Baru's condition, January 25th

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - Posted by Javi Lavandeira
Yesterday night I bought some tofu for Baru. When I arrived home after work I cleaned him, replaced the tissue paper in his nest and put him back in his cage. I left a small piece of tofu near him and he took a few bites of it. Later I gave him some milk, but he only drank three or four drops. I went to sleep.

When I woke up this morning he was sleeping exactly in the same position that I left him at night. He either didn't move at all, or woke up and then went to sleep in the same position. I took him, cleaned him, and tried to feed him some milk, but he didn't want it. Then I put him in his nest and left a small piece of sliced cheese next to him. He sniffed it and went back to sleep without even trying to bite it. I covered him with some tissue and went to the office.

When I came home for lunch he hadn't touched the cheese at all. I boiled an egg and put it near him. He sniffed it, but didn't try to eat either. I tried with some milk and managed to make him drink only three drops. I went back to the office.

I arrived home at 9:00pm. He was sleeping in his nest and had shifted his position. When I took him out to clean him his body felt cold. I put him in my right palm and covered him with my left hand and he slept there for a few minutes. I prepared some water with sugar and tried to make him drink a bit. He only swallowed three drops. Then I tried giving him very small pieces of boiled egg. He ate a few bits with some trouble, and then I put him back in his nest.

Before coming home I bought some hot patches of the kind that warm up after taking them out from their bag. These are very popular in Japan during the cold months. I put one under his cage just under his nest. Then I went to a convenience store near home and bought a yoghourt. I tried taking Baru and feeding him some yoghourt while holding him, but he wouldn't eat it. When I put him back in his nest I left a small plastic spoon with some yoghourt in it and he licked some of it from there.

It's 0:24am here. He's sleeping now. I will try to give him some yoghourt again later before going to bed.

He looks much worse than yesterday. These days I have been thinking about taking him again to his last visit to Dr. Ozawa in order to put an end to his suffering. Now I'm considering that possibility very seriously.

Watching him in this condition is breaking my heart.

Update 1:00am: I tried giving him a drop of yoghourt while he was in his nest, but he wouldn't eat it. I took him in my hand and fed him some by making him lick it off my finger. Then I took the boiled egg and broke both the yolk and white in very small bits and have managed to hand-fed quite a few to him. I have put him back in his nest and he has taken a few bites off a fresh slice of cucumber that I just put there. He's sleeping again.

Comments

Trish & Christopher on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

It brings back to me what Christopher experienced as we watched Mabel towards the end. No better friends could there be than they were to each other; I can feel the same as I read your words about you and Baru. Little friends, big love...

choco & lola on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

we are thinking about you little baru! please get better soon!

db on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

we are anxiously reading your updates here in las vegas, javi. please make sure that baru knows he has friends around the world.

Paladin on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

God Bless Baru. People are very concerned and pulling for Baru in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

NWC on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

Baru has fans all over the world. We are lucky that he has such a good "father" in you. Know that we wish you *both* the best and are thinking of you.

Jackie on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

Also in Holland, Amsterdam we are worried over Baru's condition!

Josh in Indiana on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

Javi, I hope that Baru gets better. Be well.

The Fat Lady Sings on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

Javi, I am so sorry. You'll know when its time to go to the vet. We're praying for you here. I wish I could help. God bless Baru, and you all as well.

Tiffany in SF on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

I had a sick guinea pig who wouldn't eat and we got him NutriCal from the vet. I bet Baru would lick it off a spoon or your finger- it is loaded with calories and vitamins so it can help him get all those nutrients he needs right now.

Emma and Ariel on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

We are all praying and hoping for little Baru. I am sure he is very grateful to have such good hammie parents to take care of him when he is not well. I am sure it is making all the difference in the world to him at this time. Let Baru know we are all pulling for him.

Emiliano, Silvia e Ciccio on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

We root for Baru along with our little hamster Ciccio, from Italy. We hope things will go for the best.

Angus and Misha on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

Us kitties in Pennsylvania are hoping and purraying that Baru gets well.Angus and Misha.

Anne Copeland on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

I keep wondering if using shredded newspaper awhile back made Baru sick. I read that the ink on newspapers is poisonour and since Hamsters like to shred their paper, it seems like that might have contributed to his illness.

hamsterchat on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

I hope Baru gets better soon

mariser on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

hi Baru and Javi,

I don't have hammies, but have become a big fan of yours. I hope Baru gets better soon.

from Kentucky, mariser

Petie on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

Please get better Baruchito! I pray for you every night.

kaori from fukui prefecture in japan on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

baru, get better ;(

Whatsername on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

be strong, baru! *hammie hugs*

Carol on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

Javi, I know that whatever decisions you make for Baruchito, no matter how difficult, will be done with love and with his needs in mind.

He is one very lucky hamster to have so much love.

Carol

Writing from the Catskill Mountains in New York

Ryan on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

Baru, I just wanted you to know that California is awaiting your miraculous recovery! Hopefully, Javi won't have to put you down because you are the life of this website, without you it wouldn't be Baruchito's HomeCage, is would be Flan's HomeCage! I really hope you don't have to do it, but if you do, we will understand your desicion, sometimes, when my dog gets sick, I wish he wasn't sick, or I would wish I could put him out of his misery. I really hope you pull through, Baruchito. Much love from me (Ryan), and Ginger. WE WILL MISS YOU IF YOU HAVE TO GO!! PLEASE PULL THROUGH!!!! :'(

Cha on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

Hey Little hamster and family,
Hang in there, get better soon.
Beijos from Portugal!

Christine on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

im praying for poor little baru

ill man on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

C'mon Baru!!!

Brian / Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

My heart goes out to you. Be strong little Baru!

donkey on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

im getting worried about baru's condition... get well soon baru... from your friends in the philippines...

seena on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

dear god please let baru recover soon.he is the best little hamster ever.
mr.javi,whatever you decide,i know it will done out of love.

xina on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

Baru is so deeply loved & cared for ... It is so hard to know what to do for our beloved pets when they can't tell us themselves, but I know that you will do what is best for him, Javi. Much love to you both, and to the rest of the family, from Brooklyn, NY.

Sonya on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

Best wishes to you and Baru. We'll be praying for you.

Jenny on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

My kitties, rats, mouse and I are all thinking about you and praying for you. Much love <3

Mirta on Wednesday, January 25, 2006:

Un beso para Baruchito y uno para vos. Ojalá mejore prontito
Mirta, desde Argentina

Ksenia on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I am thinkig of you guys! Lots of love!!!

Helen on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Javi I really admire your dedication to your animals. You will know what's best to do for Baru, even if it's the hardest thing you'll ever have to do.
Best wishes.

Stevie on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Javi, I know from my own pet experience what this kind of situation is like, and my heart goes out to you and Baru. I am thinking good thoughts for you both, whatever happens. Thank you for this site and your wonderful blog entries. I have just recently started a blog for my new hamster, Nebby, and added the link button to your site on it.

Elizabeth on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Best wishes and lots of love to Baru from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I hope you get better.

Mitzi on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

It's so hard to see your pet in a bad condition :( Hang in there! And a speedy recovery to Baru!

IDgaf on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Good luck.

Lil Brat on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

You are in our thoughts and prayers Baru. Please get better. You can pull through this we beleive in you.

Love and prayers from Coshocton Ohio

golfwidow on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Keep your strength, Mr. Javi. I am sending my good thoughts to you and Baru.

Anna-Maria & hamsters Jili and Jimi on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Hi from Finland! I have been visiting this blog regularly since last autumn.
It's sad to hear about Baru's condition - I hope that Baru would get better but whatever happens it's heartwarming to know that Baru is being taken good care of.
Our little friends have such a short and busy life...I think it's amazing how much joy these little creatures can bring to our lives.

eeyore17026 on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I'm so sorry to hear that Baruchito is not well! I haven't been here recently, so I wasn't aware that he was ill!
I'm praying for him! I hope that he starts to do better soon! (the poor little thing!)

Courtney on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I have been looking at all the wonderful pictures of Baruchito. I know how hard it is to have a sick little friend. You and Baruchito will be in my thoughts.

deltabob on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Get well soon Baru!

*sending healing thoughts from Dayton, OH, USA*

sneaky on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

get well soon baru. you sound like a brave little guy.

Rebecca on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Peace and blessings to you, Baru, from Seattle....and to your Mama and Papa as well, who love you so much

Casey on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I love you, Baru! Please get better! Best wishes.

Becka & Pets on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Please get well Baru! we all love ya! xoxoxo sending good vibes your way

claudine hellmuth on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

your post made me cry, my heart goes out to you and Baru. You take care of him so gently and have given him a wonderful life.

I know how hard it is to let our little friends go. Our cat crossed the rainbow bridge this summer and reading your post reminded me of my last night with her.

j-lan on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

i hope you get better baru! i cant stand you being sick.

Chrissy on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Just wanted you to know that we're thinking of you and little Baru here in Glen Burnie, MD (USA). You've been so wonderful to him and I know its hard to watch someone you care about suffer. We really hope that he can pull through this. Be tough, little guy! God bless!

Barb, Ru, Poppy, and Montecore on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

It breaks my heart to think of what you and your family are going through, Baru. Please get better fast! We love you!

Gigi on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Feel better Baru. Thinking of you here in Dallas, Texas

shawnabunny on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Hi, Baru. Your fans (one girl, two kitties, and a bunny) in Portland, OR are sending you lots of love and wishes for you to get better.

Cipher on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Baru, be strong and get better soon! Love from MA, US.

Diana on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Oh poor sick baby! myself and my dog and cat send our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Chunkstyle on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Kittens in Salem and Boston, Massachusetts USA are praying for Baru and his Papa. Peace and love to you!!!

Marcos on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Be strong, Baru!

Norty on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Javi, you'll make the right decision... I hope that Baru's feeling no pain!

23envelope on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

More love from Portland, OR from two bipeds and one quadruped [of the Puggish sort]. We are all fans of Baru [FOB?] and send him and you our best, Javi, along with this haiku.

Baru in winter
Love warms his sweet hamster heart
He will smile again

Regan on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

My cats and I are sending our prayers to Baru. Love from New York and be Strong! God Bless you!

Cynthia on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I hope Baru gets better soon! You take such good care of him.

Melissa on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Baru,
We love you in California! Please get well.

courtney on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I'm sending good hamster vibes your way!!

I had two hamsters in college, and I think hamsters are the cutest things ever. It sounds like you are doing everything you can. Take care!

eunice on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

You got mentioned on Cute Overload. We're all rooting for Baru. Have you tried getting more water into him? Hope the little guy bounces back.

shari on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

My cats & I will send you "healing vibes" from St. Petersburg, Florida (USA), Baru!

You are in our thoughts as well, Javi. I know it is difficult when our pets are ill...we only want what is best for them, and we love them so much it is often hard to know what is best. I'm hoping Baru will come through this and you won't need to make the decision to let him go!

Judy on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I saw Baru on Cute Overload -- I really hope he gets better really soon! It makes me so sad to read about him, but you're taking really good care of him!!! My guinea pig and I will be sending good thoughts his way!!

Demian on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Baru: I hope you're still holding there. But if you decided to go to hamster heaven, I want you to know that you'll be in the heart of a lot of people.
Regards,

D.

|\_/|
/o.o \
(__W__)
mm mm

Demian on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I hope I get it right this time...
|\_/|
/o.o \
(__W__)
mm mm

Sniveling Al on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Oh, you guys! I gotta stop weeping at work. Please get well, Baru.

bunnygirl on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Hang in there, Baru! You have to get better because I only just met you!

Bubbles on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Please feel better Baru! Your Papa takes such good care of you, I know you can make it!

Canaduck on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Please feel better, Baruchito! My heart goes out to you and your father. (From your new friends in Canada.)

Canaduck on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Please feel better, Baruchito! My heart goes out to you and your father. (From your new friends in Canada.)

Jan on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Baruchito, I hope you get better. I read your web page, and your papa is very worried. Much love from the sunshine state, Florida, here in St Petersburg/Tampa area, USA.
I see another St Petersburg person also posted. We love our animals here. Big and small.

Jan

Alex on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Get better Baru!! More good thoughts coming your way from Boca Raton, Florida.

Greg on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I hope you feel better soon, Baruchito...we're rooting for you here in Spain.

BD on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Be well, Tiny Little Guy, Baru! We're watching and hoping out here in Fargo, too!

Lars on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Baruchito, lots of love and good wishes from Venezuela. Get well soon.

Javi, whathever decision you take, you will know what is best for him.

Collie on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I volunteer 9 hours a week at my local humane society, and in the past years I've seen a lot of homeless animals, including hamsters. We find homes for roughly 95% of the little guys, but it's sad that they even have to come to us. It makes me happy to see that there are devoted hamster owners in the world. No matter what happens, all your hamsters are lucky to have you.

M from NYC, USA on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

My thoughts are with you and Baru!

Yee-Ling & Lenny on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Hiya, Our hamster George sends his get well messages to Baru. Hope he gets better ASAP. lots of hugs and little kisses

Gail Reilly on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Hang in there, little Baru! You've got a lot of people pulling for you!

Cheyenne on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I hope your hamster gets better!

Leah on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

A prayer goes out from Jaffa Israel too.
Get well please.

Shawna on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I saw Baru on cute overload and instantly fell in love. I hope he gets better, but if not, he will always live in our hearts. Much love from Southern California, USA!

gabbi on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

God bless you Baru! Praying for you in Canada.

ShB on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Love to Baru from SF CA. We love you...

Lori on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I just wanted you to know that I'm praying for Baru and for you here in NYC.

Kristie on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Love and good wishes from Seattle! Pull through, little guy!

Jae on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

C'mon Baru, you can make it. Your daddy loves you very much. With prayers and love from Southern California.

Nikki on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Come on, Baru! You can do it! My hammie Pochi here in Hong Kong sends his support.

Princess Tomi on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Baru I'm looking forward to hearing from you very soon. I have been thinking of you along with everyone in the world. Together our willpower will make you strong again.

Meredith on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Oh Baru! I hope he hangs in there. My beautiful kitty crossed the Rainbow Bridge just two weeks ago and I know she would welcome a tiny playmate but my other five kitties are rooting for Baru to rally his strength! We love you Baru!

Maude and Bessie on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Get well soon Baru! Maude and Bessie (guinea pigs) are sending you lots of love.

wendykat on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

get better Baru! wendy (kitty with much love and affection for hamsters) sends her love and well wishes. as do me and most of my friends who i have sent your cute widdle face to.

get better!

Renee on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Lots of love for Baru to get better soon! We're praying for him in Calgary.

Priscilla on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I hope with all my heart and soul that Baru pulls through--no matter what the outcome is he has had a great life filled with so much love. Get well wishes from East Hartford, Connecticut.

kajfhks on Friday, January 27, 2006:

get well soon, little Baru! I prayed for you!

hamster lover on Friday, January 27, 2006:

oooo baru you gotta hang in there so many peaople including me will be so sad!

Hadley on Saturday, February 11, 2006:

Get well rrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyy soooooooooon, We love you very much Baru!

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU on Friday, April 07, 2006:

you are a fuckin fag! i cant beleive i'm on this is site, you must be a very sorry person to make a website about a stupid hamster...wow...

Regina on Friday, April 07, 2006:

first i want to say that the person who thought this site is stupid and that youre a fag let me just tell him this "you need to stop writing shit. if you dont like it dont write anything then. you stupid ass. Family probably never tought you to keep your mouth to yourself. HECK! probably dont have family !ass hole! and you know what hes not a fuckin fag you are a fag!
Now to you and your WONDEFUL site.ignore what i said up there but i could help it the moment i read it i got pissed.
but enough. i think that its very cute that youre making a site. your hamster is very strong and cute. and dont worry he will be O.K! i have a hamster and he is a little trouble maker! but i still love him! and so do you with youre hamster! GOOD LUCK BARU. I LOVE YOU!!!

breaker-breaker on Saturday, April 08, 2006:

do you have any new hamsters

TJ on Saturday, May 13, 2006:

hamsters only live 2years aprroximatly if baru passes on you have to accept it .look out for poor baru


get well soon

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