Hi everyone, Maggie the guinea pig here.  Unfortunately I have bad news to share and I offered to do it on Mum’s behalf.  My best friend Lily passed away on Sunday.

We’re all still coming to terms with the shock because it happened so quickly.  Lily was fine on Saturday evening when Mum said goodnight to us as usual.  Then, next morning, she was making little noises and wouldn’t come out from the cubby hole.  Mum came over to check up on her and found that Lily couldn’t stand or walk.

Mum took her out of her cage and put her in one of our cosy baskets.  For about an hour, Mum, Oliver and Mum’s mum nursed her by stroking her, feeding her and putting the water bottle to her mouth.  She seemed to perk up a little with food and drink although she could barely move anything but her head.  Normally she’d use her paw to hold a piece of veg but she was too weak even for that.

While this was going on, Oliver had been trying to find out who the emergency vet was in the area, as this was a Sunday on a bank holiday weekend.  Once the call was made to the correct vet practice, a quick decision had to be settled as to whether to take Lily there or to nurse her ourselves.  It was clear that Lily was dreadfully ill.  Oliver mentioned that she might need to be put down.  Mum was visibly shaken when he said that, as she had not considered it yet.  They hurried out to the car with Lily in her basket as Mum realised they may never be bringing her home again.

Things moved quickly at the vet’s.  Lily had found travelling in the car to be very gruelling and the nurse took one look at her before whisking her away.  It wasn’t long before the vet called Mum and Oliver in, to tell them that she had a huge tumour in her chest and was in a great deal of pain.  The only course of action was to put her down.  Mum began to cry and asked if she had missed any signs of Lily’s illness.  The vet said no, Lily had hidden her symptoms from us all for as long as she could and her behaviour had not changed until that morning.  Yes, she had lost weight, but she was always the smaller of the two of us, and had not stopped her usual eating habits.

It was time to say goodbye and Mum asked to be alone with Lily.  She told Lily she loved her, and promised to looked after me.  She said thanks to Lily for bringing us all a lot of hapiness.  Then she broke down in tears as Lily was taken away to be put to sleep.

Lily did come home, to be buried in the garden.  Mum laid her in the ground gently.  I know Mum keeps looking at the cage and expecting to see Lily in here with me.  She is taking extra care of me, with even more hugs than usual.  Luckily, I’m very strong and feisty and will be alright on my own.  Lily was sweet, laid back and shy, a delicate little soul with shining eyes.

It will take time to process the loss of Lily, but we are all glad that she was a part of our lives for four years.  Sleep tight, my little friend.

  • Aww, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how hard is to loose a little one and I know that there is little to say in these situations. Hugs. xx

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    Oh no, I’m sorry to read this and am in tears now myself, too. May Lily rest in peace, and sending you loads of love xx

  • Thanks ever so much Anca xx

  • Aw thanks Jocelyn, sorry you’re in tears though xx

  • Aimée Julia Cottle

    I’m actually in tears after reading this. I’m so sorry for your loss honey – losing a pet is awful, just as bad as losing any family member, I belive, because they are our family. You did the right thing – it wouldn’t have been right to keep Lily suffering, in pain, but it’s going to be hard to come to terms with the loss for a while. Sending love and hugs xxx http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk

  • She was definitely part of the family. You’ve been amazing over the past few days, thanks Aimee. So sorry to make you cry though, especially when you’re unwell xx

  • I’m so sorry, Llinos 🙁 This was a beautiful way to write the tribute to her. I hope you all feel better soon. Sending my love <3

  • Lifethrough Tsg

    Oh lovely, this is such a heartfelt, emotional post. I’m so sorry for the loss of your little one! Sending you lots of love
    Hayley Xxx

  • Food & Baker

    Condolences to you and your family. Must be really hard and I can’t imagine ever losing our pets! Hope you’re okay! Sending you love and hugs!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  • Thanks so much Charlotte x

  • Aw thanks Hayley, that’s so kind x

  • Thanks so much, it’s been a tough few days.

  • Oh Llinos, I’m so so sorry for your loss! This post really tugged at my heart strings, I know exactly how it feels to lose a pet and how you expect to see them all the time and then it hits you all over again when you realise they’re not there! Sending you the biggest hugs!

    Abbey 💖 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  • Britt K

    I am so sorry for your loss. Pets are such an important part of our families, and it is difficult to say goodbye. Especially when it is so sudden. Sending you lots of good vibes and I am sure that Maggie will do her best to give you all the love she can during this time.

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

  • I’m so sorry for your loss lovely!
    Losing a pet is like losing a member of the family and I know how heartbroken you must be.
    This is such a honest post and brought a tear to my eye.

  • Thanks so much Charlotte. You are so right.

  • I am very grateful for Maggie, although I keep expecting to see Lily in the cage with her… thanks so much for your kind words.

  • Thanks so much Abbey. I am so sorry that you know this feeling too. Earlier I asked my boyfriend “Have you fed Maggie and Li-” before remembering. It’s going to take a while to get used to it.

  • Gwennan Rees

    Sweetie I’m so so so sorry to hear this, what an absolutely traumatic sounding event but sounds like you gave her the best love right up until the last moment. Sending Maggie (and you) lots of hugs xxx

  • Thanks Gwennan. We’re both looking after each other xx