View Full Version : my beloved widgie boo some day i will see you soon

6th September 2006, 08:12 PM
its nearly four years(29sept 2002) since i siad my final goodbyes to my 7 year old cavie widgit.when i first got widgit,she was the runt of the litter huddled up in the coner of her pen,I knew straigt away i had to have her.she was a tiny little thing hence her name,on the journey home she cuddled up under my arm,it was love at first sight,when i arrived home i slowly introduced her to her big sister sproggit who was 10 months old at the time.needless to say sproggit wasnt too impressed to start with but soon enough they became best of pals,widgit became her shadow followed her everywhere.widgit was a quite nervous dog unusual for a cavie giving their friendly nature.when widgit turned 5 she lost her hearing ,a genitic fault so sprog became her ears.my alarm clock every morn,was her wagging tail hitting off my bed board,as she always slept on my pillow beside my head.So needless to say on the 29 sept my worst nightmare came through,it had been a lovely afternoon & ihad just come back from the local park with my babies.the customery bowl of water was put down.i noticed widgit was panting alot but put it down to her walk & warm evening.within minutes i quickly realised more was wrong,i acted quickly,knowing it was a sunday evening it would be difficult to get a vet & time wasnt on my side so i rang the nearst vet to me,he lived only down the road .when he answered(mr frank darcy)i explained widgits condition at this stage she could hardly breath ,i was frantic & sobbing at this stage i begged him to see her which he flatly refused,i couldnt believe it,he said he was off duty ,then why did he answer his phone,time i knew as not on my side,again i begged him saying i knew she was slipping away,he then hung up on me,i then rang a vet (carey & keane) in kilmainham who said get her over straight away i drove as fast as i could breaking every speed limit hoping a garda would spot me & give me an escort.finally i arrived the vet was there to meet me,he acted as quickly as possible ,at this stage i was relieved shes going to be ok the vets here now to look after you i kept telling her your going to be ok,your going to be ok!!but then my wost nightmare came through she took her last breath,i fell to the floor & sobbed ,i couldnt believe she had gone,she had been flying around an hour before full of the joys of spring.she had her annual check up a few months before & had been given a clean bill of health.all i kept on thinking was why?finally when i could compose myself i wrapped my rugby shirt around her & brought her home,i cradled her in my arms for around 4 hours,with sproggit , ginzu, & ruffels by my side ,i wasnt ready to say goodbye to my widgit.a friend finally persuaded me to say farewell.i couldnt say goodbye i just kept saying i will see you soon.its four years on & there isnt a night that goes by that i dont go out & say goodnight to my widgit nor a day that she isnt in my thoughts.my vet reckons it was a condition called cardiac tendoni these are tendons (heart strings) which ancor the mitral valve to the interior wall of the heart,he reckons they collasped which leads to a build up of fluid on the lungs.its a rare condition & he has only seen two case in his time, both of which were cavaliers.i will never forget my (widgie boo)i will see her one day all of us together............................ :flwr:

6th September 2006, 08:24 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about your beloved Widgit, what a sad story but thank you for sharing it with us.

It was very bad of that vet not to respond in an emergency, even if he was off duty...however with that condition I don't think there would have been anything he could have done. :(

Sadly I suspect our beloved Fillipa also passed with the same condition - she was only 5 1/2...She had been out of the car for a stretch, jumped back in and we got in and started off. They were all a bit "panty" as it was a warm day. Within just minutes, Fillipa made this strange gaspy noise and by the time we'd stopped the car and got her out of the back, she was gone :( :(

She had a Grade 1 murmur, like your Widigt had only been checked a couple of months before and was ok, fit and healthy.

Until today I had heard rumours of this happening, but your Widigt is the only other one I've read about...it is EXTREMELY rare, so I don't want others to panic.

I'm sure Widgit will be at the Bridge waiting for you...

Cuddle Sproggit close, we hope to hear more about her. I know this isn't the right place but just wanted to say welcome to the forum...

6th September 2006, 08:58 PM
hi Nicki, Rupert, TedBear and Jack

thankyou so much for your reply, i really do appreciate it, im so sorry to hear about your fillipa, they never leave your thoughts,it is a very rear condition you never stop thinking if you could of made it sooner or quicker!!! still i have my other 3 wonderfull babies, sprog is here right beside me a grand old age of 12 & still mad as a hatter ha ha!! i also have her son ruffels aged 8 & her daughter ginzu aged 8.the twins as i call them.
thanks again take care cheers kim sprog ruffs & ginzs mum xx

6th September 2006, 09:05 PM
Goodness 12 is a fabulous age...we'd love to see some photos of Sprog, there is a thread for the "Oldies" here:


My lovely Oldie, Rupert, is on there...he's a mere youngster at 10 though :D

It's lovely that you have your twins too, I'm sure they are a comfort to you.

The other strange thing was that my Rupert is deaf {from the age of 2}...and Fillipa was HIS ears...

6th September 2006, 09:41 PM
hi there,thanks for reply
im fairly new to this & computers so still feeling my way around, hope to try & get photos sorted out soon so forgive me for the mo,computers
were never my strong point ha ha!!sprog is also deaf since the age of 7 but copes very well .she has never calmed down.I always remember saying it to Sidney my vet when she was around 3 & he said dont worry when shes a bit older she will be alot calmer.8 years on shes still mad as a hatter but i love her for that ,i know shes still alive & kicking.sprog thinks shes a human being despite the fact i keep telling her shes a dog ha!ha!ginzu is a quite little one but has a bit of mischief some of her mum in her & as for mr ruffels he is like his dad so layed back, loves his cuddles.i have to say its lovely to talk to like minded people my babies are my life my kids now i dont feel so nutty after all,how old are rupert tedbear & jack,would love to hear more about your kids cheers kim

6th September 2006, 09:57 PM
I'm glad you like it here Kim, they are a wonderful group of people...

We'd love to see photos of your babies.

You need to upload them to hosting account like www.photobucket.com

then to put them on here, copy and paste the 3rd line under the photo, the one headed "img".

If you select it with your cursor, and press CTRL + C at the same time, then come back into your post here and press CTRL + V at the same time, the line should copy across.

DOn't worry it takes a while to get the hang of it...

Rupert is 10, I've had him since he was a pup.

TedBear is the Ruby in my avatar, he will be 3 in a couple of weeks, came to us at 19 months, a retired show dog...

Jack will be 5 in December, there's some photos of him and TedBear here:


and some of them all on the beach


7th September 2006, 07:26 AM
Kim, :flwr:

I read your post and took your words to heart...I kept thinking about your loss so much...yes years, months later we still miss them so very, very much. x

Your darling Widgit was the world to you, your words tell me that and I'm sure she is nearby in spirit and will surely be waiting for you one day...I understand your loss believe me. :flwr:

Don't worry about finding your way around...they will all tell you that I have the very same problem LOL, it's lovely here though, we all adore our cavaliers and help each other which ever way we can and I just adore the oldies....especially Blenheims!!!

Hang on to your memories Kim, they are your gift from her to you forever.

Alison, Wilts, U.K.

12th September 2006, 09:13 AM
kim--you told that story so real, it was like being there, i was crying. im sorry widget is gone, it's so hard. glad you had her while you did, what love you shared with her..

12th September 2006, 12:21 PM

I'm so sorry to hear of you losing your darling Widgit :( They are just little wingless, furry angels only lent to us for a little while. I'll bet Sproggit misses her friend too :(

Take care :flwr:

12th September 2006, 02:41 PM

So sorry to hear about you losing your little widget and so suddenly. It's amazing how attached we get to them. I thinks it is because they look so cute and vunerable. People who don't have pets can never understand how close we can get to them ,they just steal our hearts away.

I'm so glad you still have your other little ones to keep you company.