The great adventure

guinea_pigs_tales_worf_profileFriday we’d been in the city by tram! Imagine this!

I was so scared all the time… But I’m always scared when I see humans because I have the impression they are going to eat me. Honestly now, they are so big. I understand we need servants as a ruling species that we are, but I would prefer something smaller like a cat or a dog.

Back, to our tram trip, we had to go to the vet. Again! This time to another vet, a lady that is close to the city centre. Our humans thought our usual vet was not doing a great job and decided to have a second opinion. And our official transporter (Kirk’s godfather) was working and couldn’t help us… So we had to take the tram, like all the common humans. Degrading!

Anyhow, from the moment the human male put me in my transport box, I froze.  At some point, after settling in the tram, I relaxed a little and chewed some hay. The human female joined us also at some point and, after commuting to another tram and 5 minutes’ walk, we arrived at the clinic.

The lady at the front desk asked a lot of questions! I was even surprised she had not asked about the shoe size of the humans… She was even decided to weight us, but our servants were prepared and delivered our weight exactly. We had to wait for 10 minutes and to endure a lot of cat and dog smell, but the human vet proved to be nice.

She started with Data, while I was chewing hay on her desk. Literally. In my transport box, of course. I heard him wheeking, but I said to myself he should be fine. After all, he is a big boy of over one kilo. The lady vet checked his ears and the crust on them and noticed immediately that there was something strange in his fur in the butt area. The human supposed it was from the wood house, but she said it was lice. She even took some fur from him and provoked his shout. 😀 This explains his dry skin on the ears and his rare small cries.

When my turn came, I decided to run. I was so scared! There was a human that I had never seen before… She checked me all over and noticed I had lice also. And agreed I may have ringworm, so she gave her opinion over the treatment and added something to protect my liver.

Going back home was another adventure! But not before the human paid a large amount of money for lice treatment for four piggies (Spock & Kirk have to take it also). We’ve got the chance to stay in the grass while waiting the tram. True, in our transport boxes, but still it was grass! A lot of people came to see what we were and asked about us. I felt like a little star. Frightened, but a VIP!

We’ve got our first round of treatment on Saturday, but I think one of the others will tell you about it. I must go now and check on the humans because they feel very stupid for they believed for two months that our lice were wood debris…

By the way, this is me after the treatment, being scared of humans and trying to run away no matter where.

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The perfect spot

guinea_pigs_tales_spock_profileOur humans have an issue with redecorating. No, they don’t move every day the couches, but they move the small things that lay on the floor, like boxes, bags, shoes, bottles. To be honest, I don’t really understand this passion of them, but I let them with their craziness. I am too busy eating, pooping, sleeping and playing to be very concerned with the way they chose to waste their lives…

But, sometimes, their chaotic way of arranging things is giving impressive results from our point of view. For example, our rooms on some small coffee tables and a lot of small stuff under them create the perfect spot for Worf or Data to hide when the bipeds chase them. Or a pile of clothes on the bedroom floor makes the perfect spot to dig in and poop on the way to the bottom. At least this is what Kirk says…

Or the printer placed on the floor with the paper tray loos gives me the chance to check on the paper and adjust the margins in an artistic way. Her freshly cleaned slippers abandoned under the couch are the perfect spot to drag all the dust we can find in the house and store it. A forgotten piece of fleece under the bookshelf is a nice place to pee until some human realize there is something rotten in… Brussels.

But what they did on Saturday was by far the best chaos possible. Somehow our hay box ended close to one of our transport boxes, creating angles with the bookshelf on the same time. A piece of fleece was on the floor and a paper bag ended up on top of the space created this way, supported also by the camera’s tripod. Yeah, it’s hard to describe, but I’ll show pictures in the end. So, all this arrangement plus the hay spread on the floor was the perfect playground for me. I’ve spent 20 minutes bumping my head against the paper bag and producing noises. Awesome times!

Before showing you the photos, I must warn you that humans should look at them only with your supervision: the mess may cause them a panic attack! So you should be around to calm them down…

A detailed picture of the mess…

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That perfect spot…

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Of course, after all that effort, I slept like a guinea pig that I am!

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Begging for pellets

guinea_pigs_tales_profile_kirkI just love the unripen minds of young guinea pigs! Take Worf for example: I have the chance to teach him a lot of nice amazing stuff that make our humans smile and give us treats. And the most successful trick I thought him was begging for pellets.

Begging in two is more rewarding than begging alone. I realized this only when new piggies joined the gang and, being a clever piggy, I’ve decided to take advantage of the humans’ weaknesses and teach Worf how to join me. Two manipulative minds have a stronger effect over humans and the success is guaranteed…

So, first step was to induce Worf the idea pellets are awesome. This was not difficult at all… He is gourmand and loves pellets. He is not very fond of cereals, but dry vegies and fibres are his favourites. Then I had to teach him to climb the fence and put a begging face. Also not a difficult task. His head markers are very helpful: some brown around the eyes and some white & brown in his chin fur, so he always looks astonished and/or tormented. That kind of a face that makes humans to think he is in need. As you can see, with Worf was pretty easy. Even regarding the best moment for begging, he got it fast and followed my lead.

The difficult part was actually to train the humans. Here the human male proved to be more manipulable. I’ve started by climbing the fence with a very special mimic every time he approached the cages from the opposite side. First he just thought I was cute and rubbed my chin. Then he felt the need of giving me a treat… In few days he got the move and gave us pellets every time we asked for. 😀

Just look at this photo! How can a human resist our cuteness? (Sorry, not very good quality, bat we need to play our part and it’s difficult to be photogenic on the same time.)

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