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Checquers Died Today

He was my black-and-white guinea pig. We're not sure how old he was, around eight years, maybe more. This morning we saw it coming. He lost interest in eating yesterday, and today he wouldn't even stick his nose out of his plastic house to sniff his morning treats of lettuce and celery. I moved his house, hoping to entice him to eat, but he just crawled back into it and laid down, his back legs so weak he couldn't stand up. We kept checking on him, and the last time we checked he'd died.

I dug a grave out under the tulip tree, alongside the graves of other piggies we've lost over the decades. I had a cigar box to use as a coffin, and I wrapped him in paper towels so only his head was uncovered, and tucked in a little teddy bear next to him so he wouldn't be alone. My wife went to the supermarket and picked up a bouquet of flowers. I cut some small to put in the box with him, and the rest I spread over the box when I buried him. I covered his grave with field stone to stop any animals trying to dig him up. I'll miss him.
ChipmunkErnie ChipmunkErnie 61-65, M 22 Responses Mar 6, 2011

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i'm sorry, chipmunk :(

RIP Checquers....sounds like he had a good life....I lost my Scruffy three years ago, little terrier dog only 9 lbs. My heart still misses her unconditional love.

I'm so sorry Ernie. You gave him a fitting burial for a well loved pet. If we didn't cherish and love them so, it wouldn't hurt so much, try to remember that!

My condolences. If my dog happens to go before I do I know I'm going to be torn up, but like so many are saying, eight years was a good long life, and your care and attention contributed to that.

Wow. He lived longer than any guinea pig I have ever heard of. Their life expectancy is 6 years, which means he had a very long and healthy and happy life. <br />
I love guinea pigs. They have a way of attaching themselves to you. They are so loving and so amusing and they just want to be with you, hear your voice, and have you give them carrots.<br />
I don't mean to make you sad, I just wanted you to know that I feel your pain. They are cuddly little bundles of love. I'm sorry you are having a sad day remembering him. You sure did give him a wonderful life though.

Sorry for your loss.

Oh, Ernie, that is so sad. I'm so sorry.

Awww, I know what it is like.<br />
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Take care.

I'm very sorry for your loss. It's always hard to lose a pet, no matter the circumstances.

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your dear Chequers. Pets give us such pure love and joy, in return for so little. I know you'll miss him, but cherish the memories. *Hugs*

So sorry to see your loss. I have two cats, one is really pushing her age limit. Every day, she gets special loving. I know our time together is so poignant.


Very fitting - you gave him proper final respects. Hats off to you and your wife, Ernie.

Dangit, I hate that. So sorry, Ernie. *hug*

I'm so sorry for your loss of Checquers. I love guinea pigs and once had two of them, Daphne and her son Wotan. When they died (Wotan a year after Daphne) we had them creamated--no place to bury them in NYC. I still don't know what to do with all the little pieces of veggies left over from a salad, not to mention the apple slices they loved as treats. I'm so sorry, I know how much you love your animals and how much you'll miss him. I'll keep you and Mrs. CE in my thoughts and prayers. (((((hugs)))))

Poor Ernie, ((( hugs)))<br />
I lost four guinea pigs at age 6 to 7 1/2 years in the past.<br />
Two of them died in my lap at the vet, one in my lap at home and one died whilst a surgery.

that's very touching ernie . i hope that he is reincarnated as an eagle or something . :-)

I'm sorry ernie *hugs

oh ernie!! i am so sorry. i am always fascinated when you tell of the veggie scraps to feed 'em with. do you have others now? will they be sad? i'm not familiar with them but i know dogs will often look for the missing one. {{{hug}}} a sad day when we lose a pet :'(

sounds like some kinda mafia funeral

Me too, sorry to hear about the death. Eight is a good age. Our cat is already over the ten years and the goldfish survived a near death experience... my partner had already dug the grave... we looked on the internet after he gave sign of live just before putting him in... we coatched him to eat mashed peas and it seemed to work... he's a real bullmoose fish... you take care now. Hugs! Val :-)

Sorry to hear this about Checquers. It's very hard to lose a pet. Eight is a good age for a guinea pig though. ((hugs))