- Party Poop-er
I walk outside and see the dandelion leaves my piggies loved and would gobble down. They are particularly magnificent right now after the rains. The patch of organic cilantro grown especially for them and whose seeds I would save every year for replanting is in bloom finally. Lettuces of every variety to see which they liked better. Pea shoot tips which were always a treat and quickly devoured. They were all fun to grow and even more enjoyable to proffer to them and see which they preferred or liked best.
Time will probably make their absence less raw but right now, I'm missing them very much.
- Supporter in 2019
I went into guinea pig ownership with the knowledge that they live relatively short lives as compared to cats or dogs. I do everything I can to make their time as happy as I can for them and I make the most of our time together. I can understand that not everyone feels that way and I don't fault anyone for that. You may well do them more harm than good if you are not ready and/or able to have them. I can respect the decision to take a break.
On a side note; I believe in destiny when it comes to getting a new piggie. Each one of my guinea pigs grabbed my attention the moment I saw them, each in their own way. Of course I love each and every piggie I see, but the ones I ended up with were destined to be mine. There was something about them that told me I need to get them. With Mr Bubbles, it was the crown of his head with the cowlick and his size. He was with his litter mate, but he was clearly bigger. Scruffy was in a tank with 3 other pups and he was the only one who didn't run and hide. He climbed up the side and squeaked for me. Sammy and Dean were at the Humane Society and something told me that I must adopt them. To this day, I still don't know what that was. Call it intuition or whatever, but I wasn't leaving without them.
When or if the time comes for you to have guinea pigs again, I hope you find the perfect ones for you as I did.
I adopted Lacey after we lost the sweet dog we had for 10 years. She had multiple health issues during her last year and it was like hospice some days. When we said goodbye it was the first time in my life that I did not have a dog, and the emptiness was overwhelming. My husband and I were looking for another dog when I saw Lacey at the Humane Society. So I told husband I was thinking of getting a guinea pig and brought her home the next day. She got me through a rough patch, and a month later we adopted a dog.
There were times I thought maybe I should have taken a break, but these two are such good company. They give me something to laugh about every day and I love them both dearly.
Take care of yourself and take comfort in knowing that you provided such a good home to your piggies.
- Party Poop-er
In the event that anyone here is in the west Chicago suburbs and might be interested in some free leftover KMS hay and Oxbow pellets and/or trying out wood pellets as bedding, let me know.