My Eulogy for Tiny Tim: The Spiritual Lessons of Abuse and Overcoming


Prompted by a "calling" that came without any explanation, I picked up the phone and dialed (literally since I still use rotaries) the local shelter early in December 2013. I asked if they had any elderly or hard luck guinea pigs.

"As a matter of fact I have just the pig for you."

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  1. Yes indeed, Averyl, Tim's story did touch me very much. I have rescued many animals, mostly dogs and a few cats, and their resiliency and unconditional love has been a blessing in my life. My latest rescue dog, Kiwi, I also trained to spin for snacks, ha, ha! Thank you too for sharing the beautiful lessons you learned from Tim. Other lessons we learn from our pets can be found in the book "Guardians of Being". :-)

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    1. Oh Lois, that's wonderful. Kisses for Kiwi. xoxox

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  2. Hmmm...this is just a test, Averyl. I just submitted a rather lengthy (and nice!) comment, but received a response that it was being reviewed and would be published later. Does that happen often? I don't want to have to try and remember at all, but I can if it disappeared!

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    1. Sometimes I put comments on moderation if I'm getting a lot of spam and I'm stepping away for the night. All is well. :)

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  3. What a beautiful life Timmy had and also you for having him in your life. I feel tears in my eyes reading this. I'm so happy Timmy found his forever home with you both. The love and support is so amazing. Yes, these little beings bring to us is more than words can express. I had a little lovebird that I met while housekeeping. He lived in a hallway, no one loved or cared. I finally convinced his owner to let him come home and live with us. What he brought to us, dear little soul, was more than words can express. A sweet loving soul that wanted nothing more than to be loved. And that we gave him. Miss him everyday, just like you with Timmy. I want you to know how much he loved you and appreciated the gift you gave him and what he gave you. hugs. You are wonderful.

    Anne Day

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    1. Aw, Anne, thank you. Your lovebird sounded so sweet. Thank you for convincing the owner to release him to you.

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  4. Thank you for sharing the story of Timmy's life. It brought tears to my eyes, but I'm glad to know that he was loved and cared for.

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  5. I don´t know how people can be so mean to animals... It's heartbreaking and I'm sure Tiny Tim had a Big Happy life with you and all the past was forgoten even with all the scars that he had.
    We adopted 2 cats 3 years ago. They were in a municipal shelter and they came home scared and in need of a lot of love, patience and care. One of them, died after 3 months with us, because of a bacteria in the blood. But I know that those 3 months, made all the time they were in the street, be forgoten and that Ninja (that was is name) felt loved until the day that he died. And we still have Tareco and he's pampered, loved and cared every day! He's our 4 legged son! :)

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    1. Paula, that's so sweet about the life you gave your Ninja, and your Tareco who is still with you. Pets really are our children, only we don't have to pay to send them to college! :D

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  6. How blessed you both were to have one another. Thank you for sharing your learnings and stories from Timmy's life.

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  7. Averyl,

    So sad to hear about Timmy. I knew the day you and Wayne got him that he would have a charmed life with you; I am so sorry that we didn't recognize just how badly injured he was. You have always gone above and beyond for your piggies, first Louis and now Timmy.

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    1. Hi! Is this Beth? Thank you! No apologies needed about the extent of his injuries; there was no way for you to know. I am so grateful that the ARLGP took him and and cared for him and for guinea pig lovers/volunteers like you. Thank you for all you do!

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  8. I loved Timmy and I know you've mentioned abuse in the past. I couldn't read all of this. I was already getting teary-eyed at the beginning. I skipped down and saw the pics of your ex and Wayne with Timmy which are so sweet! And the last part, what Timmy taught you, is beautiful! As you know, my Teddy was a rescue kitty but I don't know his background. He can get kind of "bitie" sometimes if your hands are too close to his face. My neighbor said maybe it's because he was hit in the past. I don't know but he sure has been spoiled rotten since then! ;)

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    1. Aileen, I actually didn't realize your Teddy was a rescue! I once had a "bitey" guinea pig. He had been rescued from a back yard and had a very bad case of mites which made him painfully itchy. It took many treatments for them to finally go away, and then he needed some maintenance treatments for most of his life. It was almost like a reflex for him to try and bite when he was petted, but it was never ever malicious and his bites never hurt. Just a little nip and then he purred for pets. Thank you for loving Timmy. It means a lot!

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  9. I've enjoyed reading about Timmy over the years, and this article was a wonderful tribute. I'm so sorry for your loss. He seemed like a real sweetie pie, and I'm sure he understood the good care you gave him.

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