Sadly, Scruffypig died during the night. He was nearly 6 and had been doddery for a while, but was still enjoying pootling about and scolding Gingerpig. Yesterday he did seem quieter and last night was quite frail, so it was not unexpected when I found him this morning. I left Ginger with him for a while.
I was fine until I had to put him in a box and I'm just about to embark on a deep cage clean but am a bit teary. Ginger has had cuddles with DD and is running about in the kitchen playing football with a tomato, so he's okay at the moment fortunately.
Poor Scruffy - I'm just glad it was peaceful and no vets were involved. Off to the bridge to be reunited with Smoothpig - they're probably bickering already.
Ooh poor Scruffy , end of a long road for a venerable boy. Decent of him though, to hang in for Christmas and to mark his passing on NYD (ok he might have gone in the early hours of the 2nd, but for the sake of neatness he'll claim it was 01/01/17)
He had a good long life, provided your new boy with a solid Mentor and slipped away without ceremony.
The 70 hogs will continue to have "Scruffy Tea" when I haven't restocked the fridge when they have a plate of green.
Leave the deep clean a while, there's nothing there that Ginger can pick up, its nice to keep their scent a while.
Is Ginger going to be spoiled to death and annoy CurrentBun by getting more bloody piggies ?
Thank you. I've done the deep clean as I have time today.
Gingerpig has just eaten an enormous mound of parsley and is looking forward to watching a film tonight with the DDs. Currentbun sniffed at Scruffys box and then went back to bed. He won't be happy if Ginger gets married (which is the current plan provided we can find a suitable lady). I'll be contacting rescues soon to see what I can arrange for him. At the moment he seems quite content on his own but I don't want to leave him too long. There should be a Tinder for pigs.
Oh Fernie I'm sorry A good age for a pig, and he had a lovely life from the sounds of things, but being teary is completely understandable.
Lots of parsley and hugs for gingerpig sounds the way to go, and I'm sure you'll find him a lovely wife in due course. I've successfully 'wife matched' for our pigs three times now, the rescues did seem to have more lone female pigs for matching than I had expected.
Thank you everyone. Gingerpig is cuddled up with me now. He seems fully aware of his eligible status as he's been preening most of the day. He's also taking advantage of our sympathy by being naughty and trying to escape to burrow in the duvet. I've given him a new cardboard box in his cage and a big sock ball to snuggle/harass. Hopefully he'll be fine for a few days