November 16, 2011

Weeping.

Yesterday I noticed that Bambi was slowing down. I offered her some romaine leaves and she did munch on them a bit. But she suddenly seemed smaller than her friend Momo. She'll be leaving us soon, I thought.

Although we all help look after them, Bambi and Momo are the 14 year old daughter's. She got them from the SPCA a few months after her first pig Mr. Snow finished his long life. The SPCA would only let them go as a pair; guinea pigs are social creatures and many are happiest with a life-long companion.

I'm sorry to say that Bambi was not doing well this morning. She lay in her hut, her eyes half-lidded. Momo lay beside her and when I passed near she'd venture out saying "Weep, weep, weep!"



And around mid-day Bambi slipped away...

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Bambi is now lovingly wrapped in pale purple tissue paper. Tomorrow in the morning light, she'll be laid to rest under the paving stones in the garden. She'll have Mr. Snow to keep her company, along with Night Silver, Ginger and Misu. Come spring, there will be crocuses.



As for Momo, she's "weeping" for real... We're hoping she can soon settle in with Goosie , the 17 year old daughter's pig.

Guinea pigs make wonderful pets; they're soft and furry, and they happily sit on your lap and allow you to stroke them. Our kids have helped to care for them, whispered secrets to them, written stories about them and sought comfort in their gentle warmth.

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15 comments:

  1. Aww, I'm so sorry. :( Losing pets is the absolute worst.

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  2. My heart goes out to you. I love my cats and dogs more than some of my relatives. :0

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  3. Aww so sorry JC. Losing a pet is never easy. ((Hugs))

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  4. Oooh is the sound of her weeping tearing you up ?

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  5. Wow...so, so sorry to hear this.

    Nothing like losing a sweet pet. They're family and mean tons to us.

    Again, so sorry.

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  6. When our Cinnamon died my husband noticed on his way out to work, but he was in a hurry.

    So he didn't do anything.

    And the kids and I found her when we woke up.

    Our cat is very old and I told him if he finds her dead he needs to take care of it, even if he misses the van pool.

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  7. Beautifully put. Hope she's enjoying that giant timothy hay meadow in the sky.

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  8. So sorry for your loss. I feel for you all. When I lost my hamster "Blue" I wept for hours. These lovely creatures give so much love unconditionally.

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  9. It so sad when pets die. :( I'm so sorry for your family's loss of another furry friend.

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  10. It is incredibly sad when our pets die--I am so sorry for your loss!

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  11. I am sorry for your loss. The pets we have are so much a part of the family, it hurts when they go.

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  12. Awwwwwwe. It's so awful when we lose a pet ;(

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  13. This was beautiful. It's so sad to loose a family pet because they are so more then pets. They are family.

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  14. I had guinea pigs growing up. I loved them. I'm sorry for your family's loss. And poor Momo. :(

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