Monday, February 05, 2007

Gingerbread the Great

The New York Hamster House got to meet Gingerbread through Vicki and Katy, who loved her but who weren't able to take care of her. It was the early days of the NYHH, so we offered to keep her for them but not adopt her out (something we couldn't do later on as the volume of hamsters and adoptions increased dramatically). But for the past year and a half, the NYHH had the pleasure of taking care of Ms. Gingerbread, the sweetest, adorablest, FATTEST hamster ever. Ginger was not only huge, she was bigger than some Guinea Pigs. Heck, she was known to win arm-wrestling contests with small panda bears. Gingerbread was awesome.

But, she was well over two years old, perhaps even nearing three. She was old, losing her hair, going grey, and moving slowly, lumbering like a big brown bear. I made sure to take pictures of Gingerbread for my NYHH card this past Christmas, because I wasn't sure she'd be around in a year's time. She was very, very old. This past weekend, Gingerbread passed away in her sleep of old age. I will miss her very much, and I am sure Vicki and Katy will too. They were very good to her, and brought her snacks and presents throughout her time here. Gingerbread was a VERY loved hamster. Gingerbread always made me think of a line used to describe a fellow cute chubster (Winnie the Pooh). "Tubby little chubby all stuffed with fluff... willy-nilly sill old Bear!"

PS Here's a loving Ginger collage put together by Jody tonight:


At 10:22 PM, Anonymous Jody, Peanut, and Sammy said...

The Hoboken Hamster Hidie-Hole, a subsidiary shelter of the New York Hamster House, mourns the passing of Gingerbread. She was chubby, friendly, and adorable. We can only assume that she is in Hamster Heaven with Wilhelm, Freddy, Mike Bloomberg, Frankie/God, Big One, and the three sisters, eating too much.

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Candace said...

I'm sorry to hear about your little one passing on. *frowns and offers supportive hugs*

I was just checking up on the NYHH website for updates and looking at the adoptable hammies and noticed you had replaced Ginger's picture with "No hammies for me :("

So I check out the blog for more details.

At least Ginger lived out a happy long life. I would have loved to see how big she was in person! If she was larger then some guinea pigs she must have been a Hamzilla!

Adorable pictures you have to remember her by. Thanks for sharing them.

(your pal from

At 10:17 AM, Blogger Ashmoe said...

Gingerbread was such a love. She lived a good life and will be missed, but I bet she and Kumquat and Wilhelm and Freddy and all the other hammies (and guinea pigs!) that have gone ahead are munching away together.


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