What started off as a good day ended in a very sombre mood as we lost one of our guinea pigs, Truffles.
It caught us unaware as she was in good health.
Today was supposed to be a fun day. We bought our Christmas tree and were in the process of decorating it when Rachel noticed that Truffles was lying on her side and not moving. I checked her and it was obvious that she was gone. What was most upsetting was that I know for a fact that she was still alive and in good spirits about 20 minutes previously.
As a dad, this is a hard moment to deal with. Both Rachel and Joanna are old enough to appreciate that we’ve lost a companion and, unlike the rabbits back in 2004, this isn’t something that we were able to shield them from. So, I had to keep a stiff upper lip and do the job of making sure that she left us in a dignified manner.
I know that death is inevitable but it doesn’t make it any easier to explain to your kids when it happens.