Welcome to Dashing Hamsters. I created this website back in 2005, initially to have a place to share my love of hamsters. Throughout the years I have come across a lot of information that just often doesn't match up. Care standards and information are outdated, and these little creatures are misunderstood by many. So I decided to make this website as more than just a hamster lover's website, but a hamster website for modern owners who are looking for up to date advice on how to care for and understand their beloved hamsters. On DH you can learn about hamsters, see some cute pictures and read through a hamster filled blog.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Rest Peacefully Anna

Anna came to me from a member on Hamster Hideout, Mika, who's family member (cousin I believe) found little Anna and another hamster outside near his home. The two of them were outside and completely unprotected. After hearing the story I couldn't help but want to take one in and soon Anna came to live with me after spending some quality time with Mika until I could get down to Toronto.

Anna proved to be a bold and friendly hamster, quick to learn that humans mean food, treats, water and time out of her home for some fun. She would always come out to greet me whenever I stepped into my room, even if I tried to be quiet. She never bit and was quick to win over the rest of my family. She was only with me for just over two months though. When I came home from work on August 28 after midnight I talked with my Mum for a bit and than went upstairs to greet the hamsters. Bones was busy foraging in her food dish. Yet when I looked for Anna I quickly noticed she wasn't burrowing, or running on her wheel or jumping up and down to get my attention. Instead she lay very still inside of on of her hideouts. Peaceful, like she was having a good dream, and her head rested against the side. I reached in to wake her, to find her body cool though not yet stiff. She did not wake, she was already gone.

My sister said she heard Anna running on her wheel just 20 minutes before I got home from work, her wheel was the only one that made noise, so we know it was her.

I do not know what took her away from me, but I do miss my Anna Banana quite terribly. She quickly became a heart hamster and I am in shock that she is gone so soon, much too soon really. She couldn't have been over 4 or 5 months old. She showed no symptoms, she wasn't sleeping more, she was eating and drinking and doing everything else just fine. I don't know what to think of it except to know that I did my best while she was with me.

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A picture from Mika to show me who I would be picking up from her

A picture of her from her first day home with me

On her adventure to explore the 'hidden window'

On the old swing

Eyes of Ruby

Rest In Peace Anna. 


  1. I'm sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, Anna.

  2. It's so sad when you loose a pet. But they will always be remembered. Rest in Peace Anna. x

  3. Oh, dear... :-((( I was so hoping Anna would stay with you for good... Well, for some time longer, anyway. Such a sad story, no wonder it's hard for you to believe she's already gone... :-( I'm sure she's in a better place now but poor you :*

  4. Aww.. I feel so bad for you!!! Rest in peace, little Anna.

  5. Thank you everyone for your kind words. It is hard, but she was a spoiled girl in her time with me.

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