Graham is being a bit bratty with me. He refuses to be picked up and will chatter teefs, kick like a rabbit and pee at me. Yes, pee AT me. He lifts that undercarriage, flips it out a bit and lets fly like a sow. I've seen him do it to Simon (aiming for his face) too. How pleasant. He gets picked up regardless and he's his snuggly self once I have a hold of him. I think he's just a bit confused with his life. He's playing both boss pig and sidekick just now. He'd really like to just be the loveable sidekick but Simon won't step up.
In contrast, Simon is learning that being picked up and put back isn't the worst thing in the world. Now that he knows he'll get a pellet when I pick him up, he stands and waits. His panic had been put down to his head tilt giving him a swimmy head but I think he'd just gotten into bad habits and needed a predictable routine. And some bribery.
I witnessed another step in the right direction yesterday. Simon has decided to actively submit rather than avoid the situation. The avoidance was bothering me. I saw him tuck his nose under Graham's chin a couple of times when G was rumbling him. He's also being slightly more inquisitive and even a tiny touch playful. I also have reason to suspect that, even by guinea pig standards, Simon is not really an intellectual powerhouse.
- Supporter in '16
Graham watched Simon but carried on eating hay and didn't insert himself into the situation. At last.