Ready to talk about Jin - sorry it's so long

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kellyandpiggies

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It's take me a couple of years to be able to talk fully about Jin (aka Jinny and Jin-Jin).

I hope you all don't mind.. He was and still is my best friend, I miss so very much, even after all this time.

I had a really strange dream… I was dreaming about more guinea pigs, but in the dream I called them 'Jinny pigs'. This dream I just could not forget, so I popped down to Focus, they had a Petworld and got myself another piggy.

I called him Jin… he was my big pig. He died on March 23rd 2004.…



He was light gingery-brown and had patches of white with a white stripe going down from his head to his nose. Much bigger than the rest and he was so cute, as all piggies are.

He was almost 6 years old. Jin was a bit of a cheeky pig, he just gave you that 'cheeky' look and you couldn’t help but fall for him…
It had never been a smooth ride for him… he had an extra toe on his back foot which hung, although it did not bother him so it was never removed.



Once, he also had a really bad abscess on his back which had to be removed, and had a load of stitches after. He suffered badly from a skin complaint that made him scratch badly, causing him to have cuts on his back, and had the odd fit because of this. He loved to have his back scratched.

Once my brother accidently dropped him when Jin was 2.. the vet said he was paralysed due to his back being broken and suggested that I had him put to sleep cos there was no way it would mend..
No way could I have done that!

Jin could not walk on his back legs and used to pull himself sround.. It was funny in a way.. Lots of massages, care, attention and swimming therapy - my ways- and he actually started to get better and use his legs!
Within about 6 months he was back to his normal self!

He was a great uncle to Icey's babies and never tried it on once!





He was my best-friend, Tonics too.





I spoke to him and in a way I knew that he was listening to me. He would lick my nose and my lips, as if he were giving me a kiss. Jin would also chew on my chin! Was funny, it never hurt, just tickled!
Him and Tonic loved their runs round the house, and if I had some custard, would give him some on a dish and he would eat it!



He liked a bit of chocolate too! Cucumber was his favourite, would pick this one as soon as all the piggies were fed.
Sometimes he would also go to sleep with me in my bed too!

Could have a bit of a cry with him, and he would be there always… gave me a cuddle to say ‘it’ll be ok’.

Towards the end, he had developed pneumonia, and it hurt me so much to see him struggling for breath, especially after what he had been through already. He had only just come back from the vets, who were giving him a high dose of antibiotics for his pneumonia. All of a sudden, while he was in my arms, he had a fit. I was used to his fits so it came as nothing out of the ordinary for me. I gave him a cuddle and spoke to him all through as I often did, telling him ‘it’s ok, be calm, it’ll be over soon…’ and then it would, the fitting would stop and he would be ok. This time was different. As the fit came to an end his mouth was wide open and he was gasping for breath. My husband, Mike, ran with Jin to the vets. They gave him oxygen and a heart massage, but he never came round…

Mike brought him home, and for a few hours all I did was sit there holding him close to me, wrapped up in his blanket pleading with him to wake up.

I didn’t want him to go… but I realise that where he is now, he’s not in pain or suffering no more. He’s being the cheeky pig that he is…

My dad buried him in the garden as I do not have one myself, and we have made a little memorial garden with a water fountain. My parents knew how much he meant to me and so have done this for me.

I could write pages and pages more about him, but am still finding it a little hard sometimes.


Not long after he went I was uploading pictures of him on the computer and I was crying.. Michael Jacksons You are not alone came on that was Jins song to me.

And, as I have written all of this, I cry my eyes out for him
Nonetheless, he will always be my baby…


Mrs Player xx
 
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Mrs Player, I'm in tears. A great memorial to Jin.

I cant believe what a remarkable piggy he was. So let me get this right he spent a further 4 years with no feelings in his back legs. That is truly remarkable. WHAT A GUINEA PIG. I take my hat off to him.

Rest In Peace You little Soldier I'm sure you are keeping all the other piggies happy up in rainbow bridge.

Your mummy Mrs Player misses you BIG TIME!

Michele aka Mrs Mod.
 

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yep you're right there.. he could use his legs and run around.. it was more of his actual feet that he couldn't feel, you could squeeze and he wouldn't flinch..

Thank you for your kind words.

The big bugger will be looking after everyone for us! Making them just as cheeky as he is


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Thats ok, and dont be sorry i cant talk about openly yet your not alone x x
 

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Thank you for telling us about such a special person.
I am so sorry he had such a difficult life, but he could not have had a better mummy! x
 
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Thank you for telling us about such a special piggie

He was so loved in every way

Big hugs to you

Love
Claire
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what a wonderful tale of a wonderful animal who brought you so much love, through his own pain and illnesses he was always a big constant in your life, makes me cry just writing this as i know exactly how you are feeling, my feelings for my 2 darlings who crossed the bridge last thursday are still so raw, have you ever thought about writing a book about his adventures, as i was reading your discription of his life made me think of a story book, and I am being deadly serious here, what a brave little man, no wonder you miss him so very much, I suspect I will still be crying for Bear this time next year (soppy moo that I am ) :'(
 

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a story book? hmmm, I haven't thought about that.. :) Maybe.. we'll see. ;)

Thanx for your kind words.. They all mean a lot to me


xx Mrs Player xx
 

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Aww he was lovely!

Glad you feel ready to talk :)
 

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Thanx, he was the only one I had an ultimate bond with - not saying I don't with my others, just that Jin was different in a way I can't describe.

I hope you all can understand.

xx Kelly xx
 
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That is a beautiful tribute to a truly wonderful piggy. I had a lump in my throat reading it.

Run free at the bridge little man.
 

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I have a little cry everytime I read this bit! Especially today

Thank you all for your kind words


xx Kelly xx
 
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