Baru's condition, January 27th

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - Posted by Javi Lavandeira
15 sunflower seeds
The day before yesterday when I checked Baru after coming back from work he was in his nest trying to peel a sunflower seed. He managed to do it, but the poor boy was exhausted. I decided to peel a few sunflower seeds for him. It wasn't as hard as I thought, but I learnt that fifteen sunflower seeds isn't such a big amount of food as it sounds like. I cut each seed in half in order to make them easier for him to eat, and then I left them in his nest near him. He ate a few pieces.

His condition hasn't changed since the 25th. His body is still as weak as it was then, though now it doesn't feel cold. He seems to be eating relatively well for his condition, and I'm having some success hand-feeding him small bits of boiled egg yolk, peeled sunflower seeds and thin slices of cucumber.

This morning I went through the routine of cleaning and giving him some water with sugar. Then I tried feeding him some tiny bits of sliced cheese while holding him in my hand, face up. He grabbed the first one with his little pawns and took a few bits of it, then swallowed the rest. He ate three or four more bits in the same way. Then he did something that he hadn't done yet these days: I gave him another bit of cheese and it looked like he didn't want more, but instead of refusing it by moving his mouth away from my finger, he took it and pushed it with his tongue inside his cheek pouch. He did the same with the three or four bits more that I gave him. After the feeding I made sure that his nest was warm, put him there and covered him with some tissue paper and came to work.

He's not giving up. And as long as he has the will to live I will do as much as I can to keep him with us.

Thank you everybody for your warm comments and your support. I'm deeply touched by them.

Comments

Denise on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I found this blog earlier today and am so glad to hear Baru is still fighting. We are all rooting for you to get well little buddy!

Launa on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Good luck lil guy! You can pull through!

Also, you are a very loving papa and Baru is lucky to have you.

Sylph on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Get well soon Baru :) *hugs*

kaori from fukui prefecture in japan on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

hi, Baru. sure you're getting better:)
i was so surprised that many people around the world come and see this homecage and love Baru and his family. now i don't remeber how i found this homecage a year ago though, i feel really lucky to see fabulous hammy world. love you, Baru :*

The Fat Lady Sings on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I'm so glad he's responding to your loving care. We’re still praying for him - hopefully this improvement will continue. Take care of yourself too, Javi. This is terribly stressful for you too.

Melissa on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

What a wonderful hamster dad you are! I'm sending Baru some get-well wishes from Wisconsin.

Trista on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I see Baru is getting get-well wishes from Wisconsin. I'm sending some from Minnesota. I'll keep both Baru and you in my thoughts.

Sarah on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Come on, Baru ! You can do it ! You have lots of well wishes and good thoughts coming from Indiana.

subgirl on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I'm thinking of Baru always. He's a fighter, and you are such a good Baru-papa. Every day I check back to see how he's doing, hoping he's better. I'm sending well wishes from Oklahoma.

Ashley on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I've been silently following this blogs for a while now. Come on Baru!
Prayers from South Carolina.

boosgirl on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Get well little Baruchito...we love you!!!!

Jasna on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Wishes for Baru from Ontario, Canada!

New Hampshire on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Sounds like he is doing better. Lots of hope for the little guy!

Melissa on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

My "zoo" and I are keeping our fingers and paws crossed for you and Baru! He sounds like a real fighter!!!

Donna on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Be well, little bitty guy! Keep hanging in there!

brooklyn on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

hang tough, baruchito!

Jen on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

hang in there Baru! Good vibes from North Carolina!

Alina on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I've been reading Baru's blog for a while but never commented until now. Good wishes from some humans and a rat in Maryland.

abby on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

*thinking good thoughts from florida*

kina on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Get well soon, Baru!! I love you!

WhiteLily on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I've been reading this blog for awhile now (having found it through cuteoverload.com) and I'm so sad to hear about Baru's condition lately. You're a fantastic owner and I'm sure he's very comforted by your nursing. You're both in my thoughts and I pray that he gets better soon!

Caithlin on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

I was very sorry to hear about Baru's condition, but happy to learn that he is still fighting. Hang in there, Baru! You can do it!

Thank you for taking such good care of him.

bunnygirl on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Keep fighting, Baruchito! Your new bunny pal in Texas is pulling for you!

JCleveland on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Oh, man.. I hope I didn't just meet this lil' guy just to watch him go.. Hang in there, Baru. You've got wishes from Jeffersonville, Indiana.

craftapalooza on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

C'mon, Baruchito! Hang in there, and keep eating those sunflower seeds! Your Papa and Mama take *such* good care of you!

Rhysanne in Oklahoma on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

There are so many people
thinking nice thoughts about you-
Wishing you a quick, easy recovery
and I am one of them!

Susan on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Javi, your love for Baru comes through with every word you write. He's very lucky to have you. Warmest wishes for a safe recovery, Baru!

ereshkigal on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Sending healing thoughts Baru's way from me and my two kitties in Virginia.

dkla on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Sweet little Baru...be strong...be well. Wishing you a swift recovery so you can play again soon...from me and my calico in california. (And wishing Baru's papa well, too...)

Claire on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Much warm wishes from Kentucky, feel better soon!

Jae on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Baru, c'mon little guy, you can do it. There's love from all over the world for you.

j-lan on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

i'm so happy that you're getting better baru!! keep it up!!

Melanie on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Please get better, Baru.
Much love from Vancouver, Canada.

Holly on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Oooh Baruchito, we love you! Sorry you are having such a hard time. You make us happy and we love you. Get well soon, little darling. Much love to Papa, too.

Stevie on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

You're such a warm and caring owner for Baru! You are both surely blessed to have each other. I'm glad to hear that he's hanging in there. My good thoughts are with you every day, direct from Pennsylvania. Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

DE on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Greetings from Seattle! Have been reading about Baru's condition :( Glad to hear that he is fighting so hard, best wishes and positive energy your way.

Jeremy on Thursday, January 26, 2006:

Best wishes from Thailand... you can do it, li'l guy!

drh on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Hang in there Baru!! We're all thinking good thoughts for you.

Merle on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Javi, your are the best hamster nurse I ever heard from and I feel with Baru and you. All my best to Baru and you from Bremen, Germany. I like this site very much and it even bring a smile on my face. Thank you!

Rosee on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Hello

I love reading your site - I have three ratties myself who I love so much. I really hope your little fella pulls through - you have done such a good job taking care of him.
Be strong Baru!

donkey from the philippines on Friday, January 27, 2006:

hi baru!!!

nice spirit, boy!!

get well soon...

Ninni from Finland on Friday, January 27, 2006:

I only found your site a week or so ago, I really hope we don´t have to say goodbye to Baru so soon. It´s good sign that he´s eating at least. I have two ratgirls, and another of them has chronic bronchitis that doesn´t seem to respond to antibiotics - It feels so bad when you want to help, but can´t really do anything. All the best, Baru, I hope you´ll get better!

Godzina on Friday, January 27, 2006:

I'm new to your site. Rushed right over when I heard Baru wasn't doing well. Come one, Baru! You can do it! Well wishes to his Papa, too. You're taking good care of him and he knows it.

Ganbatte!

A former Tokyonite

Demian on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Ureshii! (^v^)
C'mon lil' guy, you can do it!. Go for it! p(^^)q
Javi: Baru knows you love him and wants to stay with you a little longer...
Tiene cojones el pequeñajo!.
I hope to keep reading good news here.
Ja mata!.

Michelle Spalding on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Sending good vibes your way, Baruchito! Here's a lil picture I drew last month of a hammie dream: http://copperbat.blogspot.c...

puddingdog on Friday, January 27, 2006:

be strong, Baruchito. i will be praying for u.

Regan on Friday, January 27, 2006:

You and mama are such wonderful loving compassionate beings. Baru is in my prayers. Love again from me and my kitties in Brookly, we're pulling for you.

mariser on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Baru,

that's the fighting hamster spirit shining through! c'mon, you can pull through this.

Javi,
best thoughts to all of you. be in peace knowing you are doing all that can be done.

Doreen on Friday, January 27, 2006:

I sending Baru thoughs of love and good health.....keep the faith litte one!

Hammie hugs from New Hampshire

finleynine on Friday, January 27, 2006:

good news on a friday! glad to hear baru is back to cheek-stuffing. surely that portends good things. and hooray for cucumber!! hang in there, javi.

Marcie on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Keep fighting Baru! Our prayers are with you from Nova Scotia, Canada.

mary on Friday, January 27, 2006:

You are such a good parent! I am praying for little Baru! Get well little guy!

Elizabeth, Baton Rouge, LA on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Cmon Baru! You can do it. Continuing to send best wishes from Louisiana.

Becka & Pets on Friday, January 27, 2006:

we are all pulling for ya little guy, come on you can do this baru, sounds like you have the best "human pet" around, so attentive to you every need, wow! *hugs* across the many miles

Comicsken on Friday, January 27, 2006:

C'mon Baru you can do it!
Get wel wishes from Belgium!!

hannes on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Best whishes from Austria for the little guy!

Judy on Friday, January 27, 2006:

I checked up first thing this morning to see if Baru was doing any better, and I'm so happy and relieved that he seems to be, knock on wood!!! You are a great hamster parent! Mr. Chewy (my almost 7-year old guinea pig, who has had lots of his share of medical problems, too) and I will still be sending good thoughts his way from Cleveland, Ohio; get better soon little hammie!

Barb, Ru, Poppy, and Montecore on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Javi, you are such a great dad! You and Baru are so blessed to have each other! You've got me crying yet again. Thankfully, today they are happy tears. Baru will get a little better each day; I just know it! We love you very much, Baru, and you, Javi, for loving and taking such great care of "our" little Baru! Hugs and kisses.

Gigi on Friday, January 27, 2006:

I have been so touched by the sweetness of this blog, I am going out to get a hamster of my own this weekend. Take care Baru. I was thinking about naming my new hamster after you. Thinking of you in Dallas, Texas.

hamsterchat on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Great Hammy, Great Dad... such a spirit!!!
Rodo from Argentina

jenna on Friday, January 27, 2006:

What a fighter- were praying for you all here.

Tak, the Hideous New Girl on Friday, January 27, 2006:

I came here from Cute Overload, I want to just say that I hope Baruchito gets well soon.

Cipher on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Fight fight, Baru!!!

Diana on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Tex and Daisy and I are sending healthy vibes your way from Raleigh, North Carolina. Keep fighting little guy!

Albert on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Positive thoughts all the way from Nova Scotia, Canada. Hang in there, Baru !!

Ginger on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Yay! Baru is coming back! I hope you both feel better, Baru for his hard work and pain, and Javi for her support and heartbreak. I love all the people, and hamsters, at this website and I hope you hold on Baru cause we're all counting on you, yet we are still supporting you. :] I hope yoy feek better, Baruchito.
Much Love,
Ginger

Benn on Friday, January 27, 2006:

I hope Baru will get well soon because it hurts me to see such a cute lil thing in such a bad condition. Kudos to Baru's papa!

DavidC on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Javi, I didn't read you blog until linked to it from Cute Overload the other day, after Baru was having his troubles. So it seems even more ridiculous that I was completely in tears by the end of yesterday's post. I lost my ferret (of seven years) a few months ago, after a bout with liver problems, and can completely sympathise with what you're going through. Baru does certainly appreciate it and I hope he makes it through.. Even if he doesn't, I'm sure he loves the attention you're giving him. Good luck, and thank you for being kind to the little guy!! -David

gazard on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Baru, you will be alright! Promise us that you will never give up!

Chunkstyle on Friday, January 27, 2006:

You have inspired me to get a hamster. I know he/she won't be Baru, but who can be?? Warm wishes and hugs to Mama, Papa and Baru. No matter what, you are all amazing! Boston, MA is thinking of you!

blackcat on Friday, January 27, 2006:

don't give up, baruchito!!! we luv you! i dont think he could ask for better care. :) he'll pull thru, i know it. just look at the thousands of people praying and hoping for him!!! how much more spiritual support can you get??!! :) hope you feel better soon baru.

ps- i am a rodent-loving cat. rodents are NOT on my menu. :)

Glasseth on Friday, January 27, 2006:

I am rooting for you Baru! I have been watching the homecages for a few months now, I am sure that with all of these people rooting for the little guy, that it is helping him, and I hope that it helps Papa too!

TheIdleRecptionist on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Feel better Baru!

Bessame on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Add me to the slew of people thinking about Baru and glad that he has such a caring Papa. Prayers, thoughts, and wishes for cheese are on their way.

Alaizabel on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Best get-well wishes from Germany, Baru!

Kujila on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Please recover, Baru!

smartypants on Friday, January 27, 2006:

A co-worker and I have our whole department following Baru. You are such a wonderful owner and person. Best wishes from several humans, four cats, and one dog in NYC.

April in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Javi, you are such a good Papa! I hope you take some comfort in knowing that you are doing everything you can for Baruchito. Get well soon, Baru! <3 <3

jana on Friday, January 27, 2006:

baruchito is very lucky to have you as a daddy. i hope he is okay! lots of love from atlanta.

Lil Brat on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Come on Baru you can do it!!! You are in our thoughts and prayers here in Coshocton Ohio. We are pulling for you. Love Lil Brat

eeyore17026 on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Keep fighting, Baru! We're rooting for you!

Mary on Friday, January 27, 2006:

I admire your love and devotion for your little guy. Baru needs your help and it warms my heart knowing there are people out there such as yourself! Keep him warm and with lots of liquids and lots of kisses!

My heart is with you guys in Lincoln, Nebraska.

faerieevenstar on Friday, January 27, 2006:

I found this blog through http://cuteoverload.com/ I use the picture of Baru eating some sweetcorn as my windows wallpaper as he looks so much like my little hamster Mort (escept Mort is white where Baru is black)
Good luck Baru! Glad to hear he's doing better *hamster kisses from Morti*

Chrissy on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Its so great to see people in this world that care for animals as much as you do. Baru is so lucky to have such a caring, devoted Papa!

Keep fighting, little Baru! We know you can do it.

Courtney on Friday, January 27, 2006:

I'm sending good thoughts from Massachusetts. My gerbils and I are rooting for you, Baruchito!!

Dan on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Come on Baru!! Keep going furry-man, we believe in you!

Alyssa on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Feel better Baruchito! Best wishes coming at ya from New York City!!

Mary on Friday, January 27, 2006:

My guinea pigs and I are rooting for Baru. I hope he gets well soon.

woos on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Lots of love and luck from New Jersey!

Erin on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Get well soon Baru! My cat, rabbit, husband and I are sending best wishes from New Brunswick, Canada.

frostine on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Love to Baru from Brooklyn, N.Y.!

Anne Copeland on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Get well quick, Baru from Piglet the Mighty II dwarf hamster in Lomita, CA. I am just a little guy, but my wishes are big, and I am such a little Piglet! My mom reads me your story every day and it is neat to know that there is another little guy like me in this world way far away.

Whatsername on Friday, January 27, 2006:

my kitties and i are still cheering you on from Belfast, Baru!

hamster lover on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Hey lillte guy hope you feel better soon me and my hamsters are also thinking of you, See you later by.

Peanutbutter on Saturday, January 28, 2006:

Don't worry Baru! You'll get better soon!! (^_^) Baru's got some get-well wishes from ... Michigan! :-)

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