My guinea pig passed away earlier last night. It wasn't exactly unexpected, since she was six and showing her age. But I'm still upset. Dinah was the best guinea pig I've ever owned. And my dog died two months ago.
To make things worse, I live alone. I get seriously depressed without an animal to care for.
Right now I'm at my parents' place for the holidays, so I'm not looking to run out and adopt a new pet tomorrow. I have time and want to grieve. But I can't go back to my empty apartment. I just can't. And I know animal adoption takes a few weeks, so I need to start planning this now.
The thing is though, I'm not sure I want another guinea pig. They live for 6-8 years and I'd like to get a dog sooner than that time frame. But adopting a dog now wouldn't be a good idea. I'm a masters student. I'm only going to be in my apartment for a year and a half, at most. After that, I don't know where I'll be living, or working. My next apartment may not have a dog run like this one. I might not be home enough to give a dog the attention it deserves.
I can't adopt a cat, because again, I don't know what I'm doing in a year and a half. And half my family's allergic.
I love birds, but I travel too much for buying a bird to make sense. Plus they're noisy and my apartment is carpeted, so their poop/feathers/seed husks would be impossible to clean.
I get WAY too attached to animals to foster.
Any ideas? Should I get another guinea pig? Or is there another animal species that'd work better for me? I'd like something sociable/affectionate I could handle, something diurnal, that doesn't eat live prey, travels well, and does well in an apartment. I'd like to adopt if possible, and have access to a great exotic vet.