It all started with Gordy...

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:08 pm


Your guinea pigs are quite adorable, Jaycey!

I hope you can figure out a way to manage things - it can be a challenge, with so many responsibilities.

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Jaycey
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Post   » Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:25 pm


Well, the decision was helped along, but not in a good way.

On the 27th September 2011 I came home and wasn't greeted by Jessie, our dog, for the first time since I could remember.

I asked my Mum where she was and she was under the kitchen table, head down and only slowly wagging her tail.

The poor old girl had taken a tumble outside earlier in the day and had been laying under the table for most of the afternoon. No matter how much I tried to coax her out she wouldn't move. It wasn't a good sign.

My Mum isn't very good as handling vet issues, but I knew she had to go, so I carried her out to the car and we took her to the vet.

Unfortunately it wasn't good news. At the other end she still couldn't move so I had to carry her straight through to the vet's office. We could tell we weren't going to get the outcome we wanted.

The poor girl was dying, so we had to help her along the way. I still remember the look in her eyes but I think she knew it was time and we loved her.

Two of my favourite photo's of her, doing what she loved best, getting muddy and chasing her ball.

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So, I no longer had ties to home and we decided that me moving away was now an option. I had to save a bit of money first and look for a job so my parents had to put up with me for a little longer.

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Post   » Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:21 pm


Jessie was a very friendly looking dog.

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Jaycey
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Post   » Mon Sep 22, 2014 3:24 am


She was when she was younger Lynx.

When she got older and started to go a bit blind she didn't like other dogs and people when we were out on walks, so I had to keep her on a leash when others were around.

But, she was still friendly to people who came to visit the house

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Jaycey
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Post   » Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:28 am


We decided that it probably made sense to move after the winter, as I would be temporarily living with my boyfriend and his housemate in their rented house, and they didn't have central heating. So I didn't want the piggies to be in a cold house at winter.

That meant we'd have one last Christmas in Middlesbrough and wanted to make the best of it.

That year I decided to send out email Christmas cards instead of regular cards, so we had a bit of a photoshoot. Thankfully the piggies were quite photogenic, so despite them being naughty boys I got a few nice photos:

Toki with his crazy hair and dirty chin:
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Arnold looking like a youngster again
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And the group shot I used:
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GP_mum
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Post   » Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:10 am


What lovely Christmas photos. AT least they're all looking straight at the camera and the last one is fantastic - like the 3 wise pigs.

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Post   » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:53 am


They are indeed cute!

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Jaycey
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Post   » Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:32 am


People laugh at that photo, they say they're like three little soldiers all in a row.

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Jaycey
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Post   » Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:36 am


I don't think someone was quite as excited about our last Christmas living with my parents as I was:

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Even though I'd made a lot of effort to make their cage nice and festive:

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Post   » Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:52 am


Oh, that looks fun, Jaycey!

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Jaycey
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Post   » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:30 am


I miss doing stuff like that to their cages. Since I moved I've not really been able too, as the cage was on the floor.

Toki enjoyed trying to eat all of the decorations. It was quite a puzzle trying to make it look okay yet keep things away from his teeth.

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Jaycey
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Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:34 am


At least someone was up and excited on Christmas Day.

"Has Santa Claws been yet?"

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Jaycey
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Post   » Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:16 am


The boys got lots of presents from Santa Claws. A set of fluffy pillows to perch on:

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A snuggly tunnel each:

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And a treat puzzle. I don't think Toki gets how it works:

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Jaycey
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Post   » Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:15 am


On 31st March 2012 the piggies and I moved away from my hometown, to live with my boyfriend 140 miles away.

Before we left, they went for a quick wellness check at the vet to make sure they'd be okay travelling.

Unhappy boys!

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"See you on the other side everyone!".

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GP_mum
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Post   » Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:14 pm


Oh those poor boys. They look like prisoners being carted off to exile and having one last fond gaze. Ha, I'm sure they were well provided on the trip with lots of vegetable bribes.

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Jaycey
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Post   » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:23 am


That photo of them in the carrier box facing away always make me smile. The vet was laughing at them too.

It also reminds me that those three were the last time I got a trio to work. I've had another since but only for a short time.

We stopped off at every services on the way, and they had some food.

When I put them in the cage at the other end they spent the first hour or so crammed under a step stool. I'm surprised they all fit!

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Jaycey
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Post   » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:26 am


Whiplash! As I've now quite Facebook I don't have anywhere to annoy people with my piggy photos so "I'm back".

April 2012, we all moved in with my boyfriend. Everything was going swimmingly. The pigs settled in well, and I was able to find an exotics specialised vet within 20 minutes drive.

Arnold J. Rimmer was getting much better. The vet was happy with the tablets that he was on for his suspected heart condition, and his arthritis wasn't causing any many problems.

But, as my luck usually runs out after a while, the easy run wasn't to remain.

June 8th 2012 - I came home from work and gave the beasties their veg. On coming back into the room I noticed Arnold struggling with a piece of lettuce, his head moving from side to side.

On close inspection it seemed he was having some sort of seizure, and so off to the vet we went. He was kept in overnight and released the next day. Prognosis wasn't great, but they said he was trying to get up.

We took him home and separated him into this own little hospital cage. He tried a few times but there was no way he could walk, his head tilt and already arthritic legs wouldn't work.

But on the bright side he ate anything and everything we left for him.

It was a tough few weeks but he made constant improvement and eventually was able to walk again, even if it was a bit wonky and he had a head tilt still. He also moved back in with Anselmo and Toki.


My little Superstar!
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Jaycey
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Post   » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:52 am


For a few months things were looking up. His numerous ailments left him prone to bumblefoot, so he spent quite a lot of time having foot soaks. This is him having a snack, whilst sitting in my lunch box.

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His left eye went blind really quickly too. You can see from the above photo and the one in the last post. The photos were taken about 3 months apart.

And he aways had his shadow Anselmo to watch out for him when he was in the cage
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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:37 pm


Pictures are always great!

Can't see them, however (some hosts don't show up on my browser).

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Jaycey
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Post   » Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:31 pm


I use Photobucket still, but I'm happy to swap to another if anyone has any recommendations. Photobucket is getting harder to use over the years and the Popup Ads are crazy.

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