Continuing Life In The Pigpen

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clairey

Post   » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:24 am


I'll be picking him up on Thursday. He'll be in the bunny cage for at least a week so he and I can get used to each other. I'll go with my gut from there on intros with Graham.

In the meantime I got some photos to tide me over and help me choose a name for him. I normally find it easy but he doesn't look like any on my list.

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Those eyebrows! :)

bpatters
And got the T-shirt

Post   » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:53 am


Oliver.

What a cutie!

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Armcavy

Post   » Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:11 am


Orville ;o)

Definitely gorgeous! Can't wait to learn more about him. Aren't these guys supposed to be on the shy side? Trying to refresh myself on my breeds the other day, I did run into that description. I have one, not solid color, and he's a real sweetheart, but hates to have anything to do with me unless I'm giving out food. Then again, I didn't get him until he was probably over 2 yrs old and I'm pretty sure he came from a less than ideal home.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:36 am


Bernie! (my new fave name ;-)

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snowflakey
E's Moriarity

Post   » Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:52 pm


Orville and Bernie are good names. How about Bart?

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clairey

Post   » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:15 pm


I think I have it narrowed down to two. Or maybe three.

He can't come soon enough. Graham is driving Bobs and I demented. He keeps going over and yelling for Stephen to come out and play. :( I think it's because the wooden hidey he has this week still has Stephen smells on it. And because he's bored. He's been looking for more interaction that Robert wants to/can give him on their dinner dates which makes Robert tense and grumpy.

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Webs
Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:26 pm


He's a bonny lad! How about calling him Jamie after a character in the Outlander series, a handsome red haired Scot!

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snowflakey
E's Moriarity

Post   » Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:06 pm


Jamie totally works. How about Duncan? Fergus?

Erinspigs

Post   » Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:21 am


I don't know about names but he is just one ridiculously cute character.

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LS in AK
Upside-down & Backwards

Post   » Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:42 am


Wow, clairey, what a find! So, this soon to be named red and white-crested piggie is the reason why the internet ad for the previous candidate piggy disappeared so fast. Something better was coming down the pipe.

I would be tempted to name him Hazel, after one of my favorite characters in one of my all time favorite books (character reference would suggest Stephen's quiet leadership style...)

Can't wait to hear what you've come up with though. So far, you've managed to hit on my dad's name and my family surname (but with an "s" on the end!) in two of your piggies already.

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clairey

Post   » Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:49 am


Initial reports are excellent. His head tilt is very slight and doesn't impede him at all, it just makes him dislike the act of being picked up even more than your usual pig. He's happy once he's on your lap and seems pretty chilled out in general. He's already found his voice at dinner time so he's not a shrinking violet. Oh and when you can get him to sit still, he's a bit of a poser for the camera.

3 sleeps!

Edit: Ha, LS! This pig would actually really suit my dad's name and I tried to get permission (after all he's 'dad' to me, not his given name and no one calls him his proper name anyway) but I got shot down.

Edit2: 'Watership Down' gave me an absolute emotional meltdown when I saw it as a kid. My dad tried to remove me from the cinema but I refused to leave. 'Bright Eyes' then became the first single I bought.

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LS in AK
Upside-down & Backwards

Post   » Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:16 am


You got to see Watership Down in the theater? And refused to leave when it got too intense? Sheer awesomeness, that.

Side note: I remember being pretty freaked out by that film when I first saw it as a kid (although I ended up buying a copy about 12 years ago, when it was only available on VHS tape!) but then I got older and found the book, and that was a different story. Absolutely brilliant novel. Material is a bit heavy for a kiddie cartoon, though (well, maybe not this day and age, but 30-35 years ago, yeah...) And, yes, Bright Eyes... that part always makes me cry.

Glad to hear new piggy seems to be doing alright, and the countdown has begun!

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clairey

Post   » Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:31 am


Lol, yeah, I'm that old! :P I was 4 or 5, I think. I'd never have been taken to see it if the adults had any notion it was so real.

bpatters
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Post   » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:44 am


If you lliked Watership Down, Rabscuttle would be a cute name for a pig. We named a cat that, years ago.

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Armcavy

Post   » Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:46 am


Watership Down made me cry and I was close to 30 when I saw it!

(Woot! I'm learning!!)

(Have I ever mentioned how slow I am?)

CavyHeart

Post   » Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:35 pm


As far as name ideas, for some reason I always rather liked Sebastian. Duncan works for me too, as was mentioned above, for a nice Irish redhead name. :)

I had an all-red piggy whose name was Russet, both for color and being rather potato-shaped. *chuckle*

"Rory" means "red-haired," too.

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clairey

Post   » Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:13 pm


Graham has spent the past 6 hours obsessively patrolling the other pen, getting up on his hind legs to look in and whining plaintively. Even in his own cage, he's peering through the dividing grids way more than normal. And whining.

I got Bobs out for a snack which calmed G a bit but afterwards Bobbins went home for a nap and Graham went back to whining and searching. Bobs ignores it all, pretty much.

I'm not convinced it's Bobs he's looking for. :( I guess he didn't understand what was going on like Bobs did. Bobs has been a bit low but he's not been looking for Stephen.

In among the poignant, the sight of Graham attempting to rumblestrut while lying down tight against Bobs was so funny. His 'arms' were stretched right out and his face was snuggled into Bobs' beard but his back legs were padding as he tried to sound boarly. Big soppy pudding.

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GuineaPiggin

Post   » Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:24 pm


Congrats on your new ginger boy! He looks like a gorgeous chunk!

Sorry to hear about Graham searching. Poor guy. Give him and Bobs skritches for me.

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LS in AK
Upside-down & Backwards

Post   » Tue Sep 01, 2015 3:32 am


Oh, poor Graham. That sounds so sad. These little guys get so attached to each other so fast sometimes, don't they?

2 sleeps now until new pig comes to play?

ETA: I'm actually right there in the ballpark with you on age, clairey. Didn't mean to make any age-related insinuations with my *You got to see one of my favorite films in the theater!* envy :)

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clairey

Post   » Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:24 pm


Graham is fully obsessed. Maybe Bobs is suddenly his heart's desire, I don't know, but he's behaving like a boar chasing a sow. I've had to partition off the side of Bobs' pen to stop Graham chewing the side of it (thanks for teaching him about bar-biting, Bobs, nice one). I've also had to put a cardboard partition between the cages the stop him constantly whining and bar-biting there. The obsession is distracting him from normal things like eating and drinking. Even now, there are toys and food on the floor and Graham is just yelling and sulking. I've had to modify the fence 6 times because he's so indignant and intent on getting into the other cage. He's not aggressive to Bobs but Bobs has had a couple of nips at him so more time together isn't sensible.

Even when Stephen was here, Graham would take no for an answer when Stephen didn't want to come out and play. He'd happily go off and do his own piggy things.

I have a vague concern that it might be puberty-related. I certainly hope not but it is possible, what with his small manbags and all, that he's a very late developer. Either that or he's absolutely incensed that there's no pig here for him to Tigger-bounce and he's going to cause a rumpus until there is one. Which isn't exactly the calm, gentle mood I'd like him to carry into the intro.

Oh boy. Or do I mean oh boar.

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