It all started with Gordy...

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:37 pm


He was an amazxingly beautiful boy! RIP Gordy! You'll always be in your mom's heart!

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Wle312
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Post   » Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:20 am


Aw, I cried a little when I read the bit about your mum sobbing down the phone! :( What a lovely little piggy Gordy was!!

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pigjes
Cavy Comic

Post   » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:51 am


He was awesome!!

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:58 am


,..."It’s been 9 years since he left, but I’ll never forget my first love!"...
Indeed, first loves have such a special place in our hearts, which only long only grows stringer through time and space...

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Jaycey
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Post   » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:19 pm


I couldn't have said it better myself cutemomomi!

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Jaycey
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Post   » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:34 pm


Lesson No 2 (Revisited) : Don’t listen to breeders, they don’t know best!

When Gordy became a lone piggy I thought that getting him a friend would be a great idea. I saved up for a bigger hutch for them, a roomy (so I thought at the time) two story hutch.
On a cold January morning in 2001, my parents, sister and I packed up in the car and trundled off to the breeder, thankfully for the last time!

With a bit or persuasion from the breeder, who obviously had £’s on her mind, and not the guineas welfare I came away with 4 guinea pigs. Yep, 4, in that one hutch.

As you already know from Gordy’s story their living didn’t go too well, so I’ll skip the sad stories if that’s okay? I would still like to introduce them all and give you a little history into all of their wonderful, different personalities.

Here’s the few photo’s I have of them all together, taken after I just got them. Their names were Gip, Tyson, Rodney and Magpie. 10 points to whoever can work out who’s who!

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Jaycey
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Post   » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:50 pm


While you're working out who's who, I thought I'd put in a little intermission and introduce the new lady who wandered into my life in 1999.

After we lost Fawn to cancer we decided to get a new dog, and found this lady in Blue Cross rescue centre. She was approx 18 months old, and had been put up for adoption with her identical brother, Spot, as they were unwanted farm dogs.

I remember seeing her at the centre, running from one side of the enclosure to the other, bouncing up the walls and barking. She seemed a bit wild. But, as soon as she came out she was a totally different dog.

After we passed the home check we went to pick her up, and she did a little waggly dance for us, and peed on the rescue centres floor! She was so excited she slept most of the way home in the car.

This picture was taken about 5 years ago on a walkies. She had alot more fur on her ears then, and a lot blacker face (she's an old white face now)

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TexCavy

Post   » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:40 pm


My Guesses ---

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But I bet I am wrong about Magpie most likely.

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TexCavy

Post   » Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:16 pm


Maybe I should have guessed this:

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:47 pm


Aw, they are adorable!

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:09 am


Putting their names on like that was really helpful! Gip is lovely - well, they ALL are :)

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Jaycey
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Post   » Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:55 pm


I love how you got them all wrong in your first guess!. But well done, 2 out of 4 on the second try.

Here they are all the right way round:

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As you didn't get them all right you get the booby prize, a smooch from Fozzy (he appears a bit later on in the tale)
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TexCavy

Post   » Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:50 pm


That's one smooch well worth the mistakes. :D

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serelixyue

Post   » Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:31 pm


all theres the adorable Fozzy! Such a kissable face, I love your story :)

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Wle312
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Post   » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:44 am


OMG Fozzy! *faints*

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Jaycey
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Post   » Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:45 am


He was such a camera ham wasn't he?! We've got a few more piggies to work through until Fozzy arrives, but not too long to wait!

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serelixyue

Post   » Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:01 am


when does Arnold arrive??

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Jaycey
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Post   » Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:58 am


Arnold is Fozzy's "brother". I got them at the same time, so they'll both appear together.

After I've told the stories of the four guys above, there's another 3 introductions to make before Arnold and. Fozzy appears

I'll try to get through Magpie and the gang's stories over the weekend.

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Jaycey
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Post   » Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:33 pm


I thought I’d tell the stories of each of the four guys one at a time, because unfortunately they had quite separate lives. I took the stupid advice from the breeder and bought four friends for Gordy, because the hutch was apparently adequate for 5 guinea pigs, “It’ll easily hold 6” said the money hungry breeder.

I tried to introduce Gordy to the other four but it was pretty obvious immediately that it wasn’t going to work. Now I know the hutch was way too small for even two guinea pigs, nevermind five!
For six months or so the four new additions happily lived together. Then the hormones started to kick in and the first of the problems started.

Rodney

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Rodney was a very pretty guy, orange with a white band around his body, between his shoulders and chest. I decided on the name Rodney as I’d recently watched ‘Dr Dolittle’ and Rodney was the name of the guinea pig in the film. He doesn’t really look like him, but at the time I thought he did.

Rodney was a sweet little guy,but he started to try to become Big Boss Pig during the early days, and he was the first to move out.
As you can see in this photo of Rodney, the hutch wasn’t too roomy (this is the bottom floor) and so they couldn’t get away from each other.

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Unfortunately, one day Rodney decided he had major issues with Magpie, and took quite a bit out of him. This was the deciding factor on getting Rodney a place of his own. I didn’t want him to move in with Gordy, as he was quite a violent little guy.

Here he is in his new house.

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Rodney wasn’t with us for very long, I still have no idea what happened to him as he wasn’t showing any signs of illness. But as we all know, not showing signs doesn’t mean they’re 100% healthy.

Rodney died on 29th December 2003, weighing in at a plump 1425g, not even 3 years old.

My memories of Rodney aren’t the best, he wasn’t as friendly as Gordy, and he would always wander away instead of come to you. For along time he was my biggest guinea pig, he definitely must have loved his food!. My strongest memories of him sadly are of him fighting with the other three.

I’m really sorry that I couldn’t do better for him, and I wish I’d know better than to take on more guinea pigs than I could handle. I’ll be forever sorry Rodney!

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:06 pm


Aw don't be sorry . . . . I am sure he had a wonderful life with you . . . Rodney, what a beauty!

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