[Gpdd] Misc: Chap is gone

Mark E. Moss markemoss at comcast.net
Sat Dec 28 16:18:06 EST 2019


	You have my sincere condolences on the loss of Chap, and as you well know six years old for a guinea pig is very very old.  But it is never old enough for us slaves.  Take solace in the fact that you will see him again at the Rainbow Bridge, impatiently waiting for you to arrival so that he can give you a rundown of all the things that he has been up to.

	Please give extra attention and lap time to Marinella, and tell her the whole GPDD Community is thinking of her in her time of loss.

	P.S.  You might want to go ahead and adopt a pair of young rescues and put them into a cage next to hers just for the company, and they can stay up late while she tells them stories of days gone by.


Mark Moss & Son & the 8 piggie coders waiting at the bridge.

-----Original Message-----
From: Luita Dean Spangler <luitad at zedat.fu-berlin.de> 
Sent: Saturday, December 28, 2019 3:14 AM
To: GPDD <gpdd at gpdd.org>
Subject: [Gpdd] Misc: Chap is gone

Today with grief I need to tell my GPDD family that sweet guinea pig Chap died yesterday, six years old. In that inexorable process too well known to us all, he began gradually to lose weight several month ago, and this suddenly accelerated ten days ago. Chap got weaker and weaker, no matter what we did - syringe feeding, pain medication, tempting him with parsley leaves and dill, carrot and cucumber juice when he was too weak to chew.
He rallied somewhat on Christmas Eve - his Christmas gift to me, giving me some hope - but then went rapidly downhill. As he got weaker and moved less, Marinella lay by him the whole time, even grooming him at times.

Chap in health was the happiest guinea pig I have ever known. He was rescued when he was three by a social worker from a dysfunctional family, and I think he never forgot this. He greeted each day away from this family with joy: every treat was met with his purrs and trills, every cage cleaning with popcorning and romping. We will miss him terribly.

Right now our attention is closely focused on Marinella. At eight years old, she may be too old for a new partner, especially after being so closely bonded with Chap. We will see how she adjusts to being a single pig, and if she does well, we will wait until she passes before adopting two more (hopefully young) rescues.

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