Thursday, 3 January 2013
A sad day
I know there are many horrible things happening in the world at the moment, and in the great scheme of things, losing a family pet is not really high on the list, but it was still a very sad day yesterday when we had to take my youngest son's guinea pig to the vet to be put to sleep. She had a stroke and was in great distress. I bought the two guinea pigs just over four years ago. The boys were going through a very boisterous phase and I wanted to bring some calm into the house.
Having the two girls was a great move: we all loved them and they never failed to make us laugh and cheer us up. We often let them run in the house, and they grew tame over time. Their favourite activity was grazing in their outside run, nibbling windfall apples and sunbathing.
Syrup's companion Minnie will be lost without her soul mate, they were like two peas in a pod. In fact, when the vet's nurse told me that guinea pigs grieve for their partners, and we'd need to give her extra tlc, I really had to reach for the tissues.
So, while it's not the end of the world, it does feel like a tiny piece of our family jigsaw is missing and we all have heavy hearts today.