Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Calendar piggies : December 2013

Sorry, this is really late, but in most parts of the world it is still 2013
So here are our December calendar piggies!

December calendar pigture

Addison the is white and brown one aka Agent Sassoon.  She and Amaris, the all brownish color aka Agent Moon flower, came to be misfits on Sept 1, 2012.
We drove two hours to pick them up. We thought we were just getting one pig (Addison) but Andy just couldn't let Amaris stay there. They belonged to a lady that didn't want them anymore. She tried to start breeding pigs and found no one wanted to buy them from her. So she was getting rid of her pigs. We offered to give one a home. And since she had long hairs I was totally excited to get one. (ended up being two) The girls were very tiny as they were only a couple of months old.

Both girls loved to trim each others hair when they first got here.  They would make new hairstyles on each other:) its really cute. They do not do that anymore so maybe it was because they were so young?  They really love all  food that is placed in front of them.

Addison is the boss piggy. Amaris is really laid back and a great pig to take out for when small vistors come to visit that want to hold a pig. Amaris has a crush on our pig named Riley. Those two will sit and talk to each other for hours. It's the cutest thing to watch. Riley's cage is right next to the girls cage.  We love our little longs hairs and are very glad we were able to take them in.

A big Merry Christmas to everyone and every-pig and any other critters you may have. And a Happy New Year too!

Jean and all the Misfits

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Book Review Guinea Piglopaedia

This book can be purchased here

Guinea Piglopaedia by Margaret Elward and Mette Ruelokke

Unlike the books we have reviewed recently this is not a story book instead as the name implies this is like an encyclopaedia dedicated to the care of Guinea Pigs.

The book is divided into 3 sections;

The Principles of Keeping Guinea Pigs
History of the guinea pig
Pet guinea pigs
Choosing a guinea pig

Health Care and Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
A-Z of illnesses

Varieties Breeding and Showing

Bibliography and Websites

As you can see from these sections this is a comprehensive guide covering everything you need to know about guinea pigs.

What we like about this book... Everything!!

With one small exception the recommended cage size for 2 guinea pigs is way too small the reason for this according to the book we have bad eyesight and don't like large spaces huh!!

The space issue aside this is an excellent book it features an anatomical drawing of the piggy body so your humans can see where everything is located under all your fur, it also has a large list (very scary) of guinea pig problems and illnesses and ways to treat them very useful, being published in 2003 some of this information may well have been updated but the section about Bloat is exactly how Mummy treated me and it worked.

It also has cute pigtures which no human can resist.

We would highly recommend this for anyone keeping or planning to keep piggies

Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Video: Chip and Dale Merry Christmas

An extra long friday video today, so snuggle up behind your computer with a carrot and some herbal tea and enjoy!

Have a Merry Wheekend and a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Pigmas Everypig

We just wanted to wish all our readers a Merry Pigmas and to thank you all for reading and contributing for another year.

The weather here has been terrible but luckily we have suffered no damage, we hope all our friends have been as lucky as us.

So enjoy yourselves, pig out and keep on blogging

Ghost, Iron Hamster and F1


Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone

On behalf of all of the Piggyfriends, our agent in training, baby Tyrion, would like to wish everypig and every slave a very happy Christmas, Hannukah, Yule or whatever you might celebrate at this time of year and if you do not have a celebration right now, then just have a jolly good time anyway,
Carrot wine all round.
Slainte! ( Cheers! )

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Friday Video: a Guinea Pig Nativity

We already did a review on this book. But Jean and The Misfits also sent us this lovely little video:

Happy holidays and a Jolly Wheekend!

Book Review: Guinea Pig Pictures and Facts Steve Challis

We were lucky enough to download this book free for the kindle however it is now £1.91 here

This is actually a very short book however it does have lots of lovely pigtures which are the best thing about it.

There were a couple of things we found misleading in a book that states it contains "facts"

1) The best place to get a pet guinea pig is a breeder no mention of rescues although the author is in Australia so perhaps rescues are not such a big thing down under I think some of our Aussie friends have mentioned this before.

2) He says 2 males cannot live together unless related and raised together well could someone tell that to Mummy and Daddy because as you know we are 3 boys living together none of us the same age or related (although F1 is a bit psycho)

3) The best diet is fresh grass mmm this may be true for some piggies but others with sensitive stomachs may have gas problems from too much grass and grass should be introduced into the diet slowly to allow the tummy to get used to it.

4) Feeding piggies rabbit food?? Not something Mummy says she would do she would always get specific piggy food due to the added Vitamin C and because rabbits have different dietary needs

5) Keeping piggies loose in a garden secure from predators?? Mummy wants to know how you would keep a garden safe from predators and how would you know if something was wrong with a piggy if you cant even find them, secure runs we can understand whole gardens we cant.

6) Hutch size 75cm x 45cm minimum but no mention of how many piggies in that size hutch personally we wouldn't want anything that small.

All that said we liked the different breeds section, the good food and bad food notes and the health information.

Overall though we could not recommend this book to someone just starting out with piggies as it would point them in the wrong direction for experienced piggy owners its always great to see more pigtures.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Buy a piggy Calendar and support a shelter!

Dear Guinea pig lovers,

Thirteen calendars have been ordered so far, some of them have already arrived!
Do you want one too, order here!

Like the previous 2 years, we from the undercover guinea pigs blog in cooperation with you as our readers and suppliers of cute piggy pigtures, have made the undercover guinea pigs calendar again!
You can order either a wall or a desk calendar, which will have a new cute pigture every month,
and of course our inspirator Agent F on the front.
Prices are 15 euros for the wall calendar and 12,50 for the desk calendar, plus additional shipping to your country.

If you have not ordered a calendar yet, but you want one, and you want to support a guinea pig shelter, buy one (or more)!
If you still want to recieve them before the end of this year, I advise you to order soon, unless you want to go for the more expensive 7 day shipping option...

Here is a preview of the wall and the desk version. You can click on the pigtures to enlarge them..

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Pigmas Shopping Tip #3

What do you get the human who has everything? Well if they are anything like our humans they consider tea or coffee as vital to them as air so what about a mug with a fun message like this one

Why not help out a rescue while doing your Christmas shopping we are helping The Excellent Adventure Guinea Pig Sanctuary just by using this site to link us to Amazon you do need to sign up to do this.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday Video: Frozen

Who does not love a video featuring a ... CARROT!!! (okay, and a snowman and reindeer)

Have a Carrot this Wheekend ;-)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pigmas Shopping Tips #2

Well our first tip was aimed at those humans with Iphones so its only fair that our next present tip be aimed at those humans who have android phones.

We have found this brilliant app, we "borrowed" mummy's phone and downloaded it just to make sure it was suitable.

What can we say we love it, at the top of the app you have 4 tabs, fun which has some cute games featuring piggies, Info our favourite bit as it has links to recent news articles, guinealynx, videos, facts and breeds, Find One this is based in America and appears to be a site like preloved, feedback where you can tell the developers what you think of their app and send them new questions and suggestions for the games and quizzes.

This is great if you are gift shopping on a budget because it will set you back nothing!, yes you heard us right this great app is free what are you waiting for.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Happy Belated Adoption Day Agent F1

Well we are only slightly late in announcing Agent F1's adoption day, a year ago on the 3rd of December Mummy and Daddy bought F1 home, we think he is somewhere between 18 months and 2 years old but no one is really sure.

Agent F1 celebrated with a log bridge which he loves standing on and chewing, pigture to be supplied soon.

Happy Adoption Day F1

Friday, December 6, 2013

Pigmas Shopping Tip #1

Ever wondered what would make your human love their Iphone even more? Well here it is the ideal present for a piggy loving Iphone user

Mummy is really upset that they don't do one for the HTC yet

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Friday Video: Bath Time

We will not be able to post tomorrow, so we hope you'll forgive us for this Thursday Video.

How cute are these pigs? The song makes us almost (but not quite) want to take a bath

Have a nice Wheekend!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Piggy Spotting

Mummy has spotted a piggy mention in the book she is reading Almost French by Sarah Turnball apparently in France people took their pets to Cathedral for a blessing and someone took their Guinea Pigs!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday Video: Piggie City Dwellers

We were pleasantly surprised when we found this video. We remember Pigjes from our forum days where she often shared the most creative ideas and we were happy to see that she's still doing that

Have a Creative Wheekend!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the USA piggies Agents Butterloaf, Agent Yougie, and Agent-in-training Apollo!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Book Review Guinea Pigs Online Viking Victory

This is the last Guinea Pigs Online book that we have and we have to say it is our favourite book of the series.

The copse at the end of the garden is threatened by a smelly builder who wants to bulldoze it down and build houses so its up to Coco, Fuzzy and Eduardo to start an internet campaign and save the copse.

Getting hits on Twitter

In this book the guinea pigs make a new friend Olaf the Viking Guinea Pig (or is he?)

We are pleased to say in this book we couldn't find any bad suggestions about guinea pig care although we are not sure about black soggy bananas are they bad? We know bananas are ok and can be useful for piggies with tummy problems but we weren't sure about the black bit. Mummy says yuck she likes her bananas slightly green and with the stick to your tongue texture, we are not sure about that either wol.

Bannoffee still has 14 mini pigs but we are pleased to say they have not increased in number, they all live with her and there is no mention of pet shops hurray.

If you take the books at face value as just fun fiction involving guinea pigs then this is a fun series to read.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Video: Elsie gets a Chin Rub

Beautiful Elsie gets a chin rub. Don't forget to turn on your speakers because the soundtrack is just perfect!

Have a chin-rubbery Wheekend!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Holidays for Undercover Guinea Pigs Calendar 2014

I compiled a list of holidays to be added to the undercover guinea pigs calendar 2014.
I have received my sample of the calendar this weekend and it looks good, so if you want to order let me know by filling out the form at the 'Order calendar 2014' tab at the top of this page.
After you checking this list below, and maybe adding some dates, I am ready to order the calendar!

Please let me know if I got any dates wrong, you want your country added, or if you are missing a holiday.
This year I added all public holidays of the countries we usually get orders from. These are USA, UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and Australia.

1-1-2014New Year's Day
20-1-2014Martin Luther King Day (USA)
27-1-2014Australia Day (AU)
14-2-2014Valentine's day
17-2-2014Presidents' Day (USA)
17-3-2014St. Patrick's Day
18-4-2014Good Friday
21-4-2014Easter Monday
25-4-2014Anzac Day (AU)
26-4-2014King's Day (NL)
1-5-2014Labour Day (BE, GE)
5-5-2014Liberation Day (NL)
5-5-2014Early May Bank Holiday (UK)
26-5-2014Memorial Day (USA)
26-5-2014Spring Bank Holiday (UK)
29-5-2014Ascension Day
9-6-2014Pentecost Monday
9-6-2014Queen's Birthday (AU)
19-6-2014Corpus Christi (GE)
1-7-2014Canada Day (CA)
4-7-2014Independance day (USA)
11-7-2014Day of the Flemish Community (BE)
21-7-2014National Holiday (BE)
15-8-2014Assumption of Mary (BE, GE)
25-8-2014Summer Bank Holiday (UK)
1-9-2014Labor day (USA, CA)
27-9-2014Day of the French Community (BE)
3-10-2014German Unity Day (GE)
4-10-2014Animals' Day (NL)
13-10-2014Columbus Day (USA)
13-10-2014Thanksgiving (CA)
31-10-2014Reformation Day (GE)
1-11-2014All Saints (BE, GE)
2-11-2014All Soul's (BE)
6-11-2014Saint Nicholas (BE)
11-11-2014Veterans Day (USA)
11-11-2014Armistice Day 1918 (BE)
15-11-2014King's Day (BE)
27-11-2014Thanksgiving Day (USA)
5-12-2014Sinterklaas (NL)
26-12-2014Boxing Day
31-12-2014New Year's Eve

Please leave a comment below if anything is wrong, you want a date or your country added to this list!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Agent Zeppelin Mystery

Agent Zeppelin has sent us another one of his infamous pigtures. Even his own human wasn't sure which side of agent Zeppelin should be offered veggies. So get guessing, which side is he facing?

Book Review Guinea Pigs Online Furry Towers

Fuzzy and Coco are back again this time their humans are going on holiday and have decided to the pigs can have a holiday to at Furry Towers the deluxe guinea pig hotel however not everything is what it seems.

What we liked;
1) Pat and her tank
2) The General taking over hotel and understanding guinea pigs
3) The recipe at the back of each book

Moral of the story?
1) Don't believe everything you read on the internet
2) Humans when you go on holiday check before you go where your pets will be staying and if you are not happy don't make a booking there

Bad Points;
1) Bad diet advice - Avocado and Cabbage!! Not Good
2) Bad Bedding advice - Straw!!

While the basic story in these books have so far been entertaining it appears the humans who wrote them really need to do some more research into the proper care of guinea pigs

A guinea pig being pampered at the hotel

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Friday Video: Mouse versus Cookie

We got this video from our favorite librarian. This Russian(?) mouse takes on a cookie. Does he win? Well.. check out the video ;-)

Have a Bold Wheekend!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Order the Undercover Guinea pigs calendar 2014!

Hi all,

I have ordered a sample of our new 2014 calendar, to see if all lovely pigtures we received are looking great in the calendar.  Thanks to everyone who sent in pigtures!

After seeing the samples and adding the holidays I can start ordering and sending out the calendars.
So if you already know you want a calendar, you can already let me know you want one by filling out the form on the 'Order calendar 2014' tab (at top of this page).
Like previous years there is a wall and a desk calendar, which cost 15 and 12,50 euros respectively, plus additional shipping costs.

Also like last years I am ordering through the Dutch version of vistaprint, which means the month and weekday names are in Dutch and the weeks start on Monday!

I will add the holidays in English, if you want any of your country's holidays added let me know and I will add them.

As usual you can nominate a shelter near the end of this year, and after all orders are sent we will vote for which shelter will get our donation.

I wanted to try ordering early this year as I noticed the prices going up near the end of the year.

Thanks all for pigticipating!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Book Review Guinea Pigs Online

While shopping for A Guinea Pig Nativity we also found a set of 3 books about Guinea Pigs online we tried to resist but just couldn't so here comes the first in the series;

Guinea Pigs Online

The main characters are 2 guinea pigs called Coco and Fuzzy, Fuzzy loves the internet while Coco is an old fashioned Princess pig.

They end up facing the guinea pig equivalent of Cruella de Ville, celebrity Chef Scarlet Cleaver.

Eduardo the wild guinea pig from Peru arrives to help

This book contains lots of scenes of Guinea Pigs in peril however we can assure you it all ends up ok in the end.

Some of our favourite bits;

The idea that piggies like to live in pairs so they can operate the jump a seesaw used to get them up to higher levels.

Fuzzy cooking up food for his humans which they fail to appreciate

Coco's addiction to classical music

Coco and Fuzzy are rescue pigs so a big thumbs up there

What we didn't like;

Banoffee the pig next is used to breed piggies for petshops that is a big thumbs down

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Free Kindle Book

Thanks to ME of the GPDD, who posted about it, Slave has just downloaded a FREE Kindle Book about us guinea pigs. We haven't had the chance to see it yet as Slave has gone out for dinner and taken her Kindle with her. We'll send a review when we get the chance to read it.
Here's the link for US cavy lovers.
Also available from Amazon.co.uk
Thanks again to ME from the Piggyfriend Agents.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday Video: The Smartest Guinea Pig in the World

This week the suggestion from Caviabende Almere. Another clever escape artist. Thank you guys!

Have a daring Wheekend!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Calendar Piggies November: Jaina, Fergie & Wendy

These are our November Calendar piggies



Hello from Agents Schilling & Peanut! 

Hello, I am Agent Schilling but my slaves call me Fergie, and Agent Peanut is my buddy, but slaves call her Jaina (pronounced jay-nuh). Whee are sad to say that Agent Kelly (aka Wendy) must say hello from across the Rainbow Bridge. She passed away in August 2013 and whee miss her greatly! Agent Peanut can give some more details below. 

As for me, I am 2.5 years old and was adopted about 18 months ago from North Star Rescue in Napa, California, USA. Let's see what do you need to know about me... My slaves always laugh and tell me what a bad "hunter" I am. When they put food in the cage or on the ground during floor time, I seem to never be able to find it! Even when they set it right in front of me - I just end up standing on it and wheeking very loudly in protest that I haven't been fed yet. It makes the slaves laugh but I don't see what's so funny! When I finally do find the food they "hid" from me, I burwaggle and loudly complain about the poor service. 

My favorite activities are cuddling, sleeping, eating, cuddling and eating. In fact if the slaves don't read scriptures with me and tuck me in at night, I get very cranky and I take it out on everyone - my poor sister Jaina (I might make a habit out of dominating her...) and the slaves (with loud rumblings and stomping around the cage making a terrible racket). I love watching TV with my daddy, and helping him work. My dad is definitely my favorite - he has facial hair I can nibble on if I get hungry, and he knows just the right way to scratch behind my ears. He also doesn't make fun of my excess chubs the way mom does, she's so mean! 

Hello, this is Agent Peanut, but as Agent Schilling said I go by Jaina in my day-to-day life when I'm not out saving the world as an Undercover Agent. My primary powers are being adorable, and being scared. My nick-name here at home is Scaredy-pig and it's quite suitable, I am sad to say! I was adopted from Cavy House guinea pig rescue in La Honda, California, USA! 

As you know by now, my best buddy in the whole world, Agent Kelly, passed away a few months ago. Whee were planning a big fancy party for our 6th birthday which was the first weekend in September, but Wendy got very sick and after being rushed to the vet, there was nothing the slaves or the vet could do for her. Mom says she got bloat - something very scary that neither us nor our slaves ever want to encounter again! Mommy and daddy cried for days, and I did my best to comfort them. Slaves were worried that I would be so sad - you see, Wendy and I were adopted together and have been friends since we were about 2 months old. We were very bonded, and I got sad if I was separated from my dear Wendy for more than 30 minutes! But slaves were very surprised to find that I was OK after only a few hours, whereas Agent Schilling had a hard time - she kept sniffing around the cage trying to find Wendy. After a few days, she felt better and we are now on the market to find a new friend. With Agent Schilling's "strong personality" (she's a bit of a brute!) it has taken us some time to find someone we can get along with, but we have several play dates in the next few weeks to find someone! Hopefully Agent Schilling will be nicer to them than she is to me...as evidenced by this picture: 

As for me, my favorite activity is eating food - especially the fresh peppers dad grows for me in the garden. YUM! I also love to sleep in very odd positions which makes the slaves laugh. I'm not big on snuggles but sometimes I give in and let the slaves hold me for a few minutes, but when it gets too scary I ask to be put back in my comfy cave. 

So we'll leave you now with a picture of Agent Kelly participating in her favorite past time - hiding out in a brown paper bag full of scrumptious hay! 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Book Review: A Guinea Pig Nativity

With Pigmas fast approaching what can you get the human in your life? How about the Pigmas story in a hardback book full of pigtures of piggies, perfect!

We know our friends the Surrey Squeakers already have this as they beat us to posting about it wol

So lets get down to the review;

Firstly the cover... they say never judge a book by its cover but looking at this the book is going to be great

Some scenes from inside the book;

Mary and Joseph on their long journey

Our favourite pigture Angry King Herod who looks just like me (but I am never angry)

The cast list

And finally what we really liked was the message about guinea pig rescues and considering them over the festive period a great book with a responsible message

We got our copy here for the bargain price of £2.99 (we had offer for free postage)

So is this a book you could see in your collection?

Have you any piggy based book reviews to share? We love it when you join in!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Video: Time to go Home

After last weeks Friday Video, we received more video tips (so thank you Pat, for inspiring our other readers) The first one we received, was from the Guinygirlz. They referred us to a post from the blog 'Hutch a Good Life' with this lovely video.

We will post the other suggestions in the upcoming wheeks. So if you've sent us a suggestion, don't worry, we'll post it (quite happily).If you're reading this and just came up with a suggestion, feel free to share it. We love it when our readers contribute.

Have a (not too) scary Wheekend!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Agent Butterloaf, Agent Yougie, and a new agent-in-training who is an Abyssinian agouti!

Happy Halloween

On behalf of all of the Piggyfriends, I, Agent Firenze, would like to wish every reader of this blog a very Happy Halloween.
We hope that you all have lots of treats.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Video: Open and Close

We cannot believe we haven't posted this video before. We love this video. And why hasn't anyone recruited this pig as an agent?

We also received a video tip from Pat and the Prairie Pigs (Thank you guys! We love it when people contribute). Unfortunately we're not able to embed the video on our blog, but that won't stop us from sharing the link, so here it is: Guinea Pig Fashion Show

Have an adventurous Wheekend!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

No Mystery Today

Agent Mystery here.....aka Otto Piggyfriend.
Usually I look like a black and white version of Agent Zeppelin, who posts those intriguing puzzles for us to solve and I have frequently had my veggies placed at the wrong end, whereupon they are seized by my best friend,  Agent Venezia, but I have just had a shampoo and a haircut and, as you can see, Slave will not make that mistake again. I love having a shampoo and always sit very still for Slave to trim my overlong coat so I deserve those extra veggies.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Creative ideas: Bed

A while ago, we wrote a post about our very cool pot/portable garden/tunnel and we got the idea to share more pigtures of our more unusual 'toys'; the ones that weren't initially intended for guinea pigs, but work quite well.

Very recently J bought us a doll bed, because she saw it in a video on youtube and it just looked so cool (we're so sorry we're not referring tot this video because we cannot find it anymore. Who ever you are, thank you so much for this idea!)

Let the games begin!

This is a guinea pig sized bed,
and it needs 2 humans to assemble it? Hmmokay

Putting shelf paper (or actually shelf plastic)
to piggy proof the bottom

More piggy proofing


Since we didn't immediately take to the bed,
J put veggies on top. Lucky for us,
Coco just pulled the blanket off the bed

But nowadays we all use it, and we like it a lot!
We love sitting in the bed and staring down J until she gives us veggies. Sjeuf likes to popcorn in it, Coco sleeps in it, and Bo eats breakfast in bed. Hiding under the bed was great from the start, even though it got us a new nickname (the monsters under the bed)

You probably saw in Woopy's birthdaypost that the Guinygirls have a bed like this too, so we couldn't resist adding more of their pigtures (courtesy of the Guinygirls)
Lovely Lily
Roos snoozing in bed
They've added pink shelf plastic