On August 12th, my beautiful 10 week old grandson passed away in his sleep. My families world came to a crashing halt. Never would I have thought that something like this would happen to my family. He was my first and only grandchild.
When he passed away, I decided to sell out all of my guinea pigs. I wanted to spend more time with my son and his girlfriend. They lived over an hour away and I wanted to be able to spend the weekends with them and not worry about having someone else take care of my animals. The passing of their baby was just too much and not long after he passed, they broke up. My son came home to live with me again.
After a couple of weeks, I decided to keep the baldwins and sell out of the skinnies. I spend a lot of time cleaning and caring for them, but I just love them too much to get rid of all of them. Time is helping and I am slowing finding joy in things again. It is funny how when something so traumatic and unexpected happens, how you can just feel so numb and not find joy or happiness in anything for weeks afterwards.
Luckily, I have a wonderful husband who spent many evenings after work filling water bottles and filling feed dishes on the days that I just didn't feel up to it. After two and a half months, things are much better. The pain is still there, but the shock has warn off and life is as normal as it is going to get.
I went with a friend to my first cavy show a couple weeks ago. I brought back three teddy guinea pigs. Not for me though! LOL They will be going to their new home in Canada soon along with some of my skinny pigs. One is a satin teddy. I am so in love with her, but I know my limits! LOL
A few weeks ago, I decided to give raising and breeding texels a go. I found a pair in Sacramento and a friend gave me another. Can't wait to see their babies. Eventually, I would like to show them. The baldwins will still be my main focus though. I just love those little guys! I know if I would have sold out of them, I would really be missing them.
I am really looking forward to start showing some cavies. I really don't care if they win or lose. I just want to have fun doing it!