Your precious girl is free of pain in popcorning with friends at the Bridge. My sympathies to you and when you have gone a bit furthur in the grieving process there would be nothing like a baby or two two snuggle and love.
- For all Wonkys & Winkys
There is nothing wrong with mourning your loss.
I can't tell you just when it will happen, but there be a time that you can remember and enjoy the memories of all those years together, without so much pain.
You were a wonderful piggy father. Nine years of life for a guinea pig is a testament to you.
Truly, it sounds as if your sweet girl and you had a very spiritual connection. I believe many animals who are so loved, and love us so, give us a final gift of not having to watch as they go.
Perhaps it will help you to see this as her last gift to you--and as *her choice.* Obviously, she has known for a bit that it was her time to go. The fact that she did so while you were gone, is, I believe, at least partially under their control--and she wanted it that way, for your sake.
Healing to you.
Regardless of whether or not you ever decide to welcome new pets to your home, I hope you will continue to be a part of the GL community. The bond you hand with your little girl is what this forum celebrates.
Even though she was a little black and gold satin American girl, I saw her in Metaxas. Oh my, was I attached. My ex-boyfriend, who met Zoe in her last year, will still say, "I still miss Zoe."
It's been years since Zoe passed, but she had such an effect on me and those who knew her. And Zoe, as you with Metaxas, was with me through many personal trials.
Thank you so much for posting. I am sorry for your loss. I hope you will stick around here. I think that you crying about losing her is a positive thing. You were touched by love. It hurts an awful lot to lose the object of that affection. But a blessing to have the opportunity to feel it all.
Klynne is right. I've always heard of humans passing away when the person sitting with them just leaves the room for a moment. Perhaps that was Metaxas' way, so please don't feel guilty.
Maybe fostering in her memory would be a good bridge back in to guinea pig ownership when you are ready? That's what I did, (I own 3 now, but that's a whole other story!).
Give yourself plenty of time to grieve, it take a long time to heal.
- You can quote me
You are loved, will always be loved, and will never be forgotten.
My comfort, sympathy, understanding and empathy to you, Bill. Bless you for loving her, for caring for her so well, for seeing her spirit and celebrating her life. For being who you are, so that she could be who she was.
Don't feel badly about not taking off work. She was at home, surrounded by familiar sights, sounds, smells, and routine. I don't think she was frightened. And I don't think she suffered.