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Why does this keep happening?

by Snowy

I am an animal lover and I’ve had several animals in my life so I know that eventually they die. My guinea pigs got sick and died a day apart from each other. Three days ago they were happy little pigs running around and chewing on everything and then its like someone flipped a switch. I couldn’t afford to take them to the vet because its so expensive and i just started working. I know its silly but I love them so much and I miss them so much. I feel so trapped and with everything that has been happening I just feel like everything is going wrong. I can’t talk to my husband because he’s sleeping, (I should too but I can’t) and I don’t know that he’ll understand. The pigs were my rescue and I nursed them back to health when i first got them and I couldnt do anything but keep them warm. I hate that I get so attached to my animals but I can’t help it, like i said Im a sucker for a cute animal face. I think this is why Im going into veterinary medicine. I want to rescue another Guinea that one of my friends emailed to me. She’s cute and needs a home. My husband said no because we haven’t even gotten the ashes back for my other pigs and I need to grieve. I know I’m probably jumping the gun but I have a hole in my heart and every time I see their empty cage it makes me so depressed. I was so close to my piggies and I feel like he doesn’t understand. He just doesn’t want anymore pets and I understand that but he knew I was an animal lover and he knew about my pets before we got together. I feel like he’s only doing what he wants and isn’t even giving me a chance to explain why I want to being this pig in. He would be happy if we never had pets and he wasn’t like this before. I don’t know when things changed for him but I feel like now I have to give up another thing for him. I don’t feel like it’s fair.


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Iwantpeace2 8/6/2016 - 1:19 pm

Im really sorry bout ur gunie pigs I would hate it if my dog died , so I understand the loneliness yu must be goin thru

Snowy 8/6/2016 - 1:23 pm

Thank you!

impossible_girl 8/6/2016 - 1:43 pm

First, I’m so sorry about your guinea pigs. Crazy cat lady, myself, and it’s hard to lose an animal in any circumstance (as you know).

Second, and this is just my experience, there’s nothing wrong with bringing another guinea pig into your life right away. A new one can’t replace the old ones, but it can fill that empty hole with its own personality and quirks. At the risk of sounding overly obvious, have you asked your husband why he’s suddenly closed to the idea of more animals when he knows you’re an animal lover?

Hope things work out. :\

Snowy 8/6/2016 - 2:02 pm

Thank you! I have asked him and he told me yesterday that it’s because we need time to greive and I’m being disrespectful to their memory by getting a new pet. He also said that he feels we already have too many animals right now and wee need a break. We have 2 dogs and one small lizard. I get that he think we should take a break but seeing the empty cage and not hearing their chatter is killing me. He thinks that I should love the other pets we have and stop trying to replace them.

playdead4fun 8/6/2016 - 2:25 pm

Hello Snowy

Clearly your husband understands absolutely nothing about animals and about your relation to animals.

You will grieve sooner or later with or without new guinea pigs. Do not have another guinea pig is not a garantee that your grieve will happen successfully as for each person mourning is a very personal process.

Take the new guinea pig and if your husband do not like it explain to him you and him are different people and you need the new pig exactly to be able to deal with death.

Snowy 8/6/2016 - 3:27 pm

I can’t because he would either kick me out or force me to get rid of the pig and I wouldn’t want to put the pig through the stress of relocating so much. Apparently it’s all about him and what he wants right now. He said that we’ve been doing it my way and it’s time for us to do it his way and I can either accept it or get out.

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