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Advice please...what do you do when your child accidentally kills a pet. Not a joke.

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RubyRioja Sat 01-Sep-07 17:39:59

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fillyjonk Sat 01-Sep-07 17:43:27

oh crap

no

sympathy vibes

RubyRioja Sat 01-Sep-07 17:46:47

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2shoes Sat 01-Sep-07 17:48:24

i think rehome the last one and wait untill they are older.

NAB3 Sat 01-Sep-07 17:49:07

No. It was awful what she did and it is said that the punishment fit the crime. Interesting that she has picked up her sister's guinea pig.
Clearly she wouldn't have meant for it to die but she has to learn consequences.
How old is she?

callmeovercautious Sat 01-Sep-07 17:50:12

I think maybe they are too young for guinea pigs? Perhaps something they can look at rather than hold next time? Goldfish?
Sorry about the poor piggies though sad

Make them share the other one and only handle with your supervision.

RubyRioja Sat 01-Sep-07 17:50:31

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NAB3 Sat 01-Sep-07 17:51:34

I think at 8 she is old enough to know that you shouldn't drop guinea pigs. It is such a shame. How old is your other daughter whose g pig it was?

RubyRioja Sat 01-Sep-07 17:55:02

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NAB3 Sat 01-Sep-07 17:56:21

I would let your younger child have the other guinea pig and agree with not going near them without full supervision.

jaynehater Sat 01-Sep-07 17:57:01

Handle with care, ruby, my cousin trod on his hamster (Sorry, I know this isn't funny, but as a family we didn't handle this one particularly well, snigger) and honestly, aged 33, he still isn't over it.

I think although they have to learn that their behaviour has consequences, it's a bloody heavy load to carry, the death of another creature. Maybe you could say "The way you handled the piggy has made her sick, what if that was to happen to your piggy too?" then if said guinea does shuffle on (although to be fair, guinea pigs are not the best patients, they do seem to die rather than fight on manfully) at least she won't feel so directly responsible?

I don't know, if it were me I would want her to learn from the experience, but not in a way that's never going to leave her... it's unlikely she threw the guinea out of malice, isn't it? And it's a hell of a load to carry, when you're little, the death of a pet.

Maybe switch to something with less personality, goldfish, etc, or something more robust, cat/dog?

They need to learn the nature of responsibility, and death too, but I think kids don't need to carry the pet-killer label if you can help it, too horrible.

RubyRioja Sat 01-Sep-07 17:57:41

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Tamum Sat 01-Sep-07 18:05:14

Oh, how sad- poor you, Ruby. I agree that 8 is old enough to know better but I'm sure she will be really upset when she knows. Might it survive, do you think?

cornsilk Sat 01-Sep-07 18:10:00

That's awul RR. Don't be too hard on her, she's probably very upset. Chn do drop animals if they scratch them, it's just a reaction. I also killed a hamster by standing on it and it's an awful feeling.

RubyRioja Sun 02-Sep-07 12:51:54

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callmeovercautious Sun 02-Sep-07 15:44:48

Very sad Ruby. Think you are right not to replace it though.

Spidermama Sun 02-Sep-07 15:50:18

Sorry Ruby. How awful for you all. The dd concerned may appear fine but remember kids operate differently from us. They go in and out of troublesome feelings as a way of dealing with them.

I remember when my hamster died my mum looking at me accusingly, tears in her eyes, saying, 'YOU didn't feed it and water it'.
Looking back I most certainly did but perhaps not as often as I should have done. Anyway it really stung and I felt like a murderer for years. So as others have said, go easy ... she was disobedient and held it despite your telling her not to, but she certainly didn't mean to kill it. Anyway it's so tempting for kids to touch fluffy animals and they need to learn how. I don't think they're capable of being gently at that age. sad

Spidermama Sun 02-Sep-07 15:51:58

I also remember dh bringing back a fish he and the kids had caught to put in our pond. I told the kids to stop taking it out and handling it but it was dead within 24 hours. I knew when he brought it home in a bucket of water that the poor thing was a goner so I deliberately didn't meet its eye so I wouldn't have to grieve.

wannaBe Mon 03-Sep-07 17:31:07

I have to say I would rehome the remaining guinea pig. Of course the accidental death of a pet is tragic, but the accidental death of two pets within as many weeks would leave me wondering whether the children were ready to have those types of pets.

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