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2/21/2009

That'll Do, Pig. That'll Do.

RIP Penny
RIP Penny

Penny was with me for only four short months. She taught me a lot about guinea pigs. It took some time, but we really started bonding and I got pretty attached to her. I never knew Penny's history except that she'd been passed along to various homes. She was not getting very good care by the owner just prior to me, so I feel good that I gave her good quality of life.

Penny was doing very well up until this morning when she showed signs of serious illness. Guinea pigs hide their symptoms until they are very ill, so I had a feeling it might be bad. We saw a new, compassionate vet. Penny had an enlarged heart or a tumor in her chest with very little lung capacity. She's always had labored breathing and this might explain the respiratory event she had last month. It was a hard decision I had to make, but I know I made the right one and that she is no longer suffering.

I miss her already.

14 comments:

Burns! said...

I'm sorry to hear about Penny. Although she was only with you for a short time, I know what it's like to bond with a pet and then lose them. Good that you were able to give her a good quality of life while she was with you.
--Mykal

nicole said...

Oh no. I'm so sorry!

Darlene said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It was always nice to see photos of her on your blog and Flickr account.

Julia Frey said...

Poor thing. But lucky that she got to be so well loved at the end. My mom-in-laws cat died last week. Very sad for her. These little creatures bring so much to our lives, it's amazing.

Caveman said...

My condolences.

Annika said...

I'm sorry, Jodi.

Aggie said...

Aww, so sorry to hear. I'm so glad she had a very happy life for the last few months and now she is out of her suffering. We get very attached to our pets and it is a hard choice to make, but you did the right thing.

Shayne said...

Oh, Jodi, I am so sorry :(

the slackmistress said...

I hate that she went, but I love that you were there with her. You've got a big heart, Miss Jodi.

Will Campbell said...

Jodi, you and your compassion stands as testament to the following:

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.

Stephen Grellet
1773 – 1855

Jodi said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. I've been trying to respond to each individually, but haven't quite gotten to all yet.

Brenda Griffith said...

Condolences on the passing of Penny. And hugs from all of us--including J's baby hamster Tuffy.

madretz said...

Hi Jodi, i am so very very sorry. it breaks my heart whenever a friend loses one of their beloved fur kids. Such a cute photo and wow, your title totally made my eyes well up with tears. hugs.

Nanette said...

Any pet would be lucky to have you as an owner!

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