So we have Millie, a very old piggy but apart from a few lumps and massive amount of water retention she is looking like she will be with us some time yet.
But we are going to be away soon and need to board her for nearly a fortnight where she will hear and see other guineas. Rescue lady very keen to bond her with a friend whilst she is in her care. I explained I had pledged the family that Millie will be the last Fortified Pig.
Solution, Millie will find a friend from one of the many elderly piggies in the rescue sanctuary but friend will always belong to the Rescue. Meaning when Millie passes over the Rainbow Bridge loan piggy goes back to the rescue. How easy that will be in reality is another matter. I've suggested Rescue find a friend with pink eyes in the hope that I won't get too attached to it. I'm squeamish about eyes and never find the pink/red eyed piggies very appealing. Exception being Himmies.
How very Swiss! This is what they have to do by law in Switzerland as you are not legally allowed to have an only pig. Millie will have to take up the alpine horn, start yodelling and wear a little cowbell.
It sounds like a great idea. For the rescue they get relieved of the daily cost of pig keeping for one of their brood, the foster pig gets a great home, Millie gets a companion and you get a fosterpig. When my pigs go over the bridge, I'm 'not allowed' to get any more of my own, but we've agreed I can be a fosterer for rescue pigs/buns. Not sure how easily I'll be able to give them up when homes are found - I suspect my 10 page questionnaire, extreme in depth interrogation and practical pig keeping exam will put off most people
Oh that's great I had heard of this scheme in other countries before (due to the laws preventing ownership of a loner!) and it's nice to see it happening here too!
To warn you though, our old (rat) boy Ben was 'lent' to us to keep our old boy Howl company by a friend of our breeder. The intention being that Ben went back to her when either a) Howl passed away or b) when we relocated in September, whichever came first (unless Ben passed away before then, as he was also over 2!). The relocation came first, we booked two baby boys from Breeder to keep Howl company and informed Ben's owner that we'd bring him back in August. She then offered to let us keep him. Guess who came to Essex with us when we relocated along with the two booked baby boys too
Encouraged that Super Furry Owners think its a good idea
Packed Millie off to boarding this afternoon. Gave her a spruce up first. Nails clipped and bathed in Gorgeous Guinea shampoo. She spent a couple of hours on my lap wrapped in a blanket after having the hair dryer to make sure she was really dry.
She will be meeting a little white sow with pink eyes who is 5 years old. Fingers crossed Millie makes friends.