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April 17, 2005

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Moe, the Pet of the Day
Name: Moe
Age: Five months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Guinea Pig
Home: Newark, Delaware, USA
   This is my newest little boy, Moe. He's a five month old long haired guinea pig, and he lives with me and my husband and his two adopted piggy brothers DJ & Jack here in Newark, Delaware. He's special because he's a wonderful friend and companion, despite a horrible start to life.

    We adopted him right before Christmas from a family who obviously didn't know how to take care of him. When he first came home he had scaly sores all over his back and was missing large clumps of hair. He was a very good boy even though he must have been feeling itchy and awful, and let us give him a bath and take him to the vet for a shot of antibiotics. He was so starved for love that he was huddling up against me at the vet like he had known me for years, even though it had been less than 24 hours. We nursed him for two weeks with oral antibiotics two times a day, and he lapped them up like they were candy and sat still for hours letting me groom the loose hair and skin out of his coat. He was so confused when I tried to hold him in the beginning- he seemed to have no idea that I just wanted to give him attention and love. Then, recently, Moe had a horrible scare. All of a sudden he wouldn't eat his dinner, was very lethargic, and was breathing very hard. He had to go to an emergency vet center and get another shot. The vet isn't sure if he has pneumonia or heart disease, but either way his heart was enlarged with fluid and pushing on his poor little lungs. Now he has to have medicine three times a day to help him pass the fluid, as well as antibiotics in case of pneumonia. He's gotten comfortable enough with his new home to be a bit more difficult when it comes to medication time, but his daddy and I take that as a sign of health and just love him for it. Moe likes to grab the syringe and toss it away instead of swallowing his meds. He loves to lick his daddy's fingers, and only nibbles a teeny bit. He crawls up my chest to nibble on my glasses frame, then curls up on my lap and falls asleep. I can't imagine being so sweet if so many awful things had happened to me in the first few months of my life, and this is why Moe is such a special little piggy.

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