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Friday, 14 January 2011

Goodbye Tinkerbell 13 01 2011

Tinkerbell d.13 01 2011 RIP
Kitty offers solace to Hedgehog

Yesterday afternoon we discovered that our beloved Tinkerbell was no more. Such a shock - she had taken her late night grape , which she always squealed for when I did my final exit from the kitchen before bed and though Hedgehog , her companion would take one too , it was always more reluctantly. Tinkerbell always grabbed hers and ran to eat it so that she could capitalise on Hedgehog's reluctance if it included a dropped grape . She was up for breakfast and no signs of illness at ill though we had noticed her slowing down but put this down to her size.

Poor Old Hedgehog was as shocked as we were and was running about her quarters trying to "find" her friend , and attempting to coax her still form back to life . It was not to be .
We all said goodbye and did the necessaries.

Concern about how Hedgehog would cope alone led to my perusing the internet last night and it seems we must watch for signs of depression and if that exists we should consider introducing a new companion but with care . We would know she was depressed if she showed no signs of interest in her human companions , stopped making her usual noises , stopped eating or drinking and basically sat around staring into space . So far so good . She is quiet , and still "searching" but seems reasonably chirpy.
Oven mitts are suggested for our protection  if we do introduce a new friend. Introductions should take place on neutral ground , and a towel should be held ready to throw over warring parties in the even of a squabble . two cages should be kept for a while until the pigs are happy together . We should be prepared that it might not work out and separate living arrangements might be needed .

However if she is ok , we may be better to allow her to grieve alone and see how she goes .

We kept an eye open last night and when I settled down to watch the news at six I sat her on my lap to watch with me . She seemed very relaxed there and in a few minutes , Kitty came to join us . Kitty , who is renowned as the most ferocious of our cats , has taken to cuddling up with me recently as soon as I sit down , for reasons best known to herself . Last night was no exception and as the evening progressed , she snuggled noticeably closer and
closer to the piggy and Hedgehog's breathing suggested she was quite relaxed with this and eventually out came the piggy foot to the side which suggested she was going to lie on her side and have a snooze. The little eyes flickered and eventually the days events were too much for her . Poor old piggy . I knew how she felt .

We found ourselves listening to Nigel Archer's funeral ( very fitting ) and then Trevor Eve Kidnap and Ransom and finally Piggy went to bed quite tired out at ten thirty pm . Although she checked piggy house a couple of times searching for Tinkerbell she soon settled to eating hay and sleep .

As for you dear old  Tinkerbell , you will be sadly missed with your pink eyes and your little caramel swirls of fur . We won't forget you .
Goodbye Tinkerbell . We will take care of your friend .
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5 comments:

Silliyak said...

So sorry for your loss.

Your account of your tortie however, gives me encouragement. Since the loss of our 21 yr old cat, I have not had a lap cat, and neither Lenora nor Lily show much inclination, but there is hope I guess!

Silliyak said...

I thought of a question, is your Tortie talkative? Ours is VERY. we're often scolded for some infraction or another of her rules.

MsCatMinder said...

Indeed. Kitty is very loud. She has many rules and we break most of them on a daily basis. In fact - I can feel a whole Kitty post coming on. 4he is a darling but most of our visitors , friends and house guests have a Kitty tale to tell

BetteJo said...

Oh, I'm so sorry about Tinkerbell. Sounds like Hedgehog is holding her own, she's lucky you're paying such close attention.

joan said...

Hi Shelagh i really feel for you, and pass my chin tickles to hedgehog, we did just the same as you when bobbijos sister lou, died, we cuddled her and watched for all the signs, but she fared really well, and actually came out of her shell! Lou was quite a bully to bobbijo!
RIP tinkerbelle shes prob playing with bobbijo!
lv 2 all joan x

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