Goodbye to Pinball

Posted in Memorials at 10:54 am by Jenn

It is with a heavy heart that we wish Pinball the guinea pig a swift trip over the bridge.  Last Tuesday, January 19th, Pinball was back in for another tooth trim, in preparation for his new chin sling headgear.  The weekend before (5 days after his last trim) we had already noticed his incisors out of alignment, and knew that we were likely to find the same situation this time as we had last time.  And we were right.  When Dr. Munn got a good gander at his teeth, they’d already trapped his tongue again.

He prepared to start trimming and prodded the first tooth gently.  It fell out.  The one behind it was also quite loose and with gentle wiggling also fell out.  [Picture of the teeth can be viewed here]  We were both flabbergasted, but I asked him to trim what remained and we’d go from there.  He didn’t appear to have any trouble on the anesthesia while he was under, but showed some difficulty waking up.  He was brought home to be coddled and kept warm until he could wake.

Pinball spent most of the evening in a quiet room on his heating pad in his carrier.  Much later in the night, he started stirring regularly and we thought he was out of the woods.  I went to bed and left my husband to keep an eye on him (to make sure he didn’t get burned on his heating pad and in case he had trouble).  At 2am, Anthony woke me up to let me know that he’d sighed and breathed his last.

It was a staggering loss for us.  He’d only been here a month, but Pinball was so energetic.  He’d learned when feeding times were and would beg as adroitly as any of our other, normal piggies.  He loved coating himself nearly head to toe with Critical Care, and tolerated his sponge baths with much dignity.  We are still saddened by his loss, and we haven’t yet been able to bring ourselves to break down his little quarantine cage.

We would like to thank everyone who called, emailed, wrote,  and posted their good thoughts and good wishes to Pinball.  We told him every night how many people were pulling for him and how he’d never have to worry about anything again if we could only get through this.  We received donations and cards from all over the US, and even internationally.  Our sincere thanks go out to Sponsor a Guinea Pig for allowing Pinball to be January’s pig, and for helping organize all the good will going towards his recovery.  If nothing else, Pinball’s illness has been an important wakeup call that vet care is never optional for small animals, and that denying them this care can severely impair them for life.   If his suffering can help even one other pig to not end up in the same situation, it has not been in vain.

Thank you again, everyone, for your kind thoughts and for rooting for Pinball.  He was one of  a kind.


  1. Celia said,

    February 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Sweet little Pinball,

    Your suffering was so unfair, especially because it was so preventable. Too many pets share similar lives of neglect. Maybe your story will be the example that saves some other helpless little being.

    You found your way into the caring hands of Jenn and Anthony and because of that you were luckier than some. With them you had what was the happiest month of your short life and you did everything you could to let them know how much you appreciated their loving attention.

    Though your time together was far too short, you were able to leave this world finally feeling the love you so deserved.

  2. Shevaun said,

    February 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

    It was an honor to fundraise for Pinball. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  3. Dave Cable said,

    February 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I hope you’re in piggie heaven with our Olive, little Pinball. It’s so sad what you went through and to hear that you passed on. In the end, you knew what it was like to be loved and cared for and despite everything, I know it gave you some piggie joy.

  4. laura said,

    February 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    I feel so saddened by his story 🙁 I was so hoping he’ll pull through and make a great recovery. I know he is now pain free at the bridge, enjoying the fields of parsley.

  5. MJ said,

    February 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Dear Jenn and Anthony,

    I felt so bad when I heard about Pinball’s passing. My girls and I care for 15 adopted and rescued piggies in our home and know that empty feeling of losing a little furball. They are all so unique with their own personalities and moods. I just wanted you to know I was thinking of you during this sad time and what a lucky little piggo Pinball was to have you. I am truly inspired by your love and kindness towards these wonderful little beings!!!