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The worst and the best of 2018

We are done with 2018 for almost a month now. And we thought it would be nice to keep in mind the worst and the best moment of this year.

The worst was by far the losing Worf. This is the last photo Ms M took of him.

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On the other hand, the best moment is connected to Archy, the new addition.

In December, after 8 months with us, he was finally so relaxed that he slept like this:

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In between we had great moments, and not so great. Like a normal life. Piggy and human lives. 🙂

 

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Power struggle

Kirk is back home. Not cleared, but stable and not in need for oxygen therapy. So all the other medicines can be given at home.

After three days of being the king of the pen, Archy seemed a little bit disturbed by Kirk’s return. Kirk didn’t take it well neither, so they picked a fight. Not the usual rumbling and teeth chattering, but really some biting and Kirk ended up with some scratches on his nose.

The logical thing to do was to separate them. Kirk is still under treatment and avoiding supplementary stress should be a priority. Of course, from the logistic point of view, this separation caused a mess.

The grids were used to build a shelf. Now the shelf had to be dismantled in a hurry (kids were demanding attention too). The VetBed was placed in such way that they both sleep on it, but is not large enough to cover the full cage. So it had to be moved. And redecorating was necessary too.

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On the other hand, Spock was out of the house for less than nine hours. When he got back, both Data and him were so happy for the reunion that they hid in the same little wood house and just enjoyed the closeness.

Now we just hope Kirk and Archy will accept once again to share the same cage.

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Open Fence Days

Ms M broke all the written and unwritten laws of binding two guinea pigs males. She followed her gut and apparently it works.

Kirk and Archy were out on the couch for few times and they didn’t seem impressed one to each other. They were on the couch, passing by, but not really doing something together.

Wednesday afternoon Ms M decided to open the fence between the two of them and see what happens. The main thing she skipped (and please don’t do this at home!) was cleaning the cages and making sure the odors are neutral. But the boys didn’t seem to mind this.

She had two main concerns: how the boys will react at being together and how the white ones (Spock & Data) will react to meeting Archy at the fence. Spock can be very nasty with Data if something bothers him at the fence.

Well, everything went pretty well. A little bit of teeth chattering, but no biting, no fighting.

Still Ms M hadn’t had the guts to leave them like this over the night, so the fence was back late in the evening.

Fortunately, the other adult biped was at home on Thursday and Friday and the fence was up again, this time for the night too. The boys are fine together, although we do not see any huge friendship there. But tolerance is acceptable if this gives them a bigger space.

Archy is still getting scared of the movement around him, but less and less and being with Kirk seems to diminish it. So far s good!

And Ms M is happy she can take nice photos of both of them. 😀

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Archy & Kirk: so far, so good

Saturday it was a big day in the house: Archy moved in the main pen with the others.

Ms M decided it was time to have the full gang in the middle of the house and, as Archy seems to be in good physical health, he was moved in the living room. Ho got the ancien spot of Kirk, Kirk moved where Worf used to live and the white boys are still where they like it best.

The point was to have Kirk and Archy one next to each other so they could get friendly. And not to have Archy next to Spock, as the last one is a little bit sensitive (please read “crazy”). Also, another goal is to use Archy with living with two toddlers and two adults.

So, Archy got The Spot! The corner pen from where he can watch the house. The down side is that everyone passes by to get to the kitchen or to come to the living room. So he runs and hide every single time. But he seems more and more relaxed, although there is a long way ahead before he will get used with all the movement in the house.

Kirk was a little bit vexed by the fact that his pen went smaller again, but happy to finally meet Archy in person. And, incredibly, he seems calmer and less jealous.

In three days there was no teeth chattering! Just sniffing and a great desire from Archy’s part to chew the grid and get to Kirk. 😀 The two boys are event chit chatting at the fence. And they eat together.

The plan is to wait few more days and then to start taking them out together in a neutral space. Under supervision, of course. The human are also waiting for Kirk’s sutures to resorb in order to avoid accidents.

 

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2 things you shouldn’t buy for a guinea pig

When we got Archy, the previous owner also donated everything he had for him. Food, pen, wood house… But also two objects that Ms M asked Little M to throw to the bin as soon as they arrived home.

First was a hay-ball with a bell. Why not using one? For two main reasons:

  • A guinea pig can and may caught his head between the wires. If you don’t believe us, check on the Facebook groups or on the internet and you will find some cases. Of course, not all the piggies do this, but what if it is exactly your piggy that does it?
  • Second, that bell sound scares them. They don’t like it and means danger to them. So why would you want to keep your piggy in constant stress?

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As a side note, whenever one of the humans rings some keys around Archy’s pen, he runs and hides.

Second thing was a harness (leash). Somehow the previous owner expected a guinea pig to quietly walk along on the street.

Reasons why not to use a harness on your piggy:

  • Their spine and corporal construction is not made for a harness and you could really harm them.
  • Walking your piggy outside is a tremendous stress. They are little scared creature and anything that “flys” around scares them to death. Just try to open an umbrella next to them or drop something on the floor. The outside world has much more stimuli than my two examples…

Be wise when buying things for your piggies! 😉

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Well trained piggy slave

7:10 am. Ms M gets out of the bedroom.

As soon as Archy spots her, he starts wheeking. Not very difficult to spot her, as his pen is right next to the door. So, he starts wheeking. Softly in the beginning, louder and louder after all.

Ms M rushes to the veggie shelf, grabs an apple and a red paprika, cuts each of them in four chunks and rushes back to Archy’s pen with them. Meanwhile the bigger toddler already woke up due to the wheeking, but she fell back asleep.

After feeding Archy, Ms M goes to the other three. They wheek, but not that loud.

Kirk sniffs the apple and the pepper and doesn’t seem impressed. Not only this, but he places himself at the fence with a begging face.

Definitely Ms M is impressed and goes grab the celery to give him something he likes. Poor guy, not even a week ago he was on a surgery! He needs to be spoiled.

Finally, some pellets and hay and the piggies are quiet again.

Time to wake up the toddlers!

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