What To Do When A Guinea Pig Falls Into Your Lap

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Bethie
Still supporting in 2014

Post   » Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:51 am


My only experience with guinea pigs as a child was to have one, belonging to my cousin, run up my trouser leg. Lucy Pig didn’t have a reverse gear, so I had to take off my jeans to get her out.

A couple years ago, a neighbour asked me to make a guinea pig birthday cake as her daughter got piggies for her birthday. She had a grey one and a red one. I thought the ginger colour would be easier to work with and make appealing, so here’s William.

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When William died shortly after purchase, he was replaced with Sid, the pink-eyed white.

In the spring on 2006, this family was busily finalising the details for emigrating to France. One day the conversation turned to what was going to happen to the guinea pigs. They hadn’t found anyone to take them, so the piggies were going to live with grandma. But grandma didn’t like rodents. (In a conversation I had with her, she shuddered when speaking of taking them out of their hutch to clean it. She said she couldn't stand the way they felt.) My neighbour was afraid that once they were out of the country, the pigs would be put down.

I simply could not leave them to go to a home where they would be ignored and resented. I knew they would be neglected at best. Now, my daughter had been asking for a pet, and guinea pigs were one she wanted, so I asked my husband, and he agreed that we would adopt them. My intent was to see that they were kept safe and healthy. I thought we would keep them until they died and be done with it. They were about 3 years old; they live about 6; and we had 3 years left on our contract. Perfect.

I was assured they were ‘so easy to care for.’ She told me to change out their bedding once a week and give them some greens a couple of times a week, and in the winter, they just needed some extra hay to keep warm. Of course, feed and water them daily.

They arrived on 12 April with a hutch, enclosed run, about a week’s worth of food, a sack of hay, and green water. They were beautiful and I knew I was dangerously smitten.

So here is Maise:

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And here is Sid:

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rshevin

Post   » Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:35 am


Darling pictures, just darling!

Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:04 am


I love your live pigs and your cake pig! Excellent job!

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:09 am


Adorable pigs!


And that cake is absolutely awesome.

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snowflakey
E's Moriarity

Post   » Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:22 am


Those little piggies are the cutest things. Your cake is fabulous. How beautiful.

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Pooka and Pixie

Post   » Thu Oct 12, 2006 12:00 pm


I love that cake. Great job!

And the pigs are adorable!

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rshevin

Post   » Thu Oct 12, 2006 12:22 pm


I keep flipping back here to look at the pictures. They are so chubby! They both remind me of my little porker (he's 1.4kg+). I like them both but something about Maise just catches my eye.

piggielips

Post   » Thu Oct 12, 2006 12:51 pm


Maise looks just like my (formerly Mum's) Tinkerbell - and there IS something that just catches your eye about silver agoutis. She's also one of the sweetest piggies ever.

Sid's expression is priceless - he looks like he's thinking "Just get this stupid picture taking over with and put me back where I'm comfortable!"

Wonderful pigs!

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:28 pm


I love you cake Bethie, is there any way to bribe/coerce you into making one for us too? You are one talented lady! : )

Adorable piggies, although Sid looked a bit reluctant to be in the photo-shoot...

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:40 pm


Such pretty piggies! I really like the expressions on their faces.

What an amazing cake! Almost too pretty to eat. :)

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vince

Post   » Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:24 am


Great looking piggies I'm glad they found you. :)

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JaneDoe

Post   » Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:46 am


Beautiful piggies!

How much do they weigh?

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dgarriques
Got Pigs?

Post   » Sat Oct 14, 2006 8:43 am


They are both precious. We need to see more pictures of those babies.

Your cake looks fabulous also!

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Bethie
Still supporting in 2014

Post   » Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:11 pm


Sid is very much the grumpy old man. Although he was always a gentleman with Maise. But he grumped with the kids. He was always saying, "Oh heck! They're picking me up again. You've had your cuddle, now put me down!"

He always has this look of 'and why are you bothering me?'

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Sid's grumpy constitution lead us to a tale of an Alternate Harry Potter Universe. In our story, Hermione trapped Voldemort in his animagus form for all time. He is now known as Lord Voldeboar, or the Dark Lord Sid, and lives with us. Note the pale colouring, red eyes, slitty nostrils, and long skinny digits. A fitting end to the most evil wizard of all time to be loved and cuddled by a little girl for the rest of his life.

When they first came, Sid was definitely the bolder of the two. I think he was just to stubbon to bother with hiding. Maise managed to traipse around the garden with a pile of hay on her back. We have loads of pictures of Sid and the moving haystack.

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Maise was 2# 2 oz. when we got her and Sid was 2# 12 oz. Look at Sid's coke spoon toenails in the first picture! That and the green water told me I was going to have more work than promised.

Thanks for the comments on the cake. I really enjoyed making it. I've done a horse, a Lisa Frank design, Jade (a Bratz), Barbie, a Snitch, Scooby Doo. Lots of stuff. I found that all I coudn't do with oil paint, I can manage with sugar.

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Pooka and Pixie

Post   » Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:22 pm


Cute pics! I love Sid's grumpy look.

The hay in the pictures aren't what they usually eat, is it? It looks brown and dry and more like straw than hay.

It's cool that you can make all these different kinds of cake! If you have any more pics of other designs you've done, post 'em here! I'd love to see them.

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happyhoppy

Post   » Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:18 pm


Bethie, your pigs are adorable. I love Sid's grumpy expression.

I love that cake, it's art! I don't think I could cut that to eat but it also looks delicious.

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Bethie
Still supporting in 2014

Post   » Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:15 pm


Unfortunately, that is the hay they came with. Every place I've been to here has the same kind of meadow hay. Even the sacks in pet stores are brown. I did get some Timothy Hay that they don't eat. It's still brown, but it's much softer. They forage mostly on fresh grass and don't eat much of the hay.

I've found a source down south from which I can get some better quality hay. I bought a sampler of several of their products. Most of it was like what is sold here, but three or four where actually green and soft. Today, I actually found a localish shop that sells Oxbow. It's about 20 miles away, but if the price is good, it will probably be cheaper than having it shipped from Berkshire. I have to go price it next week.

Here's a cake I did for Bonfire Night:

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Pooka and Pixie

Post   » Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:49 pm


Oh, I see. I can imagine how frustrating it must be, not being able to find good-quality hay. I hope the oxbow nearby works out for you.

Cool cake, again! At first glance I thought it was a pumpkin, until I saw the sticks underneath and the bits of red in it and the caption "Bonfire Night"! How'd you make it that shape?

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Bethie
Still supporting in 2014

Post   » Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:43 am


I baked the cake in a glass mixing bowl. The peak is built out of icing.

I think I'm going to start a cake topic in General Chat. Then I'm not distracting from our piggies here.

Maise asks, "Say, Mum, is that edible?" Sniff. Sniff.

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Kellyjo

Post   » Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:19 am


So your pigs live outside?

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