Rest In Peace Jasper

It feels so weird having to write one of these again. As my readers know, my hamster Hammie passed away on Friday the 13th in February due to illness. Jasper, my skinny pig that I got a week later, had to go to the vets two weeks after I got him because he had a head tilt. The vets were highly uneducated in small animals (I didn’t know at the time there was a small vet animal hospital in my city) so they weren’t able to tell what was wrong with him. They gave him medicine and the tilt seemed to go away. But I stayed the night away from home a few days ago, only to come home and find Jasper dead in his cage. I read online that an unhealthy skinny pig’s rips, spine, and hind legs are visible and Jasper’s were completely visible but it was on Wikipedia and I figured you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. I took a picture and was going to upload to a vet website and see what was the matter, but by the time I had time to do so, it was too late. I had a slight suspicion that maybe Jasper had something wrong with him but he was eating [a lot] just fine so I figured he was okay, and he seemed happy and was of course adorable. When I went to the pet store the day he died to get a new one, they told me that he was probably sick from the day I got him. I just didn’t know anything about skinny pigs so was unable to tell the difference between a healthy one, and unhealthy one. But when I first found Jasper dead, I went into shock, my whole body tensed up and I felt unbelievably sore for the rest of the day. I didn’t know what could’ve happened. I felt terrible. I was going to come home that night too but stayed late at Jacob’s to finish our animation. Of course I know it wasn’t my fault but I feel a bit guilty at times. And guess what? Jasper passed on Friday the 13th of March. Both pets died on Friday the 13th. My new skinny pig, named Pinkie, will be with me at all times on the next Friday the 13th which is in November of this year. That day won’t mess with my pets again. 

Even though I only had Jasper for three weeks, and I thought I’d have him for at least five years, I became attached to him quick. I wrote blogs about him, essays even, and talked about him non-stop and thought about him constantly. I got a locket that says “I Love You” and I will be putting Jasper and Hammie’s pictures inside. 

I miss him already and he will remain in my memories and heart forever. R.I.P Jasper ❤

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Here’s my new skinny pig named Pinkie:

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He likes to nibble at pretty much anything, including noses, lips, eyelashes, and anything with fabric or zippers.

 

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See you soon,

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Learning About Life

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Love. That’s probably the number one thing about life. It’s the number one purpose, the number one reason, the number one everything. Not love as just in two people (although yes, it does count) but love for anything at all. Love for an item, love for a person, love for a place, or love for your life. And because of love, it drives us to do something that we’re passionate about. Whatever your drive is, your goal, destination, the number one life lesson is to never give up.

I’m young, but I still am able to preach this. I’ve lived enough now to know myself, to know others, and to (partially) know the world. Never let small minds say your dreams are too big. Never let someone tell you who or what to love. Just be yourself. 

In life, you only get one body, one soul. And that’s you. Always protect yourself. Take care of yourself. Love yourself. Never be fake and do what you love to do no matter what anyone else says. Trust your heart, take chances, but also be wise and careful.

Dream so big that it scares you and don’t be afraid to fall flat on your face. If you believe in yourself, you’ll never give up, and the world will never give up on you, either. In one sentence? The number one lesson in life is to be yourself, to be a nice human, to not let others ever bring you down, and to love.

That’s what I’ve learned thus far about this crazy world.