All is here is well in piggy land and the girls are enjoying some nice fresh fleece in their cage. I'm a little bummed tonight and don't really have any other outlet to talk about this to. Every once in a while I just start thinking about my first pig Lucy who passed on a while back.
She was really the start of my craziness with guinea pigs. Sure my ex had 2 who I still love dearly but Lucy was the first pig to live with me. We first got her from our local animal control. They had her in a kennel in the same room as about 20 cats. She must have been terrified.
We knew right when we saw her that we were not leaving that place without taking her with us. It took 2 days for her to actually even poop. They had been feeding her what looked like rabbit food.
She became such a daddy's girl though let me tell you. She was run up to the front of the cage and let me pet her head and she especially liked when I would rub under her chin. I watched this shy pig just bloom into this happy girl just loving life and loving her environment.
When she met Sunshine everything was perfect and the two were great friends in no time. Lucy taught Sunshine how to cage bite which Sunshine has faithfully carried on doing (I'm sure as a tribute to her buddy).
We had no real way to know how old Lucy was when we rescued her. The website said she was 5 and I suppose it was possible. She just had that look of an old lady to her, but that never stopped her from eating more than I've seen any other pig eat. She loved food. She loved her friend. She loved her mommy and daddy and she loved life.
I had almost no warning when she went. During the day she didn't finish her pellets. At night she wasn't too interested in veggies. Just a nibble here and there. I knew something wasn't quite right but it was pretty late. Around 11:30pm. I took her out of the cage and laid with her on my lap for a half hour or so just holding her and petting her. She was very calm but you could tell she just felt safe there with her daddy.
Six hours later I woke up for work and she was laying there. Breathing very softly. I broke down right there. I pet her gently and told her everything was ok and that daddy was there. And just like that she let go.
It really was like she waited to say goodbye to me. To this day it still breaks my heart and on random nights it just really gets to me. Like tonight. Thanks for letting me vent to you all. She really was an amazing little girl and had a profound impact on my life. I will never forget her.
- Piig Life
Lucy will never forget you, either! And you can celebrate her legacy with the special new ones that you have, they are so precious. I have a 'Mika' too, but her name is spelled Miikka after a hockey goalie. :)
That being said, I love ALL of my pigs, each is unique, and when one leaves me, they take a piece of my heart.
I like to think there is a little part of them still with me because I know they took a little part of me when they left.
She was a special piggy. I miss her a lot too. She has a picture on my fridge with the rest of them. It makes me sad to look at it sometimes but at the same time I don't want to forget her.
It looks like Sunshine has some awesome new friends. I'm glad she is happy and doing well.
Hello everyone! It's been a long time since my last post but I wanted to thank all of you for your kind words. They meant alot. Things are going pretty good here. The pigs were pretty scared after the move but are doing great now.
Their cage is in my computer room and I tend to spend alot of time there and the results have been good. More time with them and they are becoming more social because of that.
Mika and April are growing up so quick! It's hard to believe they are still under 4 months old. Mika is very brave and April is still the shy little girl but they both are taking treats now from my hand. This took some work but Sunshine had no problem showing them they had nothing to worry about. She has also been busy teaching Mika the finer points of cage munching!
Lola has really come out of her shell over the last month and has found her voice again especially when its time for breakfast. As I type this, they are all around their hay bin having nice snack. We pretty much know how we want to expand the cage and should be doing that in the next month.
Mika and April are popcorn machines especially when it is time for veggies. April also appears to be quite the lap runner. She has a pretty entertaining pattern when she does it, making sure she passes through each shelter in the cage. I am really looking forward to expanding the cage. I am basically creating a 1x1 hallway which will then lead into a 1x2 kitchen area. This will not only add on some space where they can escape if they are annoyed with each other, but it will also eliminate the need for their current hay bin which will then really open up the big part of the cage. Till next time!
But that is small news compared to the next thing. We have a new addition to the family. Say hello to Merlin!
We adopted him from an animal shelter and I must say he is the nicest and (now) the most happy bunny in the world!!! He is in our bedroom and whenever we are home he has free reign in there.
Potty training is going pretty well and he just loves to run around and jump in the air. He also likes to circle us if we are sitting on the floor. :)
Here is where he sleeps at night. The right grids swing open as a door to let him out.