An abcess came up last week, it didnt get a head, but on friday it started leaking a watery-bloody substance, that smelt awful. On saturday he didnt seem quite right, I couldnt put my finger on it, but I knew something was wrong. On Sunday when I picked him up his underneather felt like it was full of water, his eyes looked glazed, but he still ate and drank. I phoned the vet for an appointment on Monday. Monday came and he still looked ok. But by the afternoon he couldnt stand up. When we got him to the vet he was gasping quite badly.
Sadly he had to be put to sleep. He had oedema, due to kidney and liver faliure.
I second Bats suggestion. When you feel ready it would be a wonderful way of honoring his memory to give another pig (or pigs) an opportunty to experience a loving home of their own There are so many waiting in rescues and shelters for a caring person like you.
It´s been very hard losing him and I understand what you mean about giving a pig a home. I have 13, a huge run, full off girls, another pair of boars and two sows. I have a good bond with the two boars and two girls. BUt the big herd kind of like their own company. It would be nice to fill the empty space, but I still have my hands full, at least. I might phone my local rescue tomorrow.