- My home, ruled by pigs!
- Poop Obsessed
I am so sorry about the tumor. Its hard to see your little ones struggling, but she sure is lucky to have a great dad like you, Bill.
I got Metaxas from a pet store back in October-ish 1997. (I know I shouldn't support pet stores like that but I was young then and didn't know better.) The reason I picked her was because she was in the same cage with guinea pigs that were A LOT bigger. I was just watching them and every time she would try to eat from the food bowl the bigger ones would scare her away by chattering their teeth. I felt bad for her so I had to "rescue" her. :-)
She was by herself for the first 3 years of her life with me. Then she got an adult playmate (Anarchy) who was a rescue. They were together for about 3.5-4 years until Anarchy passed away. Metaxas has been alone every since.
For the past 7 years she's been living in a pretty decent sized cage. It's hard to gauge from the two pictures I've posted but it's close to 18sq ft so she's always had a place to run around and exercise when I am not playing with her.
I am also a homebody and up until recently (1.5-2 years) she was potty trained. So when I would come home from work I would leave her running around for 2-3 hours and she would just follow me around. She would do her business only when I put her back in her cage. It was great! :-)
With regards to diet, nothing out of the ordinary. Mostly pet-store bought food, timothy hay, and lots of fresh vegetables. My mother to this day says Metaxas eats better than I do.
The past 7 years I have moved from one place to another 6 times and Metaxas has always taken it in stride and been there. She was with me when I first left my parent's house, followed me to Virginia from NY, she was there at my first apartment, first house, second, and so on. The stress of all that has almost killed ME but she has been a trooper.
I think she sticks around because she knows I need her for the moral support! :-)
Thanks again to everyone for the kind words!
- It started with Louie...
I second that!
I loved reading about the special relationship that you and your sweet piggie have had over the years. I can tell she is like family to you and it will be hard to say good-bye. Just cherish her all the more until it is time and be proud of yourself for giving her such a wonderful, long life.
I hope she is able to stay with you awhile longer and when she goes to the Rainbow Bridge maybe you could get another pair in her memory. There's nothing like a baby to comfort you.
- Who's your Branni?
Ditto what everyone has said about the tumor, but hopefully she can stay with and hang around a good bit longer.
Thanks for sharing yalls story. Its a heart warming thing!