Sorry to bore you with this story, but I need to get it out of my chest. I'll try to make it as short as possible.
I did something really stupid today which caused the death of 4 of my son's and my wife's hamsters. I left a stray dog that had been rescued by my wife inside our gate as I left the house (it's always placed out of the gate every morning and in again in the afternoon). The hamsters were out on the front porch (in their cages - for fresh air and sunlight) and the dog attacked them. 15 minutes after I left, my wife called frantically, crying and screaming.
When I got home, I found out that 2 died, 2 missing (assumed dead), 1 injured, 6 badly stressed, and the dog had been kicked a number of times (to rescue a hamster - by wife and then by my raged son). I feel really bad because my wife had them since they were born.
Both my son and my wife (who probably cried for hours) forgive me, but still the hamsters are dead. And now the dog wouldn't eat.... the poor thing doesn't understand what it did wrong. All because of my ignorance, my stupidity.......