The warnings are just as vital today. My original post, at CG:
"At the risk of being kicked off this board for negligence, I felt it important to warn people about the dangers of "toys" for their piggies. I think most of us have read the advice to slit those cute little tp tubes they so like to play with so they don´t get their heads stuck (especially the little ones). Well, I´m here to tell you that no matter what size roll you put in (unless it is humongous) you can run into trouble! I wasn´t gone 10 minutes when I came back and found Nina imprisoned in a tube that had been kicking around harmlessly for a couple weeks! I tell ya, guinea pigs are as much trouble as little kids!
"Well, knowing that my advice might not be believed (and noticing she was breathing okay, but standing still, very still, with an angry look in her eye), I had the forethought to snap a pic. Please believe me when I say this did NOT interfere with my IMMEDIATE actions to rescue her from her predicament and cut her free (note, I did not carefully pose her on a silken pillow or make fun of her by attaching an electric cord or any such foolishness).
"So, when someone tells you to cut those cardboard tubes, you listen! (I didn´t and look what happened to poor Nina!) And yes, that is her head on the left -- turned away in shame.
"[After the initial shock and our speedy recovery (I hauled out the smelling salts), I realized we had here a picture of a fancy shoe buffing machine. Not sure exactly how to turn this into the gold mine it could be, but I now know our pets are totally under utilized and have many potential uses in the home.]"
I stuck a more suitable replacement there -- but I will probably just remove it.
She can come up with her own new one, so long as it is not along the lines of "Sweet and Innocent". Some posters do not understand irony and can get hit pretty hard.
- I GAVE, dammit!
I'm off to slit the little tubes now. My guys really could probably care less. They've never even noticed them before. They have more fun ringing the cat bell and grabbing the rattles in their teeth and shaking them. This annoys Tigger who responds with much rump-shaking and teeth clacking.
When I first bumped into GL and I read your Heartless Dictator nick, it was quite clear what to expect from Sweet E without even reading one of her posts. Sweet and innocent, that's typical of Texels, isn't it?
The new nick is quite good too.