41.6 F
Saturday, June 25, 2022

Rest in Peace Pickles the Hamster

Tony Tone
Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

Muscatine Living

Faithful readers of this column, I come to you with sad news. The world’s greatest escape hamster, Pickles, has passed away. Shocking news, I know, and I hope you’re able to hold back the tears.

Perhaps you read of Pickles’s adventures escaping his cage multiple times at my house (most of which were assisted by my five-year-old son, Theodore). That little hamster was so good at getting out of his cage and quickly scurrying about our house!

I have to tell you the amount of feedback I have received from the two previous columns featuring Pickles was shocking! It turns out, my family was not the only one to have a rodent as a pet. Nor were we the only folks in Muscatine county to have a rodent who was good at escaping.

I’m not sure exactly what happened to Pickles. One day he was doing well, sleeping, eating, playing, and the next he seemed to be acting sickly. We certainly did nothing different with his diet, nor was his passing an accident caused by any of my kids. But it was very sad, to say the least.

I don’t think any of us like it when we lose a pet. They become part of the family, good or bad, and play an important role in our homes. I can recall when my family’s first dog, Sandy, passed away. It was so devastating to lose our golden retriever, who truly was man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Years later, our second dog, Zoey would also pass and again, not a pleasant experience.

The toughest part as a parent now is having to break the news to your children. I’m sure there’s a book out there that properly explains exactly how we should go about that, and maybe we should buy a copy for future reference.

Even though Pickles was only with us for a short time, he did make an impact on our family. With that being said, I do not expect to have Pickles 2.0 anytime soon. I say that knowing full well that my lovely wife, Kasey, could at any moment bring the aforementioned replacement rodent to our humble abode. Let’s hope that for now (and mainly my sake) that does not happen!

In lieu of any type of, “sorry for your loss,” remarks, I encourage you to make a donation in Pickles’s name to the Muscatine Humane Society. I know those folks are in constant need of support and this could be a great way to help them while honoring the late Pickles.

Oh, and if anyone needs the world’s nicest hamster cage, I’m happy to supply you with it, or maybe I’ll donate to the Humane Society. Rest in peace Pickles, and thanks for the memories!

Latest News

Brad Bark next president and CEO of the GMCCI

MUSCATINE, Iowa--June 23, the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry announced Brad Bark would assume the role of...

More Articles Like This

Muscatine Today with Ashley

MTS- Brandon is here to talk about Fat Cat

Today on the show Scott Schultz from Impact Fitness and Nutrition is here to talk about more healthy fitness tips. Then if you are looking to get your car cleaned up from the winter listen to today's show to learn about a business in town that can help you with that and more..... Thank you to our show sponsors: Harpers Cycling and Fitness, Beckey Insurance, Muscatine Power and Water, RIVO Plumbing and Heating, ImpactLife Blood Center, Lutheran Living, Toyota of Muscatine, Impact Fitness and Nutrition, Sun Tan City Muscatine, Real Estate Resource Associates, UnityPoint Health Trinity Muscatine and Hy-Vee Muscatine #muscatinetodayshow #goodmorningmuscatine #KindnessIsFree

DMSN Broadcasts

Manta Rays Swim

Join us as the Muskie Boys Basketball team hosts the North Scott Lancers! Watch Your Way: DiscoverMuscatine.com Discover Muscatine Facebook Discover Muscatine YouTube DiscoverMuskie Twitter Muscatine Power and Water Cable Channel 3 Brought to you by Muscatine Power and Water, Muscatine Lawn and Power, Hy-Vee, Bayer of Muscatine, First National Bank of Muscatine, Affordable Metal Manufacturing, Eastern Iowa Power Washers, Arty’s Ice Cream and Grill, Rivo Plumbing and Heating, Riots and Rebelle’s Salon, Bickford Senior Living, Let’s Eat, Muscatine Community Y and the Youth Sports Foundation. #DMSN #MuskieSports #Muscatine #MuskieSchools #basketball #prephoops #prepbasketball

Talk of the Town

People you should know: Mobile food pantry volunteers!

The River Bend Mobile Food Pantry is held 11 months out of the year in the parking lot of the Muscatine Community School District's...

Muscatine Area News

Brad Bark next president and CEO of the GMCCI

MUSCATINE, Iowa--June 23, the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry announced Brad Bark would assume the role of president and CEO of the...