- Supporter 2016-2021
How far are you from the vet? Maybe they could come to you to send BJ over the bridge? Not sure on covid rules in USA. Here vets do house calls as long as masks and gloves are worn. If they won't come to you maybe they would let you be there when he drifts off whether that be inside or outside the vet clinic.
Maybe they have a out door garden where it could happen? Talk to your vet, explain you wish to be with BJ, to hold and talk to him as he drifts to the clouds. I mean they love animals as why become vets? I have tears rolling down my face again. Take care of yourself. Give BJ a kiss and hug from us in Australia. Thinking of you both and my heart feels for what you are going through!
It doesn't make things easier or make me feel better about having to make this decision but it doesn't make it worse either, so there is that. I just need to concentrate on the great times we had together. I have lots of pictures of BJ doing the things he loves. Grazing outside and socializing with his 6 brothers while doing so, snuggling under the holding blanket on my lap, enjoying his floor time and hand fed treats. He spent the last year a very loved and happy guinea pig. I need to focus on that.
- For the Love of Pigs
The really hard part is for you. You can make an objective decision about whether it's time or not & whether he'll survive surgery & what his quality of life will be like. And of course you can't know any of that for sure.
In my experience, it's the emotional decision that's so tough. It's very hard to part with one of these sweet animals and it's obvious you really love your pigs. If you decide this is the time, I'm glad there is a place where you can be with him. My daughter had to turn Gracie over to the vet from the car - couldn't come in with her. I'm sure it made things much harder.
I don't have any plans to get another guinea pig any time soon, but that's not because of losing BJ. It's because our plans for the future are unsure right now. I'm not ruling it out either. If fate, God, or destiny; whatever you refer to it as, brings me a prescious little guinea pig who needs me, I will take them in and give them all the love and care they need. It doesn't matter if it's a baby or a senior or something in between. I'll be there for them.
- Supporter 2016-2021
He knows he was loved and he loved you and he will always be with you. Sending big hugs from me and the girls. Be easy on yourself and know BJ is smiling down on you! You gave him the most important gift-LOVE!
- Supporter in 2020
You were both so lucky to find each other, that will never change. Take care of yourself.
This is BJ the day I brought him home 13 months ago. He was afraid to come out of the carrier. He was so big that I had to take the top off to get him out without scaring him more or injuring him. He was so much heavier than any of my other piggies. It was then that I realized just how big he really was.
The first time I sat and held BJ in my lap, he did this! It was right then that I knew he would be happy. I think he knew it too. I have lots and lots of pictures of us like this one because as you can see, we spent a lot of time sitting together. This is when I discovered that his past was not the best time for him. He had a real problem with itchiness. It was bad enough to send him into fits trying to scratch where he couldn't reach. Despite being miserable with unscratchable itching, he always snuggled like this. Another testament to his sweet personality. It turned out to be mites, which we got taken care of in short order. The diagnosis and treatment was a little rough but we got through it. After that, he knew nothing but love, joy and happiness.
Here is BJ doing his next most favorite thing; grazing outside with his brothers. My other shelter adopted guinea pigs were apprehensive about being outside, even with Mr Bubbles showing them how nice it is and how good the fresh grass tastes. That wasn't the case with BJ. He took to it right off the bat and was totally relaxed. At first he wanted more to be with the others and explore his outside pen more than he did to eat the grass, but once he realized that outside grazing time is at a premium and it's best to make the most of the opportunity to graze, he always ate his fill.
He loved socializing with the others, even though they didn't always want to with him. Mr. Bubbles usually responded when BJ called him over unless they were outside. Mr Bubbles knows that grass time is at a premium most of the time, so there isn't time to kick it if he wants to make the most of it. BJ loved being with the others and he always tried his best to socialize with them even though it had to be through the cage and they didn't always want to. I honestly believe that the problem with the cage mate he had before I got him and not BJ was the reason they had to be separated.
With the addition of Oreo, Gilligan and Skipper, BJ assumed the role of the grazing mentor. They were just as relaxed with BJ looking after them as they were with Mr Bubbles doing it. Here he is showing Oreo how it's done.
This is BJ on his last night with us. I made sure that his cage was nice and clean with soft fleece and hay to lay on. Most of the time over his last week or so, he just laid under his house. He must have known that it would be his last night with us because he mustered up the energy to come over and see me and explore his clean cage. He even touched noses with Oreo. Of course Oreo went to the other side of his cage before I could get the camera app opened up and take the picture. We spent a lot of time saying our goodbyes that night.
While I will forever miss him and there's a big hole in my heart, I am filled with nothing but fond memories of him. Rest in peace Big Guy. The legend of Barry Jenkins lives on in our hearts and minds.
- Supporter 2016-2021