Guinea pigs and life

We are all down as our little Apple Jack passed away last night. We think it was one of 3 possible things...too many carrots, some sort of illness that guinea pigs get or possible frightened from the cat. There were no wounds but she was a very timid piggie. Still, Sampson (our cat) might have watched them but woudn't hurt them (I hope). I think it was too many carrots and a greedy piggie. I'm going to seriously limit carrots which are like sugar to guinea pigs and rabbits. So, if they have any sort of diabetic sort of tendency, they will not get hurt. I feel sad and annoyed. This is the second guinea pig to pass and during the winter, too. I thought maybe it was too cold but guinea pigs are naturally cold living critters.

The kids are the ones who found her...they were getting her fresh water (one of their daily chores) and that's when they found out. It was terrible to hear their sad cries...and soon, I joined in. We said good-bye to Apple Jack and Jon had to go and dig a grave in the frozen soil (which isn't easy). I was grateful I had a painting of our pets on the wall (some already have angel wings) and the kids said I'd need to add more wings.

When we had to put Autumn, our cat, to sleep, the vet sent a very sweet card about rainbow bridge. It was very similar to this one:

The Rainbow Bridge
inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

I've got to stop reading this or I'll be all teary/snotty for the rest of the day. We're going to focus on some new guinea pigs at the end of the month.

I think I need to do some new artwork of my critters for the kids. They were really glad we had that one with Apple Jack.


I'm so sorry about the passing of your pet guinea pig. When my pet died last year, I also read this poem (Rainbow Bridge) and it made me feel better. I hope you're doing well now and I hope that you'll get a new pet when your heart has been healed. Good luck!

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