Pig Planet: The Adventures of Baozi and Ace

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AldenM1
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Post   » Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:45 am


Awesome. I don't think I could have survived my study abroad in China without baozi -- they were so easy to get and always delicious. It's a great pig name. :)

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pigwidgeon

Post   » Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:56 am


Took the piggers to the vet today. They are both healthy, minus some fur mites. They were treated with ivermectin at the HS and the vet treated them with Revolution today. Ace's feet seemed a bit red and swollen. The vet suggested monitoring her and felt optimistic they would improve since the piggers are on fleece now. I ordered some FM ointment from Gorgeous Guineas though, just in case.

Baozi was about 800-some grams (sorry, don't remember off the top of my head but i had it written down somewhere) and Ace was a little fatty at 1200g! No wonder she's such a squishy little lap pig.

Here are some photos of playtime the other day:

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Yes, that's a sock in the background lol

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Baozi is wondering who this imposter is

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'Sup rat?

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And some from today:

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They were both in the cuddle cup but by the time I got my phone Baozi had split :(

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Baozi says sup

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Ace

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And some photos from lap time tonight:

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Ace the squishy lap pig

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Baozi nomming lettuce

Yes I changed shirts b/c Ace weed on me lol. I need to get me a lap pad. On the other hand, now I know what it means when she starts chewing the towel!

Also, a couple of short vids:

The tunnel
Wheek wheek

The piggers' personalities are really starting to come out now. Baozi is a LOUD, inquisitive, active little pig. She wheeks any time anyone comes in. She wheeks even if i just fed her. During lap time, she is always exploring. Ace is the opposite. She's very quiet and only ever wheeks for food and sometimes makes little squeaky sounds as she explores. During lap time and play time (usually on the bed) she tends to sit still. She will look petrified at first but then she will relax and start eating treats or maybe explore a bit. She's a bit more active in the cage, and will run around and popcorn with Baozi sometimes.

Baozi seems fond of burrowing. She likes to sleep in corners and always pulls back the top layers of fleece and lies on the towel in her own wee. Some of my fleece blankets are quite large but others are not large enough to pin to the coroplast, so maybe some heavy rocks or tiles on the corners? I'm also considering sewing the fleece to the towels to make cage cleaning easier but she'd probably still find a way to burrow. Sigh. Such a naughty little pig.

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Crrrystal

Post   » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:15 pm


If you can't clip your fleece over the coroplast, I'd recommend some bricks or cement paving stones for the corners. I know a lot of people have had luck with that. And as a bonus, it helps to wear down their nails just a little bit, and can be a nice cool spot to lay in the heat!

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pigwidgeon

Post   » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:46 pm


Piggers having some play time on the bed

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lol excuse the poops in the background

Piggers having lap time

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And two new vids:

Ace lap time + me rambling
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Crrrystal, I got some ceramic tiles for the corners of the page. Seems to be working out well. I do see them lying on them sometimes, and they def do a lot of pooping on them lol.

Yesterday I was helping my sister-in-law and niece set up a C&C cage for their new pig. They adopted a neutered boy from the humane society. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture, but I think he's a teddy? He has very wiry hair. Even his whiskers are wiry! His coloring is reminiscent of a skunk so I call him Pepe Le Pig, lol. I tried to convince them to get him a friend, and maybe they will in the future, but before I helped them they knew absolutely nothing about guinea pigs. Anyway, since Pepe is a lone pig, as soon as my girls' mites clear up (they're almost gone now; they're on Revolution) we might arrange a play date.

Question: since there still might be some residual mites, should I wash my stuffed animals? The pigs were crawling around and playing with them during play time.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:42 pm


How about an extra mite treatment? Not sure washing stuffed animals would help but if they need a cleaning, I'd go ahead and do so.

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:39 am


What a set of happy pig pics! They are gorgeous!!

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:38 am


I do love the imposter/guinea pig/imposter/guinea pig lineup!

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pigwidgeon

Post   » Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:28 am


Lynx, thanks for the advice! I still see the occasional fur mite (bah) so I'll make another vet appointment for them. I was worried my stuffed animals might re-infect them is all.

I expanded their cage so now they're in a 2x4. It dominates half my room (seriously, this room is tiny) but it's worth it imo. The pigs have more room to run and it's much easier to clean!

I made a short video about my cage and organization, mostly for my niece and sister-in-law, but there's some piggy cuteness:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEgmRhxbg_A

The longer they are with me the more I learn about them. I have found out that Baozi is LOUD. That pig has some lungs! I can hear her wheeking in the kitchen. She is also extremely talkative. She wheeks a lot (once woke me up at 7am ugh). Ace is quieter but will start wheeking if Baozi starts. They've been extremely hyper since I went back to work. I'm not sure why. The first day I went back to work, the piggers went crazy and when I got home the cage was soaked in pee. It was so gross. I cleaned the cage right away, put down new fleece and puppy pads and they were fine after that. There was barely any smell on the 4th day (which is usually the case). Their behavior is back to normal too. I figured that they were used to me being around all day so when I went back to work, they were confused. Is that possible?

They're also getting extremely spoiled. I feed them in the morning before work and in the afternoon when I get back. Well, my 'rents didn't know I feed them before work, so my Dad feeds them when he gets back from work around noon. So they were getting fed twice in the morning!

Baozi really loves to lounge in front of the hay bin. It's one of her fave places.

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Fatties in the hay bin

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Ace being a fat squishy lap pig:

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I have been sewing tunnels, cuddle cups, and huts for the piggers lately. It's really fun. My creations thus far: (I made another tunnel since I took these photos out of the same materials)

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Ace enjoying the cuddle cup:

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Baozi has a more creative use for it, however:

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And for the cuddle sack as well:

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Breaking in the new hut:

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They don't snuggle in it anymore now. Mostly they quibble over it. Ace just kicked Baozi out lol. Both of them, especially Ace, have a tendency to get playful and hyper at night, zooming and popcorning and making a mess of the cage. And then they start wheeking. I'm listening to a chorus of wheeking as I type.

I just took a short video:

playful piggers

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poppycorn

Post   » Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:41 am


I love Baozi and Ace! They're gorgeous. :)

I adore the picture of Baozi snuggled by the cuddle cup - SO cute! :D

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Breadfan4

Post   » Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:57 pm


They look like they have quite the life!

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AldenM1
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Post   » Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:24 am


Great pictures.

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GP_mum
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Post   » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:29 am


The pigs look like they're really enjoying all the items you've made. it took my girls forever before they were brave enough to sleep in the cuddle cup. They prefer things with covers.

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pigwidgeon

Post   » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:23 am


GP_mum, my guinea pigs actually are the same way. Sometimes I find them lounging in the cuddle cups, but mostly they prefer the tunnels, sacks, and covered hidey things.

So it seems that Ace is on a mission to be the weirdest guinea pig ever.

Exhibit A:

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Ace shows just how dedicated she is to being the loudest water drinker ever--she even sleeps under the bottle!

Exhibit B:

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"The pigmaster set up a canopy with fuzzy blankets under, but that's not good enough! I'm going to sleep BEHIND the canopy instead!"

Exhibit C:

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"Just gonna chill here and show off my saxxy leg..."

Exhibit D:

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"... and dat ass."

(Sorry for the rubbish quality of some of these; poor lighting + I need to get a decent camera)

Baozi, meanwhile, is not to be outdone. Her dedication to food is unparalleled, at least in this house.


Exhibit A:

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We all know how she loves to chill in front of the hay bin. But she's taken it a step further...

Exhibit B:

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Carrot doubles as food and a pillow! (They were in a basket while I was cleaning the cage)

I recently put in a bent grid as a hay rack to keep the kitchen a little neater. Though they can easily access the hay without straining their necks, they seem to enjoy climbing the rack with their front legs and eating the hay at the top. The cage is right next to my desk, so I frequently look up to see this:

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Baozi the yoga master streeeeeetches to get that hay:

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It's hard work being princesses.

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Finally, if anyone has a digital camera rec, feel free to share! (Not too pricey though; I'm a poor schoolteacher lol)

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Jessie
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Post   » Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:24 am


I can recommend Cannon powershot cameras. They're a great all round digital camera, really easy to use, and flip between modes with the turn of a wheel.

Mine went everywhere with me, clubbing, climbing, any where that had picture opportunities. 7 years solid use and it broke. But that was 7 years of use every day for work, and sometimes at weekends too.

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pigwidgeon

Post   » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:00 am


Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

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I know this is a rather haphazard photo shoot lol. I will try to find a better background next time than my bed lol.

My favorite outtake (too bad it's blurry):

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Ace makes a very natural model. She sat and posed like a good little pig. Baozi, however, would not stay still! She knocked over the props so many times. At least she stayed still long enough to get some cute shots. And they both got treats when the photo shoot was over. :)

Jessie, thanks for the rec!

I also made a video for SnowdropHedgie's youtube contest. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIK7saboAdI

I hope you like it!

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pigwidgeon

Post   » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:18 pm


Today was my first time with weighing and clipping nails. It was not an easy experience. Baozi scratched the crap out of me at first but I got my Dad to feed her a cucumber while clipping her nails and then she stayed still. The back feet were much easier to clip than the front. I also got nipped by Ace but not painfully. It was more like a little nibble. I suspect the previous owners did not clip their nails very much, because their front paws both have at least one nail that is way curled under and extremely hard to clip. I was afraid of hurting them so I only clipped a teeny bit off the end of those ones. Luckily, both of them have white feet.

They didn't want to stay in the scale, either. It took forever to get them to stay still! They wouldn't stay in the plastic bowl that came with the scale, so I put a towel in it. They also would not stop moving when I finally put them in the bowl. Not sure how accurate their weights are. I just took whatever number was the median b/c the numbers kept fluctuating while they moved.

Ace: 1047g
Baozi: 833g

That would suggest weight loss since I took them to the vet (iirc Ace was 1.2kg there) but she actually looks fatter now? Which is why I suspect my weights are inaccurate. I don't remember how much Baozi weighed at the vet's but this figure looks a bit light as well. They both look and feel fatter since then.

I bought them some Oxbow pellets since I had been using the feed store's brand before, and they love them! They chowed down when I served them the oxbow and they never seemed to care for the feed store's brand. Oxbow is a lot more expensive, but it's probably the best price I'm going to get since I get slammed for shipping when I try to order any online.

Ace still seems to have fur mites, so I'm going to make an appointment at the vet for more treatment. The had revolution last time. I see what looks like the occasional little black dot on the fur during lap time. The pigs don't seem all that itchy, however. There are no scabs or bald spots or anything like that.

Finally, some pics:

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Look at how these fatties love food so much, they actually nap by the hay bin or in the hay bin.

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I mean, do these look like pigs that are losing weight at all?

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My Dad doing some weight lifting

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And me with the squishiest heating pad ever

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:18 pm


Aw! They're great! They look very relaxed and happy with life :)
Well done with persevering with the nail trim!

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pigwidgeon

Post   » Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:58 am


My piggers party hard:

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Who, us?

Ace continues to flaunt that saxxy leg:

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Both piggers show their creative uses of their beds:

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Lap time means nom times for Baozi:

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And nap time for Ace:

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They helped celebrate my friend's birthday today (Plooshy is her nickname lol):

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Pig and yang:

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TexCavy

Post   » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:02 am


Your little ones are extra adorable!

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:12 am


I'm having lots of trouble loading this page. Please wait until the next page turns to add any more images!!!!!

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