Monday, September 30, 2013

In Which We Have A New Pigger

Here were are, with another new week and some new posts.

And we have another new thing in our house, too: Introducing Gummy Sue!

Only about 3 months old

Twin never really wanted another pig. We already have 3.

Miggory Sow

Sister Cavia of Saint Guinea de Pig (all inclusive church) aka: Sissy

Harriet B. Suit

But we briefly fostered this little lady with her mom, aunt and two sisters. One sister was absolutely fine. But Gummy and her other sister were not. Both Gummy and her other sister were tiny, and seemed to "get lost" a lot in the cage. Her other sister just kept getting worse and worse. When they went back to the shelter, Anne asked the vets to check their teeth.

Her sister had terrible, sharp, fangy teeth. The vet thought they should probably euthanize her as a kindness, but before they could make the decision she passed away.

Gummy also had problems. She's missing all her teeth except for her back cheek ones (hence her name). Which meant she was having a hard time eating, which was why she was so small. Also, we had noticed one of her eyes reflected funny and the vet thought maybe she had a detached retina.

We took her home for some more fostering, to see if her teeth would come in (since Guinea pigs are born completely ready to be on their own, twin was pretty sure no teeth would be coming, since they should have erupted in the womb.)

After another week, no teeth. She had put on weight (because we introduced her to the wonder of baby food!) We also thought maybe her good eye was no longer good.

So we had a possibly blind, toothless guinea pig who needed special food and who may not live a full life. She's also developed a tilt to her head, and sometimes spins in circles (always to the left). Who would adopt her? Probably no one. So she stayed with us.

She had another vet appointment and it looks like both her eyes are at least partially blind if not totally.

Tilty head. Reflecting eye = Gummy Hot Mess Sue

Now that she's gotten bigger, it's easier for her to eat, but she still gets baby food and may for the rest of her life.

But she's ridiculously sweet. She talks all the time, probably because she can't see what's going on. If you hold her, there's a good chance she'll fall asleep in your hands. And she gets along with the other pigs, even Harriet, who doesn't really like anyone.

I will only tolerate Sues of the Gummy nature

So there you have it. A new pigger. She may be a hot mess, but we adore her.

She drinks water upside down


Matthew MacNish said...


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Blind and toothless - she's old before her time! But sounds like she landed in the right family.

Maria Zannini said...

Poor baby. But she couldn't have landed in a better home.

You mentioned she had a tilt to her head. Do you think there might be something neurological going on?

Lola Sharp said...

Awww...I totally have a soft spot for the runts and broken things of the world. I'm rooting for Gummy Sue and so happy you are giving her a loving home. <333

Teebore said...

Dooku drinks water upside down from the sink (obviously he can't from the bowl).

Love the name. Glad you guys took her in.

Crystal Collier said...

It's been so long since I've had a pet. I guess the kids are enough for me, but that's so cool that you brought her into your home. Enjoy!

Rena said...

What a sweetie. I know she'll get to have a wonderful life with you.

Anne Gallagher said...

You are the best! Who else would take in a blind toothless piggy?

I will pray she gets better and piggier.

Leandra Wallace said...

What a ridiculously cute name!

Tammy Theriault said...

too cute!! grew up with mom seems to love having them around!

Catherine Stine said...

Cute! They kind of remind me of my two potbellied pigs that I had, Thistle and Tulip. I miss them--had 'em for 15 years!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Some of us just get a rotten bag of disabilities when we come into the world. Religious people like to say it's god challenging the rest of us to take care of this poor thing. Since I don't believe in god, I say "No. It's just pure random chance that this person/guinea pig got a rotten bag of apples."

It's good of you to love this creature and take care of it so.

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