Guinea Pigs Gone to the Rainbow Bridge
June 2007 - August 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
January 2006 - August 19, 2007
We lost our dear girl Riley on Sunday morning, 8/19/07. The evening before at midnight, she was popcorning on the couch, squeaking, and eating her lettuce up and begging for more. I put her in her cage, told her good night, and turned off the lights. I awoke the next morning and came downstairs and I knew something was wrong because she didn't talk to me like she usually would once she heard somebody coming. I ran to her cage and found her on her side, barely breathing, and gently moving her legs as if she were trying to run. I rubbed her and talked to her and held her in my arms while I waited for my mom to come and drive us to the pet hospital. That was the longest car ride of my life. Watching her slip away with each minute passing. The way she tried so hard to gasp for air and her body became lifeless. The way she looked at me until she couldn't keep her eyes open anymore.
Once at the hospital the vet took her immediately from me and said she was going to put her on oxygen. Not too long after, I was told there wasn't much that could be done to save her life. And at that point, she was in severe distress. At the vet's suggestion, I put her down to stop the?suffering. They let me go back and see her before putting her down. She had just enough oxygen to open her eyes and look at me. I rubbed her and kissed her told her it was going to be ok, and told her good-bye.
I will miss my little girl and I'll never be able to eat another apple without thinking of her? Her sisters Kayla and Rocca miss her too! RIP.
August 2004 - August 2007
We noticed you were sick at 11 a.m. on Sunday and at 2 p.m. you left us as the vet tried to save you. Stitch you were the little hooligan of the herd. The day I got you from the rescue you bit my finger. I knew then you were mine. Your favourite game was destroying your toys. You even managed to drag the hay rack from its fixings. Nothing was safe when you were around. I loved you even more for that. I miss you Stitch. I'll miss the way you'd snuggle down in my lap and watch the TV. I'll miss the way you'd jump and skip about when the hay was shared out. I'll miss the way you stuck your nose out of your pigloo when the veggies appeared. I'll miss you forever. But I have the scar on my finger to remember you by. When you get to the Bridge seek out Jessie. She'll look after you and show you where the best parsley is.
Mummy and the girls - Tink, Daisy, Duchess and Cleo
Darling Roxy, you left and leave us to mourn...I can still remember your sweet brown snuffling nose, and your love of carrots. You lived a year only, but that year was the best. I hope soft meadows and a tranquil world greet you. Goodbye, and may we unite again.
September 2006 - July 22, 2007
It seems so unreal that you are gone, you were a brave guinea pig there to protect your girlfriend Molly from harm! I am truly proud and honored to of had you as a guinea pig Harvey, you sacrificed your life for Molly.? Mommy and Daddy will always miss you "cadbury bunny" face you would make outside of your igloo, and when we would watch TV together eating.? I will miss your crazy popping skills and how fast you ran back and forth popping like crazy just trying to show off.? When we saw each other for the first time we both knew it was meant to be.? I wish we could have had more time together, and we should have if it wasn't for that dog taking your life away.? I will miss spending Christmas with you again when you would turn your igloo to the Christmas tree and stare at it for hours.? Molly, Andrew and I miss you with all our hearts and I will make sure to take care of Molly for you, just like you had taken care of her.? I love you Harvey and I will see you in heaven one day!
-Liz, Andrew and your wife Molly (guinea pig)
July 23, 2007
My Guinea Pig "Guinea" died yesterday afternoon. We had him for about 6 months, he suddenly got sick with some kind of infection. He started breathing really heavy and fast all the time. He occasionally made a coughing/chocking sound. Yesterday he got to his worst. He wouldn't eat/drink or hardly respond to me. I held him in a blanket and rubbed him. I tolked to him like he was a person, I always did! Suddenly he started becoming more lifeless. He started gasping for air. I knew he was in the process of leaving us. It was soooo sad to sit and hold something, watching it take its last breaths on earth. I rubbed him and talked him through it. I didn't want him to be alone! After I knew it was over, I put him in a little box that fit him just right. Taped it up good, went outside and dug him a hole, placed and covered him. Hardest thing I've don in a long time. No matter the Guinea Pigs him and covered. I have through the rest of my time here, there will only be one "Guinea".
He was black and white, smooth haired. Thank you Guinea for all the fun and love you brought to me and my family!!!!
NOTE: To those with Guinea Pigs, if your Guinea Pig starts any of these symptoms, take him/her to a Vet FAST! Don't waste any time. It could turn out terrible like my case!
July 26, 2006
To my friend I will never forget. I will never forget the day I had seen you. The moment I laid my eyes on you I told grandma he`s the one. I can see it. And I took you home. I will always remember the times we had together and I will never forget the way your fur felt as I said good by to you. But most of all, I`ll never forget you hated to have that long hair being brushed. O` how you hated that. Believe me I will never forget, I still have the scar. I give you this memorial as a way to show you that you will forever live on in my heart. To my little friend.
Jan 2005 - 16 July 2007
I lost my little piglet, Trevor, on Monday 16 July . I loved him very much. He became ill and I nursed him and syringe fed him and did everything I possibly could to try to make him better but vet the had warned me there wasn't much hope. His illness eventually got the better of him and now he's gone to play with all the other piggies in Heaven. He was an absolute delight and I miss him terribly. I will never forget my wonderful little guy.
- Mummy Lyndsay xx
Rusty -July 16, 2007
I would like to pay a tribute to our two beautiful guinea pigs. My husband bought them for me on birthday in 2002. I remember what tiny adorable bundles they were.
I had the most unbelievable bond with Crusty, she was extremely possessive of me and she used to nuzzle into my neck and sing. How wonderful it was!. Crusty loved her food, I think she lived to eat! She was very sociable and liked to free roam in the house investigating everything. Sadly, on my birthday in 2005 My husband went to check on the pigs and found Crusty had left us. We were totally gutted and heartbroken, she was just 3 years old.
Rusty was very pretty (and she knew it!) She behaved like a princess expecting and often taking the best on offer! She certainly made herself the matriarch and so Crusty had to tow the line! We had two big indoor cages and connected them together to make a guinea palace for them. So many times Rusty would search out Crusty and boot her out of wherever she was. But despite their differences they would often snuggle up together. Rusty became an old lady surviving Crusty by nearly two years. She seemed fine but then suddenly stopped eating; nothing would tempt her, not even her favourite grass. We were with her when she passed away on 16th July 2007.
It has been a privilege to know, care for and love these two special guinea pigs. We will never forget them or how much we loved them.
Reesie only lived for a few days. I got her for my birthday and she didn't eat or squeak. She still made a difference to your family. I hope she had agood time during her life, and I hope she has an awsome afterlife. Our previous piggy, April, died, and now her. Reesie was very small and skinny. Goodbye, Reesie, we love you!
Mike, you were the most amazing little guinea pig. I hope your life with us made you as happy and honored as it made us. I love you so much and still can't believe you're gone, but knowing that you are in a better place makes me happy. I will be devastated not to see you when I go downstairs, and I will miss giving you fresh veggies that mom cut up. You are the best and you went so fast, but I thank you and God for my chance to say goodbye. Know that I will always love you and that little squeak, and when I think of you I will see those bright eyes, and when I sleep I will hear that squeak in my dreams. I will never forget you, and remember when you left me a part of my heart did too so that a part of me will always be with you. I love you Mike!
Chuckles Aka: Chuckchuck
May 2006-June 16th 2007
My poor chuckles, I can't believe how much I miss you! I go to the fridge and keep expecting to hear you squeaking. You were always so excited whenever I came home from work. You were the most laid back Guinea Pig, even with all the noise the boys made playing you took it in stride. I can't believe how fast you passed away, on friday night you were fine throwing your dish against the wall demanding food. Saturday morning when we were leaving for camp I knew you were sick when you wouldn't talk to me. I am so glad I took you up to camp with us, it was always your favorite place to be with all the fresh air and grub you could eat. I was looking forward to SOOO many more years with you, I spent all day trying to get you to eat, thinking you would be ok. When you started talking to me again I was so happy thinking you were getting better. Less then two hours later you were gone. We buried you up at the camp, when I had to tell the boys you were gone I could barely talk through my tears. You even managed to get dad (my husband) to love you. I don't know what happend to you chuck, maybe its silly for a 28 year old women to be this upset, but you were the sweetest most loving little guy. I wish you peace, love and the occasional strawberry..until we meet again my friend you will always be in my heart.
3 1/2 years old
Died June 4, 2007
Our precious little man resting peacefully - may you run free with all the other piggies and wiggle your little bum in glee.
We loved you so much Henry and we will always miss you. You came to us from a sad background and we took you in and gave you so much love - we will miss your little nose at the bars and your wheeking when you knew breakfast and dinner were coming. You loved your parsley and corn husks and didn't mind cucumber either :-) You were one of a kind and loved us so loyally back.
We tried our best for you but sadly it was not to be. We are sorry Henry :-)
You will always be in our hearts and we hope there is a better life for you over the Rainbow Bride.
We love you baby - rest eternally
-Mumma, Dadda and your mate Spike and your piggy sisters Coco and Chanel
- June 4, 2007
My six year old piggie, Nigel, had a stroke the evening of 6/4/07 and passed away in the night. I rescued him three years ago and probably gave him the best years of his life. His previous owners were not very attached to him and when he needed surgery to removed an infected cyst, they opted to euthanize instead. Nigel charmed the vet and the vet just couldn't do it. She ask to place him in a new home instead. He was waiting for me at work the next day. (I work at the vet hospital.) He was known as Kobe then. I renamed him Nigel because he reminded me of an English gentleman and Nigel sounded English to me. I later found out Nigel means black or brown. This was very fitting because Nigel was black with a bit of brown. I will miss him so much. Nigel was just like a little dog. He was wonderful. He loved everybody and everybody loved him. I will miss hearing him go "weeeeek-weeeeek-weeeeek" and miss seeing his cute little face. Thank you little buddy for everything.
June 2004 June 2007
On Saturday the 2nd June 2007, our dear little boy Billy passed away after only becoming poorly on Thursday. He started to reject his food and was having difficulty breathing. Despite everyones best efforts, there was no sign of any improvement and he slipped away peacefully on Saturday morning.
Billy was very special because soon after we had him when he was just 6 weeks old, we noticed that his breathing was always very deep and he tended to snort a lot. After investigation by the Vet, it turned out that he had a much enlarged heart, which had distorted his windpipe so he had to adjust his breathing accordingly. This was something he was obviously born with and he was on medication for most of his life to keep his lungs clear. He coped fantastically well with his condition and it never caused him any distress. Billy was a very placid, friendly little piggie with black with ginger markings, and although somewhat of a lazy boy, he did love to popcorn and run around the hall when it suited him. He also loved to sit with us on his blanket for hours on end. Well when I say sit, I actually mean lie down on his side with his legs out ! Of all the guinea pigs we have had, I think Billy had the biggest appetite, seemingly never turning away any opportunity for more food.
We will miss the little chap dearly, but know he has joined up with his pals on the Rainbow Bridge.
Lots of Love
-Paul and Jill
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