My question to all of you out there is what do you do with your pigs when you go on vacation? This past week was hard to enjoy because I was so worried whether my boys were happy.
In the past, a trusted neighbor has checked on and fed Quilt (my 4-yr old boar) twice a day when we've been gone. However, ever since he had stone surgery, I've become quite particular about keeping his cage clean and poop free. Also, recently we've adopted a baby and I was concerned that an informed cavy person kept their eye on the two of them (weight, dominance issues, etc.).
Tomorrow I'm picking them up at my cavy-savvy vet's, where they've been for 8 days. My van was loaded with their stuff when I dropped them off and I embarrassed myself by crying when saying my goodbys. I made a "smaller" 2X4 C&C cage for boarding along with 3 pages of notes.
Does anybody have a better solution or idea? Fortunately we won't be going anywhere until summertime.
I just basically don't go away anymore but then I'm old enough to get away with it. I'm definitely in the "parent" category and much too old to be told what to do by anyone!
Before I left for 4 days last weekend, I had her come over and we met for 2 hours. She did a hand feeding for one of my pigs who needs to gain weight. I had her handle each piggie (3 of my own and 1 foster) so they would learn her smell and she could catch them lol. I showed her all the essentials and where all the medical items were.
Everything went very well while I was gone and she is now interested in adopting piggies.
Also, I don't know how up to date this site is but I found this for Pigsitters:
- We miss our sweet Oreo
I'm planning to do the same next weekend. One of the neighbor kids will be coming by daily because I stressed too much leaving them alone that long before. This is a friend of Allison's and will be quite responsible, I'm sure, about feeding them. But, I'm not quite sure he'd know what to do in the event of a problem. Thankfully, he can reach us by cell phone at any point if he has a question and I am friendly enough with the mom to ask her to help out in an emergency. Still, it's a really tough call.
I really liked that link and actually found someone who wasn't horribly far away from me. I'd consider putting myself on it, too. People should be able to relax on vacations and not worry about their pets.
This summer we took a week long vacation and she came three times a day for the dogs, guineas, and fish.
By the end of the week, her and her kids were in love with our dogs and had grown very fond of coming and having their "couch time" with them every night. I had told them to make themselves at home and stick around as much as they could. They did!
It was funny, this gal said that by day two or three of cleaning my guinea girl's cage, she ditched the dustpan and just started using her hands....and that she knew she'd become attached to the whole bunch when that happened! Heh.
Now she's been whining to my friend(who she's friends with) that her and her girls miss my dogs terribly and want to come for some "couch time" with them, but she feels too weird to call me and ask me. I wish she would.
I feel so lucky to have found her.
I'm going out of town next week for the first time since moving here, and I really lucked out. I ran into one of the people from the local guinea pig rescue when I was at the vet, and when I asked him who he reccommended to pigsit, he offered to do it. This means that if Eddie has an episode he'll be with people who know what to do and he'll go to my vet. I personally think it is worth uprooting them for the week since I know they'll be in responsible hands.
I picked up Quilt and Spice today. The bill was astronomical, but they were healthy. They had daily charts for each, but when I cleaned out their hay box, it had old, dirty hay stuck (dried pee?) to the bottom. I never let it get that way, but even when paying through the nose, no one will take care of your pigs the way you will. I'm glad we are going nowhere for quite some time.
I'd rather "donate" to a rescue for some pigsitting than pay my vet (who is great, by the way) to watch them. I can't imagine how hard it would be to take on some pigsitting clients in addition to fosters, though.
As of now, I have Atari booked to fly with me on Delta, but Bandit and Millie are technically too young to fly, even if I could bring more than one of them on the plane. I have half a mind to smuggle the little ones into the terminal in my pockets. They can't kick me off the plane once we're up in the air, right?