Dr. Leslie Ann Ross was out for a walk when she spotted this memorial for a hamster. (Dr. Leslie Ann Ross/ Submitted to The Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack veterinarian stumbles across child’s hamster memorial on trail

Handmade cardboard grave marker for ‘butifull’ pet brought back vivid memories for Dr. Leslie Ann Ross

Anyone who’s ever owned a small pet as a child can probably relate to what one Chilliwack veterinarian saw on Wednesday.

A small grave with a cardboard headstone memorializing a young girl’s hamster named Rosey was spotted by Dr. Leslie Ann Ross while walking on a trail near the Hope River Slough on July 22 .

“RIP Rosey, a butifull hamster,” the sign read. It was written in a black marker and signed with love by Chelsea.

The cardboard sign appeared to be freshly placed above a shallow grave adorned with hand-picked maple tree leaves, Ross said.

“The scene thrust my mind back to a time when I experienced a similar loss as a young child. The sorrow I felt remains as a vivid memory to this day,” she said.

No matter how small or how short their little lives are, pets like hamsters and goldfish which are often a child’s first pet, are significant to that child.

“Even very small pets like these that are well-cared for and loved can make a child’s world complete and fulfilled in a way that sadly, for most of us as adults we put aside for other perceived priorities,” Ross said.

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