On July 10th, Ellie reunited with Freya at the end of the Rainbow Bridge.
It all happened so fast, and without warning.
Just like Freya, Ellie was being her usual happy self earlier in the day when one afternoon, she was just lying flat halfway through her igloo. She never sleeps like that, so she was checked to see if something was wrong with her.
She couldn’t get up and her mouth and bottom looked wet, so she was rushed to the vet. It was heartbreaking to see Elllie struggling in the car as she was having seizures. But unlike Freya’s seizures which stopped after a couple of minutes, Ellie’s seizures lasted for more than 15 minutes, and I knew then and there that it was a very bad sign.
When Ellie arrived at the vet, she was given the same emergency treatment as Freya. I really thought Ellie would have a better chance of survival because although she was lying flat on the vet table, she didn’t look like she was having a very hard time breathing unlike Freya. Ellie also doesn’t cry out when a vet holds her or gives her shots, so I thought at that time that she was just being her usual self. I didn’t realize she was already struggling that much.
She was also confined for closer observation, but after a couple hours, Ellie passed away.
To be honest, Ellie was never quite the same when Freya left. She was still eating A LOT and being her jolly self, but she was becoming more and more needy and craved human attention more than ever. She enjoyed being with her humans and chilling on their bed, and she would cry whenever she was put back into the cage. Looking back, I think it was her way of telling us that she’s feeling something and that we should spend more time with her while she’s still there.
Well, what more can I say? I am still at a loss for words. Losing both Ellie and Freya in the span of two months, and while I was away, has left a gaping hole in my heart. I know that 5 years is a good age for guinea pigs, and even the vet has told me several times that they have reached an old age, but knowing this still doesn’t prepare you for the pain that you are going to experience when their time comes. Nothing ever will.
I will miss you terribly, Ellie. I will miss your ear-splitting wheeks and affectionate purrs during lap time. I will miss your gentle disposition and the way you seek attention from me. I will miss your tricks and that cute little wave you do whenever I ask you to “say hello” or do a “cute face”. And yes, I will also miss you peeing on my bed or my shirt (no matter how annoying it is to clean up after you!) I love you, Ellie. Enjoy all the delicious fruits and veggies over there <3
I can only hope and pray that Ellie and Freya felt loved and happy during their 5 years in our home. I hope they were able to feel how much I and my whole family loved them, because they brought so much joy into our lives. They have taught me how to be giving, loving, patient, and compassionate. For the first time in my life, I learned to consider the needs of others before my own, and it is all because of them. And for that, they have changed my life forever, for the better.