Well, first of all, please accept my moniker change....most of you who do know me, remember me as "POOKY´S MUTTI" and remember that I lost my FIRST little cavy, sweet little POOKY, after only having her for about one week. Which, inturn, started a sincere effort and petition to make a formal complaint to PETSMART. And, as you know, I left the forum because I just had to grieve the loss of my precious little baby...I dropped by Cavies Galore a bit later and started to realize that very few of my dear friends who nurtured me through my loss were no where to be found anymore and just eventually stopped going there altogether---the forum had changed so much!
Yesterday, I checked my email and found, to my total DELIGHT, a letter from my dear friend, PINTA. When I read what had happened (whatever that actually was??) which ended up with so many of the old members being barred/banished/booted-out/and, insulted, I almost fell off my seat! One thing I will not tolerate is hypocracy, so if that is the way things are going to be over there, I, for ONE don´t need it! Lord, if we aren´t allowed to say what´s on our minds, make comments about posted picture of Cavies of the Month without causing a ruckus, and such nonsense, the forum isn´t worth wasting time with.
So, if you all will roll out the little welcome wagon, I would love to become a permanent here where all my old buddies have come to gather! Take care now!
I guess I am hoping this site gradually turns into a good medical reference that is searchable and well organized. And the best way to do so is to encourage you people to contribute your own experiences and knowledge while having a little fun on the side (the conversation forums).
Glad you found us.
Hey - does Vicki from JPGR visit message boards anymore? I miss reading her advice on... on... shoot, does anyone remember the name of that one messageboard, it was a very simple format and ended up being discontinued - pinta, i rememeber your name from it. It was about a year or two ago that it was running? I don´t remember who ran that one, but I liked it the best. What was that called?
Vicki doesn´t regularly visit the message boards any more, as she is so very busy. However, several of us are in email contact with her and she graciously gives us the benefit of her extensive experience whenever requested.
I´m not sure which discontinued GP board you´re thinking of, it seems there are so many around now. It´s hard to keep track of the comings and goings.
I think I told the story once on old CM about Earl, my true love pig. He napped in my bed with me, he taught himself to jump out of his cage (!) which I´ve never seen before, he had full run of the house, I used to read to him (The Hotel New Hampshire, out loud, twice ) and whenever I got to the part about the bear who only said "Earl!" he would look up from his food bowl, attentively chewing. Then I found a lump on one of his mammary glands and the vet operated and did a biopsy, she thought she had gotten it all but it was too late and the cancer spread to his lungs, leaving very little room for breathing. I took him to another vet with more advanced x-ray equipment, his breathing was very labored, and right after he was returned to the room with me, he died in a particulary awful, painful way. After Earl, I couldn´t imagine replacing him and kept away from piggies altogether for 2+ years, until Ricky came home 2+ years ago.
Right around the time Earl died I started going on the internet, and I feel bad that he missed out on the benefit of so much shared information and knowledge. I´ve learned a lot about piggies since then and I appreciate the different information that can be discussed with healthy disagreements.
Anyway, more than you wanted? I so rarely get the chance to immortalize Earl to others; I apologize for taking advantage of the question. This spring I plan on bringing a fourth boy into the mix, once these ongoing skin/breathing/bedding issues are resolved. They all get along great.
I´m going to click the "add quick reply" button now though this was anything but.
We have an ancient tabby cat named Mr. Earl, but we call him Speedo (it´s from an old song.)
I think Ravenshade must have been addressing you ricky, unless she´s suffering from amnesia. I think she knows who I am, or then again maybe it´s all that hard liquor destroying the brain cells and eating away at her memory?
- Thanks for the Memories
I meant you, Ricky. I got you mixed up with someone else from CM but I did remember the Earl bit so I´m just senile, not braindead. I can´t use liquor as an excuse b/c I rarely if ever drink. Might be residual damage from college, though....
My dear Max had a similar fate, so I truly sympathize. Sometimes our best isn´t quite good enough. Sounds like Earl and Max might have a lot to talk about over the Bridge.