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What adventure has your Super Furry had today

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fortifiedwithtea Thu 31-Jan-13 19:45:19

Its been a sad start to 2013 for guinea pigs so I thought we all needed cheering up by sharing our stories of what our furry members of the family have been doing. This thread is open to all buns, ratties, piggies, hammies the more the merrier smile.

I'll start, Naughty Girl did this afew days ago but the girls have been very lazy today.

I had the hutch door open to encourage abit of floor time. My kids are not very tidy and had left a package of biscuits out. What I didn't realise was that they had been knocked off the table. Then I heard a crunching sound coming from behind the armchair. There was Naughty Girl chomping down on a package of digestive. In surprise I said her RL name quite loudly and she went running under the hutch with a please don't be cross with me look on her face. Needless to say biscuits in the bin grin

fortifiedwithtea Thu 25-Apr-13 19:09:22

I has been to Primark today and a bought DD2 a packet of knickers. Not only is she thrilled but so will Naughty Girl once she has come in from the run. Because a small Primark bag is perfect for a guinea pig to go Zorbing in.

Warning Primark bag zorbing is a guinea pig extreme sport. Last time Naughty girl did it she leaned up against the hutch door in her bag, DD2 opened the door and out she plopped --still in the bag--shock.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 24-Apr-13 23:01:27

Y'do realise now KRITIQ that the gauntlet has been thrown and when it's The 70isa Boars Gotcha Day they will demand cake befitting two hogs

I've got six months to plan though wink

KRITIQ Wed 24-Apr-13 18:10:14

Hee hee, 'fraid it was a "store bought" cake with my own decorations as a cheat. Don't you hate that? smile

FernieB Fri 19-Apr-13 14:38:41

Happy Birthday DBoar2 - that cake looks like GP heaven.

guineapiglet Fri 19-Apr-13 13:31:56

Hi - yes it does look good doesnt it, am hoping to finally get down there and investigate, with my oversize pockets of course!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 19-Apr-13 00:16:21

guineapiglet I looked on the Wheek and Squeak website- lots of good advice and information, well worth a read.
They do Animal Boarding too.
You could see if they need any help with the Boarding Guineas too

"Noooooo, I haven't seen your two guinea-pigs that you brought in Mr Smith" .....guineapiglet stuffs hands in the overlarge ,bulging, wriggling pocket of the strangely out of place waterproof jacket, specially designed to transport guineas away to her own piggery............grin

fortifiedwithtea Thu 18-Apr-13 20:51:26

Happy Birthday DBoar2, you smiley boy grin.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 18-Apr-13 19:54:47

That cake looks like : Hay Cookies, Cucumber and Parsley.
Will tempt the boars with guinea-cake when it's their birthday.
Though GP1 likes Cornetto cone shock

guineapiglet Thu 18-Apr-13 19:15:21

Hi all thanks for messages. 70 you are a hoot!! - Thankfully it is a guinea rescue called 'Wheek and Squeak' - I am hoping they may want some foster carers. Have decided front garden could accommodate a guinea run. It just needs clearing of all the hideous and overgrown plants in it and a lawn planting. Simples!!

Krtiq I beg again for you to make a calendar of your boys, your pictures are priceless, I loved the cake you had made for him - both of your boys are so photogenic, and he actually looks like he is singing 'Happy Birthday' - he is a real charmer and as Ive said before, I'm sure he has been around before, he's so poised!! The previous one of him by the fountain in earlier photos says it all, he is of very noble stock!!! Hope the Birthday party went well, what is the recipe for the birthday cake?

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 18-Apr-13 18:30:02

grin @ photos.
In pic 2 , DBoar2 looks like he's singing wink

KRITIQ Thu 18-Apr-13 00:42:19

Congrats on completing the move guineapiglet. I hate moving with a passion! It's a massive achievement to do it without all nerves shredded.

Yes, the boys did have a lovely adventure in the Borders. Oh, and someone's had a birthday party. Three years old on Monday. Can't believe it!


70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 17-Apr-13 09:53:57

Harness your inner Alan Titchmarsh and build a raised bed then turf it grin

I'd say the keeping outdoors would be more of the challenge, this year winter was freezing though strangely, the boars water bowl didn't freeze once.
(Unless you can build a little annexe to your house that you can keep ambient temperature for them?)

The Rescue down the road will be delighted to have willing and able volunteers. Are they cat/dog/furries or mainly rabbity/rodent.?

Tortoises/turtles? grin

guineapiglet Wed 17-Apr-13 09:37:25

Hi all and thanks for messages Fernie - sad to say I don't think your sweepstake will run at the moment. My dear one and I have had a walk around the garden and looked at the shed which is FULL of boxes and stuff we will probably never open again. We have had to considerably downsize from our home in the north, so no spare runs/hutches etc now and more importantly, no grass. After watching the delight with which my girls used to attack and devour the lawn each day, Im not sure about having guineas with no grass, but there is potential to have a lawn at the front, so that is a possibility. I can't have them indoors, although I know many of you do, but my son is so very allergic to them, and I would hate to go down that route again. The girls used to love grass at this time of year, after being indoors on hay for so long. At the moment, I am going to think about being a 'foster' carer for the animal rescue down the road, and also on here offer my little garden up to any Hampshire guineas who may need looking after/for holidays etc if any Hampshire guinea mums are reading. <longs for old garden sad>

FernieB Wed 17-Apr-13 09:13:09

Maybe we should run a sweepstake on how long it will be before guineapiglet gets piggies. Probably within the next couple of weeks.

fortifiedwithtea Tue 16-Apr-13 21:01:19

Hi guinea, I was wondering where you were. The last time we moved was the last time we were tidy. The house looked lovely with no clutter and a million toys. Then we unpacked sad. Need I say more. Been in a mess ever since.

Looking forward to your "I have piggies" announcement smile.

guineapiglet Mon 15-Apr-13 20:04:37

Greetings one and all. Have been moving house over last couple of weeks, so lovely to catch up, and hear what you have all been up to. Kritiq I loved your photos of your holiday in Bonnie Scotland, I would love to stay somewhere where guineas are allowed and made welcome. Your boys looked really happy and as if they had had a great time!
Its starting to warm up a bit now, so lets hope all the guineas will be able to get out and about more and do the lawn mowing. Our new house has a very small courtyard garden so am thinking about how I might go about getting some new guineas and where would they go etc. As my kids are older they would definitely be MINE!! smile

PickledMoomin Sun 14-Apr-13 13:34:21

Thank you.

The eye seems to have sealed over and I can no longer flush it. He's refusing to take the anti bs. I have to hold his head down and I feel terrible for doing it. He's tried to bite me twice.
We'll hopefully be back to normal next week.

KRITIQ Fri 12-Apr-13 21:07:24

Ah, I suppose I can understand the grumpiness! Good luck with everything and don't hesitate to contact Mark. He's a gem.

PickledMoomin Fri 12-Apr-13 12:56:00

Thanks for the link.

It's not too far from me so I'll call them on Monday after the consultation to get a second opinion if I feel he isn't improving quickly enough. GP2 is very grumpy about being indoors. He's been sulking and hiding since last night

KRITIQ Fri 12-Apr-13 11:03:12

Whoops, I'm lousy with links. The Edi vet is Scott Crichton.

KRITIQ Fri 12-Apr-13 11:02:35

I don't know if I'm supposed to do this, but it's this one Mark Bridges. He's like Dr Doolittle. I swear one of my pigs nodded when he spoke to him. His cage side manner is wonderful. He did the op on Boar 4 of 8 which didn't get infected. He would have done the op on Boar 6 of 8, but it got worse over the weekend and had to be done by the emergency vet - it was okay though.

After some effort though, I have found a similarly wonderful vet in Edinburgh Crichton

Vets who "get" guineas are precious things!

PickledMoomin Fri 12-Apr-13 07:10:41

Just about to do the nasties again. May have to wait until DD leaves for school. She's quite upset about it.

You got me! Which vet? It'd be handy to have the details.

KRITIQ Fri 12-Apr-13 00:03:39

Oh no, sorry to hear this, but it's good you got him back swiftly and got it sorted. My boys' rodentologist (when we were in Wales and had one) said that post op infections happen about 4 out of 5 cases, just because of that healing over thing. My other pig who had it done was one of the few who didn't get an infection. But, the op was done by like the best guinea pig eye surgeon on the planet, so we were very lucky!

It does sound unpleasant and it's awful doing things that you know upset them, but 70's advice is really, really good. Fingers crossed the infection goes quickly, and then he'll start healing really fast and be back on his paws in no time. So long as he's eating, drinking and pooping (even with your help for the first two of these via syringe) it shows he's still got that fight in him and is trying to get better.

Massive beverage of your choice for you and restful night for both your boys.

BTW, you said cwtched - if you are anywhere near Cardiff, and need a 2nd vet opinion, I can highly recommend someone! smile

PickledMoomin Thu 11-Apr-13 21:59:12

We're sharing the jobs. I did his medicine. I hate the though of flushing. Hopefully no swap of jobs tomorrow.
He's cwtched up with Boar2 in the dining room. Feel bad for removing their bedding but I've left the heating in tonight and it's quite mild indoors.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 11-Apr-13 21:33:44

Aw bless him Pickled.
GPs do stress out when you are trying to do anything that mean restraining them.
Probably keep him quiet and don't handle him if he doesn't want handled.
Do the necessary cleaning, flushing and medicine without 'pandering' to him iYSWIM. It's got to be done. He'll fall out with you anyway. If you try and cuddle him before, he'll still fall out with you.

(GP2 got hay in his fatty eye over a Bank Holiday. DD held his muzzle, I wiped with boiled,cool salted water and non-fluufy gauze. He hated the whole thing but was mighty relieved- so was I- when a piece of hay came out)

Is there anyone else who will do the nasty stuff so that you can share the blame?

Hopefully after his antibiotics and painkillers kick in he'll have a comfortable night.

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