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.





Friday, February 17, 2017

Popcorning Rodney

Mummy had just put us back into our home after cleaning it and Rodney was popcorning like mad, taking a quick break from emptying the rubbish and getting our food Mummy got the camera out to film him and...he stopped. Mummy sat there waiting for ages and after a little while he did popcorn a little bit but not as much as before here is what Mummy actually managed to video.




VID_20170128_165726119 from M Fug on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Piggyfriend Valentines

Happy Valentine's Day everyone. We are sorry that we are a bit late with our post but here are our two elderly Valentines, Otto and Angelina.




Otto has given Angelina two roses and a box of grass, which they are sharing.




"I think that there might be a bit more grass in this box, Otto." says Angelina.

We hope that you all got lots of treats and that your humans were given flowers and chocolates.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day from Apollo, Dante Wigglebottom, and Dmitri!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Silly pigture

Hi there everypig,

Our Slave brings home boxes from the supermarket for us to use as houses. Look at the label on this new one!





She says that Pignoletto is the name of a grape from which an Italian sparkling wine is made but we know better, don't we? It looks like "little pig" to us and Louis says that it is a nice roomy box for his morning nap.

Monday, February 6, 2017

I Meet Rodney

Well I would have posted this a few weeks ago now but Mummy has been suffering with a virus so we have had to look after her rather than play on the computer.

After his 2 weeks quarantine Rodney and I were allowed to meet, we were both given baths and then Mummy put some fresh food in boxes for us and put us both in the play area together. As you can see we were both more interested in food than each other. When we went into the cage with our lovely new bedding we were once again more interested in hay than in each other.

This is basically how our friendship has continued we are happy to know there is another pig there but we both like our own space.

For those of you who were wondering Rodney is named after the guinea pig in the Eddie Murphy film Doctor Dolittle.


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Thursday, February 2, 2017

A Piggy A-Z. E is for Eddie

We are now starting E in our Piggy A-Z with our friend Eddie. Here is his pigture.

And here is his story..........


Hi, I am Eddie, AKA Agent Confetti, helping represent "E." I like the letter "E" because it was the first letter of my first brother's name, Ethan (RIP), who was also known as Agent Peruke or Agent Sheep.

I hope you like my photo. In it I am being mysterious, but I am also trying to show my crest. I am a tricolor crested guinea pig and am just more than four years old. My mom and dad adopted me when I was a baby. They took Ethan to a rescue a couple of hours away, and Ethan met five piggies and chose me! We were great brothers and friends for three years.

Now I live with my brother Nugget, whose adoption day is Groundhog Day, Feb. 2. He and I met a year ago.

Recently I had bladder-stone surgery. Bladder stones are not nice and do not belong in piggies. My mom does her best with my diet, and Nugget and I drink bottled water, but she has a theory that crested piggies are prone to stones. Since the surgery, I am back to my favorite pastimes, such as watching weather radar and waving shredded newspaper (part of my bedding) to get attention for food. I believe that an agent should be aware of the world (hence my interest in the weather) and should be versatile (hence my using bedding as a semaphore).

Nugget and I share a very big cage (or house) made of C & C cubes, and in it we have lots of cozies, a "sofa," a PVC tube, and an "A-frame" that my dad made out of wood. In the spring and summer, the A-frame is one of my favorite places to be. We also use our carrier and a wooden house when we have floortime. My mom says I am smart because when we have floortime and I want to return to my house, I chase her around.

As for food, it is very important. I love hay, of course, and cucumbers are one of my favorite veggies. I also like to angle my pellet bowl at 45 degrees to make for easier access to it. This dumps some of the pellets out, and my mom has to return them to the bowl. It is important to make your humans do things for you.

I also trained my mom to transport me via the PVC tube, although she thinks she trained me to use it. Nugget now uses the tube as well. As you know, an agent has to be adept at psychology.

Thank you for reading about me. I am proud to be Agent Confetti and a proponent of "E."