One of the saddest things we see at so-called "pet stores"
is going to make you mad: small cages with the following
notes written on them as sales incentives:
"FREE GUINEA PIG WITH
PURCHASE OF CAGE!"
Would you buy a teddy bear that came
with a free child?
The person to whom I entrusted my guinea pigs while in hospital works at this store. I had hoped that by partnering with them
(adopting unwanted, neglected, sick, dying, and "unsellable" piggies that people dumped there) and selling photo cards
we could educate the public and them about the humane
treatment of these precious darlings. I have discovered
a huge gap between the way farm people view animals
(food = profit) and the way the rest of us view them,
not only as "pets" or even as "members of the family"
but as holy brothers and sisters as entitled to our
humanity, respect, love, compassion, and mercy,
as any human. My friend Kestra nailed it the time
she urged me to consider thinking of them as
my "little Buddhas" and if ever there was a time
of spiritual communion with them (and there have
actually been many which I have simply kept
private) Raj's Journey now is the most
extraordinary because nothing we are doing
is anything I have ever heard of before and yet
he is still with us tonight and if/when he chooses
to join Taj it will be his choice how, when, and
where, all because when it sounded like he was
having a seizure last night, had I been strong
enough to take him to the 24-Hour Emergency Vet
to have him euthanized, it would have been a
terrible mistake! Now, I listen and he tells me.
It is time to turn off the computer, feed him, and
for the two of us to spend the night together.
Please know I could not do this alone.
You want to know how I do this?
You. Each one of you.
Because I could not do this alone.
I love you. We all do.
more. Please consider, if you are able and have the desire,
reading this link published by Guinea Pig Today and
advocating in any way you are inspired on their behalf so
they are not "the treat that comes in a box of cereal." No one should advertise a free live guinea pig as incentive to buy
an inhumanely undersized cage which only imprisons one
Raj has decided he wants to live on the floor in his new arrangement and that's just fine. HE ALSO MADE HIS FIRST POOP SINCE
MY RETURN HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL! WHICH MEANS
HE IS METABOLIZING HIS JUICE AND DERIVING NUTRITION...I hope to interest him in the pulp but so far he only
wants to be dropper-fed and he is not particularly active. The worst
is not over but it is definitely on hold! And when YumYum, Bhindi, and VinnyGuinea got a taste of the carrot juice and
wheatgrass through a baby sippy-bottle OH MY GOODNESS!
SO I MAY CONTINUE TO SUPPLEMENT EVERYONE'S
DIET WITH THAT BECAUSE OF THE HIGH NUTRITIONAL
YOUR PRAYERS ARE SAVING THEIR LIVES, DEAR ONES,
MAKE NO MISTAKE! I am quite exhausted and hope to begin
answering your emails early next week but know how dear to me they are, how much hope the appearance of each one in my INBOX means to all of us here, and how much faith we DO HAVE IN THE POWER OF LOVE.