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Another pig gone to the Bridge today

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dietcokeandwine Sun 22-Jan-17 14:37:49

Our lovely Ginger Pig sad

He did the classic 'fine one minute, paw on the Bridge the next' thing.

Fine at teatime last night, enthusiastic about fresh hay, chomping on cucumber. Had that look about him at about 11pm, when I went to check on them. Tried him with some syringed water and critical care, but he was having none of it. By mid morning today he was on his side, and by the time we had eaten lunch he had gone sad sad sad

He was not far off 6, so not a bad age.

I am so sad. But so relieved that he died peacefully at home, without the trauma of a vet visit. And grateful that he drifted off to the sound of the usual, comfy Sunday soundtrack in our house : the preparation of lunch, the chopping of veg (and the accompanying hopeful wheeks of his hutch mates), the DC whingeing about homework...just the typical sounds and smells of family life. Ours have always been indoor pigs, living in the kitchen, right at the heart of everything, and he was with us to the end.

RIP Ginger Pig. We're going to miss you.

FernieB Sun 22-Jan-17 14:43:11

So sorry to hear your Gingerpig has gone off to the bridge today. He was a similar age to Scruffypig - no doubt the two of them are munching fresh grass over there and complaining that we didn't provide it often enough.

Lovely that he went so quickly and peacefully.flowers

Mochasmumma Sun 22-Jan-17 16:09:56

Oh no, poor gingerpig ❤️ RIP

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 22-Jan-17 16:26:33

Oh sad GingerPig, beautiful boy.
6 is a good age and he did the lovely "I'll just check and see if The Bridge is open....oh yes. Well Bye now" thing and slid across the threshold while everything goes on as normal in his wake.
No fuss (except the Yes I am going to lie on my side, just so you know thing) and no ceremony.

There have been a flurry of SFA pigs and rabbits this year sad crossing.

Is his little (or maybe not so littke now) agouti wife ok? Will she join the other pair?

sad

MeadowHay Sun 22-Jan-17 16:30:42

What is SFA?

Rest in peace Ginger Pig sad. Im sure his family will miss him greatly, but as you say it's good that he had a fairly short period of passing away peacefully at home where he belongs sad.

flowers for you. Whenever I hear about anyone's piggies dying I just sit and look at my own little fluffs with fear, eek. Mine are about 4 soon I think (rescues).

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 22-Jan-17 16:38:07

SFA = Super Furry Animal

So much better than "Small Pets" but apparently it doesn't fit on iPhones (or something).

It is sobering when they go, either of their own accord or prodded across by a Vet (like Oreo) but you know deep down the minute you get them that one day you;ll lose them. And aim to make that time as good as possible for them (especially Rescues if they have a history )
Luckily they are lovely little things and a pleasure to share your life with , if a bit untidy and demanding wink

HistoriaTrixie Sun 22-Jan-17 16:40:45

Oh, rest in peace little Ginger Pig flowers It sounds like he lived a wonderful piggy life, inside with his family and in the kitchen where all the food is to boot!

We have one getting ready to cross over too and she's my favourite. Aoife is our oldest and the one that's always been "mine" but she's getting old (she must be nearly seven by now, we got her full grown as a rescue) and has lost a great deal of weight.

dietcokeandwine Mon 23-Jan-17 11:31:32

Thank you all for your wishes, such a fab lot you all are on the SFA bit of MN.

Historia sad for your lovely Aoife. Ginger Pig had also lost a lot of weight. It's only now when I look back at old photos that I realise quite how thin he had got. But, he remained happy and the keenest of eaters right up until the end. It's all about their quality of life IMO.

70 you are so right re enjoying every minute. And Ginger Pig had a lovely little life. Have attached a few pics of him. He always was a pig who appreciated his creature comforts, and !

Little agouti wife is ok. Just seems so little in the cage without Ginger Pig. We've moved the hutches into the kids playroom for now (we would have had to do this anyway come the spring, as our kitchen would get too hot in the sun). DS1 wants to keep her company whilst he's gaming grin I'm on the case to find her a little friend, ideally another female, I think. Speaking to the rescue we use about what would be best to do...I would love to have them all together as a little boar + sows herd (join our two current cages together, or replace with a large C & C cage - either option would give enough floor space for 4) but am not sure whether our other boy/girl pair would like it. Ginger and agouti were perfectly content together and quite happy, but tricolour and satin pig are Mr and Mrs Loved Up, plus tricolour is also an older pig (same age as Ginger) so it may or may not work. Might end up keeping them as two sets of two. We'll see.

MeadowHay Tue 24-Jan-17 16:38:44

Oh what a handsome fellow he was too. flowers

EastMidsGPs Tue 24-Jan-17 17:48:49

My girls would have loved him such a beautifully coloured piggie

PurpleDaisies Tue 24-Jan-17 17:52:39

He was lovely. Sorry for your loss. flowers

One of our first two was a ginger pig. We've got three tricolour ladies with our remaining (neutered boar) who look like cousins of your lady pig. I hope you can find her a friend.

FernieB Tue 24-Jan-17 18:20:35

He could have been my Gingerpigs twin! Except my boy has a larger girthwink. Hope you manage to get your pigs in happy groupings.

dietcokeandwine Fri 27-Jan-17 22:51:12

Thanks everyone flowers he was indeed a gorgeous boy, not that I'm biased or anything! grin

pipsqueak25 Mon 13-Feb-17 09:28:13

thanks for the lovely pics of your piggies but feel sad

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