Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Who should we donate the calendar proceeds to?

Many of you have pigticipated in the making and buying of the Undercover Guinea Pigs Calendar 2012.
Now we need your votes, who should we donate the profit to?
Read the motivations of the people who nominated their shelters, and why they should win here.











Voting is open until 30th March winner to be announced 31st March.

One a side note that are still a few calendars left, which you can still order. Click on the link in the right column to order yours...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rainbow Bridge Agents in Hats

They may be gone but they are never forgotten and as we have long suspected the piggies at the bridge are having just as much fun with the blog as we do, just to prove it this trio have sent mental demands to their slave to make sure they dont miss out on the competition.



Pansy



Lily



Franz

We love them all but think that pigture of Franz is a classic!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pigs with Hats

You would think that, with all the junk she has laying around here, our Slave would have been able to find us hats for this competition. Other than the Christmas hat which has already been featured, she could only come up with a tiara, which is not really a hat but I hope that this will count.
 
I was not keen on wearing these but, after being bribed with some chicory, this is the best that I could do.
 
You'll have to excuse my wet chin. These poses needed a lot of chicory. Yummy.
 
Agent Firenze.

New Agents: Peggy, Daisy, Mabel & Betty!

Hello fellow-agents! We’re 4 little piggies in the UK who would like to introduce ourselves to all the other agents on this page!

 

 

I am agent Peggy. I am the boss here and get all the best food for myself – which I why I’m currently a curvy 1.3kg . I had a rubbish year last year and got cysts on my ovaries. They made me very grumpy so my human slaves sent me for an operation.  I was so cross about this that I didn’t eat for ages and lost all my lovely curves. My slaves gave me lots of sloppy food in a syringe for weeks and weeks. In the end, I got totally fed up of it and decided it was just going to be easier all round if I started eating on my own again. Here’s a picture of me trying to catch up on my sleep while the other idiots I share a cage with generally mess around and disturb my beauty sleep.

 

 

This is my sister, Agent Daisy. She’s not too bad I suppose. She’s less stupid that the other two but she does eat a lot which gets on my nerves.

 

 

This hairy little monster turned up last year, her name is Agent Mabel. As soon as she saw me, she thought I was her mum and followed me everywhere. Daisy didn’t help at all with babysitting even though I offered to give her extra cucumber. However, Agent Betty turned up a few months later and since then, Agent Mabel is generally preoccupied playing stupid baby games with her so I get a bit more peace.

 

 

Here is Agent Betty. I do try and be nice to her because her old owners didn’t want her anymore and I felt really sorry for her. The human slaves picked her up from her old owners one dark, snowy evening with a rabbit friend! Both of them were very cold because they had been outside and didn’t have a proper roof. Well, I wasn’t going to share my house with a rabbit so he carried on his journey to a nice rescue centre to find a new rabbit friend. Betty couldn’t join us for a while because she was very scared and had lice! Everyone thought she was a baby because she was very small but after a few weeks, she came to live with us and put on weight so quickly, she’s now nearly as heavy as Agent Daisy and she’s 1.5 years old! She really got on my nerves at first because as soon as I went to say ‘hi’, she’s run a mile and sit there shaking. The human slaves thought I was being nasty to her but I wasn’t! I think she was scared after living with that big, old rabbit! Anyway, we were very nice to her and shared all our stuff and now she always gets the best spots to sleep, which isn’t fair really and we were here first. Oh well...

 

 

I’ll sign off for now. Thanks for listening to our stories. Much love, Agent Peggy xxxx

Message from Agent Ripple

http://www.jollygrub.com/

this is Agent "Ripple" reporting that I was looking on line to find out what a Ripple candy was and found this fun site that the "states" members can order fun stuff from Britan on it!! and the Ripple candy was in there as well!! enjoy !

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bath Time: the Archives

We from the Winky team are fortunate enough to have never had a bath. But we do have the archives with Jan the Boar, Suus, Yaya, Lotje and Guiny. These pigtures were made when they had a minor fungal infection and had to be treated with the Gorgeous Guineas products.

Before:
Pretty Suus

First, our brave pigs would get an oil treatment
I hate you
Little hedgehog
After wearing the oil for a few hours, the bathing would start
OMG
Noooo..
Peh.
Then our heroes faced the shampooing
Jan the Boar all lathered up
After that, they were rinsed with water again to get the shampoo out. Suus used her super jumping powers for revenge.
REVENGE!!!
Finally they were taken out and blown dry
Ghaaaaahh..
Lotje had a curly belly
Look at the pretty curls
We didn't find many 'after' pigtures, we guess our heroes were not up for smiling prettily into the camera after this ordeal.

If your slave is sniggering while watching these photo's we suggest peeing during lap time.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fundraising Pig T-shirts

Hi there

 

I’ve just been looking at your blog – its brilliant!

 

I wondered if you might be interested in a new online shop I’ve opened selling all sorts of guinea pig t-shirts and clothing.

 

I noticed you have Glynneath Guinea pig Rescue in the blog hop – I’ve got a special range which I’ve designed especially for them to help raise money for the rescue.

 

I wasn’t sure if you were in America or the UK but I have a shop for both. The American one is here http://popcornprints.spreadshirt.com/ and the UK one is here http://www.popcornprints.co.uk/

I also have a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Popcorn-Prints/313915968619262

 

I would appreciate it so much if you would like to mention my t-shirts on your blog. I’ve attached a picture you could use.

 

Thanks so much, Louise xxx

Agent Christmas and her Mardi Gras Hat




Agent Christmas featured on the blog way back in 2010 but at that point she didn't have an agent name.

The clues to her real identity are;
She lives in New York
Her real name is how you feel at Christmas or how you wish others feel at Christmas.

Get guessing....

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

We *heart* Bertie Pig

Ever since we were joined the online guinea pig community, we've always loved the adventures of Leah's Pigs.

Currently, the extremely handsome Bertie Pig lives with her, and we absolutely swoooon over his photo's. What a good looking boar! So, for your viewing pleasure, we recommend you head on over to their facebook album
for his Valentine's Day pigtures.

Monday, February 20, 2012

New Agent Ripple and her Hat



Agent Ripple gets her agent name because she looks like chocolate (so Mummy says) and her hair has a wave in it that reminds mummy of a chocolate bar called a Ripple, anyone remember them? can you still get them? has anyone outside of the UK heard of them?

She lives as part of a mixed herd in Illinois.

Her real name is the same as a character from the book and film The Mosquito Coast, it is also a nickname for girls with a variety of other names, in the UK although the spelling is different its pronounced the same and refers to a narrow walk way between 2 points hmmmm well thats enough confusing.

Get guessing

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Carnival in the Netherlands

This weekend it's Carnival in the Netherlands! This means we'll be dressing up and go to Agent Zeppelin and Pepper to watch the parade with our other friends.


Agent Chanel dressed up as chicory, her favourite veggie.

Agent Venus, does this count as a hat?

Friday, February 17, 2012

New Agent Oreo and her Hat



Agent Oreo got her name because ..... well just look at the pigture.

She lives as part of a mixed herd in Illinois and her real name is the same as a famous actress from the 40's and 50's who starred in The Killers and Mogambo.

Agent Oreo sadly has ovarian cysts but she does not let this hold her back she loves to stand at side of cage for a petting.

Any ideas? We are not old enough to know these films wol.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Agent Valentino signing off

On valentine's day, exactly 3 years ago, Chico got to move in with his girlz.
at that time they were Dunya and Woopy, now they would be Woopy, Lily and Daisy.

Unfortunately Chico did not make it to this day :'(
Yesterday evening, only 30 minutes short of this small anniversary, he crossed the rainbow bridge...

As some of you know he was having diarrhea for the second time (ironically enough he had normal poops yesterday),
and inbetween he broke his front teeth. This probably caused a trama in which his jaws became misaligned.
This meant his front teeth didn't meet anymore, and as a result his lower incisors had grown very long already.

Last friday the vet corrected this, and then she noticed that his jaws were misaligned...
She said there was a possiblity that this would correct itself, but there was also a good chance that this wouldn't correct itself,
meaning monthly visits to the vet to have his teeth corrected...

He was a very strong boar, since the teeth correction friday, he kept going on, but loosing more and more weight,
as he couldn't really eat himself. We did of course feed him critical care and small strips of vegetable.
When I came home yesterday he was not looking good, but we spent about another 2 hours sitting with him.
I gave him some extra painkiller in case he was in pain, and we just tried to keep him comfortable.
He kept standing up, and would still stand on his paws for a very long time!
I took all my girlz (one by one) to see him for the last time, the girlz were not very happy with this.
There is something about cavies and knowing when time is up, and they just tend to keep away from them.
However when I took Lily to him (they were always very fond of each other) he lifted his head and tried to snuggle up to her!
After that he went downhill fast...

He was my first cavy that did not do the running in the end, though he was stamping his feet a lot,
which felt a lot like he was trying to stand up and walk away...

Sadly, Mieke, Erwin
and the guinygirlz Woopy, Lily and Daisy

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day from Agents Butterloaf and Cannonball!

New Agent Cleopatra and her Hat



Agent Cleopatra is part of a mixed herd living in Illinois.

Her real name is the name of a town in the country that her Agent name was Queen of off, confused, heres another hint its also the name of a famous lighthouse in the same country.

Friday, February 10, 2012

An Agent Zeppelin Mystery

Our Agent Zeppelin is a master of disguise. Can you tell which way he is facing?


Well done Agent Zeppelin! Keep up the good work.

p.s. err.. Agent Zeppelin, can you help out with revealing the answer (after the guessing) we don't know which way you are facing either..

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Piggy Bathtime

Agent Minty reporting on Piggyfriends' Bathtime.
Most of us Piggyfriends, with a few exceptions, do not mind having a bath. Otto absolutely loves it. In these pigtures, you can see me with my friend Copper in the bath and wrapped in warm towels to dry afterwards.
Slave baths us all in pairs so that we have someone to chat with whilst the shampoo is working. She makes sure that the bathroom is nice and warm and then carries a pair of us upstairs in a box. She unscrews the shower head from its hose and gets the water to the right temperature. Then we are placed in the bath and she uses the hose to make us wet all over. Then she uses the Vet Sect Repel shampoo and works it up into a lather all over our coats and into our ears. If anypig has a messy grease gland, they have a blob of Swarfega applied to it.
Then we sit in the bath and wait for four minutes. We can explore the plughole, push the hose around or roll the shampoo bottle along. Then Slave switches the water on again and we have a thorough rinse. After that we are wrapped in warm towels and placed in a box to dry. She gives us something to nibble while we wait - usually some yummy cucumber slices.
While she is bathing the next pair of piggies, she will change our towels several times so that we keep getting dry ones. By the time that the second pair of piggies has been wrapped in their towels, we are ready for a rub with yet another warm towel. Our box is left by a radiator if it is winter so that we carry on drying but in the summer we are usually dry enough to go back into our pen with some nice fresh hay.
Sometimes we get our nails trimmed at this time.
The long haired piggies usually need to be finished off with the hairdryer on a low setting. They also have haircuts when in the bath as Slave finds it easier to do this with a wet coat.
Some of us get bathed more often than others. White coated piggies like myself get messier than the darker ones and the long haired ones need more attention than the short coated ones but Slave does all of us at some time. In our damp climate in England, fungal spores abound and this lovely shampoo keeps us free of this nasty problem as well as killing off any bugs that might be in our coats.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Bathing time!


Hi fellow slaves,
I am writing this post as my girlz and boar refuse to write it, as most of them (and I guess most piggies out there) are not fond of baths...

Some time ago my boar Chico was having diarrhea :( With some extra hay and fibre in the form of fibreplex (protexin in a paste form, carrot flavoured), little veggies and I believe the bath helped as well, he got better. After that the poor guy somehow managed to break his front teeth, so eating was a bit harder and we had to feed him strips of veggies... Then now his teeth have grown back, he's got diarrhea again... So it's back to the fibreplex and additional hay, and not so much veggies for him.

I had recieved my Panacur (for worming) and Vet Sect repel shampoo only a few days before Chico got his first bout of diarrhea. As he did not seem to get rid of his diarrhea soon and that his skin was very flaky I thought is was a good idea to give him and the girlz a bath. I also started them all on their first round of panacur to eliminate any bugs or worms that might affect Chico's gut function.

I thought I'd give you some basic steps on what to take care of and what to do when you feel your pigs need a bath. Firstly, guinea pigs do not need baths as regularly as humans do! I guess (but have no proof) that very occasional baths are not good for piggies.
So the steps for bathing your piggies:
1. Fill 2 tubs/buckets/sinks (whatever is convenient for you and your pig with some luke warm to warmish water. Do not make the water too deep, your pigs should be able to stand in the tub without feeling they are drowning. This will help them to not panic, though some of mine panic eitherway...
I fill up my sink and a tub that fits in the sink (which we used for doing the dishes, before we had a dishwasher), and put them next to each other. I also have a rubber mat (kind of like a bath mat) which I put at the bottom of the sink, this prevents the piggies from slipping away, and gives the a more secure feeling to the ground.

2. Get your supplies ready (maybe you should even do this before step 1, as you don't want to water to become cold). I usually have 1 towel per pig, one (or two) towels to put them on when taking them out of the bath, and maybe an additional towel per pig to dry them off. I also have my shampoo ready and a plastic cup to pour water over the piggies.

3. Get your pigs ready, as the water will cool down pretty quickly I will put up a run in the kitchen with the pigs in it, so they are close by once I got the water and everything ready...

4. Put one towel next to the tub/sink filled with water, I usually fold a towel once. I put my pig on it, check if I got everything, and then slowly put the pig in one of the tubs. I make sure the pig gets wet, using the cup to pour some water over them. Be sure not to trow the water over their heads as most piggies won't like that and will start to panic. I take my panicking pigs out of the water if they get really stressed out, and put them back in once they seem to have calmed down.

Lily likes the water but not the shampoo,
she lifted up her tummy once shampoo
was put in her fur...
5.  Once the pig is all wet, take him or her out, and put on the now still dry towel.
Put some of the shampoo on your hands, divide over your two hands (usually your hands are wet by now from handling your piggie) maybe let it foam a bit and soap your piggy thoroughly.
<-- Our Lily looked like this after being soaped in with the Vet Sect Repel. Ann (from piggyville.com) says to leave in the shampoo for a couple of minutes, and to make sure you work the lather into the ears.

6. Depending on the shampoo your using either leave it on for some minutes or start rinsing it out (step 7). When it needs to stay on the piggy for a few minutes it's a good idea to wrap your piggy into a towel to keep him or her warm. As you probably all know piggies are not very good with drafts, and being all wet will not help...

7. Gently put the piggie back into one of the tubs and rinse out as much of the shampoo. As I said before if the pig starts to panic take him or her out, and put them on the towel, try to calm them down before putting them back.
My pigs usually feel more secure when I hold them, usually I let their front paws rest on my hand, using the other hand to pour water over them with the cup. For really panicky pigs, you'd better hold them firmly in place, or ask another person to help you, so one can hold and calm them down, and the other can do the washing and rinsing.

8. Once most of the shampoo has been washed out, your water will be full of shampoo so not very effective in getting the last bits of shampoo out. So I transfer them to the other tub/sink with shampoo-free warm water and use my cup or hands to get the last bits out of their furs.

9. Then you take them out again, put them on the towel and get a dry towel. I rub them sort of dry with the towel. You could also do this then use a blow dryer of maybe only use the blowdryer. I tend not to use the blowdryer as the noise would freak my pigs out.

10. Now comes the good part for the pigs and my boyfriend: I will wrap the pig up in the 'dry' towel, and give them to my boyfriend. He will take them upstairs (where their cage is) and lie on the couch with pig (or pigs) wrapped in towels and a nice warm fleece blanket. I guess this is not really necessary, but both boyfriend and pigs enjoy this! Also they need to be kept warm after having a bath as we don't want them to catch a cold or anything, and this a good way to keep them warmer while they dry.
In the pictures on the right you can see Lily and Chico wrapped in towels and a fleece blanket sharing a piece of chicory. On the picture on the left you might be able to spot 2 piggies, you can see my Boyfriends' head, and the cage in the background...

Woopy hiding in the hay
11. After that I put them back in the cage, and usually give them some extra hay to eat and snuggle in (hay provides more warmth).

12. Repeat for other piggies, and hand piggies to boyfriend for warming up and drying....


I really liked the vet sect repel, it smells okay, applies and foams pretty well (though it foamed a lot more on Daisy). In short it works well, and it made my two partly white girls more white, then the sort of yellowy white they were before the bath.
Also when the grease gland of your piggies is dirty and seems a bit hard, put on some dish wash liquid, leave it on a bit, then wash it out. That will usually clear it up, and many of my pigs will start pooing a lot after this gland is cleaned (coincidence?)

Our Lily was born on a sort of farm, where they had a big enclosure with run outside that could be moved around the grass. The run would allow them to be safe outside, and eat as much grass as they wanted. It seems Lily is pretty used to water, and it doesn't freak her out at all. First time we gave her a bath she was standing with her paws in the water and was like, 'hey, water...' and she started to drink it! We think living in the run, and being used to morning dew, helped her not to be afraid of the water.
My others, especially Woopy, are not that fond of the water. Woopy will scream as if we are mishandling her... Toby (Chico's old boar friend) was even worse and would panic so much, he would start turning himself over and almost drowning himself in the process...

So how do you bathe your pigs (do you bathe them)?
Do you have any tips to share?

Slave Mikey of the Guinygirlz and Agent Valentino

Saturday, February 4, 2012

New Agent Venus Issues a Challenge

Its February traditionally the month of romance and love so what better name for a new agent then Venus.

Agent Venus would like to issue a challenge for February she wants to see what piggies put on their heads be it bows, ribbons of hats Venus wants to see your pigtures so get snapping.

Best pigtures will be Agents of the Month for March

Agent Venus is getting us started with her lovely bows.







Clues to Agent Venus real identity:

She lives as part of a mixed her in Illinoi
Her real name is the Greek equivalent of her agent name
When she arrived she had a bad sore on her back but thanks to love and care from her new family she is now a happy healthy piggy.

Get Guessing.....

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Agents of the Month February

The Agents and Honourary Agents for the month of February are drum roll............

All the Perfect Pinkies who have sent in pigtures

Congratulations Pinkies you really are perfect!!