“In A Class By Herself”
Baby was a guinea pig truly in a class by herself; she was independent and stubborn, yet very lovable. She was graced with ruby-red, luminous eyes and gorgeous lilac fur, and she was highly intelligent. From the start, she received the nickname “wild thing” because she’d managed to escape an outdoor pen and run loose for a few days. She was eventually caught, but her sense of adventure had been cultivated, and she was fearless. She was full of guinea pig attitude, and didn’t hesitate to show it. This served her well in getting the treats she so desired. She had developed a different squeak for her every whim, and she fully expected her human (Dee) to understand and immediately comply.
It frustrated Baby that Dee would talk “babytalk” to her in a rather high-pitched, irritating voice. So, to mollify Dee, Baby would put her nose up in the air to look “cute”. Dee had other nicknames for Baby like “Babe Major” (a rather silly reference from the movie “Wayne’s World”). Baby was highest on the guinea pig social order and everypig knew it. Whatever Baby wanted, Baby got.
Dee would take Baby out for a bit of exercise, otherwise known as “floortime”. Dee would sit in the middle of the floor, watching Baby’s antics. Baby would waddle a little, start hopping, and then run around Dee in circles. She would try to move Dee’s leg out of the way, and when that didn’t work, she’d nibble on Dee’s sock.
Baby wasn’t camera-shy, either. She liked getting her “pigture” taken. “What a good-looking piggie I am,” she’d mutter to herself. And she was right. When Dee would hold Baby, sometimes Dee would say “You’re such a beautiful guinea.” (And each time, Baby’s ego got a little bit bigger.) Baby rewarded Dee with a lick on the nose and thought to herself “Hope she is quiet and lets me sleep on her shoulder now.”
There were, of course, certain other perks to being “top guinea”. Before Dee would eat breakfast, she’d take Baby out in the morning and hold her for awhile, feeding her bits of orange. Baby enjoyed the extra attention and (especially) the food.
All in all, Baby lead a very “charmed” piggie life and even got to watch movies with Dee and (Baby’s other human), Eddie. One particular movie she liked was “Hoosiers”. Something about basketball piqued Baby’s interest; she couldn’t take her eyes off the screen.
Then, the day finally came when Baby knew she’d not have long before she’d have to leave this earth and it made her sad. For six years, she’d gotten to know and love her humans and she wasn’t sure what awaited her after this.
As the time of her departure drew nearer, Baby began to “see” tall and muscular shining beings; somehow she understood that these were angels sent by God to watch over her humans. To her surprise, one of them looked at her with a tender expression on his face and asked “Are you ready to go Home now, little one?” Then Baby looked into Dee’s and Eddie’s grief-stricken faces one last time, and she could feel their love for her washing over her in waves. “The love is what you’ll remember,” whispered the angel, as he cradled Baby in his arms, and took her Home.