I’ve had my two guinea pigs for over 3 years now.
And for the majority of that time, I just couldn’t seem to appreciate them.
Of course, they were cute and cuddly and I loved them to bits, but I just never took the time to show them it. I rarely played with them. I didn’t check in on them too often. And I wasn’t the one who cleaned out their cage or fed them – my parents did that.
Then I saw a YouTube video from one of my favourite YouTubers, Annie Rose Cole. It was a tribute to her cat Cookie, and Cookie`s brother Styles. They’d both been killed by hawks. Annie described the scene: she’d been out for a walk, when she came across her cat Cookie. She was lying there, still, with red eyes and covered in blood. She was dead.
That made me really think.
Death. Injury. Disease. Loss.
I was totally shocked at how quickly something like that could happen. And I knew it could happen at any time.
From then onwards, I decided I was going to give Hazel and Vanilla (that’s what my guinea pigs are called) the love and attention they deserved.
I’m now making a conscious effort to always make sure the pigs have food and water. I take them out to play with whenever I can. I brush them, and I’m even going to start helping to clean out their cage.
This whole experience has shown me how important it is to treasure what you have, while you still have it. I’m now regretting the years I wasted when I should have been showing my guinea pigs love and affection.
I hope that if you are in the same position I was, you too will realize how special pets are. I’m now eternally thankful I’ve changed and incorporated my guinea pigs into my daily life.
I’m more grateful than ever that I’m lucky enough to have pets, and I’m sure the future will bring more good times with my furry friends.
Thank you all for reading, I will see you in my next post.
Incomplete Thinker xx