Mama Pig's formal "portrait", photoshopped by my oldest daughter in what else, a vintage theme.
3 years ago while browsing in our local humane society, we came across what was to be a new member of our family..... Mama Pig, the Guinea Pig. For $20, cage and all we brought her home as a surprise to my then 7 year old daughter. She has proven to be one of the sweetest little animals our household has ever had, always greeting those who walk by with a squeek of delight, and always ready to curl up in someones lap for a quiet rest. She has been easy going, easy to maintain, she is just a great little pet. However about a month ago, somehow she ruptured her cornea. The vet indicated the best chance of saving her life was removal of her eye, and even then, rodents do not take surgery well and many times die from the stress of it. I didn't want Mama Pig to suffer at all, but I also didn't want to throw in the towel just yet, so with some medications to control pain, reduce inflammation and fight infection, I brought her home for what seemed like a hopeless cause. 3 more vet appointments, a glaucoma test and a couple hundred dollars later, I am happy to say that Mama Pig is doing outstandlingly well. The vet is amazed, I am thrilled, and the whole family is relieved. She is not completely out of the woods yet, as there now is always a chance of her developing glaucoma, but with luck on her side, she will live out the rest of her life happy and pain free. We saved Mama Pig's life... twice. Once when we adopted her from the animal shelter, and now by not giving up when all seemed hopeless for her. The point of this story is to prove how a trip to a humane society, animal rescue group or a local animal shelter, can save the life of a once homeless animal. It can enrich your life as well. I will never regret any of our adoptions, and urge anyone thinking of adding a member to your household, to please consider adoption. Now more than ever, as many families are having to surrender their beloved animals due to financial reasons. Please keep your fingers crossed about Mama Pig. And please be kind to animals~~~