Maisie has grown so much from this
To needing more than a hand to support her body!
However, I am so proud of how she has grown up easy to catch and so very confident when dealing with the testosterone-fuelled neutered boars!
Maisie is also my first guinea pig since Koda who will fall asleep in my arms. Meribel is a lap-napper and Scribble just wants to find somepig to show off to!
Guess who I am pig sitting again, only my two favourite away-boars, Blu and Pickle. Blu hasn't quite stopped his habit of being a blanket for poor Pickle.
- LS in AK
- Upside-down & Backwards
Love that photo of Meribel up top -- looks like something out of Little House on the Prairie.
And Meribel was just waiting for Pa to come back in through the blizzard after driving the cows into the barn...
Congrats on the promo at work!
Last night, as usual, I whistled to announce dinner time and the herd responded by dashing excitedly forward to see what I had for them.
Wait a minute... aren't we missing somepig?
We have Maisie, Buddy (top)
Lolly and Meribel
... we're missing one pig*.
Where on earth is SCRIBBLE?!
I soon did find him, but what made me laugh so much I had to take pictures to share this story is that when I whistled again to see if he would come over he wheeked quietly in response and then started to stuff his face with hay.
I could just imagine him sitting there feeling incredibly proud of himself "I've struck gold! Food whistle was sung and already I have found DINNER!" while missing the point that the whistle actually means "Veggies from the Sky!!"
And this is from a guinea pig who, at one year gotcha, has heard the piggy whistle EVERY TIME I have fed them! Apparently he's gotten use to me plunking veggies in front of his face.
He did eventually realise something was amiss.
And turned into Incognito Pig to steal the handful Fizz was happily eating.
Buddy since his illness has been doing fantastically and, of all the pigs, I have found him and Scribble playing with little baby Maisie the most. He seems to really like keeping an eye on her.
I have some BRILLIANT news about Meribel who broke her leg in December in a place that couldn't be set to heal. Guess who can now stand up on her hind legs to beg for veggies?!?!
And baby-Maisie, who stopped taking food from hands when her brother and sister left, has finally decided that people don't taint the lettuce. But the device I was using to photograph them meant she could only eat inside the house... until she finished her meal.
*Really we are now missing two pigs because our eldest lady, Allsorts became very, very unwell and passed on a few weeks ago.
"Grandpa Buddy told me all about the place outside where there was so much food the people didn't know where to put you so they just put you down on the food hoping you'd eat it all up for them! I decided I'd want to visit that kind of place very much so I asked mummy to ask the people if they'd let me go. Now I'm bigger I should be allowed to go."
"Our people said yes. But first it had to be sunny and when it was sunny it had to be not raining and then it had to be warmer! I don't see why it has to be so many things. Instead of visiting outside got to go up to our peoples room and spend time sleeping on the pillow. The pillow is NOT for eating and it's no fun."
"Yesterday it was sunny but then quickly it was cloudy and then it was raining. But today it was sunny..."
"I didn't even need the cat to tell me it was sunny because I found out for myself!"
"Finally true to her word, our people took us outside - just for half an hour she said. I don't know how long half an hour is so when she put the carrier back into the pen I thought it was time to go back inside but I didn't want to so we hid."
"But it was only everypig else coming outside because it was so warm in the sun!"
"An it's a good thing they all came outside too because the people was so busy taking our pictures that the aunties didn't believe she would do a good job of making sure I was safe. So they done a better job to show her."
"An she was focusing on all the wrong stuff anyway. She kept looking up at the birds overhead and trying to make lettuce grow and Grandpa Buddy had to step in and make sure the crackling coming from over there wasn't a Fire Monsta!" (next door neighbour was burning wood from a fence which had burned down. This deserved full alert-pig investigation but the actual predators did not. Sigh.)
"Well I think I said earlier that I don't know what rain was... well soon our people told us rain would start and by the time we were all packed up and the aunties were hoping we weren't now going to the vet, I could hear a pitter patter on the carrier roof."
"I think everypig worried themselves exhausted thinking we were going to the vet because after we got back they all lay down and fell asleep!"
"Well, I think that we should be replacing our cage flooring with some of that grass-lettuce food stuff so next time we come back home when the other pigs start to sleep I can get some tasty food eaten!"
"Don't take it badly, look at the size of the pigs I have to share with! It's hard enough getting enough veggies in this cage."
"Food in the cage is so scarce that Scribble couldn't believe his luck when he was given such a big head of lettuce all to himself. We laughed after because he had to stand up on his hind legs before the person gave him only one leaf."
"I want to tell you something exciting. We had a cage change! Person told mummy that it was because Scribble was being a-word-that-I'm-not-allowed-to-say to the other pigs and they didn't have enough room to get away. I don't have any problems with Scribble because I'm small and nimble and a ninja-pig so I can outrun him when he rumbles. One day I even rumbled at HIM and then he got told off by aunty for chasing me!"
"This is our cage change before the top level opened up again. It was being "Pickled" says the person and we're not allowed to stand on the floor when it's pickling."
"This is where the hay lives. It's my favourite bit."
"And there are places to hide from people under the ramp and the corridor upstairs! You can see signs that sometimes our person doesn't feed us enough because the bowls are the wrong way up."
"And upstairs there is the cosy corner where all of the warm beds live. Mummy says this is also where pigs go if they don't feel well, but they can't get out unless the person says so I don't want to be unwell because I like going down the ramp when I want."
"Downstairs this is my favourite water bottle... and that is Annie eating my hay."
"And now that we have more room my mummy and I can have hay in the morning, afternoon and at bedtime and not have to wrestle so much with other piggies!"