In Memoriam: Winston Bumblebee Barcode th 1st

Guinea pig running in front of a pet capybara lying next to a window

Skipper with WBB1

A Melanie’s Mondays post

It is with great sadness that I share the news that our beloved friend and companion, Winston Bumblebee Barcode the 1st has died. He is already greatly missed. As you can see from the photo above, WBB1 was a uniquely handsome and athletic guinea pig.

Guinea pig lying in bedding

WBB1 at the pet store

The photo above was taken on October 15, 2012. That was the day that I first met WBB1, who was nameless at the time. The pet store had a sign that said, “Free Adult Guinea Pig With Cage.” I had to ask how much an adult guinea pig was without the cage. I don’t remember how much he said. It still amazes me that you can buy cuteness.

guinea pig with capybara

Garibaldi (Gari) with WBB1

Garibaldi was always careful and sweet with Winston. Despite the huge size difference, no trampling ever took place.

Capybara and guinea pig looking at each other

Getting to know you

I think they might have been having a cuteness contest. It was a tie.

Guinea pig looking out of a cardboard tube in the grass

In a tube in the yar

There was just no end to Winston’s cuteness. It was impossible for him to hide it, even when he was in a cardboard tube.

Baby capybara chewing on a guinea pig's ear

Meeting Mudskipper

Of course, no one can forget how cute baby Mudskipper was with WBB1. Skipper loved to chew on his ears. Later she could have bitten his ear off, but she never did.

Baby capybara with guinea pib

Only one is growing

Skipper and WBB1 always looked so cute together. Shrink a capybara down to guinea pig size and you can easily tell they are related. I never found a good harness for WBB1.

Guinea pig running underneath a standing capybara

Skipper with WBB1

WBB1 was either a brave or a foolhardy guinea pig. Probably both. But no harm ever can to him for his careless behavior. It would be like a human running under the belly of a dinosaur.

Closeup of the face of a guinea pig

A Portrait of WBB1

Winston Bumblebee Barcode the 1st is a very noble name and Winston carried it proudly. He had a long and happy life, but it is still hard to say goodbye.

Comments are welcome and appreciated. I do request that there be no mention of the “rainbow bridge.” I know many of you find that comforting, but…well, best to say that I just don’t. Thank you.

31 comments to In Memoriam: Winston Bumblebee Barcode th 1st

  • Ed

    Is five years a good lifespan for a guinea pig? I have no experience with them. Compared to a rat, it’s certainly a good, long life.

  • Dawn

    I’m so sorry. What a gorgeous, charming pig he was. I will miss him terribly.

  • Alison

    It’s always sad to lose a fuzzy friend. But then I remembered all the previous post with him and what a wonderful, charming, and adventurous life he had. He was a lucky one to have you.

  • Linda

    I am so sorry and sad to hear the Winston Bumblebee Barcode the 1st is gone. I loved him through the internet. And I loved his name. He was beautiful and he was lucky to have been a part of your family. My condolences.

  • Frances Eby

    So sorry to hear of WBB1s passing. I remember fondly holding him and being amazed at how docile he was.

  • Pauline

    So sorry Melanie. He was indeed a handsome chappie and a full member of your menagerie. Love the photos of Skipper with him.

  • Beverly Boher

    Thank you for sharing the news about Winston Bumblebee Barcode I. The pictures are wonderful. What a handsome boy! I will miss him. ❤️

  • Ginger Shekell

    I’m so sorry to read this Melanie. I remember when he came home with you! He was a very handsome pig and had a wonderful life with you. Thank you for rescuing him.

  • rosenatti

    Farewell, noble piggie.

  • He was a fine guinea pig and I know he’ll be missed.

  • Kimberley

    Such a handsome and regal pig, and never afraid of his bigger siblings. I know he will be missed.

  • Such a cutie. I remember when you got him. I’m sorry he’s gone.

  • Kristy

    So sorry to hear he is gone. He was a ROTS (rodent of typical size) in stature only, but certainly a ROUS in personality and cuteness!

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend. The pics you shared of him captured how handsome, fun, and cuddly he was. I always looked forward to him popping up in the pics and stories. RIP Winston Bumblebee Barcode the 1st <3

  • Misha

    So sorry for your loss Mel and Skipper 🙁

    I think Winston was definitely the cutest guinea pig I have seen <3

  • Debbie

    So sorry for your loss Mel and Skipper. He was an amazing friend and companion and the pictures warmed my heart. What a cute fellow!

  • I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. They may be tiny, but they can still break our hearts when they leave. Hugs to Humans and furries.xx

  • Judy

    So very sorry for your loss

  • Raquel

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that!! I was a fan of WBB1, the pig with the aristocratic name. He was such a handsome pig, and is was so beautiful to see him spending time with such big, big big “brothers”. Hugs and love!!

  • Margaret

    I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Keryn

    I’m so sorry. (((Hugs)))

  • Rachel

    Thank you for rescuing WWBI, and thank you for posting these sweet pictures. I will miss reading updates about him. He is lucky to have had such a wonderful life with you. He looks so happy and at ease in all the photos.

  • Jeanie

    Such very sad news. Farewell Winston… you were an amazing piggie and a great friend to ROUS. Hugs to Mel and Skipper ❤

  • Andree Wheeler

    So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed hearing news, seeing pictures and videos of this amazingly intelligent and handsome guinea pig. He is very much missed.

  • jackie wren

    We are so very sorry for your loss 🙁

  • Nancy Ray

    I’m sad to hear about Winston; it’s a great loss. He was beautiful and I could see he was smart, too. I’m grateful that he had you and Skipper to love, and to love him.

  • Joe Erickson

    I’m very sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful animal

  • I’m so sorry to hear of WBB1’s passing. You have my condolences. I recall when you brought him home and the contest to name him. He was such a good friend to his cappy siblings and so handsome. I hope that soon the pain of his loss will recede & that you are left with the many happy memories of him.

  • Marc Borza

    My heart goes out to all of you, humans and critters alike. He was outrageously cute. I have had 7 over 12 years and loved them all.Rainbow bridge or not, the love shared to and from this adorable creature does not go away. It’s real and continues on. Hugs to you and Skipper.

  • Francine

    Winston was a great pig. I’m glad I got to hang out with him.

  • Rawil

    Sad news. WBB1 was a beautiful and smart guinea pig. So sorry

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