Pigjes Pigs Piggadise

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Post   » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:25 am


40 years ago, my daddy brought home some piggies. He and I were very taken by these adorable little fuzzy creatures. We always had new additions, he got them from the school he worked in, when people had rescues which needed a home. My dad became more ill, died unfortunately and no new piggies arrived, as mom wasn't a pet person at all. She never even knew we had piggies!!!

So, as soon as I lived on an apartment, I got a piggie. Piggie books those days were absolute horror and informed me how bad I was for wanting more then one, lol. Luckily, Wheeter didn't live alone, the cats, who were allowed contact after long and careful observation, loved him. He was a free ranger, as then the house could be made safe to explore more easily than nowadays.

Wheeter was the first pig I ever had indoors. I fell in love even more with the strangely fascinating character piggies had. He was very tiny and he adored to swim, he never wanted to come out of the water when he got bathed!

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Unfortunately, my ex hated piggies. It says more about him then words can describe. Wheeter was killed at old age, due to the petsitter, because she let a dog play with him, who killed him on the spot. My ex refused me another piggie, because I cried over Wheeter, can you believe it. That was close before I left him.

I had a best friend for years and lightning struck, we fell in love, rather unexpected and married soon after. I wanted piggies again, this time I knew "more equals better", due to the internet being available for piggie owners. I was reluctant, because hub was brought up by parents who consider pets as disposable. Yet, hub insisted.

We got Floopy and Kooky. Kooky was fierce, but Floopy and hub developed a deep and caring love between each other. Never before I saw such love between a man and a fuzzy member of the family. I was glad to see that the lack of pet education had had the opposite effect on hub, he takes care of the pigs as real family members.

We got Bibi, as 3 is better than 2, so if one dies, they are not completely left alone and have each other to share the suffering of the loss.

When Floopy died, it left hub heartbroken. I was too, but I lost too many people over time, I can cope better with loss.

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We got Druppy rather soon after Floopy died, because Bibi was grieving very hard.

We had all sizes and types of cages. This is the current one. It compares to a 2.3 x 11.2 C&C cage. It's huge and it offers the pigs lots of exercise.
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff169/pigjes/Piggadise1.jpg

I used playpen grids to connect and zip tie them to eye-screws in a kitchen work top. We have no C&C here. I had some shipped over, but they rusted fast, so i had to find other material to use.

Every week, at cage cleaning day, they get another setting to play in. We are not wealthy at all, the pigs own more then we do, lol. When hub goes out to shop with me, his eyes are focused on "Pappi needs to buy them a new toy" lol!!

Here they are!!

Kooky, on the left, a US Teddy, 5.5 years old, fiesty, adorable, she loves to draw your attention waving her front paw like a doggie at us!

Druppy in the middle, 1.5 years old, a Rex. A real prankster, always up for having fun. She's incredibly smart and is the only pig ever to make a very special "BWOK" sound when she's upset. never heard any pig do that before!!

Bibi on the right, 4 years old almost, a Rex. A very gentle soul. They say Rex are gentle giants and I can agree. Bibi is all love, like a 60ties hippie.

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In case you would like to see the pigs in action, I have several vids up, of their cage themes, etc. Soem even dubbed with silly piggie voices, lol.

http://www.youtube.com/results?feature=moby&search_query=pigjes&search_type=&aq=f

I also draw a weekly comic about piggies since several years, which end up here, amongst a few other places:
http://imageevent.com/bizylizy/comics/comicsbycoolcavy
The piggies are quiet an inspiration to make comics.

I hope you enjoyed my story. I will keep updates on the pigs here.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:36 am


What beautiful piggys you have. Yes, please keep us updated!

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:34 pm


You piggies are adorable! :)
I remember reading your comics a while ago, you are really a talented artist.

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Mapleowl18
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Post   » Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:37 pm


I love your comics and varying cage themes. :)

And your piggies are quite cute :)

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:05 pm


Omg, they are all gorgeous :) I just love their cage!

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zazzified

Post   » Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:41 pm


They're very cute. It looks like Bibi is in need of a good nail clipping though!

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JaneDoe

Post   » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:47 pm


Yes, they are cute!

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pigjes
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Post   » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:48 am


I've had the remark about the nails more then once.

Weird thing is that Rex nails seem to have a tendency to curl instantly when they come out of the toe (like their hair and whiskers) and the quick runs very long, much longer then any type of pig I had before.

Ever since I had Rex, I tried varied ways to try and do something about it, yet it seems impossible, it keeps bleeding each time I clip them anyway, as the quick is not only long, but narrow and hard to spot where it ends, even using a flashlight underneath to inspect them.

So I have bricks around the bowl to keep the nails shorter, which get disinfected and cleaned weekly and I try and clip the nails as careful as possible without bleeding, or the rex won't let me anymore, not even wrapped as a burrito. Kooky's nails, who is a Teddy, are no problem at all to clip to a shorter length.

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:55 am


I have an old boar that has nails pretty similar to Bibi's, not quite that long, but close. As the years passed by, his nails got much thicker and started curling :( It is a pain to trim them but with lots of treats and patience you can file them to a better length. They'll always look weird and ugly but they'll be more comfortable for Bibi :)

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Post   » Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:14 am


If you look at that pic, the nails are about 1mm longer then the quick. I usually clip the nails when they are about 1 mm past the quick.

Filing the nails: tried that too, but it also opens the quick if it's breached.

Druppy is now grown up, she was younger in that pic, as a Rex, she now has the typical rex nails too. I've spoken with many Rex owners here, as the Dutch are on a cavy forum too, they all have the same problem with Rex nails, yet the Rex don't seemed to be bothered by it at all.

There are many Rex here, not yet anywhere else, if I'm informed correctly.

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:14 pm


They are so cute :)

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pigjes
Cavy Comic

Post   » Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:31 am


Up to now, I used to cut grass for the piggies every now and then.

I grew grass in a large box, for the first time ever. Piggies can't go out doors to graze here, there are too many cats around and too many large predator birds. Even some foxes.

They never saw a grass patch before, they loved it. They stepped on it carefully, like walking on eggs, lol.

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pigjes
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Post   » Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:27 am


I will take Druppy to the vet tomorrow, I made an appointment. She has been a finicky eater all along. she toys with her food more than actually eat it, it's part of her fun. Last week, at her weekly weighing session, she lost 100 grams. I knew they had all diarrhea, part from me, because there is an ugly bug going on between people here, despite me being very hygienic, part from the awful quality of veggies lately (too many chemicals). So, I wasn't worried yet.

I kept an eye on her weight and noticed she keeps dropping, despite that it looks as if she eats a lot. I suspect teeth issues. I'll keep you all informed.

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pigjes
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Post   » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:48 pm


Dental issues indeed.

She hasn't lost any weight anymore, because I hand feed her JR Farm recovery as much as she wants it and boy, is she hungry!! :o She had several more feedings than she should have during the day, but that's no prob.

Gas narcosis tomorrow at 8.30 am local time. I will get up at 5, to hand feed her her breakfast, so she's long enough without food till she needs her op. I have prepared the cage, so tomorrow morning, a piece will be blocked off for her, so she can't even eat a crumble after her breakfast till her op.

She can't even close her mouth fully anymore, I didn't notice. The vet has over 30 years of experience with piggies, he's going to do it himself. He showed me how to look at a closed mouth, peel the lips backwards, too, as checking the open mouth can be misguiding, especially if you can't see the back teeth.

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Morumoto

Post   » Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:03 pm


What cute piggies you have! I love those little figurines.

I hope Druppy is ok!

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pigjes
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Post   » Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:58 am


The teeth are fixed, she was under narcosis at 9 am, was wide awake and perky at 2 pm when I called. The vet said “that someone was already peering through the carrier holes” lol! ;D

I went to pick her up, picked up hub who took an hour off his duty for it. We arrived at home.

She already ate her first hard vitamin C droplet, after the full dosage of recovery, plus two extra syringes of veggie mesh, at 5 pm right after we got home with her!!! I looked at her front teeth: those are a work of art. Great vet’s practice!!

I’ve set her aside in the cage, so she can sleep now and I can check if she poos.

The vet called in his dental specialist to take care of the teeth, as it was severe in a special way. Her front lower teeth were overgrown, not her top ones. Not even too far, he said, not as bad as the vet aide said. He said the lower back teeth were a big problem: her tongue was locked in completely and she could not drink or eat anymore at all today . The recovery kept her from loosing weight though and kept her playful and perky.

The dental specialist spoke to me and he agreed I should try the chin sling therapy, as the genetic issues in her case make the teeth overgrow in a weird way.

He agreed it's a great idea to but a mouth opener, because her front teeth are no indicator of what happens at the back, to keep an eye on it.

She's napping now. Right before that, I had Kooky over to say hello, so Druppy saw her best friend and Kooky knew she was back.

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pigjes
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Post   » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:30 am


Her nap was a brief one, she was out of her castleloo fast to beg for more food. She eats on her own already. She's not eating perfectly yet. I will keep feeding her two meals of recovery in between, so she can gain some weight again soon.

The Chin Sling is ordered and will arrive by rush service. Yay!

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:54 am


Thank God she came to so fast :)

I wish Druppy a speedy recovery!

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pigjes
Cavy Comic

Post   » Fri Aug 07, 2009 6:37 am


Thanks so much!!!

The entire vet's office has seen my homepage and is fully impressed how the piggies are kept here. Most people here still keep 'm in sardine can sized cages and it's slowly improving. I try to advocate bigger housing on Dutch forums as much as possible.

What's becoming more and more used around these regions, is a cavy flat: a converted book case, with ramps to each level, with a plexi border on each level, so the pigs can't drop out. It's a good start!

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