Monthly Archives: January 2015

My first movie!

kirk_profile_2Last time when you saw me I was super excited because it was my birthday. I’ve got some nice gifts, like a willow ball with some dried apples inside and some cuddle time with my servant, the hf.

But… The most impressive gift was a movie made by the rest of the gang. They spent hours trying to figure out how to crop, trim and edit some videos. It took them a while to install the programs on the computer without the humans noticing. In the end they’ve managed. Of course, while Worf found the program and installed it and Data made the actual video, Spock was supervising everything.

So… (drums… drums… drums…)! My first professional movie is in the theatres! (OK, on YouTube, but is the same!)

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What’s for dinner?!

worf_profile_2From the whole gang, I am the one who eats all his veggies. OK, let’s not exaggerate! I eat almost always all my veggies. And I am also the bravest one in terms of trying new foods. I am always ready to put my teeth on everything that is placed in my room and try if I like it or not. And I must admit that our humans are always trying to offer us a large variety of veggies. But let me get more into details.

Almost one year ago, Kirk wrote something about their menu. At that point it was only he and Spock (who replied to Kirk the next day 😀 ); we came in 3 or 4 days after. Not much changed since then, but maybe some supplementary explanations would be helpful. So, we still have a weekly menu that helps our humans to plan their groceries and shopping sessions in a way that we have always fresh veggies that don’t have to be kept in the fridge. And we still get four veggies every day.

I will write down some of the principles of our menu, just in case some humans are searching for inspiration.

  • Four different veggies per day
  • One veggie rich in vitamin C
  • The veggies rich in sugar (like carrots) just few times per week
  • The veggies rich in oxalates (e.g. spinach, parsley, carrot tops) just once or twice per week and not all in the same week!
  • Watch out for the veggies/fruits that can irritate our lips and mouth (egg plants, tomatoes, apples…)
  • Hay as much as we can munch, drag in the cage, play in etc.
  • Pellets – +/-30g per day. Of course pellets with no cereals in them and especially for guinea pigs.
  • For Spock and Data – some willow toys to chew. I and Kirk don’t really like stuff like this.

You may wonder why we don’t get any cereals… Well, it’s because Kirk (our flag butt) gets fat super fast and the humans are very worried regarding his health in general and his back bone in particular. So, we all suffer because of this. Also, you may see that increasing the pellets in our diet makes us to gain weight if we were not used with larger quantities.

We in particular don’t really like fruits and we don’t have a sweet tooth. The only fruits we eat are apples and pears, rarely and only if they are crunchy and not very sweet. I am the only one who likes tomatoes, and we, as a gang, don’t like zucchini, radish and other things that don’t come into my mind right now.

Our treats consist in dill, coriander, kohlrabi tops and other greens for which the humans really need to go to the market to get them. Which happens only in week-ends. We do not eat biscuits or any other processed food for guinea pigs that can be found in the supermarkets. It’s not that the humans never tried to feed us with something like this, it’s just that we don’t like it. We even gave up to those cereals bars as we found out they are full of sugar and a lot of other unhealthy components.

It may seem straight forward and not very complicated, but it’s not. And you know why?! Because we, the piggies, have also different tastes and whims. For example, Spock and Data don’t really like cucumbers. They eat it only if it is really, really necessary. Or we change our minds regarding some veggies: now we are passing through a period when we don’t really like bell peppers. So the hf had to prepare a special menu for next week with only one serve of pepper.

OK, I know, this is a lot of theory! But I will end this post telling you that this evening we’ve got egg plant and red bell pepper (none of us touched it yet!). And, of course, some nice photos featuring the handsome me and some veggies.

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Human, entertain me!

data_profile_2We’ve been asked on Facebook how we amuse ourselves. Well, I won’t talk on Kirk’s and Worf’s behalf, but I will for sure explain you a little bit about my daily amusement sessions with Spock.

First of all, you need to understand that our biggest amusement is to eat, poop, sleep, repeat. I don’t know who said this, but he or she was a genius! So, trying to keep us busy with toys and different objects may or may not work, depending on our mood. One day we could find a paper bag amazing and the other utterly boring. You, human, should not abandon the purpose of amusing us and you should keep trying finding potential nice things for us to play with.

Now, back to me and Spock… I think our biggest amusement source is fooling around with the wood houses. The human puts under them some puppy pads because we usually sleep, wee and poop inside, but we just love ramming them around making a huge mess! Usually, I fall asleep in one of them, Spock decides he wants to sleep in the same one, I refuse to get out, and he starts pushing it with me inside. Before this, he growls and prowls around my house in a futile attempt to convince me to step out. Of course I refuse.

We only have photos because every time she tries to record us, we stop. 😀

Sometimes we just move the wood houses with the sole purpose of making a mess and see the hf’s face when she discovers what we’d been up to. She tries putting everything back in good order, but in 5 minutes the mess is back! Also, sometimes we are just not in the mood of elongating us for the hay and we push the wood house under the manger and then comfortably install ourselves on top of it and chew hay.spock_data_wood_houses

Except this very demanding activity, we also get from time to time some willow stuffs to chew on. For example, a willow tube. It takes weeks to finish it, but it’s super fun to drag it all over the place, get inside, come up with a chewing strategy and consume it. Some paper bags filled with hay are also a nice way to pass the time, especially when the bag is large enough for one piggy to sleep in, but not for both of us. So, the other one needs wait his turn and pushing the bag around it’s a no go due to the fact that it’s not as solid as our houses.

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Oh, and I almost forgot! Stealing veggies from each other’s months and running in the wood house and hiding with them can be also super fun.

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So, see, human, we manage to amuse ourselves very well. Anyway, before buying/giving us new toys, make sure they are safe for us and we couldn’t get heart or poisoned by playing with them.