Many years ago, when our daughters were little, our middle daughter wanted a hamster. She picked out a Teddy Bear Hamster. He was very small, two colors, and long hair. Cute as he could be! But to me, he still looked like a mouse with long hair! Anyway, our daughter took such good care of him! She loved him immensely. She even loved him after he bit her little finger, badly enough, that I had to take her to the doctor!
One day she came in crying, and said he was sick. I went to look at him, and she was right. Poor little guy was laying on his side, breathing heavily. My husband came home about then, and we wondered what we could do. My daughter was so upset, we had to do something! So we called the veterinarian. He asked me how old the little guy was, and I told him we had had him for three years. He chuckled, and said that usually they only live for a year, if that! The Veterinarian said that we must have taken very good care of him, since he was 3 years old. He went on to explain there wasn't anything he could do, but suggested that we buy Karo Syrup, mix it with water, and try to feed it to him with an eye dropper. We all took turns doing this. He was asleep, so you had to slide the dropper in his wee mouth, and squeeze a small amount in. Instead of keeping him in his cage, we placed him in a shoe box, with blankets all around him, to keep him warm. This went on for a few days, and he got a little better.
We had hopes that he would pull through, when hope got dashed to the ground! He died. Our daughter was crying, and so upset. We took him out to my husband, who was working in the garage. This man saw how upset his little girl was, and took the hamster from her. He gently laid the hamster in one hand, and began CPR on him, with the other hand. He kept doing this for a long time. All of a sudden, we saw his little legs begin to move! He came back to life! We kept up the sugar water, and a few days later he was back to his normal self!
The little guy lived a few more weeks, and seemed to be doing quite well! Then one night he died peacefully in his sleep. We gave him a wonderful funeral.