My adventures in fostering

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Lovemypigs
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Post   » Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:12 pm


What you are doing is amazing and this is going to be a great thread to keep reading!! Winky is one of my favorites...

I would love to have the space and means to do something similar and maybe one day, way in the future it will happen. For now, it will be good enough to read about your rescued piggies.

Thank you for what you are doing!!!!!

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:12 pm


I am so sorry about Molly. I hope your proactive plan works and the next pig in the same shape is given a real chance and not just left untreated.

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GuineaPiggin

Post   » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:53 am


Poor Molly. Thank you for showing her love in her last few hours.

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AldenM1
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Post   » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:19 am


Rest in peace, Molly. I'm glad you were warm and nose-rubbed for a little while.

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Ibepatience
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Post   » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:37 am


Thank you everyone, I feel so fortunate to be able to have the time and space to do this! The best part is getting updates from their new families!

Here are some photos of Ginger (formerly Rita) with her new BFF Butterscotch. Gingers new family is awesome and she is living the life of a queen!
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Breadfan4

Post   » Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:01 pm


It's so sad that Molly was left like that, but wonderful that she knew love and kindness in her final hours.

jeapa

Post   » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:43 pm


I cried when I read your story about Molly. Bless you for doing what you can to save these piggies.

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Ibepatience
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Post   » Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:08 am


I have to tell you a cute story. I have a ramp and loft in Leo and Winkys cage (actually all their cages), it's only about 4 grids high. When I clean their cage, every few times I take the loft out to get underneath easier. The pigs love to go up the ramp and jump off when the loft is out. I don't know if they're just curious where it went or if it's like a diving board for them. It's low enough I don't worry plus I'm right there scooping anyway.
Well Leo won't let Winky go up the ramp when the loft is out. It's like he's protecting him. I'm guessing its cause he's a baby but maybe Leo knows Winky can't see and he's afraid he doesn't know the loft is gone. I've watched Leo do it several times, at first I thought he was just being bossy but now I think he's being protective. He just blocks the ramp with his whole body and nudges Winky back down.
How cute is that?!?!
I love them.

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Winky is up to 372 grams now! Leo is 1212 grams :-)

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:13 am


That is cool, Ibepatience! Sounds like protective behavior to me too.

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Ibepatience
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Post   » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:12 pm


Meet Spartacus! I'm fostering him for LAGPR while he recovers from what the think is scurvy. He's the sweetest thing and a very big dude! He doesn't have good use of his back legs and kinda wobbles when he walks.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:46 pm


He is awfully cute! I hope he finds a great home! (and how lucky he is to be with you right now!!)

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Ibepatience
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Post   » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:56 pm


Oh I just wanna snuggle with him for hours! Hes so sweet and calm! I just posted a scurvy question and video in the medical section. He walks much worse than I thought he would.

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Ibepatience
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Post   » Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:45 am


Meet Kramer!!

He's a BIG boy I rescued on 11/5/2013. Initially the shelter thought he was a female and actually made me doubt my initial guess that he was indeed a he. After careful inspection and lots of photos back and forth with the rescue leader we concluded "probably male". After a few days he relaxed and while walking around I spotted testicles! Kramer he became! He's a big dude at 3 lbs and has crazy hair so the name seemed fitting.

He's the sweetest thing, very, very mellow and my daughter is in love with him. He popcorns and runs laps like a youngster but I'd guess he's 3 years old or so.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:11 am


What a total cutie!

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GP_mum
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Post   » Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:54 pm


Kramer is a doll. He looks like a nice size to snuggle with.

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Ibepatience
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Post   » Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:03 am


Kramer got a friend!! Meet Kenneth! Kenneth is a bit feisty and the rescue had trouble pairing him up. Sunday, November 17 at OCCH's supply day we tried an intro with Kenneth and Kramer and it went perfect! They're best buds now.

Here they are reenacting the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp

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Ibepatience
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Post   » Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:16 am


There's a new foster in my area and she found a lump on one of her fosters. She was worried about it so the rescue supervisor asked me to stop by and check it out to see if she needed to take her to the vet. I was expecting an abscess but as soon as I felt the lump it moved! She's pregnant! Problem is she just had 2 babies about 2 months ago. Momma, daddy baby boy and baby girl were all left at the shelter together when the babies were about 2 weeks old. They kept momma and baby together.
The foster didn't feel comfortable keeping her since she's pregnant so they came home with me.

Now that I've got them home it's really obvious she's very pregnant. I'm guessing 2 babies and probably less than 2 weeks til they're born. I feel them turning, kicking and jumping in there!!

Meet Ginny and Jenny or as my husband calls baby - Andy because she has Andy Rooney eyebrows!
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Look at this belly!

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:23 am


Andy is awfully cute (I love those eyebrows too!).

I hope the birth goes safely.

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Ibepatience
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Post   » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:10 am


We have babies!!
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Ginny delivered 2 tiny babies on December 2, 2013

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Ibepatience
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Post   » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:13 am


I pulled a group of 14 guinea pigs from the Riverside shelter on December 2. OCCH kept 6 of the males, Bunny Bunch took 2 males and all 6 females.

The owner passed away so they have been on hold for 10 days.

Here are the girls
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And the boys (less 2 who already went to his fosters home)
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