Mr. Bubbles and Scruffy

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:03 pm


Yes. We love them!

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:18 pm


They melted my heart LOL. 81 days in rescue is a long time. They've got a great home now with someone who loves them and will give them the best care.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:53 pm


I'm wondering if I should try to get Scruffy to become cage mates with Sam and Dean. I think Mr Bubbles is out of the question because he's more aggressive. Scruffy is 2 years old while Sam and Dean are 9 months. Size wise, all 3 are about the same size. I expect that Sam and Dean will get bigger. Scruffy is pretty much done increasing in size.

Other things to consider is that while he's fully recovered from the infection that nearly killed him, Scruffy might not be back to full strength yet. The other two might see him as an intruder and might gang up on him. Scruffy is very resilient and doesn't back down.

Among the other two, I'm relatively sure that Dean is the more dominant one. Sammy always moves out of his way whenever Dean wants the tunnel for himself or when he wants the veggies or the water. Dean also outweighs Sammy by a few ounces.

What do you guys think? Should I try it? If so, what experiences have you had? What works and what doesn't?

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:17 pm


I have never had boars but I think you will find some members who advise against having three together. I'll let others comment.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:33 pm


I thought that post was lost, so I put it in Sam and Dean's thread. Sorry about the repeat! Suffice it to say that I'm not going to poke the bear (or in this case the boar) and put the bond between them at risk.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:35 pm


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Scruffy says "give me what I want or I'll eat the shirt!"

His weight is holding steady at about 1 lb 15 oz. He's even gained half an ounce.

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sef1268
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Post   » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:47 pm


Suffice it to say that I'm not going to poke the bear (or in this case the boar)...
Too funny! ;)

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:35 pm


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Introduced the newbies, Sam and Dean to the outside grass eating experience today and it didn't go too bad. They were a little bit jumpy, but nowhere near as calm as these two. These two took to it immediately 2 years ago when I introduced them to it and they're old pros now. They hardly bat an eye unless it's a really loud noise. They eat their fill and let me know when they're done. They get pouty if I have to take them inside for any reason before that. I have their total trust, so they feel very secure with me watching over them when they go outside. I hope to gain that kind of trust with the other two.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:42 pm


Looks like some lovely, hearty grass!

p.s. I think gaining an animal's trust is the highest honor.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:52 pm


The grass is coming in very nicely. Lucky for them LOL!
After sitting with Sam and Dean, watching them act a little skittish, I felt proud watching Mr Bubbles and Scruffy so relaxed. I live by the airport, so there's planes but they don't even flinch when one takes off. They aren't scared of any of the neighborhood noises. With me watching over them, they have nothing to fear.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:14 pm


It's been too chilly for the boys to go out for grass the last 2 days. They're getting a little stir crazy because they had been outside for several days in a row before that. I have to go pick grass for them. I feel bad when they give me that look and those sad little squeaks LOL. There's a storm over the mountains, which means cold, wind and rain for the next 2-3 days. I'm glad I haven't gotten around to mowing the lawn yet!

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:58 pm


Read so literature online today and found out that dandelion is a good source of vitamin C and can be given several times a week. I was really glad to hear that because my lawn is full of them. So is the flower beds and gardens. The ones on the lawn compete with the grass for nutrients, but the flower bed and garden dandelions don't. Since I haven't tilled them yet, they're huge with giant leaves. Both Scruffy and Mr Bubbles both devoured 3 or 4 of them. That with the quarter bell pepper should take care of their vitamin c needs for the day.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:12 am


Dandelion is also high in calcium, if I remember right. So if you have any guinea pigs prone to stones, you would limit it.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:43 am


Correct. Several times a week to me means that I give it to them every other day. Also I took it as not allowing them to eat their fill like with hay and grass. A few leaves should suffice.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:40 pm


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My professional grass eaters. I found a new use for the playpen that the baby outgrew.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:50 am


Yesterday was far too hot for the boys to go outside and by the time it cooled down enough, I was out running errands. So they missed their grazing time. I made it up to them this evening. They got their fill and didn't complain when I took them inside. They both laid down and took a nap. They rested for about an hour and woke up recharged and ready to go.

The arrival of the two new piggies is having a positive effect on them. Mr Bubbles is more active in his cage than he was before. He has started that nibbling on his cage when he wants something like Scruffy does. He squeaks more too. He's always had that "too cool to be a guinea pig" thing going on so he's never been very vocal. That has all changed now.

Scruffy has started wheeking very loudly because he hears Sammy doing it. He wants to be held all of the time too. Even though neither one of them share an enclosure (only Dean and Sammy do), I've got a very nice guinea pig colony going on 😁. Sammy and Dean are across the room from these guys, but they are aware of each other's presence; in a positive way, it would seem.

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Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:57 am


And a happy colony at that!

Glad to hear your other guinea pigs are perking up too.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:47 am


I'm amazed at how outgoing Mr Bubbles has become. I thought it might have been a fluke or that I just caught him on a good day, but he is continuing with his lovey dovey new attitude. He used to lunge at anyone who reached out to him during lap time. I used to believe that he just didn't like anyone coming near me, but I doubt guinea pigs are defensive of their humans. He never did like anyone reaching towards his face, but he doesn't seem to mind as much now. If I knew that getting more piggies would fix it, I would have gotten more a long time ago. It could also be that he's maturing and calming down. He's nearly 2 and a half years old now so it's quite possible.

Scruffy is doing very well too. He just can't get enough attention. His appetite is as good as it was before he got sick. He really craves hay and grass. I haven't taken him outside for the last 2 evenings. We had errands that kept us out during prime grazing time. I think he's a little disappointed. He's letting me know about it. He started squeaking late last night almost like he was crying. I thought something might be wrong with him, so I checked on him and he wouldn't let me close the door to his cage without taking him out. I was holding him and he wouldn't stay still so I went outside into the darkness and picked him a handful of grass. After he sat on my lap and ate it, he settled down for the night. I'll have to make sure to get him out this evening.

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sef1268
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Post   » Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:40 am


Ha! Already spoiled! (Which is, of course, precisely what you want in a guinea pig). ;)

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:49 pm


Well said :-)

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