Archive for February, 2010

Piggy PM 2010

Yesterday saw our fifth Piggy PM to mark Reading Guinea Pig Rescue’s ninth “birthday”. It is nine years to the month that we have been rehoming guinea pigs now πŸ™‚

All went well up until Friday evening, then we had a call from a key player to say that they couldn’t make it followed by another on Saturday; both had hoped to recover enough to be able to take part but unfortunately it was not to be. So, at 1.00pm on Saturday a quick discussion with others and a bit of rearranging and it all fell into place! We don’t think anyone noticed the plasters πŸ˜‰ !

Becky, who is doing a study on guinea pig castration, gave out the goody bags which were gone in what seemed like no time, at 2.00pm there was, apparently, a queue of about 20 people outside one of the doors! The press arrived and did pigtures early on which although was a pain because it was busy did at least get it out of the way. The lovely Lily had her pigture taken and I believe a few others of the day were taken as well- I was too busy talking!

Lily, Sienna, Zen and Caprice were in the “Vet Room” where people were able to go along and ask Jenny questions, I believe that bladder stone issues were high on the “asking list”.

Genie, Emi, Zola, Rainbow and Gloria were available for cuddles, this was a first Zola who was a little wriggly and only given to confident adults. Rainbow and Gloria were favourites- Gloria even went to sleep on someones lap πŸ™‚ . Together they raised Β£70 in donations towards RGPR.

A dental demonstration in the vet room was popular and a vet who had come along to see what the day was all about took some dental notes with her and is seriously considering doing dentals without anaesthetic at the surgery where she works. However dental work does not suit every vet and this must always be respected, we hope she finds it is for her. Lily was “the guinea pig” and now has her lovely filed molars back and straight Incisors that meet. Lily made sure people looked at her and demonstrated blind and deaf does not mean not heard and not seen, she is very feisty and will stand up for herself whether she needs to or not. Several people asked if she was “Special Needs”, the answer, of course, was “no”, she has some different needs, but no need for a label πŸ™‚

The total money raised was Β£530 including donations from the public, and Gorgeous Guineas and The Hay Experts, all will go towards our “shed project”, thank you. We are also going to add The Hay Experts to our Guinea Pig Welfare business card as many people were very taken with their hays yesterday- it just makes sense.

Thanks for your support, Karen (thinking ahead to the next Piggy PM, or is it all a crazy dream!)

The Hay Experts mid way through the afternoon, almost sold out!

Lily after her dental.

Gorgeous Guineas’ Stand.

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Mr. Fantastic

Although I have made the conscious decision to cut back on the number of residents on Planet Guinea there was never an intention to be boarless. After Cloud and Cooper suddenly went to be stars on Planet Guinea it has always been the intention to let the girls choose a new boarfriend that could also be a representative for the guineas here and do open days.

Yesterday Mr. Fantastic arrived here, bold, striking and very in your face. Having come from a good and balanced home this morning he was ready to be introduced to the girls (under supervision of course). All went well and top girl Genie was able to put him in his place which he accepted- no animosity, just a bit of hurt pride, maybe, but hey, there’s more girls than Genie πŸ˜‰

Mr. Fantastic will be going in for his castration next wheek so he can permanently be the girl’s new boarfriend. Currently he is living with Mr. Shiny, a cream Satin, who is also waiting to go in for his op.

It has been good to be able to find Mr. Shiny a temporary boarfriend who can accompany him to the vets and saves him living on his own; after an hours chasing round the cage they decided that food was more important and settled down to eat.

Today just disspelled the myths that say boars who have met sows will never settle with another boar, these two are in a cage overlooking a sow pen and Mr. Fantastic spent some time getting to know the sows this morning before meeting Mr. Shiny!

Karen (loving the Fantastic πŸ™‚ )

A Delight and Pleasure…

The gorgeous Eden left us this wheek to become a star on Planet Guinea.She is the grey star with light circles on and a long white patch. Often seen in the distance but at certain, regularΒ  times makes very definite movements towards the front stars, almost rocking and turning up on end…

Eden arrived last summer after her short showing career ended when she didn’t meet the size needed to compete successfully. Being undersize, despite coming from excellent stock, also meant Eden was not a candidate to breed from. We welcomed Eden here to spend her retirement with Cloud’s group. Cloud had no leading lady and it wasn’t long before Eden had assumed that role and quietly but confidently became Cloud’s top sow.

Eden would come and sit next to me when I cleaned out their pen, I would often turn round only for her to be sat there alongside me πŸ™‚ Quietly confident is how I would describe Eden πŸ™‚

Over the last few weeks Eden had lost a little weight making her dewlap look more pronounced, I thought. Soon it was clear that it was a swelling, not her dewlap as such and Jenny confirmed that she either had a heart problem or infection, likely an infection as she was still only two.

Despite taking Rimadyl and Baytril Eden chose to be a star on Planet Guinea. Nibbling News have put her on their front page as a tribute to her- she was on their commemerative issue last year, flying the flag for guinea pigs πŸ™‚

Karen (Missing that Lilac nose asking for more Just Grass, pleeeease)