Announcing a new member of our guinea pig family!

User avatar
daisymay
Supporter 2016-2021

Post   » Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:01 am


So sorry for your lost of Gracie.RIP Run free wee one. Reunited with friends. You were loved and will be sorely missed. Eat the green grass and popcorn among the clouds. Sending hugs to you and your daughter!

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:44 am


Thanks daisymay. Losing Gracie was really tough. She was just endearing & loved her humans, more than her pigs I think. She'd beg to be picked up. She knew how to communicate with us. She had a lot of health problems and that always intensifies the bond, although one daughter was carrying the heavy load. She suffered the most when Gracie died. Gracie was possibly the sweetest pig we've ever had.

New girl's name is Amelia. HSMO said she & two others were surrendered when the person who was running a small rescue couldn't deal with it anymore. The other two were already adopted, within about a day of arrival. They are all chunkers, but Amelia is the biggest.

User avatar
Lynx
Celebrate!!!

Post   » Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:58 pm


Gracie was one of a kind. I am sorry she did not have more time with you and your daughters.

Amanda sounds like fun! 1 year old is just right.

I like to think of it as your new guinea pig won the "bingo" game! (lucky guinea pig!)

May you have many healthy, happy years together!

User avatar
ItsaZoo
Supporter in 2020

Post   » Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:12 am


It sounds like Gracie was a very special guinea pig. We get so close to our pets, especially the ones with health issues. I'm so happy you found Amelia, she's very lucky to get a piggy-savvy family like yours!

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:22 pm


This is Bookfan's daughter; I just wanted to share something amazing and cute that my sister and I discovered while trying to get Emelia and Emma to get along.

So, a bit of background. A while back, when we had Carlie, Grace, and Emma, the company we got hay from changed hands and the quality decreased by a lot. It was half orchard grass with a lot other stuff contaminating it: some unknown vegetation with spiky seeds and a variety of tree leaves, some of which I could identify as toxic. So we got into the habit of picking out the stuff that wasn't supposed to be there. The orchard grass at least was safe, though we knew from experience they won't eat it, so though it got left in, I started sitting by the cage and picking it out for them in order to get a better idea of how much timothy they actually had left.

The first few times I did this, Carlie was so happy! "Yay, Strange Large Pig is finally eating with us as a family!" It was adorable, so even after we got better hay again, I would sometimes "eat" with her by picking out brown pieces of hay, which they don't seem to favor. I stopped after she died, since the other two didn't seem to care.

(On a semi related note, Carlie treated rumblestrutting as a greeting and Fun Game, but didn't seem to recognize my attempts to participate. She did rumble at us in greeting though. Only pig we've had that rumbled at us!)

So fast forward to this afternoon. We've been having trouble introducing Emelia. Victoria, despite being the smallest adult pig we've ever had, is very feisty, so we just have Emma and Emelia out, with some hay in two piles. There were some tense moments, nothing really alarming, but at some point, I started "eating" the brown hay like before. "Look, see, it's fine, we're just eating, we're calm. Let's just eat." ...And it worked. Not 100% but it definitely had a big effect. My sister started doing it too, within their line of sight whenever they started getting tense.

It was both amazing and extremely cute! "Eating" is something they understand, a way to communicate that Strange Large Pigs are relaxed.

User avatar
Lynx
Celebrate!!!

Post   » Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:40 pm


That is sweet! Food is definitely something animals relate to. I'm glad the brown hay "eating" worked.

User avatar
ItsaZoo
Supporter in 2020

Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:25 am


Aren't they funny little critters? Lacey does something similar. She was once fond of orchard grass until I ordered two bags, now she wants timothy. So she picks around the hay not really eating much, until I come with the whisk broom and dust pan. When I start to spot clean, she trots out, jumps at the broom and grunts, and starts eating as she mumbles to herself. She must think the broom is going to take her hay away.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:57 pm


Ha, ha, ha!

User avatar
pigjes
Cavy Comic

Post   » Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:43 am


Yay!! Forgot to ask how the word training went.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:29 pm


Word training? I'm sorry pigjes, my memory is so bad that I have no recollection of anything about that. I need to look back.

User avatar
daisymay
Supporter 2016-2021

Post   » Thu May 20, 2021 3:56 am


How is Amelia going? Has she settled in? Any quirks or funny things she has started to do? Please update wanted!

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Thu May 20, 2021 12:05 pm


Sorry, I left you hanging! I may be repeating myself; a lot has happened. First off her name is Emelia, not Amelia, which always made me think of Amelia Bedelia. So, daughters did lots of floor time with not much progress, with Emelia still living in the separate cage. During one of the floor times Vicky lunged at Emelia and bit her nose. The vet said Emelia didn't need stitches and she healed quickly. It took much longer for her to even minimally trust Vicky.

Daughters also did a lot of lap time with the two of them on separate laps, but free to relocate and sit together. Finally, daughter set up a divider in the big c&c cage. There was a lot of hanging out at the divider and they'd all tried to get hay poking in from the other side - obviously it was better. Vicky licked Emelia's ear through the grid. Also some nose touching between Vicky & Emelia. After a week of this we removed the divider and pigs were monitored all day and at some point we let them go through the night.

So now Emelia knows Vicky is the boss and Vicky knows Emelia knows she is boss. Vicky's still mildly aggressive, but no physical harm is happening and Emelia is dealing with it ok. Emelia had just started chutting.

User avatar
daisymay
Supporter 2016-2021

Post   » Thu May 20, 2021 12:49 pm


New girl's name is Amelia

I got this name from one of your earlier posts. So glad all is now well between them. May they have many years together and bring you and your daughter much happiness and joy. Good to your daughter and all her patience and dedication to the naughty girls! Cat fights will happen, Glad Emelia wasn't seriously hurt!

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Thu May 20, 2021 1:56 pm


Yeah, I thought she was Amelia for the first few weeks. Thanks, daisymay. I'll pass this on to my daughters who take care of the pigs.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Thu May 20, 2021 6:50 pm


This is Bookfan's daughter! There's two of us actually: my sister is the main caretaker and I'm the chatty one lol. Apparently my sister is not doing the word training anymore. She said, "They tell me when it's mealtime, not the other way around." One cue they do recognize is the floor in front of my sister's room squeaking, particularly first thing in the morning. I've seen on the rare occasion I'm up earlier and downstairs already, they'll start yelling as soon as she walks out, and get irritated when she doesn't immediately teleport before them with breakfast. Two minutes is TOO LONG.

Anyway, the girls are getting along just fine now! It's super sweet; they really seem to make each other happy. We've introduced a lot of pigs over the years and used our standard procedure, but it just wasn't right for Emelia. She's a really sensitive little pig and needs a lot of time to adjust. Having them in the same cage with a divider was just what she needed. She's so much happier and more confident now and even gets nuzzled sometimes.

I also just want to say, Vicky is small. She was a baby when we got her, and for a while we thought she just wasn't done growing, but now we're pretty sure she is done and is just small... and feisty! Totally fearless! (Also exceptionally snuggly for such a young pig.) Before she was totally used to Emelia, she would periodically chase her a little bit, and when Emelia would run past Emma, Emma would jump and then turn to Vicky, like, "Chill out a little, Vicky." And then they'd chatter/fuss at each other a little bit and then get over it. Emma is a very laid back pig but she's the boss. She's also a CHONK, and shaped more like a sweet potato than a classic potato pig.

Gosh they are all so cute I could cry.

User avatar
Lynx
Celebrate!!!

Post   » Thu May 20, 2021 9:55 pm


It sounds like you have the perfect pigs for your family! Glad they have worked things out.

They are so lucky to have two doting daughters to look after them!

Post Reply
36 posts