Thunder, Lightning and Pandora

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JaneDoe

Post   » Thu Aug 11, 2005 2:46 pm


Lightning was, in the words of his former owner’s mother, “ a very loved and spoiled pig.” He was the perfect starter pig, the kind who makes you want to get another and another and another. People referred to him as “gorgeous” and “handsome.” I honestly never thought of him as either, but he was definitely very cute and had a lot of individual attributes which could be referred to as “gorgeous,” I guess.

To this day I cannot figure out what colour he was. People referred to him as “lilac,” “buff,” ”gold,” “cream,” “orange,” “beige” and “light brown.” You figure it out. He also had ruby eyes, which took a little getting used to, I guess because of all kinds of albino jokes I had heard in high school and college. But in the right light, his fur shone like gold. He was also what one vet referred to as “a sweet pig,” which sounds kind of funny, as a lot of people do not put “sweet” and “pig” together.

Lightning came to live with me on April 6, 2003. It was during cherry blossom time in Washington. My last fish had died, my building doesn’t allow any more dogs and my condo isn’t properly set up for a cat. Birds make too much racket, and from what I had heard about bunnies and ferrets I didn’t want one. Rats and mice tend to have a shorter life span and I wanted a pet I would have for a while. I found Lightning through the Guinea Pig Adoption Network, www.gpan.net. He came from a family in Prince William County, Virginia that had several other pets, and his teenage owner had too little time for him. They were giving him away – cage, food, toys and everything –- such a deal!

I drove past the cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin to Arlington to pick him up. Lightning had had the privilege of being spoiled rotten by three children and two adults, which was good for both of us he was not afraid of anything or anyone. His young owner surrendered him in a Rubbermaid container and we packed as much of his stuff as we could into my Grand Am. Lightning was such a good traveler he fell asleep in the car – I thought I had been given a sick pig. I set the little guy up in his cage and went down the street for a soft drink and to think about what I had done. I e-mailed his former owner’s mom from the café with the subject line “We made it!”

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kerrysko

Post   » Fri Sep 09, 2005 11:50 pm


OK, Jane, but what about Panda's story? I feel like I've been reading a book and the last chapter is missing.

Evangeline

Post   » Fri Sep 09, 2005 11:55 pm


Mystery solved: Lightning was an REO, a Red-Eyed Orange.

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JaneDoe

Post   » Sat Sep 10, 2005 12:40 am


Thank you both. Pippin/Thunder's story is coming up next, then Pandora. Pippin had surgery and I was on pins and needles for about six weeks -- didn't want to jinx it by writing about him, but he is ok now.

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JaneDoe

Post   » Sat Sep 17, 2005 3:58 am


Here is one of the first pictures of my darling Lightning:

http://www.cerridwin.org/jane/pigone.jpg

Here is a close-up:

http://www.cerridwin.org/jane/pig1.jpg

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JaneDoe

Post   » Sat Oct 22, 2005 2:32 pm


Lightning was such a little darling he didn't remain a solo pig for very long. One of my friends told me if I got a new pig I would have to name him "Thunder." I thought that was stupid, especially for a female pig, but then it was so bad it was good. Lightning had been so named because of the white lightning-like marking on the back of his neck/head. I thought it was kind of a stupid name, but I figured he was used to it and I couldn't think of anything better. Thunder came to live with us May 8th 2003. I got him from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria -- www.alexandriaanimals.org . His real name was "Pippin," but I changed it to "Thunder" to go with Lightning. It's funny -- people referred to Lightning as "gorgeous" and "handsome" and most people referred to Thunder as "cute." I always thought it was the other way around.

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JaneDoe

Post   » Tue Nov 08, 2005 3:03 pm


Pippin/Thunder had been a gift to a young couple who gave him up because they got tired of cleaning his cage. He is a satin brindle with what my father would call black shoe-button eyes and little dark brown feet that I think look like little gloves. One vet called them "bird feet." This is the picture posted by the Alexandria Animal Welfare League. I call it his "baby picture:"

http://www.geocities.com/thatjanedoe/Janedoesblog.html

This picture appeared in the 2005 "Pets of Alexandria" calendar: http://www.cerridwin.org/jane/pig2.jpg

This is one of the first of the two of them together. It will appear in the 2006 calendar: http://www.cerridwin.org/jane/2pigs.jpg

These pigs have been with me everywhere -- to work, shopping, on errands, to crime scenes. No, I didn't go looking for crimes in progress -- we just happened to be there. In one case the murder had happened about seven years before that. Lightning saw a presidential motorcade. Actually he didn't SEE it -- he was in his carrier in my car but the motorcade drove by. At least I think the president was in there. They were also an incredible comfort to me through my career ups and downs (mostly downs), broken and shakily repaired romances and my father and grandmother's final illnesses and deaths. Pippin/Thunder seems to shed least of the three, or at least his hair is the least visible on my clothing. Minutes before the robbery in 2003 I picked Lightning up and hugged him goodbye. His fur was all over the front of my dress. I can imagine the police report if the robber had actually murdered me as he had threatened: "the body was found in a red wool dress covered with pig fur."

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JaneDoe

Post   » Sat Feb 11, 2006 3:21 pm


One year ago today my darling Lightning died suddenly, most likely of cancer. He was fine at 3 PM, at 6 PM he looked a little peaked and by about 9 PM he was dead. Here is one of the first pictures ever taken of him.

http://www.cerridwin.org/jane/pigone.jpg

Here is a closeup from the same picture:

http://www.cerridwin.org/jane/pig1.jpg

Here he is with his mate, Thunder, now Pippin. This picture is in the 2006 Pets of Alexandria Calendar.

http://www.cerridwin.org/jane/2pigs.jpg

This is kind of lousy day for me with the snow and Pandora's getting over her spay.

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JaneDoe

Post   » Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:14 am


The AWLA newsletter refers to my beloved Pippin as a shelter "success story:"

http://alexandriaanimals.org/~awla/adoption_stories2.cfm?story_id=16

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:56 am


Such gorgeous piggies! And famous too :)

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JaneDoe

Post   » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:01 am


Thank you, Tracis.

It makes me feel I've done SOMETHING right :)

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:29 pm


Awe... congrats to our successful and famous piggy!
Now, will Pippin be holding his meet and greet autograph signing party soon?

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JaneDoe

Post   » Thu Jul 13, 2006 12:33 am


Thank you!

Pippin makes most appearances by photo/internet. That's how JodiMN got the pink hat onto his head ;)

Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:34 am


A cyber meet and greet?

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JaneDoe

Post   » Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:16 am


Pippin is appearing here:

http://www.geocities.com/thatjanedoe/janedoespigs

and here:

http://www.cerridwin.org/jane/

You can e-mail him through me.

Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Fri Jul 14, 2006 8:31 am


Gaaarooowwwll Pippin!!

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JaneDoe

Post   » Wed Oct 04, 2006 11:54 pm


As I wrote before, these pigs had been such a comfort to me. Then it was as though G-d had said "that's enough comforting -- I'm going to take you pig now."

Lightning died six days before we buried my father's ashes. I was depressed. Thunder was depressed, or it was at least what I projected onto him.

So on March 4, 2005, Baby Pandora came to live with us:

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Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Thu Oct 05, 2006 8:55 am


Baby Pandora!!

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Thu Oct 05, 2006 2:12 pm


I am so sorry about your dad and Lightening.

Aww... Look at those pink baby toes. : )

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Thu Oct 05, 2006 8:03 pm


Baby Pandora has adorable baby ears too. :)

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