After reading Einy's story (& crying my eyes out-Salana & he went thru so much together & it reminded me so much of Sheila & what we've been thru together) I started asking my self how old Sheila really is.
My husband & I were just talking, and we've pin-pointed her birth w/ my sweety sow Zelda & her husband Zack, to summer 2001! (We have photos w/ dates, so I can look at those and find out which month). But I know she's gotta be at least 6 yrs old! She's littler than her brothers (2 born at same time), so I keep thinking she's still young.
Her Mom, my very first GP, Zelda died about 6 months ago of pneumonia, but the rest of the herd, Dad-Zack, brothers Chip & Elmo, and second litter sister Lucy, are all still alive. I lost Lucy's sister, Cookie & brother Oreo, when a neighbor's lose dog grabbed them while the herd was grazing in the grass in their pens in 2003. But otherwise, theyve been a pretty healthy, happy, resilient family. They are all Peruvian long-hairs. I'll attach some photos, if someone can tell me how. (I'm new here obviously!)
Anyway, glad to know you are all there & I have resources now, I didn't have before! :) Thanks!
- Supporter in '09
I think there are instructions on posting pictures, in one of the stickies probably. I know you have post your pics on a public server, like photobucket.com, dropshots.com, or flickr.com. The size limit for pictures in threads like this, is 700 pixels wide and you put the link in your message, surrounded by *img tags. Hopefully someone else will be along to give you better instructions.
I love just about all animals-I take spiders & bees outside, so my husband won't squash them. I won't let him poison the pack rats that were geting into our storage shed. I'm kind of silly that way. Sometimes I think I believe in animals more than people...people are capable of malice & most animals are not.
The little guy in your photo is adorable-a baby?
- Supporter in '09
The little guy in my avatar is Reginald. He is a Skinny, not a baby, not sure how old he is, but am guessing around 1 1/2 or 2. I love his big flappy ears, you can hear him shake his head since they flap on bare skin. He is deaf too. But the most active engaging boy around, and a climber too. :-)
- Supporter in '09
They are a controversial breed. Reginald's rescuer did thorough research about me and my guinea pig experience before allowing me to adopt him. Since he is deaf, and was assumed to be blind too, he had lots of special needs issues. I do not believe he is completely blind, he reacts to things too much. I think he sees at least light and dark or perhaps shapes. I have had him since April of this year.
When I realized something wasn't right w/ her eyes, I figured she was just an Albino throw-back (like horses). But when I saw she only had one tooth, I started check it out on the Internet & discovered what a lethal was.
At first, I felt bad that I inadvertantly created a lethal, but she's had a really good life, and apparently a long one too for a lethal, so I guess it's not so bad.
I don't know if she sees anything out of her "good" eye (it's really clear pinkish/blueish), so I kind of doubt it, but she roots around to find her food or water, and doesn't seem to think she's different than her sister she shares a cage with. She may be deaf, too; she doesn't wake up when I make noise, so she probably is deaf.
I just need to get her skin problem resolved so she can go back into the herd hutch.
My pig, Suey ( 8) , has been having some trouble with that. It forms almost a scab like material, that you do not want to try and peel off. It takes soaking and gentle rubbing and fingernail scritches to remove them. They form in just a few days and seem to be on her upper left butt in the size of a penny. . I do not know how she gets it so high up.
It is urine - no doubt there. When you blow dry her ( very carefully ! ) she smells of it.
I admire those who have taken good care of a lethal.
I'm a little confused about the Ivermectin thing. One GL suggestion was the paste diluted orally. Another was the injectable solution topically. What's your experience? What's better do you think? And where's the best place to get it?
- Who's your Branni?
I prefer injectible topically. You can get it from a feed store. Or there are on line places, if you look at the care guide under Ivermectin.