Guinea Pigs Gone to the Rainbow Bridge
December 2006 - February 2007
It is said that when we lose a friend, there is a new star in the sky at night. On these cold, bleak Winter nights I look up, and through my tears I see the stars of a constellation twinkling in the sky. I hope your spirits run free, dashing and playing in meadows of sweet timothy grass, with cool waters to sip and sweet fruits to nibble and play with. May you have places to explore, treats beyond measure, and cardboard to nibble. To all our gentle beloved piggies, we will always love you.
- T. Green, 1996
Dear Little Buttercup (Buddercup to Katie). Not sure how old you were when you joined our family in February 2003; but you were very young. We added you to our family from the pet shop and we were glad we did as you had a slight respiratory infection. We took you to the vet and you were as good as new. You made our "Powerpuff Girls" complete. You were the easy going, sweet Buttercup. You loved to be petted under your chin and didn't mind being picked up. I loved holding you and feeding you carrots. We loved the way you would squeak when we came home with anygroceries.
We noticed you weren't eating Saturday morning and took you to the vet. She gave us medication and critical care food, but you passed on at 12:30 am on Sunday, February 4th. I didn't want to leave you alone that night so I slept in the TV room in case you needed me. Before you passed you came out of your igloo one last time to say good-bye. You have left a hole in my heart. Bubbles and Blossom will miss you, too. You are never far from us as you rest in the shade of my favorite maple tree along side Princess (our fish).
Love you. Good night, Buttercup.
~Patti, Katie and Bob
Kitty, Ill miss your sweet, curious, spunky personality. Your pops were such a delight, and the crazy red-ear wheeks. When I adopted you I never expected you and your sister to become such an important part of my life and our friends lives. I cant believe you passed away so quickly. Three years wasnt nearly long enough to have you around.
I hope that youre somewhere with lots of yummy green grass, water, and treats. I miss you, my sweet girl.
My pet guinea pig, "Big Tony" died suddenly yesterday evening and my world is so empty without him right now words can't even describe it. Others still find it hard to understand how such a small animal can have such a HUGE impact on your life. I walk around looking for answers to why this happened but I will never truly know. All I do know is he came in to my life for a reason and I loved him as much as someone could ever love a guinea pig for the short amount of time I had him. I had 5 piggies already and went to a local piggy rescue to adopt Tony so I could have 2 cages with 3 piggies in each. We were all very excited to have Tony coming to live with us and couldn't wait until the day came that we could finally go pick him up and bring him to his "forever" home.
That night after we got him we noticed he wasn't acting right and did everything in our power to make him better (including immediate medical attention). He sadly passed away in my arms and took his last little breath around 10;30 Friday evening on Feb. 9th 2007. Even though we saw it coming and we only had him a little more than 2 days with him we were devastated!! He had the sweetest face and the best personality a piggie could ever have. I know in my heart we did everything we could and he's now playing with all of the other piggies that have sadly left us. I didn't even have him long enough to take a proper photo to attach with this story. The happy ending to this story though is that I went back to the same piggy rescue that I got Tony from and adopted his father "Giovani". He has almost the same markings and personality that Big Tony did so in our hearts and memories Tony will live on forever.
Please know we love
you Tony and did all we could for you. Sleep peacefully my sweet little
This is for my sweet piggly, April. April was my first guinea pig. I found her at a local petstore in Aurora, and instantly fell in love with her. My mom was the first to hold her. We read books, magazines, and even websites, and I guess we didn't know quite enough about guinea pigs. In the summer of 2006, after moving, April developed pneumonia, and we didn't hand feed her when we noticed she wasn't eating. So we took her to the vet, and we had to syringe feed her Critical Care mixed with smashed Pumpkin (that is why one of her nicknames is Pumpkin), and some medicine that was supposed to be flavored like Tooty Fruity (and it smelled like it too). She got well again, and she was the happiest piggly ever.....and I guess I never noticed that she wasn't going to the bathroom like a normal piggly- her poo wasn't the same as a healthy pig would be like-size, shape, anything. So one day (February 3rd), I had my friend named Kelly over, and she told me that my room smelled like her. The next day, I checked April out and she had diarrhea and wouldn't get up-even if she did she didn't want to. So I washed her off and she died that night. I am 99 percent positive she died of a GI Tract problem. I will always love her.
Muffin was a great pet-she loved vegetables and squeaked excitedly when you walked into the room. She was much beloved by her owner, Emily.
Your sister and I miss you but don't be sad. I know that these past few months were rough on you and you were a trooper through them. I know that you are happy and peaceful on the rainbow bridge and from the memorial site, I see you have a lot of new friends to play with. Don't worry about us because we will be just fine as long as you are no longer in pain. I can't believe I am actually saying goodbye to you. I just want you to know that you have been an important part of my life (and you will always be). You kept me company when I needed it most and for that you have my undying graditude. You were and still are a great pig and I love you. I think about you everyday and I'm ure your sister, Satine, does too. Her every memory includes you. O my D-bird I love you so. I hope you are having an amazing time on the rainbow bridge with infinite fruits, veggies, sunshine, and fun. Say hello to your new guinea pig friends for me.
"I love you forever, I love you for always, until the end of time my Desty you'll be!"
Eric, Satine, and the Rest of the Family
I have lost my best friend. On Saturday, January 21st, you crossed rainbow bridge. I was with you while you were leaving and I am so grateful for that. I know you wanted to be with you babies, my sweet Millie.I didn't want you to go. I didn't want to believe you were gone
. You had so much
more life to live. So many more carrots to eat. It sounds crazy that
I loved you so much. I know every one is worried about me because I
am so depressed. But how can I help it? I love you so much. It hurts
me to use your name in past tense. It isn't right, it isn't fair, but
it is still true. I have to accept that. I know you are so happy now.
You are probably living in a giant veggie garden and playing with you
babies. It is always harder for those left behind. I can't believe I
won't hear your little noises when I open your food container or hear
you wheek with happiness when I walked in the room. Or see you
sprawled out on the sofa, perfectly relaxed. You'll never know how much I love you. You even knew your name. I called you my silly millie. Everytime I need to find you or I missed you all I had to do was say,"
where's my silly Millie?" and you would always come out.
I never knew a piggie could be loved so much. You made me laugh or smile when I needed it the most. There will never be another piggie like you. You were my first piggie. who would have known I would love you so much? I guess I just miss my friend. When you miscarried I was so sad for you. But I was so happy you were ok. But you weren't were you? You kept hiding your face when I found your little babies. Like you thought you were a bad momma. But it wasn't your fault my sweet Millie. I desperately wished my love alone was enough to save you. But you wanted to be with your babies. How can I blame you for that? You wouldn't eat anymore. Not even cucumbers. I tried to feed you your own fruit and veggie smoothie but it wasn't enough. You had a broken heart I think. I know you humored me by making an attempt. But you knew all along. You died in my arms at 2:00 a.m. Where's my silly Millie? Past rainbow bridge, happy and healthy again.
You lived for 6 years 6 Months and 20 days - You were
the kindest most gentle Guinea Pig Ever - Mummy and daddy are going
to miss you so much - Rest in peace my precious girl.
After our first guinea pig Roger left for the rainbow bridge, our pool lost its water and we ended up ripping the lining out, laying turf and letting our girls four of them) and boys (three of them) run wild. Our oldest girl Phylis gave birth to one little boy Boris, just before Christmas 2006. He was a beautiful red colour with a perfect white spot on his head that traveled in an awkward line down his nose. At the time we had the boys and girls separated so that the girls could be in peace while raising their young. About three weeks after Boris was born, he had stopped feeding from Phylis and we knew he was a boy mostly because of his behaviour around the other girls, so we ended up putting him in with his father and the two other boys. He would visit his mum everyday and had even started getting the hang of coping and doing his own little love dances by the wire at the girls. He was such a sweetheart.
One morning we woke up and he was gone. No where to be seen. Knowing the area where we live we think an owl must have taken him. We never thought a bird would have enough room to swoop and take one of them. I have grieved and grieved for this gorgeous little boy who hadn't even been on this Earth for a month before his life was roughly snatched from him. The other boys and the girls seemed very stressed the next day and we did our best to calm them down. We now keep them all safely covered at night now. He was beautiful and lovely. Although he wasn't very old, I still loved him dearly like we had loved each other for years. I will see you in heaven Boris. I cuddle your mummy and daddy every day and remind them how much you love them. And they tell me how much they love you too.
The world was blessed with a beautiful soul in May of 2002 You were born and sold a few weeks later I suppose. Your mom and I got you on April 28th of 2003 almost a year later. You had already had a tough life. Your first owners couldn't take care of you so they gave you back to Petsmart. You were skinny, had sores, and mites. Petsmart treated you for mites and started looking for a family for you. They had some trouble because nobody wanted to adopt a sickly looking guinea pig. They had already had you for a few months and time was running out.
Luckily for your me and you, your mom was in buying some litter for who would become on that day your best friend and cage mate "Mr Pig". We adopted you and with a lot of attention we nursed you back to as close to perfect health as we could get. You put on weight and grew the most beautiful shiny coat. You had a personality unlike any I have ever seen. I am positive that you thought you were a dog. Your nose had to be cleaned almost every morning. You were allergic to hay but loved to eat it and sit on it so Mr Pig couldn't get at it and you could eat it later. You absolutely loved to eat, you were a begger and nearly impossible to resist. You chewed everything, which led to breaking a front tooth on your cage. Your mom called me hysterically and I raced home from work to be with you and her. I was so scared, but when I got home I knew very shortly that you would be fine when you commenced to having some parsley 15 minutes later with your brother. You always had the best of everything, you had breakfast and dinner at close to the same time everyday. You loved to eat parsley, carrots, blueberries, strawberries and just about every other fruit and vegetable, but you especially loved lettuce. We will miss your wheeking for food Cash pig. You were always the leader of the Pig train boldly going where no pig had gone before and looking for snacks along the way. We planned our lives around you and your brothers safety, happiness and well being. You two were our kids. Our babies. Other than the rare cold and UTI you lived the rest of your life happy and sickness free.
Then on October 31, 2006 we noticed you had a UTI, we took you to the vet and got you medicine, after a week it hadn't cleared up. We got you some new medicine, and that seemed to clear up the UTI but you still had some trouble peeing. We took you to the Vet again and were told you had bladder stones. We continued the antibiotics and gave you medicine to help break the stones down but with no success. You lost a fifth of you body wait in less than 2 months despite our efforts of trying to feed you all day long. On December 20, 2006 we took you to the Vet for surgery. You fought with everything you had in you, I prayed for you and that the surgery would go well, at about 2:30 P.M. we were notified that you had passed away under Anesthesia. You went peacefully and were not in any pain. Mr Pig misses you dearly. We're doing all we can to make him happy and will be getting him a new cage mate, by no means a replacement for you but someone for him to play with and keep him company when we can't be around.
We hope that Pig heaven has everything your heart desires. I want you to know that we miss you and we loved you with every part of ourselves and always will. You will always be with us in our hearts. Thank you for being so beautiful and sharing your love with us. You were more than we ever could've imagined. When I heard you passed away I lost a part of myself, call it a piece of my heart or soul if you will, I will never fully regain what I lost that day Cash pig but it's OK because I know that piece of me is with you now, it was my gift to you so you will always remember me. Now is not my time but when my time comes I know we'll be reunited and I will be completed once again. Popcorn, run, play, have all the pig treats you can handle, lead the pig train, and remember we'll all be together again someday.
~Shawn and Patricia Wentz and Mr. Pig
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