Further Tales From The Pigpen

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:49 pm


Happy Friday right back!

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clairey

Post   » Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:51 pm


Simon is certainly having a happy Friday. During floor time* earlier, he finally listened to me and humped Graham's head. Graham predictably popcorned in a little circle. All attention is good attention to him.

*It's floor time rather than free range time for Simon because, despite Graham jumping out and in right in front of him, he can't work out how the cage opening works. It's no bigger a jump than into their big kitchen tray so it's not that he can't. I suppose it's easier to wheek sadly and look lost and wait for the staff to pick you up and plop you where you want to be.

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Armcavy

Post   » Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:31 pm


Of course it is! My dratted CAT does that! She doesn't want the elevator down, but by golly it had better be there for the up portion of the trip!

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snowflakey
E's Moriarity

Post   » Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:13 pm


:-)

You've got a good pair there! Simon came into the family just in time.

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Sat Sep 26, 2015 12:01 am


You boys are sooo handsome!

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LS in AK
Upside-down & Backwards

Post   » Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:22 am


Hope the staff gets good tips for timely service ;)

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clairey

Post   » Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:06 pm


I've finally taught Simon to get in and out on his own. It took much bribery and hacking off more coroplast. He cautiously creeps up and pops over then popcorns like it's a massive surprise to have achieved it.

Now that Graham has his free range time again, the Important Opinions are back. :) He's now being less snippy with both me and Simon. He just seems to need more stimulation than the average pig. When he's bored he gets frustrated at the world.

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Armcavy

Post   » Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:06 am


Yay, Simon! Good job, bud!

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clairey

Post   » Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:38 pm


Every day, Simon becomes a little more Simon. I did wonder for a while if my sorting hat was right but he is definitely a Slytherin. Albeit one who might sometimes see nargles. He's pretty entitled and will lie in bed screaming at me rather than walk the whole 12 inches to come to the side of the cage for snacks. Even when he's wandering round and I call him over, he'll stop short of me and wheek like he's telling me off for having the downright cheek to beckon his lordship. He has the free range thing perfected now and he and Graham get the zoomies most nights. It's hilarious watching them zipping and popcorning round the room.

That's not to say it's all sunshine - he and Graham bicker a lot more than I'd like. It must look and sound worse than it is though because no one has been injured. I'm going to be honest, I was never sure if serene Stephen would be able to handle living with Graham full-time. Graham is a lot of pig and he's boisterous. So Simon is a bit of a saint for not losing his temper with him or being intimidated by him.

But Graham would still very much like Simon to groom his ears, please.

"Hmm, I'll think about it."
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Armcavy

Post   » Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:46 pm


Graham looks so HUUUUUUGE next to Simon! (giggle)

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clairey

Post   » Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:57 pm


I know! There's not quite as big a difference in real life as it seems in photos. Or maybe there is and I just don't see it. Simon's over 1100g so he's not tiny himself.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:29 pm


And you've never been tempted to nibble on Graham's ears?

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clairey

Post   » Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:46 pm


I may have tried on occasion.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Fri Oct 09, 2015 4:09 pm


He is truly loved :-)

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goosey1019

Post   » Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:46 pm


Aw, your boys are so adorable! I love the image of them running around popcorning together.

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Armcavy

Post   » Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:58 pm


They are cute ears. ;o)

clairey, my youngest girl is 1325 grams. My other 2 girls are over 1100. Is he still growing? Or do I just feed mine too much? Heeheehee. I must have giant little guinea pigs. :o)

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:35 am


Graham = cuddly, plush toy-piggy :)

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clairey

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:27 am


Graham is really cuddly and he does look a bit like those Ikea piggy plushies. He has the softest hair so far of all my pigs and his size makes him a nice armful. He's a pain to catch but he snuggles in and snoozes when I do. He also accepts chinnies and even under-chin snorgles. Oh and he gives kisses.

He's just long and tall and broad all at once. He can easily get his whole head over the grids when he's begging. In fact, there's nothing really to stop him getting over and out if he wanted. Hence I keep cushions stuffed 24/7 in furniture gaps where naughty pigs could cause trouble, just in case.

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LS in AK
Upside-down & Backwards

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2015 5:11 am


It is always amazing to me that they lack depth perception due to having eyes on the sides of their heads rather than lined up in the front. Equally amazing that they have whiskers to make up for that.

You are wise with the cushion-stuffing. My pigs have never hesitated to launch themselves off of things. Never heard of look before you leap, I suppose (more like they have no concept of falling, being built to trot along so close to the ground all the time.)

Sending internet tribute to his lordship, Sir Simon, and nose rubs to Mister Graham (I just want to run my finger right up that white stripe on his face!)

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clairey

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2015 6:35 am


The lack of depth perception is noticable with Simon, probably due to his head tilt. He's not very good at finding small things close to him (like broken off bits of pellet), he always thinks they're an inch or so away from where they are. When I'm passing out morsels he seems to find them with his whiskers first. Oh and it takes him a couple of tries to beg with his paws up on the side of the cage. But somehow it doesn't slow down his zoomies any and he sees and avoids obstacles with ease.

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