Continuing Life In The Pigpen

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Post   » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:36 am

Too right, Maddy.

Oh he certainly knows it, Mildred. Quite the snowflake this one.

Intros have been ongoing for the past hour.

Simon is, as I thought, a Slytherin. He has no interest in Graham thus far (except that Graham please respect his personal space) and his interpig communication is rather, um, combative.

Graham is trying his best to be good but he does love proximity.

Both are eating like horses which seems to be pig for 'Do I look bothered? I am so not bothered.'

Only one dustpan intervention so far but I don't really expect a great result today. I'll give it another few hours though.

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Post   » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:54 pm

Oh Stephen, where art thou?

Definitely my most fraught intro. That said, it wasn't too bad. Like, as far as I know, no one is bleeding.

It's not a success by any stretch yet. They got tired out several times during the floor part but it took almost 4 hours before they napped within a foot of each other. Until then it had been as far apart as possible. I grabbed that moment to put them in their new cage. The same blanket from intros is in the cage.

Dominance is not established but I know with Stephen and Bobbins it took a few days. Simon is mostly getting out of Graham's way or going to nip him. Graham seems a bit confused that Simon doesn't know the steps to the friendship dance. Simon is a truly 'Alan-y' pig in that respect. There's been one scuffle since they went in the cage and they're currently taking it in turns to be in the hay bin or nap at the other end of the cage. :/

I have pics but I feel like I'd be jinxing what is a tense situation by posting them just now.

I'll be sleeping on the sofa tonight. The pig shampoo etc are all in the bathroom ready for a buddy bath if anything kicks off.

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Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:08 pm

Fingers crossed for Simon! He's a handsome lad. :·)

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:03 pm

I hope the intros go well. Your boys are so handsome!

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Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:23 am

The atmosphere seems better this morning but I'm still holding my breath a bit.

By late last night Simon had at least stopped trying to nip so much and instead was wheeking loudly whenever Graham got close enough to touch him. He does have some lovely noises, does Simon. Graham is full of expression and enthusiasm but Simon hits quite melodious notes.

Graham's not being mean or even too swagger-y, he's actually being quite gentle and restrained by his standards. Even his noises have been gentler to try to not freak Simon out. He's really excited to have a friend. I keep telling Simon just to hump G's head rather than scream or nip but he's not got the piggy skill set to do that yet. He is totally over-reacting though. He's constantly eating so it's not like Graham is actually upsetting him.

There was some whispering and the occasional burst of activity and tooth chattering from the cage overnight but no big drama.

They really remind me of a young Stephen and Alan. One with excellent social skills and one without. One really wants to snuggle and the other likes personal space. Those two found the middle ground, this pair can too if they try.

I could see there being a bit of nonsense and a buddy bath today but I'm slightly hopeful now. There's small progress in the right direction.

Intros. A fraction of a second before Simon nipped

Graham - *rumble*
Simon - *munch*

Home sweet home?

Bonus Simon pose

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Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:33 am

Right as I was typing, Bobs brought something to my attention. He's not well.

I think he's reaching the end. I'm glad I'm at home. We'll only be going to the vet if there's any distress.


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Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:29 am

Fingers crossed here!

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Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:14 am

Oh Clairey, I am sorry. We are thinking about you both xx

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Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:18 am

My triangular caterpillar got his butterfly wings. :(

Talk about end of an era.


Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:49 am

I am so sorry clairey. That memorable triangular face will be missed by many.

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Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:53 am

I'm so sorry, clairey. It seems too brief....:'(

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Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:17 am

So sorry Clairey. RIP Bob, you always were and still will be a little star. :-(

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Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:33 am

Thank you. I feel so... empty.

I was thinking about which of the hundreds of pictures I should post in tribute and although there are many showing his pretty triangular splendour there's only one that really expresses the Bobsness of Bobs.


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Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:52 am

Cllairey, I'm so, so sorry.

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Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:28 pm


I am so sorry to hear that Bobbins has passed. Hugs for you, Clairey.

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E's Moriarity

Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:41 pm

So sorry about Bobs. :-(

Cute photo-bomb picture.

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Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:57 pm

He was a joy to have around. So daft and cheerful.

I don't know if Graham and Simon have cottoned on to my 'Do NOT mess with me today' vibe or what but it looks like a major bridge has been crossed while I was out with Bobs. There is general accord. And saxxy legging. In between the bickerings of course because they have to get the roommate agreement sorted out.

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:33 pm

I'm going to miss that happy triangular face. :( Robert had a wonderful life in your home.

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Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:06 pm

Oh Clairey, I'm so sorry to read about Bobs. He had become one of my favorite pigs to read about (and see photographed). RIP Bobs, you will forever be loved, and hugs to you, Simon and Graham.

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Post   » Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:34 pm

I'm sorry about Bobs. It was delightful to hear about him.
I hope Graham & Simon continue to get along for you.

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