- Supporter in '16
All of my pigs have each had a particular way they like to be petted and I've finally found Simon's. He likes a light, circular massage down his spine. I coaxed a purr out of him as he melted into the floor. :) Graham has a big tuft of hair right below his shoulder blades that's like his on/off switch. It's super-sensitive to touch and makes him twitchy if I brush past it but if I work it down flat with my fingers, he gets all dopey.
And pellets can once more be served in a bowl without anyone being threatened or bullied.
They feel a lot more balanced now as a pair. :) Graham is still a twit but Simon seems to be growing to quite enjoy him.
Oh he so does! He also got a bit carried away with suddenly finding himself the top pig and his very top pig-ness had to be reinforced at every and all opportunity. I can't praise Simon enough for not rising to the constant bait. There were times I felt Simon was being really bullied but then he would sprawl out and nap somewhere that a wary or harrassed pig just wouldn't, eg. the middle of the cage or the favoured bed.
However, G-Force and Agent Orange have brought a lot of fun and energy to the place too. They tease each other then zoom and popcorn around the room. It's like Simon is learning all this social stuff (slowly) for the first time. They do seem to have an agreement about time out though. I've noticed that when the chasing gets too much, Simon will dive into a corner of the hay bin or a bed and stand his ground with a rumble and some whining. Graham backs down then. It's not a threatening stand off, more like 'free den' or 'home' when you're playing tag. Seeing that they have some order to their romping (and it's not all Graham simply steam-rollering Simon) was such a relief.
ETA: Simon is sporting a bald stripe down his dewlap just now. It's been a while so I panicked at first but it can only be a boar glue mishap. Both pigs only finished mite treatment a couple of weeks ago and there's no broken or flaky skin, just a neat totally bald bit.
- LS in AK
- Upside-down & Backwards
I remember when his med thread first popped up over in the emergency forum and I discovered your chronicle. Reading back through it all, it seems more a matter of months than years since that little boar sashayed into all our hearts and plopped himself down there.
Meanwhile, just love, love, love the photo of Mr Graham crashed out in the hay box.
And, *G-Force*? Agent Orange? Love it. Perfection.
I need to try to capture them begging at the side of the cage. Simon's head tilt gets more exaggerated the higher he holds his head from the ground. Because of this, I've never encouraged him to get up on his back legs. However Graham is a master beggar and Simon decided to copy him.
If Simon were to stand square like 'normal' pigs with both front feet up on the grids, his head is so tilted to the left that his mouth ends up not where it needs to be. So he's devised a method which involves him facing slightly to the right with only his left paw on the grids so his face ends up pointed at me. It's not a sturdy position therefore much jostling takes place first to make sure he's close enough to Graham to lean on him for balance. Initially this upset Graham no end (and tipped him over at least once too) but he's gotten used to it. :)