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One small sad note over the holidays (updated)

And I CERTAINLY don't want to bring anyone down, but we did have a small loss over the holidays.  On December 26th, at about 2:30 am (just after midnight of the 25th) our one guinea pig, Shamrock, started to have troubles breathing.  He "breathed his last" as we kept him company, so he did not die alone.  And his companion, Maura was by his side also, looking quite concerned over what was happening. 

Respiratory ailments would be the worst for me; I would hate to have emphysema for years, etc.  Thankfully, he seemed to go fairly quickly (in a few hours) and did not suffer long.

He WAS a fairly well aged Cavy, being about 2-3 years old when my wife and I rescued him from the local shelter.   He had a deformed foot that never seemed to bother him at all.  He got around famously despite this.

We miss him already.

UPDATE:


It appears as though his respiratory problems were due to congestive heart failure. 
 
 
 

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Kryptonite7 years ago
Aww that's sad. It's never nice when loved pet dies, I hope he's in a nice place.
Goodhart (author)  Kryptonite7 years ago
He was buried where we have the others that have passed in the past 19 years or so. Our Vet has a spot on her land where she has kept them all together.
 
Wow that's really considerate, sadly all the vetiranary clinics in Canberra spend more time counting money than looking after animals.
Goodhart (author)  Kryptonite7 years ago
She is a wonderful person that just loves all animals, really.  The one we had pass before the current one (and we always have more then one at a time, since they are such social animals),  did so during an operation.  She did not charge us for that operation,  since the animal never came out of anesthesia.  
She's quite amazing really.
 
It does sound like it, some times I wonder about people in certain professions but it always touches the heart to hear of a person like her.
Goodhart (author)  Kryptonite7 years ago
It's actually so sad that there are so few like her, because she has the burden of SOOOO many on her shoulders.....there have been times when she is at the clinic til 2 or 3 am operating, etc. Hardly ever a day off....
 
Wow, she must really really love animals. You're lucky to have found one like her, just send her a small thank you card and a box of chocolates and that would deffinitely make her week.
Goodhart (author)  Kryptonite7 years ago
We do,  she gets goodies now and then which she shares with the staff that assist her.  We are fairly close friends, really.
I used to be a kind of friend with my dentist, because he lived really close and had a really nice dog that he'd let me play with and take for walks.
Goodhart (author)  Kryptonite7 years ago
Well, my dentist, although not really friends with me, she is a very nice person, and virtually pain-free as a dentist (even when giving one of those blinking Novocaine shots into the roof of my mouth, I rarely feel anything but a little pressure).
 
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