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February 26, 2006

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Yoshe, the Pet of the Day
Name: Yoshe
Age: Deceased, One year old
Gender: Female
Kind: Satin Abyssinian Guinea Pig
Home: Melbourne, Australia
   Yoshe's vibrant colors and shining coat represented her personality perfectly - she was full of life, and spread joy so easily among everybody who saw her. Her gentle eyes, and cute button nose will never leave my memory as long as I live. Her death left a mark on my life... not just because she's no longer with us, but because my little girl must have suffered.

    Yoshe was an extremely special little sow. She passed away at age twelve months due to problems with her breed's background. Guinea Pigs live from five to seven years on average, so to loose this little one at such a young age was a shock for us all. Unfortunately it appeared as though she developed problems with her teeth over time, and eventually was unable to eat. Little did I know she was stealing the food from my hand as she always had, only to drop it once I wasn't looking because she had become unable to chew. She hid it from me too well.

    Yoshe wasn't just a great pet - she taught us all a lesson in caring for our remaining Guinea Pigs. For the suffering Yoshe endured, the others will benefit. And although I will regret to this day not having picked it up sooner, Yoshe is in a better place - running and jumping and full of life. I miss her beyond belief, but all I can do now is ensure that the same thing never ever occurs in my pig's pen again - and that others can learn to check for this as well - I owe that to Yoshe. Rest in peace little one, you will never be forgotten.

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