Grazing along side of his big brother, Mr. Bubbles. Even though they couldn't be housed together, he still loved his brother and they always grazed outside together.
Scruffy perched on his house. He spent most of his time up there surveying the room. He always liked to see what was happening. When he got his new cage with the fleece forest, he used that house to get on top of it where the views were even better!
His favorite spot to sit during lap time. He used to lick my cheek and nibble my beard from up there. Something only he did.
Scruffy during his recovery from the bowel infection which nearly took his life last year. Even during that tough ordeal, he never lost his spunk. His eating habits were never fully the same after that. Even through all of his health problems, he was still a happy, bubbly little guy.
With the addition of Sammy and Dean to our family came the 4 musketeers. Scruffy loved his downstairs neighbors and he always squeaked when they did.
Scruffy loved having his chin rubbed. He never let me get away without rubbing his chin.
Farewell my sweet boy! I will miss you. Nothing can replace you or fill the hole in my heart. Your body gave out, but your spirit will live on forever.
Mr Bubbles has been a bit restless since it happened. I believe he knows that Scruffy is gone even though they couldn't share a cage. He enjoyed rubbing noses and swapping squeaks and purrs with Scruffy even though it had to be through the wire cages. He's getting extra love as are Sammy and Dean. Loving on Mr Bubbles and having him do his content squeak and purr helps ease some of the pain of losing Scruffy. I'm really going to need him over the next few days.
Scruffy had this hanging chew toy that has been chewed down to a nub. I got him a new one just like it, but he still preferred the old one. He was even chewing on it Friday evening. I'm keeping that too as it was his favorite toy. I don't know exactly what the urn will look like, but I hope it has a way to put a photo of him on it. I have a photo album of him. Not sure if the link will work, but here it is:
Thank goodness for Mr Bubbles. I'm really feeling Scruffy's loss more today than since he passed. Now I know why we're supposed to have at least 2 guinea pigs. It's not just for them. It's for us too. When we lose one of our friends, the others provide the comfort we need to move on. Dean spent over an hour with me last night. Sammy is more high strung and just likes to run around, but he had a good 15-20 minutes of lap time yesterday too. I am going to try and get him extra floor time this evening since he's not much of a lap piggie.
There's a few things that only Scruffy did. He's the only one who bit on my shirt and pulled up on it. He's the only one who sat like a dog or cat with his hips spread and his front feet together. Most guinea pigs don't sit like that. Up until he taught the other 3 guys to do it, he's the only one I ever had chew on the wires of his cage for attention. He's also the only piggie that stretched out, yawned and did this little quiver like thing while purring to show excitement when I picked him up.
I made this slide show of him and Mr Bubbles before I got Sammy and Dean. Hope the link works. Some of them are in the gallery I linked to and some are a bit fuzzy because they always manage to move just as I go to take the picture: