Panda's First Smile

Panda's First Smile
PandaPig's First Smile!

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Dear Friends and loved ones,

Mom took me to the vet today! She made up this whole story about how she senses that I am in pain.
That sometimes I make a sound that sounds like I am in pain. Just to take me to the vet!

They trimmed my toenails and took an X-Ray and i did not get a lollipop, either.

He said I had spondyInklinDosee-Dosis of the spine, rapid onset, because he compared it to an X-Ray he took back in July 2010 when I didn't have Dosee-Dosis and I didn't get a lolliplop then, either! He said my spine is trying to fuse itself and that I have pain and it is only going to get, what kind of a person insults a guinea pig like that, especially one as fine as me?! I love mom and we snuggled and I climbed into her shirt to get away from the peoples telling her things like that.

Because I still run and hop and popcorn, and zoom up the ramp in my cage to my loft, from where I "hold court" with all the other guinea pigs whose cages all converge where my loft is located. And I gave a Big Speech which will be aired on BBC instead of that Royal Wedding Thingy...a speech about freedom, about courage, about facing the challenges of life with dignity and poise, not about how much I wanna BITE SOMETHING! The other pigulas were inspired and whistled, purred, chased each other around their own cages, jumped atop their pigloos, and oohed and aahed their hushed AWE: their good fortune for having ME be the herd's alpha pig and how I am going to interrupt the wedding about halfway down that long aisle to break this news to the entire world, about the spongy-inkling disease I so bravely will triumph upon all over it's ankling Sponding arthritic clanking thingy!

Here's to staring straight into the eyes of pain and - full volume - squealing my loudest: SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!

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{EDITOR: Today YumYum was diagnosed with progressive onset Ankylosing Spondylitis. He will
receive medication to relieve inflammation and pain depending upon how rapidly the condition
progresses. Currently, he remains active and snarky, sweet, cuddly, and loveable as ever. He has,
however, begun to lose weight.
We also picked up Erica's ashes, so it was kind of a rough day here for all at PandaPig's Peace
Sanctuary, but we are grateful he is both tumor and cancer free. Coconut and Mac the NutPie
will receive check-ups next month. For those considering adoption, guinea pigs require veterinary
care which can be quite expensive. And need to see a vet who specializes in guinea pigs because
dog & cat vets can harm guinea pigs. So, before adopting, please consider whether or not you
can provide the care your precious piggie will need. Because you will receive all the love they have...
for free!}
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