Dear Sir, Madam, Child or Otherwise Heartless Being:
I met your pet hamster Monday evening while I was walking my dogs through the alleyway near a ditch.
We were incredibly surprised to see a small, defenseless domesticated pet cruelly abandoned in the wild and, although I am not too particularly fond of hamsters, we found this one quite cute.
She was a black and white hooded with sweet dark eyes.
She was also very tame and ambled halfway up to us without any qualms.
We were wondering why you would dump your hamster in the ditch rather than try to find her a suitable new home. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona takes in small animals and hamsters make great classroom or young people pets.
While it was quite thoughtful of you to leave a small mound of colorful foodstuff mixed with peanuts near the edge of the ditch, that meager pile of provisions would not surely not serve as the key to her survival.
In fact, a domesticated hamster is not going to survive at all in the wild. Although Tucson is done with its 100-plus temperatures for the year, you did happen to abandon your hamster on the eve of a massive cold front and storm warning.
Cold, dank rain does not do well for small rodents, which are already prone to respiratory infections.
Coyotes, pack rats and other wildlife may also not look too kindly on your abandoned hamster. After all, she had that soft, clean white coat which would make the ditch’s grungy denizens a little wary, if not jealous.
Starvation would come too, as the colorful foodstuff mixed with peanuts would not last too long and may be eaten by others. And I didn’t note any water bottle attached to the nearby mesquite trees.
But don’t be alarmed.
Although you surely do not care about this hamster, or you would not have heartlessly dumped her in a ditch, please know she is no longer in danger.
As an animal lover, I could not bear to leave the hamster out alone in the cold, and I was planning to go get a shoebox and take her home.
Before I could resume our walk, however, my dog Phoebe suddenly lunged and dragged me halfway down the ditch to get at your hamster.
A single dog chomp through the middle murdered your hamster in one fell swoop.
The ditch drag also banged up my knee, which I am currently elevating and putting on ice to alleviate the pain and swelling. I am walking with a cane.
At least your hamster did not die alone.
I covered her with a blanket of scratchy dried leaves once Phoebe obeyed and let your hamster fall from her jaws.
Thus your hamster will no longer suffer.
I hope that makes it easier for you to sleep at night.
Ryn, Sawyer and Phoebe
Have you ever had to get rid of a pet? What did you do?
Have you ever saved one that was heartlessly abandoned?