- one pig at a time.
- 4 the Good of all Pigs
I suppose not all endings get to be happy ones, despite our efforts. I hate the people that did this to her. I hate backyard breeders and stupid people that put intact opposite sexes together.
I must now focus my attentions to my other nine (who have not had a proper cage cleaning in over a day) and especially Nala, who is still pregnant because of the same stupid people. Pray her story ends much differently than poor Mia.
I will bury her and baby in my garden. These are the first pigs ever to be buried in my yard. All others have been donated to further our knowledge of guinea pigs. Mia has suffered enough indignities and deserves a proper burial with her baby.
- You can quote me
I am usually the one to tell everyone not to do the what-ifs, if-onlys, woulda-shoulda-coulda, but Mia went to the vets she went to at my direction. This is not the clinic of the "main Atlanta vet" we mostly all use. That vet (the lovely and talented Dr. A.) does not have ultrasound in her office, and this one does. I originally took Mia there to have her lumps ultrasounded, and that is when her baby was found.
The vet that looked at her there a week or so ago, ultrasounded her and found her baby is an exotics specialist, and one I trust. She has good surgical skills but not tons and tons of tricky-surgery experience. Yesterday was not her surgery day, although she was there. The vet that actually did the surgery is also a good surgeon, knows a little about exotics and likes them, and is co-owner of the practice, but she is not a trained exotics specialist. She freely admitted this was her first guinea pig C-section.
To me there is a possibility the lumps StF and I originally found were not fatty lipomas at all (they were never aspirated or biopsied). I wonder now if she did not have something aggressively malignant draining her body along with her baby.
Thank you all, so much, for your thoughts, well-wishes, and care. StF, perhaps I should have asked you to take her to Dr. A. all along. I can only say I'm sorry to Mia, her pup, you, and Terry too if Dr. A. should have handled this all along.
Godspeed and safe passage to both of you. You will always be loved and never forgotten.
StF's house is almost due east of ours. We put some lights in our kitchen window, which faces east. I would like to think they will help guide them both home.
Little Mia was used and abused by her previous owner, not by you or StF. You both did ONLY what you thought was best.
The idea of the lighted window is a great one. I'm sure if Mia was capable she'd say thanks for what you both tried to do.
You and STF did the very best you could and Mia is relaxing and happy with her pup and her friends now.
Even excellent vets can lose a guinea pig. I am so sorry she and her pup did not make it but know your actions gave her a chance at life she would not have had.
I am so sorry for the loss you have had to deal with StF and T. I'll chime in with everyone else and just say how happy I am to know this pig and her baby died in the care of someone who truly appreciated them and gave them comfort, rather than the awful cage and conditions they were in when you first accepted them into your care.
Thank you both, for reaching out to these pigs and doing what you have done even knowing the heartache that you could be facing from the get-go.
- 4 the Good of all Pigs
Talishan, do not take any blame for any of this. We both did our best and what we thought was right. So did the vets. The blame lies with the idiots that let her get pregnant in the first place.
Terry and I picked a nice shady spot underneath the Butterfly Bush for Mia and Snowy. They were wrapped together in a towel. The bunny I received from my SSSS, dgarriques, is watching over them and making sure they have an unending supply of lettuce and carrots. Maybe they can sneak some to McMac too!