Hello, I’m Ludo. I expect you’ve met me before this month already, but if you haven’t, I’m the good-looking one. A guinea pig, in case you’re confused. We’re doing the A to Z Challenge, and this is Letter R day.
One of the most important thing for a guinea pig (or a rabbit, or most animals–including humans) is space to run around. Not just for exercise, but for enjoyment, to express our personalities, and to feel we’re exploring our world. In some animals it’s important for communication, too.
I have enough space to run around in my cage. It’s not really a cage, it’s more of a pen. It’s made from panels and it’s called a C&C. Apparently that stands for correx and cube. Correx is a sheet thing many floors and sides are made of, and cube is the type of panel. It’s in shops to make up into shelving units. But Mummy, and many, many other guinea pig people, make it up into runs.
It was George who persuaded her to do it. He pointed out the benefits of having storage space underneath our runs. But she also discovered we like to have hidey holes to use when we’re running around on the floor, so she leaves some of her storage space free for us.
I run around from the living room to our room, every day after cuddles. Then I run around on the floor, nosing at where other people have been and left messages. Often I leave messages back, but they usually don’t see them till the next day. It’s quicker to tell Locksley what I want to see through the bars of our runs, but he has to relay it to Biggles if my message is for Biggles.
Then there is our garden run. This is The Best. We said a lot about running around in the garden on G for Grass. We’re going out more often now that Spring is here. I like running outside. I have a nice covered run (called Runaround) to make me feel safe from the huge sky above us. Biggles and Locksley don’t mind it at all, but all that space makes me feel weird. They like their freeform run instead.
I think Mummy may have some pictures of us running around on our Youtube channel. (Could you put them in here, please Mummy).
Do you like running around? Where’s your favourite place to run around and what’s it like?
Till next time