I am not an avid chronicle reader due to a slow internet connection, but have been looking a bit through Fairy's. Your beautiful photography makes me feel all warm & cozy inside, & I hope someday memories of Mariella will fill you with warmth.
Ditto on the pic posted by Amy causing the tears to flow. Do we know its source? While my tears were of sadness, it did provide me with some sort of comfort (having recently suffered my own loss).
Mildred and Ian please take heart in knowing that although her life was shorter than we all wanted, it was a good and full life and you loved her so much. Too many wee animals don't know what it's like to be loved that way and cared for as much. She was never neglected or knew fear or hurt. You did absolutely the right thing for her in the end. It's the hardest thing for you but best for her. I hope this thought eases some of the pain. x
There are too many beautiful photos of our little princess . . . I'll add them a few at a time.
A teeny-weeny squashed baby . . .
who soon grew into a beautiful princess . . .
with her own 'weeny-Mariella!
Our BEST friend.
Fairy's best Birthday guest!
She always made sure there was room for Fairy.
And enjoyed play-time in the Piggy-Palace . . .
And in the kitchen 'tray.
Where she always found a soft spot in the hay.
The bravest of passengers!
And finest 'topper tester'!
A sneaky 'copter snitcher . . .
Who deserved her own!
Our best friend ever . . .
And there are more . . . but later . . .
- We miss our sweet Oreo
The art is by Suzanne LaGood. I believe she is in the UK. I found her work on eBay several years ago and have purchased a few items over the years. When I saw this card, I just knew that I had to have it. I thought it might bring comfort to those that needed it. My original intent was to scan it into my computer and just post it whenever I read of a guinea pig passing. It's a very sad picture but at the same time, I found it really touching. The idea that all of our pigs who have passed are now angel pigs, helping their friends pass over to the bridge when it's time really moved me and certainly helped me cope as I said goodbye to several of my special ones over the years.
The link to her eBay store: http://stores.ebay.com/Cats-By-Suzanne-Le-Good/GUINEA-PIGS-A ... l1581&_pgn=2
Anyway, I've held on to it. While I feel very sad whenever I read of anybody losing their pig, I just didn't feel like the time was right to actually post the picture. For reasons I can't explain, I immediately got it out when I read of Mariella. Perhaps it's because Mildred has always been so generous about sharing her pigs with us that I felt that sending a statement more significant than just words was important. I'm pleased that it has helped in some small way.
I have no problem if any of you would like to borrow it. You can also find LaGood's artwork at her eBay store and think about building your own art collections. Her work is just lovely and very distinctive. She just really seems to do a nice job capturing the playful, loving spirit of our little friends. She does a lot of work with other animals, too, but I've only provided the link to those pictures of guinea pigs and rabbits. I also see that she's added a lot of pictures of capybaras. Please don't think that I'm a walking advertisement for her. It's probably a bit awkward to be even posting so much in this thread. But I thought she should be given her due for creating such a moving piece of art in the first place. I'm glad that by sharing it, I was able to touch so many people.
I am just squinting sideways at the screen, pigjes, and Ian can't bear to look at all - I keep reading out all your wonderful comments here and he has been moved to tears . . . . and thank you again, BE AND everyone . . . you really have been wonderful :)
And a few more photos . . .
Mariella was always keen to help . . . especially with the grass growing experiment!
And very keen to test the results!
And she just about outdid Marigold in the widest rear stakes . . .
Competition was keen though - here they are, head to head.
And nose to nose . . .
Sorry, I can't squint at the photos any more for a bit . . . .
God Speed Good Pig
Amy: That picture really tugs at my heartstrings. So sad, but so very comforting at the same time.
Ugh. Amy, that picture made me cry. All I could think about while I looked at it was my Brownie, Diamond, and Oreo...and how the other pigs in the cage just seemed to know and were mourning their passing just as much(or more) than I was.
Oh geez Mildred, I'm just sending all kind of loving and healing thoughts to all of you. *hugs*