The Legend of Barry Jenkins

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daisymay
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Post   » Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:08 am


My heart really goes out to you. I can feel your pain in every word you type. As I have said look into his eyes, give him a manly cuddle, talk to him as long as it takes.

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!

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:05 am


They have a holistic center where they perform the procedure and do visits that require in person interaction like when we had to learn how to give our diabetic cat his insulin shots and test his blood sugar. My state, Nevada is a little less strict than others. They don't let the pet parents into the treatment clinic where they do routine visits. You have to text them that you're there and they come out and get your pet, but they do have entry protocols for the holistic center. They take your temperature and do a questionnaire and you are required to wear a mask. The environment they provide is very calm and soothing. There is nice pet themed artwork on the walls and lots of really healthy plants. They are very kind and gentle and they perform the procedure with dignity and grace.

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.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:36 am


This is the hardest part of being a pet caretaker. I know you are trying to do the best you can for you both. He is lucky to be in your care.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:42 pm


Our vet pointed out to me once that pigs live in the moment - no before, no after. The whole last 1+ year has been piggy paradise for him and has erased (mentally) anything bad that came before.

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.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:05 pm


Thank you again for the kind words. I can barely get critical care down without some of it dribbling out now. BJ tries to eat but he can't pick anything up to say nothing about chewing it. He's producing small poops, which he also tries to eat. He gets it in his mouth after a few tries but he can't even hold on to it. It's becoming torture for him. The meds are keeping him comfortable from the pain and discomfort standpoint but I don't see how that is going to last until Tuesday. I called the vet and they can't get him in today but they can work him in for tomorrow morning.

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daisymay
Supporter 2016-2021

Post   » Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:02 pm


I was hoping when I woke yesterday was all a bad dream. Thinking of you all in this hard time. Times like this I wish I had a magic wand. Sending hugs to you all! :( Grab and make as many new memories and enjoy your time together!

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:32 pm


Rest in peace BJ. He passed away peacefully at the vet. I will miss him. There is not, nor will there ever be another Guinea Pig like him. I made sure his last night with us was as comfortable as I could make it. He had a clean blanket and lots of hay to lay in. I have lots of great memories of him and I will continue to keep him in my heart as long as I live. I know he has found Scruffy and they are grazing on the forever green grass together. I will see him again on the other side. I will post pictures and my tribute to him later. I have to process this. I've already removed and sterilized his cage and put it in storage. I also rearranged things to maximize the space for the rest of my boys.

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.

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Post   » Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:49 pm


I'm so sorry.

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Lynx
Celebrate!!!

Post   » Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:18 pm


You have our sympathy.

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daisymay
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Post   » Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:33 pm


RIP BJ. Run free in paradise. What a comfort to go in your slaves arms when you crossed offer, the last thing was feeling his touch and hearing his voice. Run free in perfect health and popcorn in paradise and each the free green grass. Play with Scruffy till you meet again.

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!

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:51 pm


My condolences, Renonvsparky, my heart goes out to you. Bookfan is right, guinea pigs and other pets live in the present, they don’t think about the past or wonder about the future. So we’re the ones who suffer most. BJ had a wonderful life with you. He was cuddled and loved, he had outdoor time, he had neighbors to interact with, and he had good nutrition. He didn’t know or think about his age or how much time he had, and he was fortunate to pass peacefully.

You were both so lucky to find each other, that will never change. Take care of yourself.

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pigjes
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Post   » Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:55 am


I am so sorry! I know how hard you tried to help BJ! Hugs!

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:17 pm


I'm so sorry. He was a really special pig and you were lucky to have each other.

Sleep well little pig.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:38 am


🥂 Here's to you BJ! I will miss him. I will miss the way he snuggled up with his blanket on my lap. His silky white fur and beautiful red eyes made him very unique. His size coupled with his very sweet personality; despite the rough life he had prior to joining us, made him a gentle giant among guinea pigs. He never let me down even at the end when he wasn't feeling well. I could always count on BJ to come up to greet me with a finger nibble and a subtle hello squeak every time I came in the room. No matter what he was doing, he never missed an opportunity to share his affection with me. He's free from suffering now and grazing on the forever green grass with Scruffy. Farewell and Godspeed my little buddy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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daisymay
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Post   » Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:10 am


Thank-you for sharing him with us! He was a lucky boy when he came to you. He looks like a big teddy bear and you both enjoyed each other and gave each other love! He will always be with you and watch over you.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:37 am


That was a lovely memorial for the Big Guy. Even my husband, who isn't one to express sentiment said, "that's sad". I had related some stories about BJ to my family. I am amazed that he fell asleep on your lap the first day - love that pic.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:04 pm


Those are great pictures - and great memories. I am happy to think how fondly you are remembering him despite the pain of his loss.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:15 pm


Went to pick up BJ's urn and certificate. He's in his final resting place next to Scruffy. I kept a little corner of his favorite holding blanket to keep with him. I will not forget him and will miss him always.

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daisymay
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Post   » Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:13 pm


They are together forever. Lovely pictures, keep sakes and boxes! He will always be with you. When the breeze touches your face it will be BJ giving you a gentle touch. When you're feeling sad for some reason your heart will feel warm it will be BJ. He will watch over you and never leave you! Big hugs.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:26 pm


Those are great photos and great memories. You probably saved his life when you rescued him with such a bad mite infestation. Itching and fits can lead to seizures and can be fatal. He must have been so happy to be with you.

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