Data's tales, guinea pigs tales, Uncategorized

Update on us

data_profile_2OMG! More than one month since our last post… Auch! Oups! Agrhhhh!

To be honest, we are very busy keeping away from the Little Rascal. And training her for our future benefit. But human kids are more difficult to be trained than guinea pigs pups. Of course, everything is more difficult with humans!

So, this is an update on us and our projects, just to assure you we are still alive.

The book had a setback but now it seems to be getting on the right track again. Hopefully it will come out this spring.

Worf and Kirk were separated following Worf’s decision that he can’t stand sharing the same room with Kirk. Weird… Now Worf is always at the fence and chit chatting with us. We are even considering accepting to share a bigger room with him. And the crazy humans are considering getting (maybe!) another flat mate for Kirk. But all this decisions would have to wait until later this spring when the human female will be at home with the second human baby.

Worf even lost some weight due to the stress. And we were quite upset with Kirk. I mean, come on! You are a great psychiatrist but you can’t see the stress signs in your own flat mate?!

And Spock has some dental issues. Probably. I mean it looks like this, but the vet has still to confirm and to treat whatever it is. The thing is that he looks miserable, tries to eat but obviously can’t manage to chew hard veggies like fennel. So he will be on a course of Critical Care until Friday when he gets to the vet.

I am fine, just one fatty eye to report. But nothing serious.

Kirk seems fine too. Even popcorning from time to time. By the way, 2 weeks ago was his birthday. He got lots of pellets. Us too. 😀

Before going back to our book and managing that project, I’ll insert some recent photos of us.

Kirk on his birthday

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Spock and I few days ago (Spock was still fine at the time)

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Worf

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The new set up of our apartment. Not ideal, but it should get better in two or three months.

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Happy birthday Worf!

spock_profile_2Worf turns 3 today.

Unfortunately he is not in the best phase of his life, psychologically speaking. Due to some issues developed towards Kirk, they were separated. And he doesn’t really seem happy with it.

This is actually strange. They were somehow tolerating each other and peacefully living together until 2 months ago when Worf suddenly started to chase Kirk around, chatter teeth and even tried to bite him… Finally the humans intervened and separated them. Since then Kirk seem happier, but Worf not.

The black one is actually chewing the grids and the coroplast wall towards us. And I have no idea why because for sure he wouldn’t like to live with us.

Whatever… I don’t even know why am I bothering with this matter. I am not the shrink of the group. (Kirk refuses to help Worf. He is being more preoccupied to popcorn than to care about his ex-flatmate.)

So, happy birthday to Worf! Looking forward to see what we would all get in order to celebrate his anniversary!

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Sorry for the poor quality of the photo, but he is not really easy to catch on camera. 😀

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The smallest bag

worf_profile_2We do love paper bags and this is not a secret. Just that since the Human Male uses the couch as his main bed, we are not getting them as often as before.

Last time when we got paper bags they were… tiny! Like only one of could get inside. That tiny!

For me it was a very good thing as Kirk’s big ass takes a lot of space. With this tiny bags I had the opportunity to have one just for myself.

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Kirk seemed also to enjoy the bag, although that it wasn’t big enough for his 1.47 kilo.

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On the other hand, Spock was a little bit cranky that he had not enough space to cut another opening and remodel the bag.

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So, yep, the smallest bags we ever received…

P.S. The Little Human rascal learned Kirk’s name. Just that she is saying Kika. J)) Data seems easier for her. But no way she says yet Spock or Worf. We need to work on this!

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We wrote a book!

data_profile_2Imagine that! We wrote a book! We finally did it!

We have no idea if it will be published or not, for the moment we are just asking opinions about the first draft of the manuscript (Aaron, our human sent you a PM via Facebook!) .

But so far so good.

Next step would be proofreading, finding an illustrator and (self-)publishing the book.

We are even planning translations into Romanian, French and German. I mean, for sure it will get out in English and Romanian. For the rest, depends on the demands.

If you are curious about what it is, we can only say it is meant to be educative for kids and parents. And it was written in cooperation with the little human brat, Bubble.

Sorry, my brain is numb now. So not very creative for the blog. I just wrote this to let you know that we are fine, we still write, but we are super busy with this project. Hopefully we will have more concrete and good news soon.

Bear with us!

Kirk's tales, Uncategorized

It smells like hay spirit!

kirk_profile_2Due to repeated issues with home deliveries via DHL, the HF decided to have the new order delivered at her office. I think she somehow underestimated the dimensions of the parcel and had the idea that it will be easy to transport home.

Well, surprise, surprise! The parcel was delivered yesterday and it was huge. I mean really really huge. 10 kilos of hay, two bags of a special dry food to help Worf poop better and 4 packs of puppy pads can’t fit in a small box. You should have seen the face of the HF! She had to find a solution to store those things away from the eyes of her colleagues and guests from work. How could one justify the presence of so much hay in a lobby consultancy?!

She managed somehow to fit everything under her desk and already brought home one pack of 5 kilos of hay, but the other one is still under her desk. And it smells. OK, it is not a bad smell. But it smells like hay in a place where there should be no hay. Hopefully no one will realise from where this comes from before the second pack of hay leaves the office this evening.

The funny part was that she had to drag that pack of hay in a caddy and pass by the crèche to pick the little rascal too. Imagine how the other parents were looking at all that hay! I think some even asked themselves if the toddler was actually eating hay.

And this is how the hay looks like under her desk. Sorry for the poor quality.

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So this is what I call dedication and a well-trained human servant!

Data's tales, Uncategorized

We utterly dislike DHL

data_profile_2It took me a while to decide to write this one down. Especially that I am supposed to be the nicest one. And just because of that I was offered volunteer to be the social media manager and the spokepiggy of the group. But in this case I can’t be nice anymore…

We have a preferred supplier for our pellets, hay and puppy pads. It is zooplus.be. Until January this year we were super happy with them. The HF was ordering on line, using the ‘plastic money’, as one of our regretted friends used to say, and the orders were delivered from Belgium with DPD. Two days after the products were at our door. OK, at her office’s door, but that was close.

Since the beginning of this year, zooplus changed something. They are delivering in Belgium from Germany using DHL and TNT. As we order once per month, we’ve started noticing hiccups in the delivery process. It was never that bad, so we just accepted the facts. But this month everything went wrong and we ended up starving for two days. Like literally starving, not just as a figure of speech.

The HF placed an order on Friday, April 29th thinking that it will be delivered on Monday, May 2nd when the HM was at home. But it didn’t happened… Tuesday there was no parcel waiting for them when arriving home. Wednesday the HF was at home (when she was not out with the Little Human Brat), but no delivery either. At 5 p.m. on the DHL website it was still marked as ‘out for delivery’.

Thursday it was a Bank Holiday in Belgium so the HM checked again the website, curious where the parcel ended. Well, apparently they tried to deliver at 5:41 p.m., nobody was at home and they left a notice in the mail box. Just that Wednesday at that time everybody was at home. And there was no paper in the mail box!

Friday the HF checked again the website and the parcel was once again ‘out for delivery’. Just to be sure, she called the client service and she surprisingly found out that yes, it was out for delivery, but not to our address. The parcel had been sent to a collecting point. Luckily for all of us, it was just one block away. And by noon we had our supplies at home thanks to the HF who went to pick them up.

Now the problem is that our pellets were finished on Wednesday morning. On Wednesday evening, Thursday the whole day and Friday morning we had no pellets. I mean it! No pellets! This was horrible. And as we all thought we will be delivered on Wednesday by 6 p.m. nobody went to buy a bag from the supermarket. On Thursday they were all closed. We had to eat only fresh veggies and hay. And we love our pellets…

All I can say is that we need to re-evaluate this on line ordering thing. We really like zooplus, but we dislike DHL. Maybe we would motivate the HF to order one week in advance and to ask from the beginning the parcel to be delivered in the collecting point.

For now all I can say is that I wish to the DHL drivers to be left out of pellets for few days just to get to see what is like. (And please remember that I am the nice one! Just imagine what the others are thinking. Spock is already plotting a revenge.)

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Checking on her

spock_profile_2Our humans leave the house every week day in the morning saying they go to work because they need money to provide for us. I really don’t think that our groceries are that expensive, but let’s say that I believe their excuses. Still we were curious where does she work and what is she doing the whole day. So we came up with an ingenious plan to check on her, taking advantage of the fact that our vet is near her office.

First thing, one of us had to pretend being sick. I mean you don’t just go to the vet and pay € 40 to have a chit chat about the weather. As we are not at all good actors, we were just waiting for a minor thing to show up so we could make a big deal out of it and require a trip to the vet. I know, a little bit cruel from us, but we had to do it.

I was the chosen one. By the faith or by the all-mighty-guinea-pig-god-in-whom-I-do-not-believe. A small fatty lump grew on my back and I somehow had to pretend to stay still and let the HF find it. She was shocked and hyperventilating for a moment, but then all her good sense came back and she assessed it might be only a fatty lump. So let’s not panic, but let’s have an appointment with the vet.

The Z day was a rainy one (no surprise for Belgium!). The HM had the honour to transport me to the HF office and then I had the second part of the trip in her company. We’ve waited a little to the vet and this was a good opportunity to hear dogs barking and cats meowing. I am grateful we don’t have such companions in the house! Anyway, to calm me down, she took me out of my transport box and cuddled me for about 10 minutes. It was quite nice. At home I am too busy with Data, but there I had the time to let her do it…

Then the vet saw me and confirmed what I already knew: that I was a healthy boy and that lump was nothing to worry about. The HF paid and off we went to her office to wait for my private transporter to come and pick me.

While I was waiting, I was placed on the HF desk and she cuddled me more. She also introduced me to her colleagues and took photos of me sitting quietly on her desk.

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From my part, I had the opportunity to realise that she is not super busy at work so she should not complain of being tired at home! Moreover, I really believe there is something missing from her desk: some guinea pig poop. But I like that she has photos of us close to her. And her job seems boring, so I rather let her work and us to stay home and enjoy life.

Have you ever visited your humans at work?