Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Video: We Have a New Toy

Mummy got us a new toy for no reason at all which is rather confusing but nice, here is a little video of me and Dave investigating it. Hugo was too busy being naughty to appear in the video.

The boys playing with their new toy

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hot, Hot, Hot

Like the Piggyfriends we have been finding it too hot at the moment (and you don't very often hear that about England).

Agent Dave is finding it particularly bad as he is essentially a big ball of fluff.

Mummy has taken some measures to help us keep cool, Agent Dave is relaxing next to an ice pack wrapped in a tea towel, Mummy changes the ice pack in the morning and the evening.



During the day Daddy is pulling the curtains to keep the worst of the sunshine out and to stop the heat coming through the glass.

Mummy has added ice cubes to our drinking water to keep that cooler for longer.

And of course we are getting plenty of cool veggies.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our Pigpenpals have sent us some photos.

We have been sent some photos by our Pigpenpals, Rin, Maki and Nico, who live in Connecticut. As it has been too hot to go out on missions or even into the garden to send in reports, we thought that we would share the photos with our readers.
They were all weighed the other day and above is mama Rin on the scale. She is growing nicely after being rescued.
And here is her daughter, Maki.
And above is her sister, Nico, trying to escape the scale. They are growing up fast and are very fluffy so it is hard to tell which end is which.

And below they all are exploring their home. That is Maki sitting on top of one of their houses.
We love hearing from our Pigpenpals. We hope to send in some reports when it is safe to go outside again. For now we are going back to napping as close to our fans as possible.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

It is too HOT!!!

We have a heatwave here at Piggyfriends. The weatherman said that it is hot all over England as this horrible weather has come up from Europe. We should be out on the lawn picnicking on the yummy grass but it is too dangerous for piggies to be out in the heat.

"I am not going out on any missions today, " says Agent Diva aka Mimi. " It is far too hot to do anything except nap in this corner near one of Slave's fans."


" Come and hide under this house Cosmo," says Casper Dangermouse. " Tyrion might see you and send us out."
" There is no danger of anyone being sent out today," say Magnus and Ivan Fluffypig. " Tyrion is fast asleep in the other house. Let us all nap until this horrible heat goes away."

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Piggy A - Z E is for Escaping

Agent Dave has come up with a novel way of escaping he is sneaking out feet first backwards WOL

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Video: E is for Eating Again

Agent Dave and Hugo experience their first all you can eat grass buffet, I am an old hand at this...

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Monday, May 29, 2017

A Piggy A-Z. E is for Escaping!

When we go on missions for Undercover Piggies, we need a strategy so that our Slave does not realise that we have gone out. Here are two examples of how we escape.......


 
 "Tyrion has asked me to go out on a mission when we have finished our grass, Niamh." says Otto. "Can you cover for me whilst I am gone? When people were on lookout, they used to say that they were "keeping cave" and it was pronounced cavy. I think that it might have been Latin." " That's alright Otto, " says Niamh. " I can keep on being a cavy whilst you go out. What disguise do we have?" " I will get Slave's beret. It is hot outside so she will not be wanting it." says Otto.






" No one will notice that this is not Agent Mystery sitting beside me," says Niamh," and I have eaten all the grass. I can keep on being a cavy for as long as he needs. I am not sure that I understood that but Otto is much cleverer than me. That is why I am not an Agent."




" Isn't it exciting, Lulu?" says Mimi. " Tyrion is allowing us to go out on a mission on our own. I am not sure that he really trusts us to behave but we will show him that we are not always Divas."
" Speak for yourself  Mimi," says Lulu. " We will need to find stand ins when we have eaten our grass."




" I think that these two fit the bill nicely," says Mimi. " Do you think that Slave will be fooled?" " She may be surprised that they do not eat that grass, " replies Lulu, " but Slaves cannot be that bright or they would not spend all that time looking after us when they could be eating."

So Agents Mystery and Diva 1 and Diva 2 escape from Piggyfriends to bring back reports from the outside world.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Video: E is for Eating

Here is a quick video of us eating some freshly picked grass and dandelions, Mummy has promised if the good weather lasts we will be allowed into the garden to pick/eat our own. Watch out for Hugo throwing the grass over himself.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day.

In the UK, we celebrate Mother's Day in March and I do not know when it is celebrated elsewhere but I know that today is Mother's Day in the US. I do not have any mama piggies at Piggyfriends at the moment, in fact the majority of our current residents are boars but Junior Slave, who emigrated to the US, has emailed me to tell me about adopting a family of piggies, thus carrying on the Piggyfriends tradition.

Here they are........
........enjoying some dandelion leaves from the garden. The mama piggy has been named Rin, and her daughters are Maki and Nico after Japanese Anime characters. When they were watching them the other day, I am told that Rin actually squeezed through the little window in the Kaytee house. She is obviously more fluff than pig and must have been very young when she had her litter.

Here is their new home.

I wish that I could meet them in person but the Piggyfriends now have three "pigpen pals".

Rin will enjoy a Happy Mother's Day in her new home and I hope that any mamas in the US do too.

From Penny, Slave to the Piggyfriend.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rodney has Reached Agent Weight

Well it seems like only yesterday that Rodney was a little fuzz ball now Daddy describes him as the fluffy monsters from Bugs Bunny can you tell which is which?





Rodney would like you to guess at his Agent name, this will be easier for those who live in the UK or who have seen the Sitcom Only Fools and Horses.

Rodney's agent name will be the same name as one character calls Rodney in Only Fools and Horses as another clue it is also the name of a Freeview channel in the UK... guess away

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hugo's New Sleeping Arrangement

Hugo has come up with a new place to sleep



Can you spot Rodney he is in the pigture

Sunday, May 7, 2017

We Meet Hugo

After 2 weeks quarantine we were allowed to meet Hugo, unfortunately this meant we all had to have a bath, me being the big strong pig that I am had no problem with bathing but the other 2 covered Mummy with scratches and water. She is hoping they will get better over time. We were also all given doses of Ivermectin and Panacur before we met just in case, handily this tied in with my 3 month cycle just like when Rodney arrived.

So we were all bathed, food was supplied, we were put together in the big run attached to our cage and what happened??

Me and Rodney went for the food while Hugo ran off to explore the cage WOL.

Eventually we all met up and shared some food.



Me sharing my salad nicely



Rodney sharing his hay nicely



So far all is going well and you will quite often find me and Hugo snuggled up under a box.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Saga of the Water Bottle Part 2

We did mention at the end of the last post that when Mummy went to a different pet shop to find our new water bottle she also bought something else home for us and that was...Hugo!!

Yep there is another new addition to the Piggypals, so why did she bring Hugo home?

When she was at the pet shop Mummy couldn't help but have a look at the pigs they had for sale and in a big cage all by himself was this little mite



As Mummy and Daddy couldn't stand seeing a little piggy all alone they asked the pet shop if it was a boy or a girl, turns out he was a boy so he came home with them.

The pet shop told Mummy he was 12 weeks old but he was so tiny Mummy didn't believe them, when she weighed him he was only 363g so she has guesstimated his age at 7-8 weeks and not 12.

Hugo had to be kept in quarantine for 2 weeks in case he had any nasty germs that he could give to us.

His 2 week quarantine has now passed and if you want to know how introductions went then you will have to wait for the next post, in the meantime here are some more pigtures of Hugo. Note he looks different depending which side of him you look at and he was small enough to fit in the palm of Mummy's hand.





Monday, May 1, 2017

Saga of the Water Bottle

Some years ago Mummy switched our drinking water bottle from the standard plastic type with a twist of wire to hold them on the cage to a glass water bottle held in place by a spring.



Mummy switched for a couple of reasons 1) the glass water bottle is supposed to be more hygienic than plastic and 2) the twist of wire was a pain in the butt the spring is much easier.

For years we have had no problem with the glass bottles we used them quite happily until we wore the ball bearing down and they started to drip at which point Mummy would get us a new one.

This time when Mummy replaced our old bottle there was a problem, I normally drink a lot and Mummy will need to fill the water everyday this time however when she got up in the morning hardly any water had gone, Mummy flicked the ball bearing nothing happened so she kept flicking it for a while and eventually the water started coming, thinking we had just needed some help to get it started Mummy went off to work. When Mummy came home in the evening the water bottle was still too full so she tested it again, again nothing for a while until she got it going again. Mummy monitored it all evening and it became clear that there was an issue with the bottle getting blocked.

Mummy swapped the new bottle for our old leaky one (she figured it was better for us to have a leaky bottle than one that wouldn't let us drink) until she could get back to the pet shop to swap the bottle.

Mummy swapped the bottle for a new one came home attached it to the cage and...the same problem occurred. In our experience it is very rare for 2 bottles not to work so Mummy went off and read the packaging...apparently to make the bottles extra drip proof the makers have added another ball bearing into the tube, Mummy can only assume that this new 2 ball bearing design was working far too efficiently for us and that she would now be forced to find another make of bottle so back came the old dripping bottle.



Mummy had to go to another pet shop to find us a new bottle and this time she found one that actually works its called a Sippy bottle and we have no idea how it doesn't drip but it doesn't. The cage fixing is a bit awkward to use unless you attach the bottle the wrong way round. The lid is also not very secure so if the bottle falls off for some reason expect water to go everywhere. That said so far we are happy with this and Mummy actually likes it the only real problem it is plastic and not glass.



We now have 2 Sippy bottles the large one is fixed to the cage the "correct" way while the smaller one is fixed to the cage in what Mummy calls the sensible easy to use way also known officially as the wrong way. The correct way means you have to jam the bottle into to the bracket and pull it out when you want to refill it which Mummy thinks will weaken the bracket over time. Mummy's way means you just slide the bottle in and out along the groove in the bottle making life and hanging it anywhere in the cage much easier.



The water bottle was not the only new thing we got from the pet shop but you will have to wait for our next post to find out what else we got...

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday video: Cookie having a run

I don't think we have introduced her yet, about a week after we had to say goodbye to our dear Tijger (this was in January), daddy came home with this cream coloured Cookie monster.
She seems to enjoy herself here, and loves running around and wheek loudly.
Very belated welcome to agent-in-training Cookie!

The guinygirlz Raani, Cookie and boar Bérke


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happig Easter from the Piggypals

We would like to wish all our friends a very Happig Easter!!

The chocolate chick thing in the photos is apparently for Mummy only which is just as well as we were much happier with the lettuce used to bribe us to sit in the pretend hamper thing.

You can see that Rodney was not very impressed with this arrangement.





Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Easter to all of our Readers!

The Easter Bunny is not welcome at Piggyfriends as his relatives come into our garden and eat our veggies so the Easter Piggy comes instead. Here he is...





All the Piggyfriends wanted to be Easter Piggies too but they decided to let our senior piggies play the part. Here is Louis....

And Angelina.....

And our oldest resident, Otto......

Otto says that he does not mind if we show you this outtake as it shows why we call him Agent Mystery.....


Happy Easter everyone!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I am Officially 5

As we don't know my actual birthday as I was adopted mummy decided as a best guess that the 1st of April would be my official birthday so I am now officially 5 years young.

Here are some pigtures of me enjoying my present I did share with Rodney but as you can see he is camera shy.




Thursday, March 23, 2017

Piggypals Candle Lighting

Here is a pigture of our candle before lighting, Mummy didn't trust us with a lit candle I don't know why...

Rodney refused to be in the pigture so it's just me.

This year our candle is in memory of Hubert who was helped across the rainbow bridge on New Years Day.

Our candle was lit in the south east corner of England.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Candlelighting in Mexico

Hello readers, Niamh Piggyfriend here.

You will have seen the photos of me lighting our candle on 9th. March. Our Slave was on holiday in Mexico and could not post her candle photo but she is home now and I can share it with you.
As none of us were able to be with her, she was helped by a coati from the hotel gift shop and a piggy ( real piggy not guinea ) who was made from a coconut shell at a Mayan craft shop in Xcaret. There were many coatis living in the hotel grounds so she brought one home as a memento. I am extremely envious of their very long tails.

I think they made excellent substitutes don't you?

If you took a photo of your candle lighting, why not share it with us? The GPDD readers are sending their photos to Audrey and we will all be able to see them soon. If you would like to send one to us, follow the guidelines on the Contribute button at the top of our page. It is really easy and we would love to hear from you.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

CANDLELIGHTING


Hello readers. This is Niamh Piggyfriend reporting. Our Slave is away on holiday so our pigsitter, her son, Sean, helped with our candlelighting ceremony this year and he took these photos of yours truly.




Here you can see me with the candle that Slave left for me to light. Actually she asked Sean to help me in case I set fire to my whiskers. Slave also lit a candle in Mexico in her own time zone but we must wait for her to get home as she has no way of getting her photo off her camera until then. We will post that one later on.

We hope that you all joined in our ceremony to remember dear absent friends.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

9 march Peter Gurney memorial: light your candle at 8PM (in your timezone)

For some of you it is already past 8 in the evening, but here's a reminder to light your candle at 20:00 ( in your time zone) to remember Peter Gurney and your beloved late guinea pigs or other loved ones. Ralphy wrote this on 8 March,  but be sure to light your candle on today (the 9th)!

'Ralphy Lauren, the GP, here to remind everyone that March 9th is
almost here!  In fact, in some places it might already be here!  So
get those candles ready and be sure to light a candle or candles on
March 9th, at or around 8:00 pm, in your time zone.  This is our 12th
Memorial honoring all of our friends, both 2- and 4- footed who are at
the Rainbow Bridge looking after us, to let them know that we are
honoring them on this special day (which was Peter Gurney's Birthday)
by lighting our candles.  As candles are lit in each time zone, the
light will move around the world for all to see.

This is my third PG Memorial (I am 2)! Afterwards, just send a post
with your location to the GPDD or to PG_Memorial@gpdd.org.  Either one
is fine, and we will keep a listing and post all the locations where
our candles were lit.  Also, if you could take a photo of your candle,
or of you with your candle, or with your slave, we will include that
too.  Last year my friend Audrey took a photo of me with my candle and
it was put on the GPDD webpage!  My Mama Rickie was so proud!

So be part of this great tradition and tell others to light a candle
too, but get their location!

Sincerely, Ralphy Lauren (the GP)'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Piggy A-Z. E is for Endive


We have to confess that we, the Piggyfriends, have never been given this vegetable but it was suggested by our fellow bloggers so here is a photo of it courtesy of the Guinygirlz and Berke ( whose name should have an accent but we haven't got one on our laptop ).

Who's that little one?


We thought that it looked a bit like frisee lettuce, which we sometimes have so the Guinygirlz have tried  to describe what the difference is. They say that frisee is a lot more crunchy (like lettuce should be) and Endive leaves are bigger (about 20 cm long) getting smaller in the middle of the Endive. Frisee is frilly all over, Endive is just frilly at the end (green part) of the leaves.
We Googled Endive and some of the images shown were of chicory ( which we love ) so we were confused.



The Guinygirlz and Berke like Endive, though it can be a bit bitter, so there definitely is a link with chicory somewhere. They get their humans to rinse the sand off the leaves, the sand being mostly in between the outer leaves.


Their humans eat it too, mostly in summer, in a mash (of potatoes) with raw Endive because if you cook it it becomes really bitter. In their quest to find the difference, the Guinygirlz found on a dutch website that Frisee is just curly Endive, making us all more confused...

If any of you readers like Endive do post in our comments section and let us know. We'd love to hear from you.