||Three years old|
August 2004, we adopted two skinny, neglected, adorable guinea pig
brothers, Stewie and Nigel. What fun they have been! Seven months
later, we became aware of Stewie and Nigel's brother who was also very
neglected physically and nutritionally - we adopted him and called him
Mr. Peabody after the cute, funny, smart white dog from the old "Rocky
and Bullwinkle" cartoons. Peabody was very timid and completely
unaccustomed to any human contact at all but slowly became a Love Bug -
sleeping (and purring) for hours in our laps!
Because he looks like a ghost, he has many nicknames - P-Boo, The Boo
and Boo-Boo! P-Boo didn't receive nutritious food until he came to live
with us. Unfortunately, he started having serious problems with his
teeth shortly after he joined our family. Peabody's right side of his
mouth has severely mal-aligned molars/teeth that overgrow across his
mouth, trap his tongue and make eating impossible. Because rodents'
teeth grow continuously, Peabody requires monthly teeth trimming by our
Over the past 1 1/2 years, Peabody's teeth have worsened. He can't eat
much on his own anymore. Sweet P-Boo requires many syringe feedings of
Oxbow's Critical Care daily along with liquid Vitamin C and other
high-caloric supplements like baby food and lactose-free vanilla Ensure.
He tries to eat a few pellets or bits of hay on his own and still drinks
a few ounces of water a day. He has such a strong will to live despite
his major medical problem! He is amazing!!!
P-Boo is a trooper! Our veterinarian calls him "stoic" and we agree!
Currently, Peabody has severely abscessed roots and probable
pain/discomfort daily but still tries to eat on his own and whistles for
syringe feedings of Critical Care, then purrs with a contented/full
tummy while curling up to sleep on a lap. We are so grateful to
Peabody's veterinarian for all the wonderful care and help he has
consistently given Little Boo-Boo! And, although we worry about him
daily, pray for a miracle cure (and live on a shoestring budget), we
would do anything for P-Boo to keep him happy and give him a high
quality of life.
We think Cutie-Pie Peabody is very deserving of The Pet of the Day
honor! (Bless his heart! BTW, he looks like a little angel sleeping!)
We have adopted many neglected/abused guinea pigs over the years and our
dream is to someday build our own Cavy Sanctuary. Our fun (non-profit)
pet site has more cute pics of Peabody and his brothers plus all the Guinea Pigs
we've ever adopted: Guinea Pigs R Fun
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