This one goes out to Sparky and Pop

This one goes out to my hubbles Sparky. Sparky’s Pop passed away yesterday. Sparky feels sad about it, and I’m sure he’d rather be this hamster right now, dreaming of fresh broccoli trees.

Paws up, Sparkalish! XOXOXO.


Thanks so much, María.



  1. first first first!!!

  2. I’m sorry, Meg! Sparky will be in the thoughts.

  3. DavidBoBavid says:

    that’s adorable.

    sorry to hear about sparky’s pop. 😦

  4. Warm hamster hugs to Sparky. 😦

  5. my condolences to the Sparkster. and to you.

  6. Brak_Silverbone says:

    So sorry for the Sparkimeister’s loss. Hugs to all–and to the hammie, too!

  7. warrior rabbit says:

    Warm Rufeeeees wishes to you and the Sparkster, Meg. So sorry.

  8. Condolences and an endless, undulating wave of cute to you and yours.

  9. Kris, in New England says:

    Gosh Meg – so sorry about Sparky’s loss. Deepest thoughts and healing energy coming your way.

  10. Tea and Broccoli to your grieving Sparky.

    Much Sympathy, too.

  11. Pawsitude helps many hurts. Sending lots and lots of penguin kisses and furry paw kneadles and big bear hugs to you both.

  12. Good thoughts and condolences to you and Sparky, Meg. Your loss is ours.

  13. Fuzzy hugs and much love to you and Sparky, Meg. We’ll keep you in our thoughts.

  14. Sorry to hear it, Meg. Hope teh qte helps you and yours as much as it helps all of us.

  15. Even though I’m kinda still new to CO…*huge hugs for Meg and Sparky* I know what it’s like to lose a hammie. Ours died several years ago. He actually looked like the hammie in this picture.

  16. sorry to hear about Pop…
    Sparky is in good hands though.

  17. My condolences for Sparky’s loss. Losing any kind of loved one is awful hard. (((HUGS)))

  18. michellemybelle says:

    Add me and my kitteh to the list of huggers – you and yours are in our thoughts.

  19. Sympathies and happy memories to you both.

  20. So sorry for your loss, Meg and Sparkster. We’re all thinking of you.

  21. I must also say….lookit teh teeny lil hamface. So sweet and contented and minewt. I can’t stop looking. Especially his wee lil mouf (not logjamming a grape 😉
    If the whole world could respond to sadness with Qte, how great would that be?

  22. I’m in line to send my condolences, too…

    …and a great big hug…

    …and I’ll let you borrow my tabby cat. He’ll smother you with lovins…

    …but only if you share some soda crackers with him…

    …you can do that, right?

  23. doggon it — hammies are never with us long enough! Big Hugs to Sparky!

  24. My deepest sympathies. I lost my Padre to cancer of the brain in March. Breaks my heart daily.

  25. I’m so sorry, Sparkster.

    Best wishes to you.

  26. ka9q's wife says:

    My mom died a year ago. I am so sorry and i deeply sympathize.

    or is that sympathighs.

  27. For the love of… SmokeyJoe, next time you go to a funeral, get there early. Then hop up and down in the church vestibule yelling FIRST FIRST FIRST! …because that’s how you look to me.

    Meg — or rather, Sparks, if you’re reading — my sincere condolences. I don’t look forward to the day, my ownself.

  28. [a thought occurs…]
    Meg, PLEASE tell me your husband didn’t have a hamster named Pop. Please?

  29. Yeah, Theo, after reading Valeria’s post, I, too, wondered if maybe we all got it wrong…

  30. useta hada kitteh says:

    Seems to me a lot of people misunderstood Meg’s message. My condolences to Meg and Sparky.

  31. [bashful shrug at triple comment status]

    Thanks Teho…I felt that needed asking.
    (Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to read this anymore for fear of continued exposure to the breath-catching awkardness of our collective condolences.)

  32. Meggie, do you mean “Pop” as in…papa?

  33. Very snorgelly belleh hammie…

    >>but more importantly, condolences & much mojo to Sparks & Meg.< <

    seems like everyone I encounter these days is losing a parent, or a pet…:-(

  34. I was hoping I was imagining that FP, so thanks for being dependable about pointing it out, Theo. Amazing, some people. And for what it’s worth, I only ever took it as meaning Sparkster’s father as I didn’t think they had any pets at all in the CO household.

  35. I took it truly as Sparky’s pop too, arbed, but then.. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just not sure of any of my perceptions these days.

  36. warrior rabbit says:

    I’m pretty sure she meant Sparky’s dad. I think she mentioned that they don’t have pets in a Rufus post.

    Losing a parent…It’s too difficult for me to even imagine.

  37. With hugs and your memories to help you through, Meg & Sparky. We are all with you in your sadness.

  38. Meg and Sparky, all good thoughts to you.

  39. Hugs for the Sparkster, and for Meg for looking after him.

  40. I am so sorry for your loss Meg. You are a bright light for all of us. Hugs. JCat

  41. OK, I’m going to set aside my… um… second guesses, and go on the assumption that “Pop” was indeed Spark’s dad. So, my first comment in this thread stands. (All of it.)

  42. Just let me, my three birds and two loving puddy tats wish you our deepest sympathies and blessings upon you and yours.

  43. We are all so sad for your loss. Please know that your family has grown much larger.


  44. brownamazon says:

    Very sorry for your loss, be it human or hamster (I assume the former, but you never know.)

  45. Who wouldn’t want to be that hammie right now? Of course the shavings may cause splinters to get lodged in uncomfortable places, but…..

  46. umm… [puts a warm puppy and a cup of butterscotch pudding next to sparky, scoots quietly away]. =(

  47. thats so cute

  48. i love it

  49. Sparky and Meg, my deepest condolences.


  50. Deepest condolences to the Sparky & Meg household. May the strength of your friends and family (and collective well wishing from teh CO peeps) help you through this time of loss.

  51. ka9q's wife says:

    If it would help Sparkster I would gladly send him Gomez and Morticia (my cats). I love them but i think he needs the snorgles more than i do.

  52. Hammie passings are tough. Gilbert rocked the Casbah. We buried him in a state park. Off the beaten path.

  53. 😦
    poor Sparky, i’ll be thinking about you and him.

  54. So sorry to hear about Pop. My condolences to both of you. Hope all of your memories of Pop bring you as much light and joy as all the furr-zuzzy creatures bring me each day.

  55. I’m so sorry. I hope you guys feel better soon!



  56. Hugs to Meg and Sparky both, and whufflesqueaks of sympathy from my ratties. It’s never easy to lose a loved one.

  57. sorry to hear of your loss..

    warm tea and toast for everyone! xxx

  58. Sparky, I’m so sorry your dad died. That’s hard.

  59. Sorry to hear this Meg. Please give Sparky a CO hug from us all. We all seem like family here, you know? We’re here for you guys.

    bearlet—I hope you’re around to give me that warm puppy and a cup of butterscotch pudding when something like this happens to me. That would make anyone feel better, so sweet:)

  60. Oh, I am so sorry. I’m sending good thoughts to you and your hubby.

  61. So very sorry to hear of your family’s loss, Sparky and Meg.

    Sending caring thoughts and prayers your way.

  62. I’m sorry to hear this. *HUGS* To you and your family.

  63. My warm wishes and hugs to you too, Meg and Sparky.

  64. we wuv you. sparky, there is lots of qte and warm fuzzies coming to you right now. we are thinking of you.

  65. So very sorry for your loss.

  66. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Give Sparkster extra snorgles and hugs from his adoring fans here on CO.

  67. So sorry for your loss. Big Hugs to both of you.

  68. Sorry to hear about your loss. Condolences to you both.

    I’m guessing “Pop” might be grandpa?

  69. Love to you and Sparky. We share a bit of your sadness today, my dear.


  70. When I lost my mother last November I relied heavily on mrkitka and the furballs for comfort…perhaps it is time for a furry addition to the family?

    my deepest sympathies for our CO overlords

  71. Such a hard time. Here is my virtual hug to you and Sparky. ( )

    I’ll be thinking of you guys.

  72. Everyone is just too sweet, thank you for all your notes. Yes, ‘Pop’ is Sparky’s Dad.


  73. Janet with Angus and Misha says:

    Such a sad time for Sparky and Meg. We’re sending hugs, sympathy and lots of head rubs.

  74. So sorry to hear about Sparky’s dad. Remember the rainbow bridge is for people also…

  75. For all the joy you folks bring, you should never have a sad day.

    Please accept my sincere condolences.

  76. I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you find as much comfort and solace as this site brings to so many others. (If you need a few days off, we’ll understand…)

  77. Meg and Sparky,

    If theres room big hugs to you both, as well as condolenses.
    Even bigger thanks for keeping the cute flowing.


  78. I’m so sorry for you loss, *hugs* to you both.

    I love to see sleeping hammies though, they are the ultimate in deep sleepers.

  79. Hug to you both :’)

  80. A big hug and a purr to Meg and Sparky from me and my whiskered lady, Paprika… Goddess bless you.

  81. My deepest sympathies. I lost my dad four years ago, and it still hurts.

    Love to you and all your family.

  82. Tiny breathy almost silent honk-shus.

    Rest in Peace, every one.

  83. P.S. bearlet, I’m with Carlisa in quiet, appreciative applause for your instincts when it comes to grief relief. I’m certain all the Peeps would appoint you our comfort representative (though I’ll be at my post in the kitchen, stirring up homemade pudding– I’m a serious cook that way)…

  84. Really, bearlet-that made me weepy-so dear.

  85. I agree.
    bearlet, that went straight to the heart. respect.

  86. J Bo, Jorden & Zostertops I agree bearlit was great, but most of CO was great as well just the odd idiot ‘cough'(smokey here)’cough’.
    But I can see COHQ with a line of assorted cats puppies bunbuns etc waiting quietly, with assorted puddings muffins etc, to hop to Sparky to give some comfort.

  87. Meg and Sparky — so very sorry for your loss. My thots and prayers are with you both.

  88. butteredtoast says:

    crammed can be cute 🙂

  89. butteredtoast says:

    meg im sorry about sparky’s pop i need to start reading the comments