If you knew that your days were numbered, what would you do? Most of us would probably choose to spend that time surrounded by loved ones, having fun and making memories.
And that is exactly how a hamster named Robin Williams is spending his last days on Earth.
Robin is a Syrian hamster who lives in Chicago with his two rabbit siblings, Pippin and Poppy, and owners, Arden and Riley. According to an Instagram post by @poppy.and.pippin, Robin was recently diagnosed with a large abdominal tumor. Because the tumor is taking up a large amount of Robin’s blood supply, Robin’s owners decided surgery was too great a risk.
Sorry for not posting today! We were out doing some bucket list stuff! So for those of you who don’t know, Robin’s tumor cannot be removed because it is taking up a large amount of the blood supply. We found this out yesterday during a small procedure. He’s not in any pain and his quality of life is excellent. We just chose not to risk removing the tumor in the fear that he would pass in surgery. At this point we know he could live for another year, month, week, or day. I deeply regret not showing him as much on this account (we have just as many picture of him as we do Poppy.) but I really do hope we get at least another year with him. Thank you all for your support, prayers, etsy purchases, and friendship. We love you Pawtners! ????⬇???? @smudgestigscampi @flounderbunny @mybunny_blog @thebunnybenji @hoppyrabbits @theodorepotato @dorothybun @meslapichoux #syrianhamster #chicagoadventure #bucketlist #cancersucks #adventure #brave #teddybear #hamstersofinstagram #robinsbucketlist #robinwilliams #ccpetoftheweek
And then it was decided that they would make sure Robin’s last days would be filled with happiness, comfort, love and accomplished goals.
Robin’s veterinarian told the couple that he might have a year left, a month, a week or a few days. In the short time since his diagnosis, he has…
Taken a selfie at the art institute:
Bucket list item #10: Take a selfie at the art institute. Done! This also goes along with @nugget_buns and @doyle.and.daph challenging me to do the #showusyourbestselfie challenge! I’ve tagged some friends to join in! #robinsbucketlist #chicagoartinstitute #lions #hamstersofinstagram #hamster #chicagoadventure #cancersucks #teddybear #beautifulday #ccpetoftheweek A photo posted by Pop, Pip, & Rob of the Shire (@poppy.and.pippin) on
Crossed the Chicago River at sunset:
Pigged out on junk food:
We made a bucket list for Robin. Every day we are going and checking off something or multiple things on that list! Bucket list item #5: go to Petsmart and eat a lot of junk food. Done. #bucketlist #dyingofcancer #cancersucks #yogurtdrops #yummy #hamstersofinstagram #teddybear #love #robin #yogurt #junkfood #ccpetoftheweek #robinsbucketlist A video posted by Pop, Pip, & Rob of the Shire (@poppy.and.pippin) on
And he’s become Internet famous!
We can cross off #7 on my bucket list! Thank you @thedodo for writing this amazing story on me. I loved hearing my mama read it to me. If you’d like to read it the link is below! https://www.thedodo.com/hamster-bucket-list-1693083936.html #robinsbucketlist #hamstersofinstagram #syrianhamster #teddybear #robinwilliams #cancersucks #thedodo #love #family #ccpetoftheweek
No matter how long little Robin has left, he knows he is loved and cared for. And isn’t that the ultimate goal?