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Friday, February 17, 2012

Love From Bavaria...

Our Little Fairy, who was secretly engaged to Raj Mahal, introduced us to her dear friends, Ingrid and Helmut and their 8 meeris (guinea pigs) in Bavaria a few months ago. We think we would really, really like Bavaria because it sounds like Bellingham with more mountains,
just without the islands and the whales. 

That little Fairy is so well-connected can you imagine the wedding?!
It would have made Kate Middleton's look humble, we are sure of it, for Fairy is nothing if not a social butterfly! 


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~February 17, 2012~

Last night the cab never showed 
up so I took it as a sign of hope.
Raj endured his hydrated food mixture and super-charged antibiotics like a real trooper. And he was in pain. A lot of pain. The vet at the 24 Hour Emergency Clinic remembered me from Calvin and suggested I have pain meds on hand for times like these.
For when the cab doesn't show up.

Then I "got" to give those other three scoundrels their antibiotics.
Bhindi's mouth was nearly impossible to even find beneath
his swirly-fur face and he kept wiggling and shaking his head
back and forth. VinnyGuinea simply slithered effortlessly out
from between my hands and made his escape, running around
looking for Bhindi to play with him. YumYum was grumpy
from his trip to the vet with those two earlier in the day.

By 4:30 a.m. Raj was doing so poorly I still wanted to take 
him to the vet but clearly he was not going to last the night.
So, once the little Pirates had all been caught, given their
antibiotics in different doses according to their weight,
all syringes washed thoroughly and laid out to dry,
I tucked Raj beneath the covers next to me for the night.
By this time he was having frequent, painful seizures
but I felt that the two of us all cozy and warm together
in my bed was the best place and way for him to
spend his last night and this morning when I awoke
only a few hours later, he had mercifully gone to
join his brother, Taj, and the rest of the herd.

Nothing remains now but to keep the Pirates from
even getting sick in the first place.

And figuring out how to post your comments here since 
a few of my close friends and I have attracted the
undesired attention of a rogue person when we
least need it.

If your comment does not appear here, please re-send it
until I figure it out because even the space between the
letters of every word you write brings us comfort.
And our gratitude dwells in an inexpressible place.


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The Cab That Never Came...

The same time I called for a cab, a shuttle flight from Seattle had arrived at the airport so no one ever came for us. And now it is so
late I am too sleepy.

Tried force-feeding Raj the wet food mixture version of his pellets
and dry treats but he threw up. His breathing is worse, he seems to
be in pain, and he is moaning. He keeps coming to the edge of my bed to be picked up and I have stopped life-saving interventions other than going down to the car where I left their antibiotics, which I will give him. Other than that, he is being combed, petted, and we are just hanging out. Then he gets up once he is worn out so I place  him back on the floor and he finds a place to lie down, his breathing rapid and shallow. It appears doubtful he will survive the night but at least he will be home.

And YumYum has decided that after being packed into a tunnel with Bhindi today, that it was all Bhindi's fault and the "old" YumYum began his familiar saber-rattling, teeth chattering, and lunging, so dear, innocent Bhindi is now in a separate cage adjacent to Vinny and YumYum, with Vinny being shared between them. Vinny misses Bhindi so much I had to pile up a bunch of Tunnel Floors so he could get high enough to at least see Bhindi and touch noses! Those two! Would really have been nice for the three of them to have been able to live peacefully together but Bhindi and Vinny are certain to have many happy adventures in the future.

Must go down to give and administer their antibiotics now; keep looking at Raj to see if he is still breathing. Can this get any harder? I don't want to know...