The rescue takes in so many guinea pigs that have been abandoned, abused, neglected, and totally disrespected. When one of these guinea pigs arrives at the rescue, they are welcomed with open hearts; I know, though, that some may not make it because of the difficult life that they have had.
Each and every one of these guinea pigs is special in their own way, and strive to get to know each one, to see their uniqueness. Yet there's always ones that stand out from the rest. Swish was one of these pigs who completely wrapped me around his paw, entertained me with his antics, and greeted me with his precious look. He never had much to say but always had the look of “life is good.”
Swish had been dumped off at a local humane society about 8 months ago with a horrible infection in all four feet. He was underweight, his eyes were listless, and his coat was dull. That changed quickly with proper medical treatment, a good diet, and lots of TLC. Watching him thrive was a gift that kept on giving time and time again. I melted when he gave me his “look” and immediately bonded with him.
Then one day recently the “look” disappeared. Swish didn’t feel good and no matter what we and our vets did for him just didn't turn things around. His little body had already been through a major battle, and the fight hadn't left enough strength for another one. It was time for him to leave, to go to a place where there was no pain. And with him went the “look” that I had come to know and, along with it, a piece of my heart.
Rest peacefully, Swish, my dear sweet boy.
(This post was written by Cindy Kuester, the rescue's owner/founder.)