Kirk's tales

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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Kirk's tales

The importance of weighting

guinea_pigs_tales_profile_kirkMy dears, I know that usually we are funny and we tell you a lot of stories about our amazing life in Brussels, Belgium, sometimes the savvy cavy in me thinks it’s a good moment to have a serious conversation. And this is one of those moments. Today I feel it‘s high time to talk about the importance of weighting your piggies. I will refer only to Guinea Pigs as I am no expert in other four paws creatures.

We are small creatures. I mean our weight, in normal circumstances, goes up to 1.4, maximum 1.5 kilos. Still, like in humans, there is no rule saying that all the piggies should weight this or that. But there are some rules regarding the evolution. And the only way you can oversee that everything goes well with your piggy is to weight him/her regularly. This doesn’t mean once every couple of months, but once every week or at least two weeks.

What are the common rules? First of all, a young piggy (up to 10 months – 1 year) should constantly gain weight. Or at least not to constantly lose it. No worries if one week he or she is 30 g lighter, but if this goes on for more than two weeks, it’s maybe the time to check if there is a problem. A piggy may seem like eating and acting normally, but a loss of weight may be a sign that there are other problems. It’s not for sure, but better check.

Second, at some point your piggy should stop gaining weight. In adult age, your furry friend should not gain anymore, but keep him/herself in between some limits that you will know if weighting is done on regular basis. But pay attention to the weight where they stop. If a piggy is showing signs of going above 1.4 kilo, you should asses with your vet if the piggy is in good health. An active piggy that has plenty of time and space to move and has this weight is not a problem, but one that is lazy or living in a small cage may just be fat and develop all the associated conditions. So, keep your piggy active and control his/her diet!

Next point depends a lot on the piggy, but usually it’s doable. Help your piggy weight more than 1 kilo! Don’t push for it, it should normally come around 8 – 10 months, but if it doesn’t happen you may try some diet tricks also. Why is this important? Because, as I said before, we are small creatures and, if sick, we can rapidly lose weight. A piggy weighting more than 1 kilo has more “manoeuvre space” and chances to get him healthier faster are better.

Now, don’t just weight your piggy and keep the numbers in mind. It may be very helpful to have a sheet of paper or a notebook where you can note down the date and the weight. That will help in case you go to the vet or just to give you an overlook over his/her evolution.

Oh, and most important! Try to use the same scale in the same conditions (day of the week, moment of the day – before or after breakfast/dinner). Check the scale from time to time by weighting something that you know for sure how much weight.

I think I covered the most important things, so I’ll end my post with a nice and recent photo of me enjoying my veggies.

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Data's tales

I’m a big boy!

guinea_pigs_tales_Data_profileWorf seems to be taken over this blog with his stories about poop, Spock spoke only about beauty contests, and Kirk resumed his beauty sleep, but all of them failed to mention the most important event of the week-end. I mean we were all expecting Kirk to have a prize in that contest, so that was not really a surprise…

But me getting over one kilo is something and should be celebrated. If you don’t believe me, check the picture.

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So, I am an eight months old Guinea Pig weighting over one kilo. 😀

Now I’m going back to my vegies and hay because my intention is to get at Kirk’s weight. By the way, maybe I’ll convince Kirk to tell you why it is so important to keep track of your weight.

Wof's tales

Panic atack

guinea_pigs_tales_worf_profileNow, don’t you worry, we are all just fine. Maybe the humans’ hearts are a little bit weaker, but we are fine. But let me tell you what happened!

Sunday morning we had the usual session of weighting. Kirk had his normal almost 1.400 kilos; Spock a little bit less than 1.200 kilos, so nothing unusual. When she got to Data, the scale insisted on showing the same number as last week. The human female tapped it several times but no change. Then it came my turn. And then she really turned white. So white that Data looks dirty compared to her face… I lost 13 grams from my beautiful weight of 900 grams.

With her trembling hands, she put me back in my room, took the notebook and noted down our weights. She fed us and then she tried to compare what just happened with her previous experience with Kirk and Spock. After realizing that this occurred at least once with the two big boys, she was back to an almost normal breath.

Honestly, I don’t understand her. I mean we look healthy. I popcorn all the time and Data has his scurry outbursts very often. We eat normally and poop as we should. Why worrying that much? Anyhow, good that she got scared because now we’ve got the right to eat cereals. No sugar though, but still… And cereals are good!

So, now I’m also panicking: I need to gain weight or the crazy female will cram me with all the vegies you could imagine! By the way, do I look underfed?

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Kirk's tales

The Sunday chore

Yesterday morning I woke up and around 7 a.m. I realized it was breakfast time. I’ve waited for 20 minutes for the human female to come out and fed us, but then I remembered it was Sunday and she has this awkward habit of sleeping longer in the week-end. As I don’t really understand this need (all our humans should have a very structured program), I’ve started my concert. Of course, it was sufficient to come up with the first wheek and Worf and Data took it over from there. Me and Spock got on top of our houses and just had to wait…

At 7:24 the biped came out of the bedroom. But instead of going straight to the kitchen, she pulled out the scale and the notebook and prepared everything for weighting us. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was hungry and she was in the mood for this kind of jokes. And honestly, I was pretty sure she will proceed only with the little ones. We, the big piggies, are already stable…

But she actually started with me saying that she wanted to check if I am still around 1.35 kilo and not overpassed 1.4. I was lucky and the scale showed a nice 1.35, so no reason for cutting my pellets off. Spock, regardless his epilepsy seizure, was also constant showing a beautiful 1.150 g white furred piggy for the check.

Although I was literally on the fence waiting for my food, she continued with Worf and Data and it took her around 10 minutes to catch, calm and weight them. I was almost curious about their situation given the fact they were under treatment for a while. Inexplicably, they were both 815 g. We are all very confused because we can’t really appreciate their age based on the weight. But we are hoping to notice a pattern in the few coming weeks and Spock, who is very passionate with numbers and accountancy, promised to draw a graphic and make some approximations.

The human female was too sleepy yesterday morning to be able to take pictures also, but I found a snapshot with me from the day I’ve passed 1 kilo. I am a very good piggy and I always eat all my vegetables, so my normal rate of growth was 40 g per week and that day was expected. But anyhow it was joyful. For Spock was a little bit difficult to pass over 1 kilo, but once he did it he stopped only 150 g further.

Oh, there’s my picture:

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Also, yesterday was the day for cleaning the cages, so we’ve got some time on our own to explore the house. Two by two and in different rooms. But I must say she is becoming more and more of an expert in her attempts to catch us. Now that she can’t really place our rooms on the floor and we would enter by free will, she needs to be creative… I am almost proud of her! But don’t tell her, please.

Stay tuned, tomorrow we’ll talk about books.