On a different note, human finally feels ready to foster again. She still misses Taco (and the other three!) but knows that Taco would want her to keep on trying to help piggies in need. She emailed the shelter to tell them she's ready for anymore if they need a foster home, so she may be posting pictures of some new babies soon!
Human finally remodeled our cage, and I (Cleo) love it! My new favorite thing to do is do extra-long laps, and run around and popcorn. I already did this stuff before, but I do it more now. Human says it's funny because we have the same size cage as before, but we just didn't have it set up the way that I wanted! I don't know why she couldn't figure that out before.
She also came up with the idea of trick training. I think it's the worst idea ever, I already get food so why should I work for more? Crazy Charity on the other paw, she loves it. She and human work on it for five minutes every day, and she comes back to the cage and lets human pet her and will spread out in the open. After a few days of working on training very slowly, she's always bragging about how super close she is to mastering circling on command. She's reading over my shoulder now and telling me to put a video of her, so I guess I will.
Uh oh, human just came in and found us on the computer. She says she will only let us send the video if she gets to write a boring update about fostering, and Charity wants the video to send to show everyone, so I have to say goodbye now.
On Friday, we got an email from the shelter we foster for. They said that they have two females who might be pregnant and need someone to take care of them until we can tell if they are or aren't. In their old home, they were separated from the males, but they got put together for the ride to the shelter. They think that it's unlikely they got pregnant in such a short time, but it's always better safe than sorry, and they would never want to adopt out a pregnant pig. My email hasn't been cooperating lately, so the message didn't show up until today. I promptly emailed back to let them know we can take them, so if they haven't already been taken into a different foster home, we will probably be picking them up either later today or tomorrow.
Sef1268, it's a 2 by 4 with a 2 by 2 loft, and ramps over to a 2 by 2. We originally only had a single boar who wouldn't get along with any other males and had lots of health issues so it would be too risky to neuter him, so we had the 2 by 4 with the loft. When he passed away and we adopted Cleo and Charity, we wanted them to have a bigger cage, but at that point, they were in a corner, so we had to put a ramp to another section and make it L shaped. Now that we've moved things around, we can have it all against one wall, but the girls love the loft, and if we took down the wall between the two sections, the loft would also have to come down because it wouldn't have enough support. I wish we could have one long cage so they could do better laps, but I'll have to wait until the time is right to get more pigs, and then I can completely redo the cages!
I love being able to just sit next to their cage and slowly feed them their food, their silly antics make me smile! After most of the food has been handed out, Cookie stops wanting to take the cherry tomatoes halves. If that's what's in my hand at the time, she'll check it out, reject it, and then run to the other side of the cage, and look again. When the food in my hand is the same as it was before, she gives me a very disappointed look, and then keeps coming from different angles and repeating the process until Faye eats it, or I switch it out for something better. It's so funny because she's fine with them in the beginning, but once she's had some more veggies, she decides that she's too good for them. I don't know if she thinks that I have a bunch of different hands, or if she's just hoping I'll switch it if she moves to a different part of the cage.
Faye also has her own cherry tomato story. The girls look alike, but their tastes are so different! She'll eat some of everything, but she doesn't attack the food like Cookie. However, Faye's favorite is Cookie's least favorite. Last night, I gave her a tomato half, and after getting it, she ran off to eat it. She stopped and shook. I've seen my own pigs do it once or twice, where they go up on their hind legs and give a full-body shake. She was holding the tomato in her mouth, and it flew out and across the cage when she shook, and into the hay pile. She looked very confused and started searching for it. I offered her another half (they each can have two because I pick the smallest tomatoes out for them), but she refused it and searched the whole cage for five minutes before she finally found her half. She wouldn't take any other food until she had found that specific piece. I've also witnessed both girls doing laps and popcorns, which is great because Cookie wasn't doing those before.
Faye is steadily gaining weight, about 0.3 ounces every day. Cookie gains some weight, loses a little bit, gains some more, loses some. Overall, though, she's gaining weight. I don't know what this means about them possibly being pregnant, but we'll see if either start to gain more rapidly, or look like they're getting bigger. We'll probably have a better guess in a week or two.
I just realized how long this post is, sorry! I just wanted to give a little update on them. They're such sweet pigs, it's going to be so hard letting them go, even though I know they'll get adopted quick.