Back in 2017, I wrote an article about one of my hamsters who surprised me with a trip to the top end of the table after I thought of taking him off of my show team. That article was written back in April 2017 and published in July 2017’s NHC journal. That hamster was Matthew C. Nobria, a Normal Chinese that was one of Metallica Hamstery’s first litter.
Matthew had some time off of the show team due to skin splits but despite this absence he ended up being Metallica Hamstery’s most successful show hamster.
Matthew C. Nobria showed for Metallica Hamstery 15 times between February 2017 and June 2018, taking on the Show Team Lead from Lord James in May 2017 and he did me proud. He placed in 14 shows, won 10 first placings, 2 Reserve Best in Shows and 1 Best In Show. He missed out on his Champion status by 1 Certificate of Merit.
Matthew was still placing despite his advancing age and he was due to make his final appearance on the show team in Cardiff. Unfortunately Andover was to be Matthew’s final show as he sadly passed away suddenly on 4th July 2018.
Having been from my first litter, Matthew was a particularly special hamster but he was also a strong character in my hamster room. He loved to make a noise, he loved to put everything in his wheel and take it for a run but he was also a very loving little soul.
He was buried in my garden next to his mother Victoria and was survived by his brother Oakley (who was living with Willow Tree Hamstery). Oakley joined the rest of the Nobria family at the bridge two months after Matthew.