Baaaaad news, Bears.

We just lost a member of the Cute Overload family. Ms. Lucy 2.0, of HamsterTracker fame, has passed away. 😦

Lucy brot great joy to all those who followed her whopping 485,033.25 meter run on her treadmill. each meter and fraction thereof was lovingly tallied by Mathijs, her owner.

Let’s all have a paws up moment for dear Lucy, and Mathijs, we wish you swift, running, happy Lucys in your dreams…Baroooooo!


Here is my favorite Lucy memory, when Mathijs made served her a "micro cheeseburger" while "Cookin’ for Lucy" series…[sniff]



  1. So sad. 😦
    I love Lucy!

  2. Oh how sad 😦 We love Lucy! It’s true hamsters don’t live long, but Lucy was especially adorable and sweet and famous to boot. Condolences to Mathijs.

  3. Aww Run Free Lucy xx

  4. Now Lucy can has all the cheeseburger she ever wants.

  5. Sad, ’tis true… but already I find myself wondering about v3.0

  6. Awww.
    Goodbye Lucy 😦

    R.I.P. little hammie 😦

  7. eikoleigh says:


  8. Peg of Tilling says:

    Aw, the parsley spring on the microcheeseburger–that’s a detail that shows how much Lucy was loved. So sorry, Mathijs.

  9. :*-(

  10. Deepest sympathies, Mathijs.

  11. Bye bye, Lucy! 😥

  12. Simpson O'Brien says:

    Many good memories and happy thoughts of Lucy. She had the most wonderful human….meow and woof

  13. Mathijs was her guardian angel (and gourmet chef!) on earth — Lucy couldn’t have had a better time here.

  14. We will miss you Lucy. <3

  15. AuntieMame says:

    Good-night, sweet princess;
    And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.


  16. Sincerely sorry to hear of the passing of Lucy.

    She will be missed.

  17. I hate hate hate that pets live such short lives. I so want my dogs and cats to live at least as long as I do.

  18. My heart goes out to Mathjis. He and his little hammie darling brought smiles to thousands of people all over the world.

    Good crossings over the Rainbow Bridge dear Lucy. And heartfelt thoughts to Mathjis.

  19. Ahhh, I’m so sorry. I know how much that hurts. I’m still smartin’ over my kitty who died three months ago. Ms. Lucy certainly had a happy life, though.

  20. Poor Lucy and Mathjis.
    Lots of love for you, sleep well cute little Lucy.

    The hamsterburger memory will always bring a smile here.

  21. (paws up salute)

    Mathijs, the largeness of your affection was always measured by the perfect tininess of those meals.

    When Lucy flies up to the Rainbow Bridge, she’ll truly be Lucy In The Sky Reclinin’.

  22. Bai bai, Lucy. T_T

  23. AliceTanzer says:

    Aww! The poor girl. 😦

  24. I just looked at all the Cookin for Lucy series. So sweet! Clearly she was very loved and “indulged” by her human. She will be missed.

  25. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. What a sweet, dear little thing….I am sure it had the best life a little hamster EVER had!!

  26. Off to the Great Hamster Wheel In The Sky.

    Go, Lucy, go!

    And now for v. 3.0.
    We can rebuild her.
    We have the technology.

  27. BenPanced says:

    Awww, poor baby. My deepest sympathies to her family.

  28. P.S. No offense intended at that last bit. I deal with things like this with jokes, and the Version X.0 deal was begging for a Six Million Dollar Man crack. I very well know that losing a pet sucks the hard one.

  29. so sorry to hear about lucy. she was a lucky and very special hammie. its so hard to lose a pet.

  30. Deepest Sympathies to Mathijs.. It is always a sad day when those we love pass on.

    Go Lucy I hope you dance across a diamond sky.

    you will be missed 😦

  31. tiny bubbles says:

    So sad. My heart breaks for her family.

  32. Oh noes! That’s so sad… *tear* My heart goes out to you Mathijs!

  33. Shannon Johnson says:

    That is so sad. i wll pray for the little ham-ham. That is really sad 😦 Boo0 Hoo

  34. my sympathies Mathijs

  35. SixFootJen says:

    aaaaaaoooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  36. fawn lust says:


  37. Noooo!!! 😦 😥

  38. How sad to lose a member of the CO family. Hopefully, she now has her little wings like the hammies on the CO wallpaper. Run (or fly) in peace, Lucy!
    She’s probably sucking down cheeseburgers with Baru, Flan, Nana and Kumanoko right now…

  39. R. Moore says:

    Sweet Little Lucy will be missed.

  40. Piggalette says:

    Condolences. She will be missed. ; ;

  41. Laurie C says:

    I still miss Baru. I like knowing that these little hammies are cared about and missed my people halfway around the world.

  42. SeaBreeze says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Mathijs. Why does the passing of our littlest ones hurt the most? I hope she enjoys her new home among the clouds. :.)

  43. SeaBreeze says:

    One more thing – with all the troubles we’ve had in the US with contaminated pet food, plus I personally lost a bunch of gerbils early and quickly … I wonder if there isn’t a lot more contaminated pet food? And if there haven’t been problems with the pet food for a few years now?

  44. Lerrinus says:

    My sincerest condolences to Mathijs!

    She was sweet and beautiful, and she will be missed by many!


  45. misschelley says:

    i usually come to cuteoverload to make me smile. tonight, it made me cry. poor lucy, poor mathijs. so sad.

  46. lauowolf says:

    farewell lucy.

  47. this is one of the reasons i love this site. people from all over the world, mourning the loss of a wee hammie.

    “all we are saying
    is give cute a chance”

    y’all are great.

  48. Andrea|Nash says:

    I’m sorry Mathijs – Aubrey said it best – it hurts more than we think we can bear – but it simply becomes part of us – just like the joy they gave us – love M(:}M)

  49. Sad to see Lucy go, but happy to see what a wonderful life she lived. Condolences, Mathijs.

  50. For Evangeline & Lilliane in WI says:

    Our earnest condolences to Mathijs. Lucy had an idyllic life secure in the affection of her human; a most enviable life for a four-footed furry. The absence of a merry, fat little soul is noticed even in this huge mammoth global village. A bientot, Lucy petite.

  51. Oh Meg, thank you so much for your tribute to Lucy 2.0. It makes me cry all over again to see all the kind and thoughtful comments I see posted here.

  52. Goodbye sweet Lucy, you were lucky to have a wonderful friend like Mathijs. No hamster has ever been loved more.

  53. I’m so sorry for your loss, Mathijs 😦

  54. michellemybelle says:

    Lucy led a very productive life during her time with Mathijs, and it was so good of him to share her with us. Paws up for Lucy!

  55. Lucy you were the best. 😦

  56. One day I will have my own hamster and because of Mathijs and Lucy I will know just how a hamster should be cared for. I always checked in with Lucy every day and I’m going to miss her little face. xxx

  57. hrh.squeak says:

    Furry kisses to Mathijs from Bert, Nugget, Foggy, and Jackson – We all loved Lucy.

  58. Woods Walker says:

    Good bye little Lucy. Now rest in the bright sunshine of that place beyond time and pain.-Woods walker

  59. pistache268 says:

    Lucy couldn’t have had a happier life. Bye bye Lucy!

  60. Booooooo. Lucy was obviously loved. r.i.p.

  61. So sorry, Mathijs. Furry love to Lucy. Good hammie!

  62. Will miss Lucy’s translucent pink ears 😦

    Love and sympathies to Mathijs.

  63. Boo Hoo! Lucy! I love you! Thanks for letting us into your world. 😦

  64. squirrelly says:

    Rest in peace, sweet Lucy. Mathijs, a paws-up to you, man, for being such a good dad to her. I believe no hamster has ever been loved more.

  65. Lucy’s in the sky with diamonds (and cheeseburgers).

    Oh dear Hammie
    Brave and Good
    You ate small food
    Like a hammie should
    Now you fly to the great wheel in the sky
    While we all cry and say goodbye.
    Your nose was woffly
    Your heart was pure
    We will miss you lots
    Fer sure
    Even when dear pets depart
    They hold a place deep in our hearts.

    Bye Lucy-Til we meet again.

  67. Yitzysmommie says:

    Dear Mathijis, I am so sorry about Lucy’s death. I send hugs & a double paws up and Yitzy sends purrs. Lucy, enjoy all the cheeseburgers you can munch.

  68. Somewhere over the Rainbow Bridge, Lucy is telling her new companions how very much she was loved.

  69. Oh no! I was just thinking about Lucy the other day and her “dude,” and their great relationship. My deepest sympathies, Mathijs. You gave her a wonderful hammy life!


  70. Bless her soul. Her entries had been both sweet and entertaining, and I believe that was only the tip of the iceberg as far as her personality goes. My sympathies.

  71. Mikeyfur says:

    Mathijs, You & Lucy brought so much enjoyment and fun into our lives. Hammies live such a short time, but as Rachel just mentioned, Lucy is over the Rainbow Bridge telling everyone about all the fun she had. I know you are grieving for her. Please know, we’re all thinking of you.

  72. Poor Lucy! 😦 My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  73. Lucy had such good care and a happy carefree life. She will be missed and so sad to let her go.

  74. Oh, so sad. Many condolences, Mathijs. Rest in peace, little Lucy. People all over the world are missing you today.

    Peace, V.

  75. Good bye little Lucy, now you’re in a place where you can run forever without ever getting tired, just think of the miles you can clock there!

    Much sympathy to Mathijs. *Hugs*

  76. Very sad news. I’m so sorry. 😦

  77. This is bad news. I think everyone loved Her nearly as much as you.

    All my deepest condolences Mathijs

  78. Awww…*sniff* There’s nothin you can really say, so here’s a {hug}…

  79. I feel your pain 😦 My hamster Pwni died last night too. 😦 Its just a sad day all around the hamster community.

  80. Wow Lucy, that was over 301 miles!!
    Also, I think pets teach us the very valuable lesson that it’s ok to die. It’s very sad to lose them, too. Mathijs, you were an amazing keeper! Bless you.

  81. Farewell Lucy. Many cheesburgers to you.

    Also, in her two years she ran 301 (plus change) miles?! Amazing for a little hamsterette.

  82. missingmoon says:

    Rest In Peace Lucy
    I loved the way you were always treated.

    Mathijs, no words, i know….. many hugs


  83. misskitka says:

    Mathijs so sorry for your loss, but you made every minute of Lucy’s life a celebration of hammy goodness for the world to enjoy and you set the bar for pet care and loving at the highest level

    Lucy’s fans have heavy hearts but very fond memories

  84. Jordi, my deepest sympathies over Pwni’s passing. (((Big hugs))) and big love to everyone with a hamsteriffic friend of their own!

  85. tenshihi says:

    Sincerest condolences from me and my own little ham, Mappy. Lucy was a ray of sunshine.

  86. Aww no. 😥 RIP lil Lucy. 😦 x

  87. Over the rainbow bridge she goes, where all hammies eat cheeseburgers and log their miles in the open. RIP, Lucy 2.0

  88. ronweasley says:

    RIP, Lucy.

    All hamsters go to heaven!

  89. I’m sorry that your little friend is gone. It is obvious how beloved she was, and how much she’ll be missed.

  90. Rest in peace, Lucy. Enjoy the marathons at the rainbow bridge!

  91. Amazing how one little Hammie accomplished so much in 1 short life.

    301.39 miles on a treadmill, a few million mouse clicks, number of smiles – priceless.

    Paws Up Lucy.

  92. Laurie C says:

    Condolences to you as well, Jordi. All the little hamsters are equally important to their people.

  93. I was so sorry to read of Lucy’s illness and passing 😦 Thank goodness she was so lucky to have Mathijs in her life.

  94. creepyhazel says:

    Poor Lucy T_T

  95. Yitzysmommie says:

    Hugs to you too, Jordi. Sorry about Pwni’s death. Purrs from Yitzy.

  96. Pets’ lives should not be measured in the length of time spent on this earth, but by the love they shared with us. Lucy had a very great life indeed. I hope it helps that your sorrow is divided among so many who feel for you.

  97. Poor Lucy – I’ll miss you!!! 😥

  98. Oh dear. Sorry to hear.

    Buhbye and RIP, lil’ ham.

  99. Until later Lucy. You will be missed and all my prayers go your family.

  100. My condolences to Mathijs. Lucy will be missed–may she have a safe journey over the Rainbow Bridge. She will live forever in our hearts.

  101. So sorry to hear of the loss of Lucy. We’ll see her in her next life.

  102. beenclawed says:

    Little Lucy, you brought me so much joy. Mathijs, thank you for taking such good care of Lucy, for giving her so much joy and love in her life. I’ll never forget the li’l cheeseburger, and the pineapple tidbit with the sprig of something green to make it look like a palm tree. I wish all animals were loved like Lucy was. You are a role model of a human companion. I pray that Lucy takes a fortunate rebirth.

  103. I am crying inside (only because I am at work) Sincere condolences to Mathijs. May happy memories of Lucy soon repair your broken heart. Thank you for sharing her with the world. A Wet-from-wiping-tears “Paws up” to both of you.

  104. *sniff*
    My condolences to you, Mathijs. Lucy was a joy to us and a wonderful companion to you. Thank you for sharing her with the animal-loving world.

  105. I am crying inside (only because I am at work) Sincere condolences to Mathijs. May happy memories of Lucy soon repair your broken heart. Thank you for sharing her with the world. A Wet-from-wiping-tears “Paws up” to both of you.

  106. Mathijs, So sorry about Lucy!! Those hamsters will steal your heart and take it right into their hidey holes! Your Hamstertracker is awesome; especially enjoyed your stats. You took really excellent care of that tiny critter.
    Tracy, along with Madge and Gabby the Guinea Piglets

  107. you guys r silly says:

    Mathijs : I’m so sorry to hear of little Lucy’s passing. I know that you loved her so much — what a lucky hammie her was to have you to take care of her. My deepest sympathy to you.

  108. Jess Olan says:

    I just heard the news. I’m so sorry for your loss. Lucy was perhaps the best known hamster in the world, and all because you loved her so much. Take comfort in knowing you made a little bunn the happiest bunn ever!