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Andrea409 Find me on PopClogs!

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So long, Winston.

My guinea pig Winston died today. I knew it was coming on for a few months now. We were lucky in that he didn’t seem to suffer at all and was still eating a lot and hopping around (just a little less) right up until the end.

I’m going to miss you, my friend. After so many years of not having a pet, you were my first again. I guess a lot of people would say you were /just/ a guinea pig, but, as far as pigs go, you truly were the coolest. My little Zen piggie.

So long, Buddy. You were much too awesome to be contained; you now belong to the universe.



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Spatz Please stay in contact!

(((Andrea)))

I’m so sorry. Losing a family pet is always so hard.

Andrea409 Find me on PopClogs!

Thank you,

Spatz. I’m a complete mess. It’s like losing a family member and, in some ways, a little like losing a child. It’s horrible.

Spatz Please stay in contact!

((((Andrea))))

I’m sending you hugs and the hope that you’ll feel better soon. Then perhaps your memories can bring a smile when you think of Winston.

Andrea409 Find me on PopClogs!

hugs

Thank you for the virtual hugs, Dear. I can sure use them. Yes, in time, I’ll smile fondly when I remember the little bugger. But for now… :(

I’m the sort of person who can usually push pesky emotions aside. I’ve endured so much in life that I’ve learned to just deal and move forward. I never really stop to feel anything, because I’ve learned that life must go on. And when I do feel things, I tend to keep them to myself. But this is crushing. I’m not used to how powerful these emotions are. Does that make sense? And I definitely don’t know what to do with them. That’s why I put this entry under my “live passionately” goal. If this isn’t feeling, I don’t know what is.

Okay, so this post right here…this is a perfect example of why this site must remain open. It’s a perfect outlet for my feelings that otherwise would remain pent up inside of me. Here, I know I’m not alone, and it’s okay to feel sadness. It’s okay to grieve. This site truly helps us become better people. Although I am normally taciturn with my emotions, this site has allowed me to slowly open up a little. I would really hate to see it go.

Spatz Please stay in contact!

You echoed my feelings perfectly!
We can talk about our feelings here without fear of being ridiculed or belittled – and there’s always someone who will understand.
Nothing is too small or unimportant.
Sigh!

But back to you, Andrea – I hope you are already feeling a bit better and the sadness is starting to lose it’s raw edge. Sending more hugs!

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Andrea409 Find me on PopClogs!

You are simply the best!

Thank you so much. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you how much comfort your words brought me. Just the salve I needed.

And yes, he was a terribly handsome little fellow. People everywhere fell in love with him. I had never had a guinea pig before him (he was a rescue), and I now think they are just the coolest pets. I still have another guinea pig. I doubt we will ever get more. Maybe someday down the road.

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mashko Knitting!

Oh...

I’m really sorry to hear this unfortunate news! I absolutely agree pets are equal part of the family and losing any furry companion can hurt so much!
Only thing is that, when we accept them to the family, we are aware how long they might “last” and all we can do is give them the happiest life we can!

Sending virtual support!

Andrea409 Find me on PopClogs!

Muah!

Thank you, Friend! You’re right; the relationship with a pet must always end. Somehow you think you would get used to it, but it still always hurts just the same, doesn’t it? I like to think I did the best I could to make him happy.

Thank you so much for the support! It’s sooo helpful, truly!

of_journeys http://www.popclogs.com/user/1093/of_journeys

I’m so sorry :(

Andrea409 Find me on PopClogs!

Thank you, Dear! It sucks, but it will get a little easier with time.

:(

What a sweet picture… So sorry for your loss :(
(((Andrea)))

Andrea409 Find me on PopClogs!

Thank you, my dear, for the hugs and the support! They mean the world to me right now!

As for the picture, I can’t even stand how adorable that pig was.

ambler (XOXOXO 43TFriends OXOXOX) Thank you.

Guinea Pigs

are one of the best pets.. They are so long lived, if taken proper care of and loved they will be around for 6 or 7 years. we have two, one of them (Nutmeg) is a Teddy Bear Guinea Pig has a very different hair than most GPs. She will be 8 in August… Over the years we have lost 3 and it is very tough every time. Especially for my wife but we remember through memories, lots of photos and even some home movies…
I am sorry for your loss but I know you will appreciate all the good times and memories you had with your sweet little Cavy. (((Andrea49)))

Andrea409 Find me on PopClogs!

Is this Nutmeg?

Oh, she is beautiful! I know there are different types of guinea pigs, but both of mine are/were the standard variety. Those really furry ones remind me of the Beatles in their mop-top days. So cute.

You’re right, in that they can live a very long time! Winston had just turned 8, too. He was sick when he was a baby and, thus, unadoptable. So he was a rescue. I only expected to get maybe 3 or 4 years with him. But his health skyrocketed under our care. We gave him plenty of fresh veggies daily and some fruit, as well. It’s amazing what a good diet will do!

I can imagine it is tough each time, but it hope it also gets a little bit easier. The last pet I lost was nearly 15 years ago, so I guess I had forgotten how painful it is. I love that you guys keep mementos in photos and home movies. That is so sweet. We certainly have plenty of photos of Winnie, so that will help to keep him near and dear to us.

Thanks so much for your comment. It really, (honestly!) made my day when I read it. It’s nice to know that someone understands. And I loved hearing about Nutmeg. :)

ambler (XOXOXO 43TFriends OXOXOX) Thank you.

Nutmeg

was a sick one too. We had her home for about a week and she developed a skin problem… We took her back to the store and to their credit they offered us another GP without a skin issue… (These Teddy Bear GPs are prone to skin issues). But we were already attached to Nutmeg. They cared for her for over a month before she was ready to come home. Every now and then her skin issue flares up and we give her a bubble bath and gently shampoo her fur. At first she hated baths now she is used to them and I think she looks at it like her special time at the spa. Baylee our other GP doesn’t get the spa treatment cause baths aren’t really good for GPs but Nutmeg needs them.
Here’s a picture of Jester.. The world’s greatest Guinea Pig on vacation with us in Carlsbad Cavern National Park. Yes we took Jester everywhere.. She had a special purse that one of my daughters would carry into restaurants and she would have a little salad while we had lunch..
It has been nice talking to you and sharing my Guinea Pig tales.. I think you have motivated me to put a goal on PopClogs retelling some of my Guinea Pig and other pet memories.
Happy trails and I think Winston was a handsome Cavy. :)


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