are getting a new pet, do the research on the Do's and Don'ts with each type of animal!

I notified her mistress that Miss Frye was ready to leave the hospital - and she could pick her up on Saturday! Frenchy was bathed and powdered and ready to go! She was a flurry of hustle and bustle, eating and drinking very well, playing with her new cardboard house and shredding papers that were in her isolation booth! I was so pleased she was doing so well! Truly amazing!

What sometimes occurs in humans on Hospice, and now for the first time I've observed in the animal kingdom as well, is the final 'rally' before the inevitable death. I can honestly say her wounds were healing extremely well - swelling had gone down for the most part, and the outsides of the sores were growing new pink skin. Unfortunately, the treatment didn't begin soon enough for Miss Frenchy - if we'd have known her when they first happened, the outcome might have been better for her. My dad had reported that a woman that had been blind for years had been able to see him as she lay on her deathbed - she had never seen him before, and could describe him perfectly - could see her surroundings, could see her husband's face! What a wonderful gift from the Creator! I've witnessed this same type of miracle when working in Long Term Care a few years back, and it never ceases to amaze me. And now, for the past few days of Frenchy's life, she was able to walk pain free, to hustle and bustle like healthy hammies should - and it was the Creator's gift to her, as well as to me.


Chatty Crone said...

You are right - my mother had a rally before she passed too - hospice said that would happen.

Maybe a chance to say goodbye for people.

I am so sorry about the little hamster. I know you did all you could do.

We got a hamster once and it bit the you know what out of me - no one wanted to take care of it after that - so we returned it to the pet store and didn't ask for our money back - we were just grateful they would take it back.
Couldn't just put the little thing out on it's own.

ClassyChassy said...

That was a hamster with a PLAN - it knew that biting would send it back to it's friends in the pet shop!!! Just kidding, Chatty, but -
Perhaps if you would have worn gloves while taming it, the hamster would have settled down and learned that petting was a GOOD thing! They only perceive that they are about to be harmed, and given time to get used to the pleasure of being stroked, well, they change their little hamster minds about humans!

Angela said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Frenchy didn't make it! I do know that she lived her last days in a loving and caring home. You did the best you could do for her!


April said... sorry to hear the news about Frenchy. You gave her wonderful care!

Kelly said...

Poor girl :( She was lucky to have your in her life. It is wonderful that she had a few good days before she had to pass on..

Carmen C. said...

I hope dear frenchy frye rests in peace. I love all your fur babies and recognized you from dear Penniwigs, and of course any friend of hers is a friend of mine:) Enjoy your day!!!

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Poor lil hamster. You can at least take comfort in knowing you were doing all you could and it let her have a happy end-of-life.

Barb said...

I'm so sorry about Miss Frenchy.

It is true about the rallying right before dying.

One last 'hurrah"!

Glad you got to see her have that.

blessings friend

barbara jean

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We are sorry fur your loss...

And we khontinue to be amazed the magikhal peoples associated with hospice...


Scout 'n Freyja said...

Rest in peace, sweet one, you will be missed.