In Loving Memory Of Archie

In Loving Memory Of Archie

My sweet Archie sadly passed away on the 23rd of May. After getting ill overnight I took him to a vet, but he didn't make it. He passed away a few hours after we got back home. Here is a blogpost dedicated to my sweet and shy Archie.

Adopting Archie

I adopted Archie from a shelter nearby on the 31st of October. When I introduced him to Mieps, I was a bit scared they wouldn't get along at all. Luckily they didn't fight badly and they got along okay. They weren't best friends, but you could see they enjoyed each other's company.

I was so nervous the first few days that I set my alarm every few hours to check on them at night. When I had to go to school I set up a private live stream to keep an eye on them. 

As time passed they got used to each other. Archie often followed Mieps around in the living room or the kitchen, because he was a bit nervous to be alone in such a big space.
It was so funny to see them get their snacks and quickly run into their houses. Archie always stole Mieps food and she came back running to me for another slice. 

First photoshoot

The photoshoot with the glasses and lights on the background was Archie's very first photoshoot. He absolutely nailed it! He was such a patient and photogenic guinea pig. Archie was a bit of a shy guinea pig as well, especially in the beginning. That didn't stop him from stealing food. He loved carrots and cucumber. 

Floor time

It was such a joy watching the piggies get their floor time. Archie explored carefully, he never left the blankets though. I think he was a bit afraid of the tiles. So that's why I put almost every blanket on the floor that I could find. 

Final photoshoots

I took these photos in the week before Archie's passing. I'm so glad that I decided to take some quick photos of Archie and Mieps together. I'm beyond happy that I decided to take some selfies with Archie the Friday before he passed away. I didn't have any and I would have been extremely sad if I didn't have any photos of us together at all. 

Final moments

A lot of people have been asking me what happened to Archie. I still don't know why he died so suddenly. The vet thought he could have had an infection, so she gave him two shots of antibiotics to fight it. I had an appointment for the day after to check on him. He had stopped eating since the night before, so she gave me some critical care in case he wouldn't start eating himself. 
The most sad part is that he started to slip away during the feeding of the critical care. I still blame myself that I might have caused too much stress for him to handle in his condition. 

I feel horrible and I'm not sure if that feeling will ever go away. I remember saying that it was so weird to see two guinea pigs in the cage, because I've had only Mieps for a while. Now it's weird to see only one guinea pig in the cage. I cry every time I have to give Mieps a snack, because I only have to get one slice of cucumber instead of two. 

I will never forget Archie and I'll forever miss him. He was such a great guinea pig with such a sweet personality. He was curious and shy at the same time. It was just since the last month that he seemed to be more trusting towards me and my family. 

Rest in peace Archie, you were my friend and I love you very much. I guess I will have to learn to live without you being around.
I hope we'll meet again some day. 

I took these photos on Monday evening, the day before his passing.

''When you're gone

The pieces of my heart are missin' you

When you're gone

The face I came to know is missin', too

When you're gone

The words I need to hear

To always get me through the day

And make it okay

I miss you''

'When You're Gone' by Avril Lavigne 

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Comments: 9
  • #1

    KB (Thursday, 25 May 2017 22:16)

    What a sweet boy! So sorry for your loss. He was most certainly loved. I hope your heart aches less in time. <3

  • #2

    Emma (Thursday, 25 May 2017 22:54)

    Such a sad end to such a lovely story. He was lucky to have been rescued by someone who loved him so much �

  • #3

    Katie (Thursday, 25 May 2017 23:11)

    Marloes this is so touching. I feel Archie will always be with you and watching over you and Mieps. I know its truly hard but you only wanted to do your very best to help make him better and I'm sure Archie knows that to. Sending lots of love and hugs x Katie and Piggies

  • #4

    Emily (Friday, 26 May 2017 00:04)

    Huge hugs. They are such special little presences in our lives, and we are blessed to get to know them. You can't blame yourself. They are such fragile little creatures and so so good at hiding when they are poorly. He was clearly very happy and very loved. Xx

  • #5

    Saskia (Friday, 26 May 2017 08:26)

    I'm still heartbroken and truest sorry for your loss. Archie was a special little guy and he truely looked happy and loved on all the pictures I saw. He gave you and Mieps all the love he had and touched our hearts as well.
    He will forever stay there as in our memories.

    I know how it feels to think one is at fault but you're not. You did all you could, went for help and stayed with him. Some piggies don't even have that.
    With such small bodies anything can be too much too soon so please don't blame yourself too much.

    He will watch you know from above, nibbling all the cucumbers he can find and protecting you as you did protect him. He will always stay by your side.


  • #6

    Lora (Saturday, 27 May 2017 03:12)

    What a sweet post. I am glad he was so loved and had a good life with your family and Mieps. I will miss his cute little face. Sending warm thoughts to you!

  • #7

    Frankie (Saturday, 27 May 2017 14:39)

    We've lost 4 guinea pigs over the years and their health went noticeably down hill just as suddenly. It's difficult and I'm sure you did everything you could. I still have to remind myself of that, though the pain of the last loss is starting to ease. We had them in a C&C cage with an open top and I still sometimes reach to pet them absently even though the cage isn't there anymore. All this was to say "you're not alone."

  • #8

    Catniss (Sunday, 28 May 2017 06:07)

    I lost my only guinea pig like this and when I saw your post I started cry so much as I'm doing right now. Everytime I read about this I start think about my lovely Cicero. He was adopted too and he died very fast too. He was a shine of light in my life, I learned how to be responsable for another life, how is just don't think about myself and most important: a such strong love that even death can pull apart. I know exacly how you feel about the blame. Cicero died in his sleep and I really believe he passed peacefully. I know your pain will be with you for a long time, but it gonna fade everyday. You never wil forget him, but you'll start remember with love. And everything gonna be allright. Don't lose your wish to adopt another pig cause other pigs deserve knows how good is have a lovely and confortable home. Wish you the best and wish to Mieps good health and lots of cucumber. To Archie I wish the guinea sky ♡

  • #9

    Gia Costa (Sunday, 11 June 2017 01:03)

    I'm so sorry Marloes... Mieps and Archie were such a beautiful pair!