Mysterious death

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Post   » Sat Mar 09, 2002 1:06 pm

This morning when I went to say "good morning" to the pigs, poor Padme was dead! Yesterday when I cleaned out the cages, she was a little more subdued than usual (if there could be such a thing--Padme was one of those pigs who was very quiet, and froze if you even looked at her), but appeared to be eating fine. She hasn´t lost any weight, in fact she was one of my biggest pigs. I am not sure how long she has been dead, but she was already stiff and cold. Poor Amidala, her cagemate, was lying beside her. We are very sad about it, and am trying to give Amidala lots of extra attention.


Post   » Sat Mar 09, 2002 1:15 pm

I´m sorry. Sudden, unexpected deaths are the worse for owners, since you keep wondering what you´ve missed.

Are you going to have an autopsy performed on her?

I´m sorry for your loss.

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Post   » Sat Mar 09, 2002 1:29 pm

That is so sad. I don´t think there are always things to catch. It had to have been hard to find her. I´m so sorry -- this was so sudden.

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Post   » Sat Mar 09, 2002 3:55 pm

Oh, that´s so sad :( I feel so bad for you, and for your surviving piggy.
That must have been awful for her if she was just lying beside her.
Give her extra cuddles from me.


Post   » Sat Mar 09, 2002 5:01 pm

So sorry to hear about Padme

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Post   » Sat Mar 09, 2002 9:17 pm

Oh Lisam, I am so very sorry for your loss. I´m told that piggies can mask symptoms so well that sometimes it is impossible to know whether anything is wrong. I know Padme knew she was a well-loved member of your family. Give lots of hugs and snuggles to Amidala. My deepest sympathies to all your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Post   » Sat Mar 09, 2002 9:29 pm

How old was she? Heart attacks can lead to sudden death.

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Post   » Sat Mar 09, 2002 10:11 pm

That is my thought. She was a pet store pig, we never knew how old she was, but she had had at least a few litters before we got her (she was one they kept in the back and kept breeding back to back to sell the babies). We had her for a few years at least. She was so pretty--a butterscotch colored short haired girl.

One thing was unusual--when I discovered her this morning, she had this white liquid oozing out of her eyes. I had to quickly wipe it away before the kids saw her. They all had to give her last kisses and hugs. We had a very sweet funeral, and covered her grave with chickweed.


Post   » Sat Mar 09, 2002 10:31 pm

I suspect the white liquid was just the natural cleansing fluid from the eye. My guess anyway. I haven´t seen that occur with our pigs when they die but we haven´t found them cold and stiff either.

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Post   » Sun Mar 10, 2002 9:47 am

How heartbreaking to have something like that happen. I am very sorry to hear about your loss but very glad that she was a part of your family for a few years after being used by that pet shop.


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Post   » Sun Mar 10, 2002 12:54 pm

Oh Lisam, I am so sorry to hear this. Since you don´t know the age, it might have been a natural time for her. But is still hurts to lose them.

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Post   » Sun Mar 10, 2002 9:06 pm

Lisam, you, your children and Amidala have my sincere condolences about the loss of your beloved Padme.

May Padme rest in peace.

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Post   » Sun Mar 10, 2002 9:35 pm

Thank you all for your kind words. I was remembering all the special things about Padme, and I think I will write them down. I remember when I was a child and animals would die right and left (my parents weren´t responsible with pets--something I still deal with in therapy!), and pretty soon it all became a big blur of names and faces and pain. I feel if I write it down, the kids and I can read back and remember what a special pig she was. And the same with Luke, who passed away last July.

One good thing has come out of it--Amidala, our oldest pig, has been kind of neglected by the kids lately (the new pigs have been getting all the attention) and now they have a renewed interest in her, and have been spending lots of time with her.


Post   » Sun Mar 10, 2002 10:07 pm

You could put it in the Cavy Chronicles forum.

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Post   » Sun Mar 10, 2002 10:10 pm

That´s a great idea. :) I´d love to read what you write.

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Post   » Sun Mar 10, 2002 11:13 pm

What sad news - I´m sorry about Padme.

It would be really nice to hear your stories.

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Post   » Sun Mar 10, 2002 11:39 pm

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is extra hard when you have small children. My kids are 4 and 7 and still talk about when Taffy died in the fall. When she died, they made her goodbye letters and pictures. It seemed to help them with some closure. Warm wheeks to you and your family.



Post   » Mon Mar 11, 2002 10:38 am

Will Kleenmama be providing you with Amidala´s next roomate? I hear she still has a few sows she needs to find homes for.

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Post   » Mon Mar 11, 2002 12:42 pm

I´m a bit late on this, but please accept my condolances.


Post   » Tue Mar 12, 2002 1:29 am

Sorry for your loss.

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