Sometimes when something wonderful is happening there will be something else happening which is nowhere near as wonderful. This post is about one of those times.
We should be moving soon, which is great. We're really happy about it. We feel this move is the right thing for us, and that it will be a great thing for us. So if we get turned down for this place we're waiting to hear about we'll keep looking until we find one we can have. One way or another, we're doing this move, because - as I already said - we feel it's the right thing for us, so we want to do it.
The thing is though, we need to make a long journey in order to get to where we're moving too. Which is also kind of exciting in a way... I love trains, and I get to spend most of the day having train rides... YAY!
But one of the members of this household wont cope very well with the journey.
Guinea pigs don't do well with stress. They tend to go in to shock, and can sometimes - in fact, quite often - die from it. And Gwydion is a typical nervous little guinea pig, for whom just the 5 minute car ride to the vets was kind of stressful. What this boils down to is that Gwydion stands a high chance of not surviving the journey, which leaves me with a tough choice to make...
Option 1: Take Gwydion with us and hope for the best, but be prepared for the worse, since that's probably what will happen.
Option 2: Rehome him locally, and give him a better chance at a long and happy life.
I don't like either option. But I had to decide. So I decided.
I went with the second option.
I'd rather lose him to a new owner than have him probably die with all the stress of the journey. It was a tough choice, but I feel it's the best one for him. At least giving him up gives him a chance... A chance he wont have if we take him with us.
There's a lady named Rita who lives near here. She owns a Chihuahua named Bella (Bella has been mentioned in posts of Kero's in the recent past) and Rita does animal rescuing, and she knows several people who do the same. So I called her and asked for her help in locating a new home for the little guy, explaining the situation.
Someone - a nice lady named Marion who runs a dog rescue but also rescues guinea pigs and rabbits - sprang to her mind immediately, so Rita put us in touch with each other and she agreed to take Gwydion.
Before he went I wanted to do a photo shoot with him though. So, here are the photos:
Kero says, "Gwydion, you smell interesting."
Kero says, "Can I lay here with you?"
Gwydion says, "Sure, whatever... I don't care either way!"
Kero and Gwydion:
Me and Gwydion:
Cuddle time with my favourite guinea pig:
The last photo I'll have of me with both my boys:
Gwydion was meant to go to his new home on Monday, but they had to reschedule because of a sick dog (which, I think, is a very valid reason to have to reschedule), so Gwydion went to his new home yesterday (Wednesday) evening instead.
I'm sorry Gwydion. I did it because I love you, and because I want you to live a long and happy life. You're a wonderful little guinea pig, and I'm going to miss you!