- You can quote me
In my experience (only), loose beddings (CareFresh, kiln-dried pine) work better for keeping pigs that don't move around much dry. They are also harder to walk through/walk on, though, so that doesn't help encourage an animal that already doesn't move much to do so. It's a toss-up.
I think I'm losing her tonight though. She's acting strangely. Instead of walking (away from my hand like usual) she keeps rubbing her head down on the fleece and NOT walking at all. It's almost like she's trying to lay down, but her back half won't respond accordingly. I just gave her hair a clip yesterday. I hope I didn't hurt her somehow.
As long as she doesn't appear to be in any pain, I'm not rushing her off to the vet. I know this seems strange as we always try to beat it into everyone's head to get a pig TO the vet if it seems to need medical care. She's a 9 year old pig though. She deserves to die at home where she is most comfortable if that is what is happening.
Why the heck does this have to happen on Thanksgiving though? My brother passed away on Thanksgiving in 2001. My mother passed away on Thanksgiving in 2006. What the heck is it about Thanksgiving?
She's a good, sweet girl my Izabo. Sigh.
I'm sad, but I'm okay. I knew this day was coming and I've had to put down several pigs while involved with rescue. I've had seven great years with her and I'm going to keep reminding myself of that. I have been so lucky to have her and to have her for that long.
Izabo is the very first pig that I decided to adopt years ago when I first started volunteering for the rescue. Mostly because I wanted to make sure she had a good life after I accidently dropped her and broke her leg. But also because she was a shy, sweet and beautiful girl.
I still have Prudy. Prudy is very much a people pig and likes to be held and scritched, so I intend to give her a lot of attention and hope that she is okay without her "next-door" friend. I'm planning on redoing her cage and giving her a 2x6 so she can have plenty of space to tear around (and the change of scenery will do her good).
Rest well Izabo, and safe travels to the Rainbow Bridge.