Data's tales

Kirk and Worf

data_profile_2Since yesterday, I lost contact with Worf. A big white and opaque fence grew between us. True, we never had a clear view to his room, but still we could touch noses and look over the fence to check what’s up. But yesterday all this changed.

Why?! Because Kirk and Worf moved in together. As Kirk and Spock don’t see eye to eye, the white opaque fence had to be put between us. To be honest, when Kirk and Spock see each other so close, they start chattering teeth and, as there is a fence between them and can’t get to each other troths, they just turn to the ones closer: me and Worf. So, the fence is to prevent us fighting, not them. I know, it’s a weird explanation, but it is the truth…

So, now Kirk and Worf are sharing a big C&C cage of 2×5. Bigger than ours, which is 2×4, but we have access to the couch. And we are naughty enough not to get upset from sharing stuff and just enjoy making fun of each other. Remember how we love stealing food from each other mouths? But let’s come back to Kirk and Worf…

We are talking about the jealous Kirk and the self-sufficient Worf. And they are both gourmands. Moreover, Kirk is that type who thinks that just because he is bigger, he can bully everyone else. Just that usually he gets out of the fight with scratches and bites. And Worf just loves to be left alone with his food. Then why paring them?! Because the humans believe they will be happier after all. Maybe they will even enjoy cuddling.

Since yesterday they are together. No fight, no biting, just the usual trials to show dominance. Also, Worf is somehow cornering Kirk and prevents him sometimes to get to the food. And now the humans are not afraid about real wounds, but about some psychological drama. Maybe a very sad Kirk… Because Worf looks like he would like to be more sociable wit Kirk. But, although I can’t see him, I hear some small normal noises from Kirk, so maybe everything will be fine after all. Anyhow, the hf is super attentive, refused to leave the house today and woke up several times over night to check on them.

This is how their new huge room looks like:DSCN4401_1

Maybe, in time, Kirk and Spock will be able to behave when they get closer and the white opaque fence will be removed from the grids. We will keep you posted.

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Kirk's tales

The main bedroom

When it was only I and Spock and we were living in the other apartment, I used to get in to the main bedroom quite often. The hf was taking me in the bed and cuddling me far away from Spock’s scent and presence. If we were sitting on the couch, I would just try to get to Spock and wouldn’t enjoy the human’s attention.

Since we are four, she has to divide her attention. But I still get to cuddle with her. And she understood I don’t like to feel another piggy scent on her, so, at some point, she used to have a T-shirt especially for me. After we moved, the house got bigger and the places where we could be just the two of us multiplied. Sometimes she just grabs me and I get to walk all over the house in her arms.

But, last week-end the hm took me to the main bedroom and dropped me in to her arms. (She was still being lazy in bed.) And I’ve got to cuddle in the duvet. 😀  Just look how cute I am!

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Spock's tales

Green, green grass

spock_profile_2For us it’s just an ordinary Saturday: sleeping, pooping, eating… On the other hand, the humans were put to work for us because spring is here (at least in theory) and summer will soon follow.

Last year when the humans were searching for a new apartment, we had a major role in the decision making process. They had to find something with a living area big enough to accommodate us and them and, preferably, with a garden or a little yard. The garden was asked also by the hm who loves having barbeque from time to time, but for the hf we were the main reason – grass for us! They managed and found a place like this and now we have a little garden.

But there was no grass in the garden. Moreover, the soil is not quite nice and the former renters had put a concrete terrace over the garden. Thanks all mighty guinea pigs’ gods they had to take it out, but they did a not so good job in removing all the stones and debris. Consequently, when the hf tried to plant grass last autumn, the results were not awesome. So, action was required.

Yesterday the hm was sent to buy some bags of nice soil. He came back with two of them, 80l in total. Today the hf (heavily pregnant, just for the record) went into the garden, cleaned the dead leaf and branches, spread the new soil and some new grass seeds. But she still needs more seeds, so she has to go shopping later.

Now the garden looks like this:

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The whitish things are the seeds and we are waiting for some Belgian rain to help them grow. In two weeks the hf will spread new ones to fill in the gaps.  Hopefully, in May or June we will have nice grass and we could go out and play in it. Of course, if it won’t rain all the time. The hf even thinks of buying or improvising some kind of fence to keep us away from the areas where other plants are, about which we have no idea if they are good or not for us.

In the meanwhile, we comfort ourselves with grass in pots. I know: it’s a hard life!

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By the way, if you don’t have a garden, but you still have a balcony or some space in your house, you can put soil in some wood boxes (form wine, fruits etc.) and plant grass seeds. The bed doesn’t have to be deep for this kind of culture, 2 or 3 centimetres being sufficient. Than you can either cut the grass and give it to us or let us in the box to have some fun.

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Wof's tales

Serious post about bedding

worf_profile_2We’ve seen a lot of questions on Facebook about what is the suitable bedding for guinea pigs and we’ve decided to write a post about this.

When Kirk and Spock were brought from the pet shop, their “installation kit” provided pellets for bedding. Like the cat litter. The human used them a while than noticed they were not quite happy walking on top of them.

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She did some research, went to the shop and came back home with a bag of wood shavings. The wood shavings were used for about one year. They both had a lot of space and rammed around a lot, so the wood shavings ended up a on the house floor, but the human was fine with it. Just that in time she read about it and realized the dust particles that came along with the shavings may be harmful for our little lungs.

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But when I and Data were also added to the Gang, the amount of wood shavings landing on the house floor increased exponentially. Combined with the humans being worried the dust will get us sick in time, it called for another solution.

The human female started to buy fleece and some other absorbent blankets and to sew for us. She red some good reviews about this system and hoped for the best. Just that it wasn’t for us… She always had the impression we are wet and smelly. And the amount of fur and hay from the blankets gave hiccoughs to the washing machine.

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Then she thought of puppy pads. Just that our cages were bigger than the biggest size of puppy pads. But with some suggestions from us, she turned her attention to the urinary incontinence diapers, the biggest size on the market with wings. Even after the enlargement of mine and Kirk’s rooms, they still fit.

On top of them we have puppy pads on the spots where we pee more (wood house, under the tunnel etc.). The puppy pads are replaced when they are soaked and the big diapers are changed usually once per week. This makes it easier for the humans and takes less time. Since we are using this system, we are almost always dry, our belly is not yellowish anymore and, except Data and Spock, we smell better. (Data and Spock have a strange habit of pulling hay on the floor, peeing and pooping on it and then sleeping on top of everything.)

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Now, on the more practical side, we need to admit that wood shavings were the cheapest solution here in Belgium. Fleece was nice, just that it had to be changed every 2, 3 days and washed. And the maintenance costs were pretty high. Plus the human thought was not a very eco friendly solution.

You may think that the diapers that we use today are also not very eco friendly. The truth is that yes, producing them is most probably not a environmentally friendly process, but the humans always try to order large quantities to reduce the impact with the transport and in the end they are burned with the non tried garbage, in a waste-to energy plant. In terms of costs, it is, until now, the most expensive solution (around 60 euro / month), but the humans said they would anyway manage to spend that amount on silly things.

What can we say now? Just that wood shavings are more fun when popcorning, fleece blankets are more colourful, but the diapers are healthier. At least we hope.

So, humans, pick well for your guinea pigs!

Data's tales

How to look innocent

data_profile_2When Spock decided he could share a room with me, the humans were a little bit shocked. First because they never expected Spock to tolerate some other piggy so close to him, and second because they had no idea what kind of personality I have. I mean I was always bullying Worf, but towards Spock I presented myself submissive.

Next human thought was that maybe Spock will learn something from me, will become less agitated and more willing to accept cuddles. Well… Let’s just say it was not the case. He managed to teach me how to get out on the couch in the first two hours. And since then I’ve learned a lot of other interesting stuff, but Spock is still agitated and not willing to cuddle for more than 30 seconds (but you need to get him first!).

Now, the humans still think I am the innocent one and that Spock is teaching me mischief. The truth is I just know how to look and play innocent. For example, whenever Spock is growling and playing the dominant, I put up my crying voice and it sounds like I’m in distress. True, lately I can’t help myself popcorning while playing this game with him, so the humans are less and less inclined to jump and help me.

And whenever the humans are not around, I play the dominant with him, so he needs to run and hide. Oh, and you think he’s the only one pulling and pushing the wood house while I am inside?! Well, check twice, I also do this but only when the humans are not around. Although I believe they stopped pitying me a while ago when they realized I am happy and popcorning actually.

But the funniest thing is about the food. I always take a piece and hide in a wood house and the humans think I have traumas from the four months spent in a pet shop with rabbits. Just that… it’s not quite that. It’s just that I like to still food from under Spock’s nose. And sometimes I don’t run with it, I just eat it on the spot. Like with some celery…

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So, the secret is to look and sound innocent.  😀