Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmas Presents

Agent Mystery reporting.

We thought that we should post a pigture of our Christmas presents......





........but, as you can see, we... er... ate them all.

Slave brought home a huge pile of Christmas veggies with special treats like parsley and chicory, which are not always available in our local shop at this time of year and her son, our pigsitter, came home for the holidays and he gave us a big bag of cos lettuce and chicory but it has all gone. How did that happen? Now we are down to iron rations until Slave goes to the supermarket this afternoon.

We would love to see your pigtures of presents ( if you have any left to show ). Please send them into us. Find the Contribute button at the top of our page and follow the instructions. It is so easy.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happig New Year from the Piggypals

Happig new year to all our friends

We are posting early as blogger broke down and wouldn't let us do a Christmas post so we are hoping this works

Here we are enjoying our Pigmas present

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Pigmas!

Merry Pigmas from Agent Yougie, Apollo, and Dmitri!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ethan (AKA Agent Peruke, AKA Agent Sheep) and Eddie (AKA Agent Confetti) posed for their holiday card this week.  They send best wishes to all!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

B (Piggy A-Z): Introducing Agent Boo

Peaches has been on Agent weight (aka 1000 grammes / 1 kg) on and off during this year, but she has never been introduced as an agent. First time she reached Agent weight was already in march this year, and she went down in weight and reached agent weight again in April, June, July and November... So she as been going up and down, but it did not seem to affect her, and it never got really low, or high for that matter.

Anyway, she deserves an introduction as an Agent, as this has been long overdue, especially when looking at the first time she reached Agent weight.

So without much further ado I would like to introduce to you: Agent Boo!

Why Agent Boo? Well, I guess you are all not hardcore gamers, as I am also not, so it's a bit harder to explain. My boyfriend E referenced to Boo, the giant miniature space hamster, when talking about Peaches when we first got her. She was really hard to set up with the other piggies, as she would go from nice to psycho piggy in about a minute. Boo was the companion of a computer character (back in the old days) called Minsc in game the Baldur's Gate. Minsc would talk to Boo in the game, and shout things like 'Go for the eyes, Boo!' If you want to read more about Boo see this link.
Next to Peaches looking like a giant Hamster, the description Minsc would give Boo, did sound a bit like the ferocious Peaches we had at first.
Luckily nowadays Peaches a rather nice piggy, and she loves to cuddle with Roos, her biggest enemy at first.


Agent Boo, together with Agent Tortoise on the right

Hope you all have some lovely Christmas days,
Mieke
p.s. You can still order the Undercover guinea pigs card game, the first have been send already. More info in this post. All proceeds will go to a guinea pig shelter somewhere in the world, which you can nominate and vote for yourselves

Monday, December 21, 2015

Season's Greetings from the Piggyfriends

On the first day of Christmas, our Slave she gave to me....a stocking full of veggies, which I shared with all of the other Piggyfriends.





Here I am, Gandalf, aka Agent Wizard, in my Christmas hat. I am enjoying this bean but I don't think that I want those candy canes. However, I know someone who will.




Here is Algernon Rat, who has come to visit us. He is in party mood too with a very silly Christmas hat and an armful of candy canes. He can take some home with him and share them with Sandy.



And here is a pigture of us both, wishing all of our readers a very Happy Christmas, Holiday, Yuletide, Hannukah or, if this is not a time of celebration for you - have a good time anyway. Good health to everyone and peace to all pigs. ( and slaves too of course ).




"And a partridge in a pear tree, tra la!" "What! Who brought that partridge in here?" " There is no call for a partridge in this post!" " No partridges! This is for piggies and rats only"........CUT............." er... what happened to the peace to all pigs?" "Ho!Ho!Ho!"

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Piggpals HQ Update #9

We now have a fully functioning kitchen which is great there are work surfaces for the humans to prepare our veggies on and despite their best attempt to hide the fridge we have found it (hiding to the left of the oven)

The floor is actually the colour it looks in most of the pigtures and not the orangey colour.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

B is for Brownie

Our current herd has no piggies who's names begin with B.
But we did have a Brownie once - she was sweet as could be! 
She'd snuggle and kiss and never would miss
A chance to show off her great piggy lips!




Brownie was a pig we had for only a short while but she was awesome!  

One of our piggies died unexpectedly and the two remaining pigs were very sad.  Brownie's friend had also died the same day as ours, and she was so sad she stopped eating.  Her family was looking to find a home where Brownie could live the rest of her days with other piggies, as they weren't able to add more furry family members at the time (brownie was 5.5 years old at this point).  

She integrated very easily into our small herd and was loved dearly.  Sadly Brownie had a heart condition and she passed away as a result of it just two short months later.  We didn't have her for long but she made a big imprint on our hearts!  She was so sweet and outgoing and had the cutest bum we'd ever seen!  One tuft of brown fur curved left and one tuft of orange fur curved right, giving her the perfect heart-shaped bum!  We could never get enough of it.  Don't you think it's cute?! 


A Piggy A-Z. B is for Banana

Not all piggies enjoy bananas. Of our current herd, less than half like banana but Lola Piggyfriend loves it.





"Please peel a banana for me. I only have about an inch at a time but banana is yummy!" says Lola.

Some of the Piggyfriends like the peel too but it needs a wash first and the sticky label removed.

Slave says that banana is like Marmite - one either detests it or loves it - she hates both. Her deputy Slave loves both and takes a banana to work with him every day.

Piggies that would normally run and hide from a banana will often enjoy it as part of a syringe feeding regime. It is easy to mash and draw up into a 1ml. syringe. Bananas are especially useful for a piggy suffering with diarrhoea as they are an important source of potassium, which is quickly lost at this time.

Do any piggies reading this like banana?

We are still hoping that a piggy whose name begins with a B will send in his/her pigture. Slave is always sneaking up on us with her camera but we love to see other piggies too.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

B (Piggy A-Z): Introducing Agent Bouncy ball

Hi all,

Here another post for B in the piggy A-Z series.
My name is Tijger (this means Tiger in Dutch) and since a week or two I have reached agent weight, which means I am now a 1000 grammes or one kilo(gram)! *Proud* I am now 9 months old...

So slave decided I will be agent Bouncy ball, because I can be really active and bouncing through the cage. Also when sitting on slave's lap, I cannot sit still. Have you ever seen the video slaves made of me? I wasn't freaking out or anything I am just that hyperactive ;)

A video posted by Mieke (@pandameisje) on


So in my new role as an actual undercover agent Bouncy ball(!) I will give a little report on what just happened this evening...

This is me, enjoying one of my favorite activities:
Eating

Mommy was loudly playing something called 'Christmas songs', singing and dancing along, as dad brought some big green thing down. They have a plastic one due to dad being allergic to practically anything (plants and animals). Luckily one of the few things he did not test as allergic for are us piggies :)

Then mom started to put lights in the green thing she calls a tree. They are quite pretty, she is happy that this year she finally has colored LED lights. Roos tells me she is happy with these new lights as well, which are either on or off, as the old one had 7 settings, mostly flashing the lights in different sequences or speeds...

Then mom put all kinds and sizes of colored balls in the tree, she looked proud after having put all the christmas ornaments we own in the tree. Apparently she never managed to do that before...

Then she found out she had one unused chain of lights, well, next to the flashing one, and she decided to decorate our cage as well...

What do you guys think? At first we were a bit apprehensive, but we are fine with them now. She also added some tinsel, and a few ornaments. Quite some years ago, the year Woopy was born, that was back in 2007, mom got a few wooden guinea pig ornaments from Tammy of Cavymadness as part of a secret santa gift exchange.
Here you can see Berke with the piggy ornament looking into our cage

Berke stuffing his face,
with the wooden ornament observing him


Well, I hope you liked my report, we would love to see how your cages look!

Signing off,
Agent Bouncy ball

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

My 3rd Adoption Day

December 3rd was my 3 year adoption day the humans had been very busy with work and house so it wasn't until today that I got my presents.

I got a new cardboard tube since we had eaten the old one, a new toy type thing to stuff with hay (you can see this in the pigtures below) and some hay and marigold heart shaped cookies.

After opening all those presents I needed a rest.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

A Piggy A-Z. B is for Bosworth Piggyfriend

We think that we have exhausted "A" so we are moving onto B in our Piggy A-Z.

This is me, Bosworth aka Agent Plantagenet. I am a silver/grey Ridgeback boar with ruby eyes. Slave has a thing for piggies with red or ruby eyes ( although she loves us all equally ). As you can see, I enjoy tearing up a box with my friend, Rafferty.


Here I am again. Slave tried to take a photo showing my ridge but, because I am a self coloured piggy, it doesn't show up very well. Never mind. I know that Jim, Agent F1, has the same problem. Show Ridgebacks have a much more pronounced ridge along their backs so I would never win a prize but who cares? I'd rather eat than be taken to a show.


And here I am again with my best friend, Rafferty. He is a Peruvian so has a long time to wait until we get to "P" or "R" so he is getting a preview here. He is a pure bred Peruvian but Slave cuts his coat so that he see and play. We both love grass, parsley and dandelions.

Are you a piggy whose name begins with "B"? If so, we'd love to see your pigture and you can add a story too if you wish. It is as easy as sending an email with an attachment. Find the Contribute button at the top of our page, click on it and follow the very easy instructions. Later on we will post other piggy related topics beginning with B.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Piggy A to Z: A is for Arthritis

As long time blog followers will know Agent Ghost suffered from Arthritis from about 3 years of age luckily he was one of the piggies for whom Potter's tabritis tablets work.

So what are the symptoms of arthritis? 

The first we knew that Ghost had a problem was when he began hopping and not using his back legs properly when the humans gently moved them he did not complain which confused them. Ghost went to the vet and had some X rays which showed arthritis in both his back knees. The arthritis showed up as white bony deposits around the joints. The vet gave the humans metacam to help with the pain and sent him home.

Thanks to the digest mummy was able to ask for advice and the lovely slave of the Piggyfriends suggested Potters Tabritis tablets a human herbal remedy.

https://m.pharmacy2u.co.uk/potters-herbals-joint-pain-relief-tablets-p8528.html

The dose for the Potters Tabritis is half a tablet dissolved in 3 ml of water syringed once a day, it took a few days for an improvement but soon Ghost was running around as if he had no problems at all. The Potters Tabritis is carried on for life. The good news is it tastes really nice and Ghost would grab his syringe and happily drink his medicine.

Are there any other arthritic pigs out there if so we would love to hear from you tell us your symptoms and treatments. The more info the humans have the better they can look after us.


Here are some pigtures of Ghost enjoying life.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Piggy A - Z. A is for Antibiotics






Sometimes piggies get sick and we need to be given Antibiotics to make us well again. At Piggyfriends, we use what is called Septrin in England but this is known by other names as you can see on our bottle, which was sent to us from the US and has the name Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim on the label. That's a lot for a piggy to type and spell right! This is very safe for piggies and has a nice flavour too. This one is grape but we usually have banana. It is a suspension and needs to be shaken vigorously to mix the ingredients. We are given 1ml. twice a day. That's a 1ml syringe in our photo so we have a full one for each dose.

Our vet keeps baytril, tribrissen and marbocyl and these are piggy safe but baytril can cause an upset tum so Slave sticks to our Septrin.

Some antibiotics are deadly for piggies. We must never be given penicillin. Our Slave knows only too well how dangerous this is as she was given it as a child in hospital and suffered anaphylactic shock.

Slave decided it was too risky for one of us to sit on the shiny kitchen counter for this photo so we have used stand-ins. These piggies were a present from Slave's son on her birthday. We love them as they don't eat our veggies.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Piggypals HQ Update #8

Things  are happening in the kitchen it is slowly beginning to look like a real kitchen

We are still worried as there are lots of holes how will the humans cut our veggies and more importantly where is the fridge? 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Go Fish! Card Game: 11 sets of guinea pigs

Hi all,

As mentioned before we are planning to have a game with pigtures of all our lovely guinea pigs for sale, instead of the Calendar we have done before.
Mieke just recently received the try-out print of our card game, and she is thrilled to show it to you!
Here you can see all 11 sets of Guinea Pigs. The categories are:
Smooth-hairs, (Indiana) Smoothhairs, Smoothhair Piggyfriend,
Smoothhair Guinygirlz, Smooth-haired Agents, White Smoothhairs,
Rex or US Teddy, Rexes or US Teddies, Flower Rexes and Teddies,
Crested piggies, Abbies & Alpacas

Spooky, our late spokespig of the piggypals,
can be admired on the back of the cards
As we did before we want to sell as many of these sets as possible, and all the 'profit' that is made will be donated to a guinea pig shelter somewhere in the world. You can nominate shelters and vote for your favorite as usual.

So if you are interested, you can sign up now!
We hope to be able to sell them at a price of 12,50-15 euros plus costs for shipping form our home in the Netherlands. The game includes a full colour card game with 11 sets of 4 guinea pigs. The card are nice and firm and a normal card game card size. You also get a box to put the game in with the logo of the printer (Gozi) on it, unless we get to order 50 or more sets at once then we can have Spooky on the box...

The size of the cardgame allows Mieke to send the games in an envelope, so costs should be around 5- 6 euro to the US, UK, around 3 euros for neighbouring countries like Belgium and Germany.

As Mieke hasn't given you the exact price of the game yet (depends on how many orders we get), you can sign up conditionally. If the eventual price is too high, let us know and you will not be bound to taking the order. You can find the sign up form here

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Piggypals HQ Update #7

Well as you know we have a lovely new lounge (minus sofa which appears to be lost in transit currently) so now it's time to look at what is occurring in the kitchen.

Here is what it used to look like dark wood cupboards and carpet!!! Mummy is not tidy enough to have carpet in the kitchen.

As you may remember there was a hole in the back of the cupboard that lead to the kitchen. .. well that has been bricked up and plastered over making the kitchen a not so lovely pink colour.

Monday, November 9, 2015

A Piggy A-Z - A is for Agent

A is for Agent, without whom this blog would not be written as we depend on our Undercover Piggies to bring us all of these stories and pigtures.

We would like to introduce two new Agents, Cosmo and Casper Piggyfriend. We are not sure if they have actually reached Agent weight as they do not sit on the scale long enough for our Slave to read it but they certainly put away the veggies and they have grown a lot since they arrived here as little piglets.

Here is Cosmo, doing what he does best - eating.

And here is his close-up.
Below is his best friend, Casper. They are not brothers, all though they look almost identical but were part of a huge rescue and are probably related somehow.

"What?" says Casper. "You do not expect me to come out in the open to have my photo taken!" This is the best that we could do.....

He wanted to stay under his pigloo! How do we tell them apart? Other than that Cosmo is the brave one and Casper is the scaredy-pig, Cosmo has a grey nose and Casper's is pink.

They have chosen the joint name of the Dangermice as their Agent name. For overseas readers, Dangermouse is a secret agent cartoon mouse and he is white as well. He is a lot braver than our Casper but Cosmo reckons that he is tough enough for both of them.

When they were little, Slave called them her sugar mice, after the candies that she loved as a child and the name stuck.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

A piggy A-Z: more Agouti's (& US Teddies for Go fish! game)

Hi all,

As promised quite some time ago for the Go Fish! game, mom would still send in a nice pigture of me, Roos. I have taken things in my own paws, as she still hasn't done it!
Plus I am an Agouti, which makes me fit in the A category of the piggy A-Z. And one of our late beauties Lily also was an agouti, and we had more like Woopy, Toby & Daisy. Let's just say our slaves have a weakness for agouti rexes and US teddies...

This is me, Roos. I am named after a flower (Rose, only in Dutch), as were my predecessors Lily and Daisy. Mum really likes this pigture because you can really see my color very well. I am what we think is called a golden Agouti. My hairs are red (sort of orangy rusty red) with black tipping. I think you can also see that very well in this pigture. You can see under my chin (and on my tummy) that I have the red colour underneath, just like Angelina has a solid color underneath.
I was once a present for my human dad, which was now 3 years ago, in a few weeks I will turn 4 years old! I am a very sweet piggy, but since the passing of Daisy, I have become the boss of my herd. I like to be petted and puddle by my humans, even when I am in the cage I won't run away and usually lay down, and get really flat and wide as a puddle of goo would (only much cuter of course!)
When the humans stop petting me, I usually look up as if to say 'Hey, don't stop!'.

This was Lily, she was a silver agouti with some white. Here she just had a bath and she is smiling... she liked baths. She was one of the first to like baths, she grew up on a farm and they had an outside run, with a warm hutch. She was probably used to getting her paws wet when walking outside into the grass with morning dew. Silveragouti's have silver colored hairs with black tips. She was sweet like me and totally adored our boar Chico then. Funny story. Chico would eat pellets (called SuperTrio, not sure if it is sold across the border) which were rather big. As Lily adored him she would of course also try to eat the pellets Chico ate, but she always looked funny when trying and did not seem to manage as a young piggy. Only later when mum saw a baby-sized variety of the supertrio she understood why Lily had always looked so funny when trying to eat the SuperTrio pellets... they were just to big for her little mouth! Luckily they did have other pellets she could eat, so she grew up to be a healthy piggy. Another small story (mum's at it now) Lily would love to sleep on Chico's back (so really on top of him) and Chico would be just fine with that. But at some point Chico thought 'hey, I want to sleep on top of Lily'. Well, Lily was not amused (not so strange knowing Chico was a hefty boar and Lily wasn't fully grown at that time) and ran away from him with a lot of complaining noises...

So if there are any more Agouti's out there, do join in the fun and send in pigtures (see the contribute tab above)!

Roos

Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday video: Guinea pigs about pumpkin spice and smell-o-vision

Hi all,

Slave hasn't managed to figure our how to embed this video, so you could watch it right from this post, but she does want to share it.
We hope the video loads for you, as it does not seem to load for auntie M...

Enjoy,
Guinygirlz and boar Berke

See the video here:
http://www.hlntv.com/shows/fluff/articles/2015/10/30/fluff-episode-1-guinea-pigs-and-pumpkin-spice

p.s. It starts with a commercial, so wait for the piggies...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Belated Halloween Pigture

We were supposed to give you a building work update today but Mummy saw this yesterday when she went for lunchtime walk and we had to share it.

Mummy says for an idea of how big this really is if you look closely at the pigture you can see it's 4 courses of bricks tall.

What we want to know is who got to eat all the yummy middle bits, we don't care what happened to the nasty pips although Mummy has been known to eat them.