Bouncing Boars

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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:48 pm


I am suffering from lack of updates, more please.

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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:00 am


They boys, I have a question. In this blog entry ( http://hoskinpigs.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/i-like-grass/ ) You talk about hay from Quebec, is it this hay: http://montrealcritters.com/store/jodies-jiggley-piggley-farm-hay

Our slave order some and it should be here Tuesday. What do you think of it (if it is it)?

Our love,
The Schimpf boys.

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karalianne
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Post   » Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:44 pm


It is that hay, indeed.

It's quite soft, but I found that it was really brown so they didn't eat all of it, and the brown was mixed in so much with the green that it would have been really time-consuming to pick it out. I did complain to Montreal Critters and got a refund. Let me know if the hay is greener, maybe I just got a bad couple of bags. The price is good enough that I would like to keep buying from them.

Now, an update!

We went on vacation for a couple of weeks and my brain has not been cooperating with me much lately, so I haven't been around much (also, Sandy is now hospice, so that is stressful). But my boys are hilarious, so here's a story for you all.

Changing out the guinea pig cages today.

Took all three boys out of their cages and put them in separate cardboard boxes as I don’t currently have a large enough floor time pen for them, and Bubble and Batman will fight if there isn’t enough room.

The boxes were all open-topped, and I put them right next to each other. I was working on getting the shavings out (changing back to fleece) and heard some odd sounds. Went to see, and Bubble had gone and climbed into the same box as Batman. *facepalm*

So I got Bubble out (got nipped a few times by Batman in the process as Bubble ran and got in his face; it wasn’t really big enough for two) and moved his box away from Batman’s so he couldn’t do it again.

Got Batman’s cage changed out with the new tunnel from Canadian Comforts (love that shop) and put him in with his head in the tunnel so he’d go through it at least once. Then gave a handful of Oxbow orchard grass hay and got to work on the other cage.

Got the brothers’ cage done, complete with their new tunnels, and went to get Bubble.

He’d gotten back into Batman’s box. *sigh*

Neither Bubble nor Squeak were too enamoured by the tunnels at first, but Bubble has gone through both of them a couple of times on his own now, after the first time when I stuck his head in and he went in halfway, then turned around. (Squeak backed out when I did that to him. Little bugger.)

Batman, meanwhile, has gone over to his tunnel and stuck his head in, but that’s about it since the first time through.

And none of them seem all that interested in the hay, either. That stuff isn’t cheap, you guys. EAT IT.

So, yeah. My boys are goofballs.

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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:50 pm


I will. I know it was really bad last year so maybe that's why. I'm hoping its good either way and its good to know if I have to complain they have good CS.

Awe! I adore your boys but *cough* photos *cough*. :)

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karalianne
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Post   » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:20 pm


LOL

I will get new photos up soon. Must get ready to go out right now.

But!

Squeak was doing his usual "must chase Bubble" thing, and Bubble went into one of the tunnels.

Squeak proceeded to climb over top of Bubble, who voiced his displeasure quite loudly. *eyeroll* I suspect the tunnels are going to become chairs.

Poor Bubble. His brother picks on him so much.

Batman, meanwhile, nosed his tunnel into the corner so that one end was against the wall, and then he crawled inside. I didn't stick around to see if he tried to get out at the wall end or backed out, but dude... he really isn't all that bright, is he?

(Side Note: Bubble weighed in at 1346 g on Thursday. Squeak was 1408 g. I don't think either of them is really having a difficult go of it right now. Batman was 1298 g, very svelte.)

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:26 pm


Buffy and Ginger lay on top of their tunnels. Silly pigs. :)

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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:49 pm


Bah ha ha, your boys must make it hard to leave when they act like that. :)

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karalianne
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Post   » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:14 am


Okay, I have some photos from this morning.

(In case anyone's wondering where H/B is, he's staying with my friend while we try to find him a forever home, since she's in the city and Sandy is rather a handful.)

Batman decided orchard grass hay is actually pretty cool.
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Sandy loves to burrow in her hay.
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The brothers... well, they're the brothers.
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So the story is that I was getting ready to go out this morning and decided to give everyone a carrot because, well, they're sweethearts. Everyone took their carrots happily, but Batman... well, I gave Sandy her carrot and then opened the brothers' cage to give them their carrots, and as I was doing that, Batman ran and hid in his tunnel.
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So I had to reach around and put the carrot where he could see it. Getting a photo was difficult, but I managed!
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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:52 pm


Got my hay order. It had some brown but when I took a good look the brown is normal grass (which does turn brown when it dries). Its all soft and smells AMAZING. The boys love it.

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karalianne
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Post   » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:16 pm


Maybe I'll order some more, then. They were totally unimpressed with the Oxbow Orchard Grass and didn't even seem all that enamoured with the Kaytee timothy hay. (They're eating the latter right now anyway and yes they are eating it just fine.) I think I spoiled them with fresh grass all summer... :P

Got a really cute video this morning of Bubble and Squeak and a tunnel. (It's like they knew I needed to laugh.) I'll try to get it uploaded and post the link tonight if possible.

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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:29 pm


Awe I can't wait to see it :) Sending some hugs your way Janna.

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karalianne
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Post   » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:48 am


Okay.

So Sandy died in the night. Here she is Sunday evening:
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You can see just how poorly she was doing by then.

This morning I snuggled Batman and had a cry, and he gave me kisses as he licked up my tears. I know it was just for the salt, but it made me feel better anyway. He's always been a kissy boy.

At some point this morning, I noticed that I could only see one guinea pig in the brothers' cage.
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Bubble is smart, but he's not smart enough to get out of that cage. Not yet, anyway.

Closer investigation revealed the following:
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(Yes, that is a guinea pig bottom sticking out of the end of the tunnel.)

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(That's his face.)

Happily, I had the presence of mind to capture the following video, too. Squeak is a little turd.

http://youtu.be/8UhYHnOhrMQ

(Batman's rumbling along the divider throughout. He's... confused.)

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GP_mum
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Post   » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:34 am


So sorry you lost Sandy. I had been following her medial thread and know you did your best for her. Hugs to you and your pigs.

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:40 am


I'm sorry to hear about Sandy.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:49 am


I am so sorry about Sandy, karalianne. It is so hard to lose them.

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Nemo

Post   » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:58 am


I'm sorry about Sandy. I'm glad Batman made you feel better, what a special little guy.

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Breadfan4

Post   » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:14 pm


Condolences on Sandy.

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karalianne
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Post   » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:16 am


I made a video with music about Sandy.

http://youtu.be/mLoK7814HWg

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:29 am


What a lovely tribute.

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eschimpf
SweetPea

Post   » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:59 am


Very Lovely.

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