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Farewell, fluffy girl. 
6th-May-2007 10:36 am
In Memory Yet Green
I took Zoiks, my 6-year-old guinea pig, to the vet yesterday. As I more or less expected, only one of us came back.

I'd noticed over the past few months that she was getting a little stiff in her hind end, a little more reluctant to move around much. She was happy and eating well, wheeking for her leafies and carrots in the morning, and she showed no signs of pain when I picked her up and examined her. Then over the past week, she lost the use of her rear legs entirely. A few days ago, she started to go off her food.

When the vet palpated her abdomen, he found a tumor impacting her spinal cord. Given the grave prognosis, high likelihood of malignancy and the fact that geriatric guinea pigs are poor anesthesia risks, we both agreed that euthanasia was the kindest option. He took her in back to give her an IP injection, then I held her while she went to sleep. The last thing she felt was my finger stroking her forehead. The last thing she heard was my voice.

I'm grateful that I took the time to spoil her with dandelion greens, spring mix salad and plenty of cuddles over the past couple of weeks. I'm even more grateful that she didn't suffer. She was calm, happy and giving piggy-kisses up until the end.

This pic shows Zoiks exchanging nose-sniffs with her buddy Jinkies. I adopted both of them from the Golden Valley Humane Society, where someone had brought them in after finding them abandoned in their cage. Jinkies left us last fall.

G'bye, sweetie. Have fun playing tag, scarfing greens and having wheek-contests with Jinkies, Robin, Zinny, Inky, Mina, Chia, Merry, Pippin and Mo. With them around, I know you won't get bored waiting for me.
6th-May-2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
*snarffles* :(
7th-May-2007 01:55 am (UTC)
*huggles* Thanks, hon. I'm okay. :)
7th-May-2007 02:04 am (UTC)
She was adorable.
6th-May-2007 05:55 pm (UTC)

Aw... I'm sorry, Chris. *hugs*

I've got a two-year old hamster and a sixteen-year old dog. We're all dreading the dog's next trip to the vet.

Such cute guinea pigs.

7th-May-2007 02:00 am (UTC)
*hugsback* We took Bambie, our 16-week-old puppy, in for her shots at the same time. Snuggling her on the way home helped.
7th-May-2007 03:03 am (UTC)

I can't quite decide whether to die from the cuteness or not.

6th-May-2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
I grieve with thee.

(And so do the girls. :(
7th-May-2007 02:02 am (UTC)
*schnoogles* Thanks, hon. I'm doing pretty well, actually. We buried her under my parents' apple tree this afternoon. I think she would have approved. Snuggle the girls for me, okay?
6th-May-2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
:-( So sorry. They're such sweet little creatures.
7th-May-2007 02:09 am (UTC)
They are. She was snuggling up and licking my chin that morning. ^_^ I plan to get another one or two at some point.
6th-May-2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Awww. Zoiks is such a cute name, too. *hugs*
7th-May-2007 02:15 am (UTC)
*huggles back* Yep, Zoiks and Jinkies ... my inner Scooby Doo fan picked the names there. ;)
6th-May-2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Awww, I'm sure you miss her.
7th-May-2007 02:19 am (UTC)
I do, but I know it was the right thing for her. That helps quite a bit.
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7th-May-2007 02:22 am (UTC)
*glomphugs* I'm okay, honest. She had a good, long life for a cavy. The vet told me I'd taken wonderful care of her for her to get to that age.
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7th-May-2007 02:27 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon. *hugsback* It's a little hard on me, but I'm glad it was easy on her.
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7th-May-2007 02:39 am (UTC)
*schnoogles* Thanks for the thoughts. Give your own furries a scritch for me, okay? ^_^
6th-May-2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
Awww, darling. *to you and Zoiks* With love.
7th-May-2007 02:42 am (UTC)
*skooshback* Thank you so much, sweetie. Hope things are going well with your move!
7th-May-2007 01:44 am (UTC)
{{hugs}} So sorry to hear of your loss.
7th-May-2007 02:44 am (UTC)
*hugsback* Thank you. I miss her, but she enjoyed life right up to the end, so I don't feel so bad.
7th-May-2007 01:50 am (UTC)
Aw! I'm so sorry she is gone now. But she was so cute. And 6 years old is really good for a Guinea Pig. *hugs*
7th-May-2007 02:47 am (UTC)
Yep, it is. The vet was very impressed. *hugglesback*
7th-May-2007 05:09 am (UTC)
Sorry for you. *snifl*

"If there are no dogs in Heaven,
then when I die I want to go
where they went."
Will Rogers, 1897-1935

I'm sure the same thing goes for guinea pigs.
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