Saturday, July 11, 2009

Thursday was a Sad Day

On Thursday we had to have our 15 year old chinchilla put to sleep. We had two chinchillas. They we born in the same year. Gigi came to live with us two years after Willy.

They are immortalized in the center block of "Our Pets" a wool wall hanging that will hang in our dining room, whenever I get it finished. That is Willy on the Left and Gigi on the right.

Another reason I have not had time for rust-dyeing is I have been feeding her for the past three weeks with a syringe, 3-4 times a day 20-30 minutes a time. On Wednesday she was having trouble swallowing. She had a massive growth just below the jaw. The vet said they are finding that many chinchillas in captivity are succumbing to jaw problems. Willy died 4 years ago from an infected abscess in his jaw.

The vet said Gigi and Willy will be together again in the great dust bath in the sky. If you have never seen a chinchilla take a dust bath, you are missing out on one the joys of having a chinchilla. Click here to watch a 25 second one of a chinchilla that looks a lot like Gigi and is the same kind of bath house we had...sigh...

3 comments:

TamboinMO said...

Lois,
I'm sorry for your loss. I've seen chinchillas before, but never knew of someone who had one as a pet. I had no idea that lived that long. I hope the memories of the happy life you gave your companion will ease your pain over time.

Diane said...

Dear Lois, I'm sorry you lost your pet, but isn't it wonderful that you have memorialized them both in a quilt?

Lois Jarvis said...

Dear TamboinMO,
The vet said that longest lived chinchilla was 20 years old. I do hope to keep her memory alive. I think I will embroider all the pets names under their pictures. That was not in the original plan but there are some other words embroidered on this piece.