Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Veggie of the Wheek; Radish

We had never heard of this veggie before but Mummy was making salad for the humans (humph) and saw radishes on offer in the supermarket as she hadn't had them for years she decided to buy them, even better they were grown in Britain, Mummy says she used to grow radishes when she was a child and loved eating them.

So what does a radish look like? This..

Whole Radish

Chopped Radish

Did we like Radish? Our reactions...

Faster than the speed of light I grab a piece and promptly drop it

Back to the bowl for the better piece I know is hiding in there

Agent F1 does a grab and dash

Iron Hamster smuggles his piece to the corner

Verdict yes we like Radish

Now the most important part the nutritional details

1)According to one chart due to Oxalate content we should only have radish a couple of times a month so this is a treat to be given sparingly according to another we can have it a couple of times a week (Mummy says she will play it safe and only give us the occasional treat)

2)Low Vitamin C content

3) High Calcium

Radish nutritional information
One half cup of radishes, raw, has 0.39 grams protein, 9 calories and 0.9 grams of dietary fiber.
Potassium - 135 mg
Phosphorus - 12 mg
Magnesium - 6 mg
Calcium - 14 mg
Iron - 0.2 mg
Sodium - 23 mg
Zinc - 0.16 mg
Copper - 0.029 mg
Manganese - 0.04 mg
Selenium - 0.3 mcg
Also contains small amounts of other minerals.
Vitamin C - 8.6 mg
Niacin - 0.147 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.007 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.023 mg
Vitamin B6 - 0.041 mg
Folate - 14 mcg
Pantothenic Acid - 0.096 mg
Vitamin A - 4 IU
Vitamin K - 0.8 mcg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.
Source: http://www.health-alternatives.com/vegetables-nutrition-chart.html

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Calendar Piggies: July 2013

Our Oz Granny Glynis tells us about her lovely girls! Unfortunately Velvet left us earlier this year ;'(

Well Velvet RIP was a beautiful gentle sweet natured baby girl. She adored her food and when little she and Onyx would roar around their house and look for treats that i'd hidden. When she lost her sight she'd still manage to zoom around but not quite as much, but she sure knew where all the food bowls were!!
Velvet loved nothing more than a chinny rub first thing in the morning when i'd greet them both with " goooooooooood morning good morning my beautiful babies" and she'd often be sitting out in the open (totally unawares of course being blind) and i'd tap the ground near her and speak softly and say 'chinny chinny' and she'd raise her head and let me scritch that beautiful chinnie of hers. Being a long haired girlie she had to be groomed, this was not a favourite thing, but if some lettuce was on offering when having to go thru the humility of yet another butt bath and nail trim she'd be happy as a little piggie :-)
Her quiff was an amazing lilac/grey with under skirt being tan. She had black nails. Her eyes used to be deep pools of black, but then sadly became blue opaque. Her blindness never hindered her, i kept up the routine of morning feeds in the house, but would remove Onyx cause if Velvet missed some food (as it might be hidden under her volumous quiff LOL) cheeky Onyx would zoom over and nick it!!
When she was ill with her cancer Onyx did take care of her, but once she started to improve after her big op she would shoo Onyx away. When her time was coming, the last few days, Onyx was allowed to groom her and sit very very close, just like they used to when small piggies. I think she found this very comforting knowing her sister was looking after her.
Velvet Duchess was one of a kind, a diabetic and blind little girl who never complained and was so good about taking her medications.

now Onyx

Onyx was always the one first to the bowl and the first to run away! It took me way longer for her to calm down and allow me to do chinnie chinnies with her LOL As you all know Onyx has black nails except for ONE her 'tan glove' She is silky black with undertones of tan. She was always the slimmer of them both. So when she got ill and i nearly lost her it was really hard to get her back up to a reasonable weight again.
Onyx adored to reach up and try to pinch the parsley and the cucumber from the hanging treat bar. She could and still can to this day do 'standing piggie' :-) she loves to get up on her hind haunches and reach up for a treat. She is also very clever and can do 'up up' when i put my hand in and she will come and reach up and stand on my hand so i can get her out and put her into her house for dinner.
She too doesn't like butt washes or nail trims. Luckily she doesn't need too many cause of having short hair, tho she does have a cute little 'tail' when it's winter as she gets whisps that grow long on her bottom and on her ears.
Onyx is also blind in one eye cause of cataracts, her diet had to change also when Velvet got the diabetes. I used to sneak her bits of corn but then Velvet would come up and sniff her mouth, which didn't impress Onyx. Tho if Velvet was eating Onyx would go right up and sniff her mouth and try to pinch her food.
When Velvet went to the bridge, Onyx was bereft...... i was very very worried and she lost a lot of weight. I had already had a little stuffed sock toy in with the girls and thought this might help but no way she didn't want it in there anymore. It took about a month before she would move around the whole house again...... even months later one day i saw her run up the ramp and brrrrrrrr like she used to cause Velvet would be sleeping upstairs...... then Onyx realised she wasn't there so she just came back down stairs, so i hurriedly gave her a little snack to brighten her up again.

I'm blessed to have these two little girls in my life.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Video: How to Keep Guinea Pigs Cool in the Summer

A nice tutorial on how to keep us cool in the summer.

Have a nice Wheekend!

P.s. see also our PLAY report from the archives

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Life on the Balcony

We've been watching you garden-dwelling pigs for years now. And we've been jealous. But now we have the balcony. Okay, not exactly the balcony since mom thinks that's too high (and hot). But today the balcony was brought to us during play time. And we loved it!

Hurray! It's food and a tunnel

(Coco) Nomnomnom

(Bo) Hey, this helps

(Bo) Coco! Move your big butt!


(Coco) Victory!

(Bo) Mine.

(Sjeuf) Hey girl

And while our gentleman finally gets to eat, the girls sleep..

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Introducing Bugzy and Links



We received these very cute pigtures this morning. Bugzy and Links, welcome to our blog and thank you for contributing such lovely pigtures! We hope you don't mind that we edited this post a bit. We'd like to know more about you guys (Bugzy looks like Bo's long lost brother). So if you have any more information, feel free to put it in the comments below. We'll tranfer that into this text.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Revenge of the Guinea Pigs

We did a slightly different type of photo shoot. Instead of looking as adorable as possible, we got into the characters of villains (undercover agents come with evil guys, right?) And what would be more appropriate than taking it out on the humans?

We want 24/7 access to the fridge!

Accessorize this!

Lab rat
Lab rat?
P.s. No guinea pigs or humans were harmed during this photo shoot. The pig in the fridge is a stuffed toy ;-)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Friday Video: Pinky and the Brain

We're so sorry that we've forgot to post a friday video yesterday! So to make it up to you, we're posting one of our favorite cartoons this wheek

Hope you're already having a nice Wheekend!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Keeping Cool

We hate our weather, like the Piggyfriends said it went from being too cold to enjoy the garden to being too hot to enjoy it.

Here are some pigtures of us keeping cool;

Iron Hamster choose to get under the cover and onto the cool plastic underneath

F1 choose sleeping on top of a wrapped ice pack

Luckily for us our humans have ordered an aircon unit that will be delivered tomorrow HURRAY!!

So how are all our friends doing and what is the weather like where you are?

Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Video: Bunny Mission Impossible

We're sticking with the buns this wheek. Apparently they are secret agents too..

Have a nice Wheekend!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Feeling Hot Hot Hot

After waiting for eternity (slight exaggeration) for the weather to be nice enough for us to mow the lawn we are now hit with a heatwave and it is too hot.

In honour of the sun we thought it was time to reiterate how to keep cool in the summer and give you slave plenty of exercise at the same time **hehehe**

First of for piggies in the garden make sure your slave chooses an area that is completely in the shade (note to humans remember the sun moves so shady in the moring may not be shady later on, get your exercise by moving the run around) and feels cool, we started at the bottom of the garden and then moved next to the garage.

For piggies indoors make sure your slave invests in ice packs or water bottles that can be frozen and then wrapped in material and placed in cage to provide you with something cool to lean against they could use Chinchilla tiles instead.

If your human has a fan get them to stand bottles of frozen ice in front of it so the melting ice cools the air the fan is blowing.(Human exercise change the bottles once ice has melted)

If you are in a room which gets lots of sunlight exercise your humans by making them close or partly close curtains to keep the temperature down.

For garden and indoor piggies;

Make sure all water bottles are full and cool (you dont like warm water guess what we dont either, get your exercise by getting us fresh water every couple of hours) make sure the metal spouts dont get too hot for our delicate little mouths.

Our favourite top tip give us cool juicy salad or vegetables (cucumber is good) to help cool us down inside and to help with water intake (its medicinal honest) also rinse veg under the tap and leave them wet this also helps cooling and water intake. (human exercise running backwards and forwards to fridge when we wheek)

Hope you like our top tips and feel free to share your own

Ghost, Iron Hamster and F1

PS F1 really needs to learn that running and popcorning are not conducive to keeping cool he should be like his elders and lounge around!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Video: the Binki Returns

No, we haven't forgotten about Friday Video, we just liked the fourth of July pigtures so much that we gave then some extra time in the spotlight. But, for your viewing pleasure, here come the rabbits!
To make up for our untimely behavior, we're also posting a video with 2 humans that channel the awsome happiness that makes us popcorn. We especially like the enthousiasm in the male human (and we're laughing like the female human) Have a nice Wheekend!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July

Agent Yougie (Gruden von Squeakycheeks) and Agent Cannonball (Benito) are celebrating Independence Day in the USA!