could you look on ebay for a 2nd hand hutch for indoors or free cycle.
My GP lives in an indoor cage we bought in Lidl years' ago or could you bring them in at night in a wooden box or drawer or something and pop them in the kitchen for peace of mind then put them back out in the day.
How horrible Can your BIL search for remains and do a burial? It all sounds far too distressing for you and the DC to find
Anyway you can keep the new arrivals indoors? They will never replace the S&P shaped hole in your heart but in time you will grow to love them for their own little ways. Agree BIL was being a bloke but a well meaning one
I think its lovely of him . Just a thought to make the hutch more fox proof ,on our rabbits hutch my DH put a holder at each end so we can put a bar right across the front IYSWIM , that way the doors won't swing open even if they're undone . We did it to stop our dog opening the hutch and its been brilliant . Have fun with your new piggies , my mum recently lost her ginger pig and its been very upsetting .
Oh goodness, I am so, so sorry. This must be very hard for you, but even if you didn't shut the hutch properly, we are all only human and mistakes happen. It's not your fault. However, foxes are flipping clever and can open all sorts. I have also seen photos of them having chewed through a shiplap shed to get to bunnies, so sometimes there's just nothing you can do. I am so paranoid I have padlocks on my bunny sheds, but I still worry.
Wow sleeping - what an emotional week you have had, and this is a really lovely gesture - In my experience, getting new guineas is actually a positive step towards dealing with sadness over lost ones, they never replace the ones you loved and lost, but you will love them and they will become special to you - I promise.
Just a word of caution - foxes are cunning little buggers. I do like them, but I don't like them taking off our dear little pets - they know no mercy and they are very clever. They will be back to the place you kept Salt and Pepper, as they know this is now a good place for dinner - it happens with chickens all the time, they are taken, replaced and the foxes know where to go back to..... My advice would be to have them as indoor guineas, or keep them safely locked in a shed/consevatory, somewhere safe at night. I know you are sad about losing these dear pets, but the two new ones will be a comfort.
I went through similar when GP2 died. He was the sweetest guinea-pig ever (actually my DS pig but DS wasn't bothered. DD and I do the pigs between us)
GP3 is a new character ,he's gone through his own Rescue and Rehome upheaval and of course he took a while to settle whereas GP2 would automatically tuck under my neck.(Though he was the stinkiest pig in the world)
Embrace these 2 new bewildered little piglets. They're dependant on you now. But yes, you'll still be for S&P .
Your BIL was thinking of your DC I'm sure but it's a bit naughty of him to do this without your say so.
The letter is sweet, very touching
New guineas take a little while to get under your skin but as they settle in you'll love them just as much as Salt and Pepper. When they leave a hole in your heart there's another little pig waiting to step into the role of Resident Rodent.
You can't do anything now but give BIL a metaphorical smacked bum (and line him up for guinea-pig sitting duties when you're on holiday)
He sounds like a lovely caring BIL. It is a typical bloke reactions but as you say, he clearly means well and is obviously concerned about your DD's being upset which is very sweet. It would probably feel a bit soon for me too but possibly not for your DD's. I'm sure once you get home and see the new arrivals, you'll fall for them too and be dashing off to stock up on parsley and cucumber.
It does take time to get to grips with (I won't say get over because I know even now I can't read my thread about my GP2 without being )
But it was one of those horrible incidents that you really cannot predict .
Last year I was going to leave my hogs out in their run while I dived out to pick the DC up. About an hour or so. I couldn't catch them. Then I read a post about someones GP being fox-caught in the middle of the afternoon . Pig was scared but got away. I went out, got the hogs (don't know how I managed, usually DD gets them).
Bless DD and the "big adventure". I worry about DC and animal death, it's sometimes the first breavement they experience. Hard for them to grasp it's final.