Things That Go Wheek In the Night: C M'S Picture Chronicle

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GP_mum
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Post   » Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:16 am


Lux looks like she's going to follow in Luna's footsteps and grow up to be a lovely big pig to cuddle up to. Kisses to your long haired piggy and Phantom (my Snowy also has black eye shadow over 1 of her eyes so I have a soft spot for pigs with mask or eye shawdowing).

Cinnabuns Legacy

Post   » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:40 am


Snowy sounds adorable; I also love it when they have an eye patch or two. Magellan our former (he's crossed the bridge) special needs elderly boy also had a patch over one eye, but it was solid unlike Phantom's agouti eye shadowing.

The long haired boy is Alistair, also known as "The Beard" or sometimes just "Beard" (an affectionate nickname, we love "beards" and "mops"). Sometimes I think we call him "Beard" more than Alistair, but he really responds well to it for some reason.

Cinnabuns Legacy

Post   » Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:55 pm


I wish I could be posting an update to this chronicle under happier circumstances. Phantom took a fall as I was spot cleaning his cage (I tried to catch him and was literally right there when it happened); he's always so good about staying at the back of the cage and just chilling, I have no idea what possessed him to go near the edge. So now I'll be removing them just for basic spot cleanings, since they obviously can't be trusted.

Thank fully the fall wasn't very high (I won't keep cages higher than the third one, I'm too paranoid), and he didn't break anything, but he did manage to pull a ligament. Now he's in a special bandage to keep his leg straight for a good 4 - 6 weeks. He has a recheck in a week to see how things are going. Poor little man hates the bandage, but he loves metacam and is getting a little spoiled with pellet mash (gave him mash to make him feel a bit better and less exerting energy). I am to remove the bandage/wrap twice a day to check and make sure there is no swelling, loss of circulation, etcetera.

No pictures right now of his manly bandage (it's blue camo print, how cute is that), sorry. He's been so stressed out today I don't want to harass him anymore than I have to. I'm starting to wish I wouldn't have even opened his cage at all when I did, or at least that I would have pulled him out (would have had to put him in the tub though since there was no one free to hold him, so I figured it would be less stressful to spot clean with them in the cage, like I've always done without issue). I'm so stressed right now. Hopefully it heals fine, the veterinarian said with injuries like that on any animal there's always a small chance the bone ligament will grow back in a fuse and make it really stiff for walking on. Sigh, I feel like such a bad pet parent sometimes, it seems I can't do anything right sometimes.

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clairey

Post   » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:56 pm


Don't beat yourself up. I imagine you've done the same thing countless times and it's never even been nearly an issue. He won't get the chance to do that again, the silly boy.

I really would like to see his manly bandage.

Cinnabuns Legacy

Post   » Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:56 pm


I see about getting a picture of his bandage (geeze, almost typed "bondage", whoops; although that mental image is hilarious) when I take him out to check the foot. I've always spot cleaned with them in the cage without issue (I don't do full cage changes with them in there though since I have to take the entire front off of the cage). Phantom has also always been very good about just chilling at the back when I spot clean.

He hasn't moved from his spot and isn't very enthusiastic about getting up to eat/drink unless I have veggies (then he's standing up for them). I REALLY hope I don't have to hand feed him, especially the whole time or longer than a few days, because I know he's going to hate it, and frankly I hate doing it because they are so miserable when it's being done and a little while after.

I need all your meditations/prayers/etc that Phantom's leg doesn't heal stiff but heals correctly. I don't know if any of that works or not, but I figure it can't hurt to try and request it.

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akintolife

Post   » Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:24 pm


Like Clarirey said, don't beat yourself up. Accidents happen to all of us - and I'm sure a lot of people here can tell you about something similar happening. When I had my girls I would let them out on my bed and even with me sitting on the same bed Dipti got so excited one day that she popcorned off the edge of my bed. I was terrified, but everything turned out okay.

My thoughts go out to you and Phantom and I hope he has a speedy recovery. His bandage however, sounds very manly (and cute) and I'm sure that in no time he will be telling Alistair about his 'war' wound.

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tashab

Post   » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:00 pm


I hope he feels better quickly. You shouldn't beat yourself up over this - we've all had scares where our fuzzbuckets do the unexpected and catch us off-guard. It's how they make sure we're still being good slaves. After all, it's just a good excuse to be catered to even more!

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GP_mum
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Post   » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:10 pm


Sorry to hear about Phantom - yup, they do tend to do the unexpected. Sending healing and positive vibes that he heals quickly and with no issues.

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serelixyue

Post   » Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:41 am


Phantom is in my thoughts, cinnabuns mom :)

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worldangel

Post   » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:39 am


Keeping him in my thoughts and prayer...hope the little guy get well soon!

You take care too :)

Cinnabuns Legacy

Post   » Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:38 pm


Thank you all, sorry for taking so long to update this thread and post the pictures; we had to reformat the computer and I lost the program used to resize pictures (I'm using something different now as it is). Pictures of his "manly bandage" below.

Phantom is doing alright all things considered, usually he is good about eating (but then, he is getting vegetable baby food mixed in, otherwise he's a pain to hand feed even pellet mash to). He isn't standing too well on his own enough to eat on his own yet though, but he's been trying. So I'm taking him out every 4 - 6 hours for syringe feeding. He has a veterinary appointment tomorrow early afternoon just to check on how things are doing. He's been good about keeping the bandage on and not moving his hurt leg around too much in it.

Phantom in his blue cammo "manly bandage" on my mother's lap. The older folk have been a lot of help with these guys, especially my FFIL who is better at catching Phantom (I have small hands).
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Alistair has been VERY good about Phantom being bandaged; he's only really bugged him twice (once to eat some mash off his face, and once when Phantom rumbled at him, he rumbled back and then calmed down and tried to get into one of the "tents" to sit next to him).
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Luxi and Luna - THE CARNAGE.

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Cutest little "zombie" ever, look at all the remains of that poor watermelon rind on her face. Ruthless.

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GP_mum
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Post   » Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:32 am


Oh my, those pigs are adorable. Phantom looks like he's wearing a cumberband. I hope he's continuing to do well. He & Alistair look like they enjoy each other's company. Is that Luna trying to eat more of the watermelon - she's so cute.

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pigjes
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Post   » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:13 am


Love the manly bandage!! Hehehe, the watermelon beards are cool!

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akintolife

Post   » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:32 am


The bandage is very manly. Watermelon zombies!

MinervaPiggy

Post   » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:11 am


I hope he recovers okay! I'm sure he will under your care.

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Mapleowl18
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Post   » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:14 am


Zombie Pig strikes again!

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clairey

Post   » Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:07 pm


*sniggers* Poor Phantom looks mortified by the bandage, but please tell him it looks very manly.

Cinnabuns Legacy

Post   » Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:18 am


Unfortunately Phantom moved his leg in the bandage litterally overnight, turning it into more of a tournecette and made his elbow (where the torn ligament is) and foot swollen. Sigh. So they had to remove the bandage so it didn't cut off more circulation; I thought the foot looked more red. She said he shoulld be fine, they just wanted the bandage mostly so he wouldn't put any pressure on the leg, but he's not anyhow so they're keeping it off. He's way more calm with the bandage off and even is doing happy squeaks again (though he's not wanting to get up to eat hay on his own, so still hand feeding). Of course, he's getting .8 CC of metacam (the 0.5 mg/ML dose), so he shouldn't be feeling in pain at all.

Yes, GP_Mum, that's Luna (the big beefy girl) reaching in for more.

Luxi is getting bigger, several people I know commented on that. I think she's going to grow up to be big and "beefy" like Luna is. Wow, they're going to look SO much alike when Lux is an adult.

Cinnabuns Legacy

Post   » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:40 pm


We shaved "the Beard" about a week ago. He's got a very short 'do now except for some locks of hair around his face my fiance left. I'll post pictures soon. I appologize for going so long without any pictures, but I've been so stressed out and depressed lately over what's going on with Phantom and family drama issues I really haven't felt much like photographing.

In regards to Phantom's issues. Phantom's leg isn't healing like we'd like it to (of course), mostly because he wouldn't keep it in the cast bent back because he got too freaked/stressed out about that and turned it around. He also isn't eating normally so I'm still hand feeding him (he's eating some, but he still favors the leg). He's not putting as much pressure on the leg as was expected for this point during the recovery process. The bone is trying to grow back stiff and a little bit at an angle. He'll should still be able to use it Doctor said, but it won't be flexible like it should be and he won't be able to do anything like pop corns with it.

The veterinary office is getting a new laser treatment in to help with joint/bone pain and injuries. It should heal everything up faster and minimize scar tissue. Treatments were estimated at a total of $500. Which admittedly right now rather sucks, but it's way better than I was expecting it to cost (in the several thousands range).

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GP_mum
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Post   » Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:39 am


Sorry to hear that Phantom's leg is healing as hoped for but at least you have the option for laser treatment - not sure if we even have that here for pets. I know how worrying it is when your pig is not 100%. Best wishes that he continues to improve.

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