Yesterday the last four remaining babies, from Big Black Mama´s litter, went off to their new homes. They were extra special, though they didn´t look like much - no glamorous fluffy coats or colorful markings. Just four insignificant little dark Americans. I spent countless hours handfeeding the littlest ones to keep them alive when it became apparent they were unable to nurse. As a result they were so friendly and outgoing they were a joy to be with. Three of the seven babies didn´t make it, and I must have cried several rivers over them.
When it came time to say goodbye to Big Black Mama, I just couldn´t do it. She is so timid and shy, and has been through so much. I simply couldn´t let her go through yet another terrifying upheaval. So, she will be staying with me, and will be my very first permanent resident sow. I hope she will become friends with Harry, my neutered male, so they can share a pen.
Her new name is "Lulu", after the character in the film starring Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu.
Another Hollister refugee snuck his way into my heart too. A little black Abby boy, yet to be named, maybe "Bird".
- For the love of my girls!
I have 3 of my fosters that I just can´t part with. My huband had 2 he had to keep... I had 2 I had to keep. One of the pigs we both agreed on! So, his 2 plus my 2 minus the on in common makes 3 we are keeping! I started the summer with 4! Then came Matilda, the grey agouti. Now these gals. Now we have 8! I guess there´s always room for one more!
PP... it´s a good thing we don´t do rescue! Can you imagine the herd we would have! Lulu is a special gal. I remember moving her from her awful cage to her new cage at Hollister. She is a lucky gal to have found her way to you.
I´m sure each and every one was special and sweet, whatever its color or markings. That´s not what counts. I bet letting the runts go was especially hard for you since you spent so much time with them.
You did good, Pigpal. Mission accomplished. Now, you need to take time for yourself before we need to rescue you, too. Enjoy those pigs, now.
I have to relate a little story today. Karen brought over her two babies that were ready to go. One little TSW female, just 4 weeks old and an abby boy. I made a 2x4 grid cage for the 3 boys I got last night from Peg´s foster mom and added Karen´s abby boy. They are doing great.
Where to put the little girl?? Lots of options here, really. Well, I decided to try her with the Lucies and Ralphy. At first, all was well, Ralphy was quite happy, popping and all. Well, she´s just too little to bother humping yet, so she´s just a little pal. Then Little Lucy, who is 2nd in command (Ralphy´s 3rd actually), decided she was going to put the new little girl in her place, doesn´t matter she´s so little. Anyway, she starts nipping and chasing her around. The little girl runs into the big house. Ralphy wheeked, and went charging at full tilt, ran into the house with the little girl, reached out and nipped a bit at Little Lucy--something he normally never does, and was totally guarding the entrance and laid down with her comletely protected. Oh my gosh, it was just too cute.
Actually, I still only have four pigs. Monty, the beige/faded chocolate Abby from Teresa´s just didn´t work out. He turned out to be totally obnoxious when I tried to integrate him with my existing pigs. He managed to piss off not only William and Harry, but me too. Poor Willie ended up with bites all over his butt and as I haven´t been around much this summer, I never really bonded with Monty. He´s now back at Teresa´s, has been neutered and has a delightful girlfriend. They are awaiting the perfect person to adopt them together.
Note: Monty´s sister, Dervish, who also has an attitude, is now plying her wiles at Pinta´s. The resident pigs seem totally unimpressed with her antics.
Anyway, I am keeping Rufus (the big "baby") from the Hollister bunch and I couldn´t be happier! He is a wonderful pig! I could never bear to let him go anywhere! It is good to hear that these pigs have wonderful spoiled piggy homes! LOL!
- I GAVE, dammit!
- Knee Deep
Sounds like my house! I think I´m the one person I´ve seen around with 4 black american pigs that only I can tell apart!
Glad to hear LuLu and Birdy get to stay in a special home! Guinea pigs are wonderful, everyone should appriciate them as much as we do!