Stories of the Puffy-Pigs! part 2

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serelixyue

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:28 am


I've had 13 pigs over the course of 3 years, 3 of which I've lost. Puffy to a kidney stone, Cotton to diarrhoea/severe dehydration and Shylie...

to old age.
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I've been told this is the best way for an animal to die, naturally...at the end of a long life. I admit her death was less devastating than Puffy and Cotton's, because as I see her dissolving before my eyes, from the weight she lost, the hair she shed, and how the color faded from her beautiful black eyes...I knew I was going to lose her.
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I remember when I lost Puffy and Cotton, the frenzy and desperation associated with trying to save them, and the denial afterwards because it wasn't their time yet..they were so young..they should have had so many more years...and ultimately, the guilt I had to face, for letting them go
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then there was Shylie. Our Queen, the beautiful one, the big one, whos hair was of such a magnificent golden cream, I couldn't even imitate the shade from all my watercolors. and she taught me another kind of pain, the pain of losing a pig not because I did something wrong, but because there was nothing left to do.

Shylie started her life out in Canada, with my ex. She shared a cage with Snowy and a male, White Cliff.
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My ex's roomate irresponsibly bred them, and Shylie gave birth to Shirley and Oreo. Long story short the 4 girls (mothers and daughters) were shipped here to Hong Kong two years ago. their first night here, and made themselves right at home:
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Although Shylie was afterall, quite Shy. (she didn't perch herself up like the other 3 girls and just waited quietly in the back) When she was in Canada, she was so scared of even going up the stairs of her cage and adamantly stayed on the first floor until the food bowl was brought back down. But when she came to Hong Kong, I think her personality really took a turn and she blossomed into the queen bee. :)

Little did I know a certain nextdoor neighbour also had his eyes on my gals
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Skipping a few months ahead, Shylie found she had a couple niece and nephews!
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and so life went on
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the babies grew up,
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Shylie found some hairy competition in her mini-me, Pudding
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and there were days she needed to make herself heard
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when she felt insecure
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when she had to share (reluctantly)
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when she had to put her leg up
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when she was unimpressed by their summer shave, but even more so by the fact that Snoopy still looked unacceptably fat!
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but of all these times, she always always looked beautiful
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and she was always elegant
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then there came a day when she was a little thinner, she no longer hopped onto the second floor because it hurt her joints.
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she was a little slower..
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and sometimes just wanted to be left alone :(
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I took her to the vet, there was nothing wrong with her, but the weight loss was undeniable, and she dropped to almost half her weight in less than a year. The vet told me I could do an xray and bloodtest to find out more, but I was reluctant becuase she had to be put out. I was given metacam, and fed her critical care to keep the weight up.

and still she was slipping...until we found a tumor on her back. there was nothing we could do. Surgery was out of the question at this age, so I tried to keep her comfortable and happy for as long as I could,
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for as long as she would let me.
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One night, I came home to find her paralyzed from the waist down, she was kind of just collapsed in front of the water bottles, and while the other girls ran around in a frenzy waiting for their dinner, I lifted Shylie out of all the commotion and she huddled into a corner.I fed her critical care but she only chewed half heartedly, and was very limp. She was so very thin.

:'(
Thinking back now, I shouldn't have called a taxi at the time and rushed her to the vet. It would all have been in vain at the end because she left me on the taxi ride. I wish I had simply held her in my lap. I did that, while waiting for the taxi to come, and stroked the hair over her nose, and I remember she looked very peaceful. her eyes were no longer black, but a faded grey and I could feel her ribcage. But she was calm....and she was ready to go..she passed curled into the shape of a crescent, and her eyes were closed.

I hope you've found your little huby up at the rainbow bridge..give him a kiss from me too
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Dearest Shyie, you were such a princess. You've done me proud, never a vet visit, never an illness. You taught me what it means to let go knowing you've done everything you can. You remind me of the last scene from Titanic, when Rose died in her bed, warm and old, just as Jack made her promise so.

You lived well over 5 years, maybe even to 6. You've been a mother, a wife, an aunt, and you've been mine. I miss you.
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GuineaPiggin

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:55 am


=( So very sorry, Sere. Shylie was well loved and care for 'til the end.

RIP Shylie

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Brainerror

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:55 am


What a lovely memorial Sere and the photo of her squeaking made my heart jump from joy! She truly was a beautiful special lady.

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:42 am


I can't put it any better than Brainerror. Dear Sere, what a beautiful tribute to your beautiful Shylie. I am very sorry for her passing but having a long and happy life counts for so much.

Big hugs to YOU xxxxxx

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:55 am


What a beautiful tribute. I'm sorry about Shylie but she was well loved and cared for. Sleep peacefully little girl, You are missed.

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Lynx
Celebrate!!!

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:29 am


I am so sorry you lost her. I know she will always be remembered.

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GP_mum
Supporter in '13

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:45 am


So sorry for your loss. I'll always remember Shylie and how beautiful she was. All your pigs are so fluffy but she really had the beauty queen look.

Crazy4me

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:16 pm


So sorry for your loss, Shylie was a beautiful piggie and now she is popcorning and enjoying all the grass she can. Popcorn free sweet Shylie.

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poppycorn

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:07 pm


She was beautiful, Sere, so beautiful. She was just...

She reminds me of Popcorn.

I love you and I love her and all you pigs. I'm so sorry. <3

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Breadfan4

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:20 pm


What a beautifully written tribute - there is no denying how cherished she was.

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:34 pm


What a lovely tribute to beautiful Shylie.

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tashab

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:20 pm


I'm sorry Sere. That was a lovely tribute for a lovely pig.

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:31 pm


Rest well Shylie! You are missed!

Sorry, Sere :-(

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Amy0204
We miss our sweet Oreo

Post   » Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:43 pm


That was beautifully written and gave me a new perspective on letting go of my pigs when the time comes. I'm sorry you had to lose her but she had a wonderful life and was obviously loved so much.

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Noellium

Post   » Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:07 pm


I'm so very sorry, Sere. I wish it hurt less to lose pets.

CavyHeart

Post   » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:56 am


There are few guinea pigs in the world as lucky as those who have been in your care, serelixyue. I understand what you mean about the different reasons we have to say goodbye, and your tribute is beautiful.

Farewell, Shylie, and I hope that you can meet up with my boys at the Rainbow Bridge.

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serelixyue

Post   » Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:18 pm


December 20th was my mom's birthday, Happy birthday ma :') I love you, and I'm sorry for all the many times I made you shout, or made you cry. I really miss your smile...and don't worry about those white hairs, you're more beautiful every year =)

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and a day before that, December 19th...marks two years since I lost my Puffy.

Sigh, Puffy. I really miss you
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Now you're reunited with your beautiful wifey,
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despite the off days in your marrige *cough*
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you guys really stuck it through =)
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and now I got your leftovers (Shirley eating the tissue is Shylie's daughter, and the scheming little furball in the back is of course, Puffy's making)
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When you love someone so much, you never think of losing them. Because you can't. I miss you so much sweetie, :'( stay warm in the winter season..
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serelixyue

Post   » Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:35 pm


and here's the link to his music video I made back then. I still need to make one for Shylie ><

Puffy's video

Crazy4me

Post   » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:59 pm


Wonderful and beautiful tribute to Puffy, in fact I watched every single one of your videos and I could tell just by watching them how well they are loved by you:)

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AldenM1
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Post   » Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:23 am


Oh, Sere, I missed this. I'm sorry Shylie left. She was really, really beautiful, but the way you love your pigs is the most beautiful part. RIP pretty girl.

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