Bertie hides

Trouble and Strife

Percy here today. It’s been a difficult week. Mummy spent a lot of the time out – even stayed out two nights (Wednesday and Saturday). She left us lots of food so we were fine, but we got a bit tetchy and nervous.

Bertie was a pain, particularly on Friday. Mummy was in then, and told him to behave. He kept chattering at Midge; then Midge got upset and started jumping on me. He’s not as heavy as he was, but he’s still too heavy for me and, besides, I don’t need the attention! So I got cross with Midge. Mummy took him out of the run and put him in a carry box to cool off. He was a lot better for a while, then after Mummy said goodnight, he started again. Mummy came in to us and put him back in the box till morning! He grumbled about that, but he was fine in the morning.

Bertie was still being a pain on Saturday, but we put up with him a bit better. Mummy says he’s going through “a stage” and he’ll grow out of it. He’d better do that soon. Mummy threatened to swap him over with Biggles, who we get on with much better.

Another thing he did on Saturday: he went out of the back door! Only Hugo has ever done that before. Mummy heard a noise out on the patio while she was cuddling Oscar. She went to look, and saw Bertie coming back in!

Well, at least he was back inside. She’ll be keeping a good eye on him in future.

Dylan used to roam the garden, checking up on everyone, but he never went outside on his own. He knew it is Not Allowed. I just hope Bertie has learnt that now. He’ll get into real trouble if he’s not careful.

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We come out of mourning for Kevin tomorrow. It’s been seven weeks already. It seems a long time in some ways. Mummy says she still misses him loads. But we might have birthday cake on Wednesday – that’s Mummy’s birthday.

The Last of the Jubilee Seven

Percy here.  Sorry I didn’t arrive last week.  It was all very busy and I forgot.  Not having Kevin around to keep an eye on things has unsettled us all a bit.

Mummy’s been sad because he was the last of the Jubilee Seven, as she called them: Hector, Humphrey, Victor, Dylan, Dougall, Colman and Kevin.

The Jubilee Seven

Before them there was the Fabulous Four: Fred, George, Hugo and Victor.

Victor was in both groups.  He joined Mummy in 2008 and was only about eight months old then, and lived till he was six years and four months. His anniversary is next Monday, although Mummy says we don’t have to do a memory post for that.  We mostly remember birthdays.  Although some people don’t have birthdays, so we find a special day for them somehow.  Mummy knows how, I don’t.  I have a ‘Gotcha’ Day, which was the day Mummy got me from the Adoption place.

Colman and Kevin had birthdays which were estimated, according to Mummy, because Auntie Kate had an idea of when they were born.  That’s how Colman got to have a seventh birthday cake, and he’s our oldest piggy so far.

I asked Mummy if all the Jubilee Seven have gone, what are we now, and she said “The Famous Five.”

That sounds good to me.

By the way, I have a lump on my chin and I’m having medicine for it every day.  Mummy says I might have to have tests done on it tomorrow.  But I’ll be in Dr Sally’s good hands.  She’s the best.  So I’ll be okay.

PS Do you like the dark colour scheme? It’s because were in mourning for Kevin, and will be for seven weeks. That takes us to the 27th June, which is the day before Mummy’s birthday.

Reflections on our Favourite Things A to Z

Percy: We’re supposed to say what we thought about the A to Z Challenge today.  Mummy helped me record this conversation with Kevin last week.  What did you think about it, Kevin?

Kevin: I thought it was a lot of hard work.  It was okay setting the posts up ahead of time, but it was hard going to see people.  I could say something to the people who visited us, but I didn’t know what to say to anyone else.

Percy: Did you remember to go to the A to Z post and link us up?

Kevin: No, although Mummy did it for me sometimes.  I think when she did that early in the morning we got new visitors. I stopped noticing when I wasn’t feeling well.

Percy: I know, but I did that for you.  You did a lot of the posts.  I had a nice time chatting to people, especially to Kristin, Noelle, and Hilary.  And Nick came sometimes, he was nice.

Kevin: yes, we got to know our Aunties and new Uncle well.  I’m sure when Dylan and I did it last time we had far more visitors.

Percy: I think Mummy’s saying the same on her blog.  Would you do it again?

Kevin: No, but then, I feel too old to bother with it, really.

Percy: It does take a lot of time.  Then again, if the weather is cold like it was last week, we haven’t got much else to do.

Kevin: That’s true.  Well, I’ll leave it in your capable hands, Percy.  I expect young Bertie will soon get the hang of it.  I’ll be here if he needs any advice.

Percy: He’s not much of one for asking advice, Kev.  He reminds me of Dylan, even though I didn’t know him very long.

Kevin: I think Mummy thinks so too.  Good luck if you do it again.

Percy: Thank you.  And thank you for blogging for all this time, too.  Happy retirement!

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Kevin with Dylan, Feb 2016

Introducing our new Apprentice

Hello, Percy here.  I hope you’re not too tired after the A to Z Challenge.  Apparently we have to say what we thought of it next week, so I’ll be doing that too.

The big news here is that Kevin has decided to take a back seat from the blog and the Facebook page.  He says it’s time he retired and made way for a younger chap.  But he’ll be here for advice and counselling, and to help me mentor our new apprentice – Bertie!

As you can see, Bertie is much bigger than he was in the photo yesterday of him and me and the snuggle sack.  He’s nearly three months old now, and learning fast.

He’ll probably turn up on Facebook soon, and the blog occasionally.

X for eXtras #AtoZChallenge

First grass of 2017
First grass of 2017

Hello! I’m Kevin.  I’m a ginger and white guinea pig and I look after both George’s Guinea Pig World and our Facebook page.  Percy and I have been sharing the workload for our A to Z Challenge this year, and I’ll be doing this last week.

Our theme is “Our Favourite Things”


xX is for eXtras

Our normal food is hay and pellets, with fresh veggies for breakfast, and grass if we’re lucky.  Sometimes we get extra treats.  That includes special herb mixes, or things to gnaw on, or special hay with herbs or dandelion.  We used to get yummy herb & grass rolls covered in paper but the makers stopped making them.  That was a shame because they were the best extras ever.  Mummy says she has to read the ingredients carefully, because even though the label says ‘for rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas’, some of the sticks have egg and honey in them, which we don’t want.  She gets the ones where it doesn’t say those things are in it.  She says she’d be very cross if they were.

I asked Mummy if birthday cakes count as xtras and she said no, they are birthday cakes. Of course, our favourite xtra is a pile of freshly picked grass.

Mostly we get xtras as a Christmas present, but sometimes we just get them because Mummy loves us.  I love Mummy too.

V for Vets #AtoZChallenge

Kevin and his morning meds
Kevin and his morning meds

Hello! I’m Kevin.  I’m a ginger and white guinea pig and I look after both George’s Guinea Pig World and our Facebook page.  Percy and I have been sharing the workload for our A to Z Challenge this year, and I’ll be doing this last week.

Our theme is “Our Favourite Things” – and I hope you’re not tired out from all this blog-visiting!


vV is for Vets!

Our vet is Dr Sally at All Creatures Health Care.  I like Dr Sally, even when she squidges my bottom. They really do look after all creatures. We’ve often seen lizards and parrots and tortoises when we’ve been there. I must admit I don’t like having to stay there and Mummy going home, but I’ve always come home again eventually.

screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-21-46-15Sometimes people don’t come home again, which is very sad. Mummy doesn’t usually take photos at the vets, although if we’ve got something wrong with us she sometimes takes close-up pictures and puts them on the Rodents With Attitude forum for people to look at.

Here’re some old pictures of Hugo at the vets, with Nurse Amber fixing up his special oxygen for his lungs.

Tomorrow it’s W.  I think Percy really ought to write it tomorrow, but he says it’s still my turn.

 

 

T for Tunnels #AtoZChallenge

Kevin's new tent

Hello! I’m Kevin.  I’m a ginger and white guinea pig and I look after both George’s Guinea Pig World and our Facebook page.  Percy and I have been sharing the workload for our A to Z Challenge this year, and I’ll be doing this last week.

Our theme is “Our Favourite Things” – and I hope you’re not tired out from all this blog-visiting!  I’ve had an upset tummy for the last couple of weeks, but I’m feeling a lot better now.


tT is for Tunnels…

… although it could also be for TENTS.

We have lots of tunnels, some soft and cosy ones, some cardboard ones, and some covered with dry grass which we can nibble.  There’s also a blue fabric one, the same as our tent fabric, which we use out of doors.  Tunnels are lovely to snuggle up in or run through, and they make a great shelter when we’re in the garden and fancy a snooze.

When Mummy first got guinea pigs, that was Fred and George, she used to carry them around in the cardboard tunnels called chubes, which she thought might be safer if she ever tripped over.  Later when she got the tents, she realised that not only are they good for sheltering from the sun (and rain if she forgets to bring us in and it starts raining), but also, for carrying us from the house to the garden and so on.  And then when she did that, we all knew what was what, so when she shakes our tents at us we come and get in them to be taken in (or out).  Mostly.  Sometimes if we really don’t want to come in she has to be a little stern with us.  But we know when she really means it.

She’s learnt from our Looks at her when we want to come in.  I think Fred taught her to watch for his Look, and I managed to give her the same Look, which she understands.  So we’ve done quite well at training Mummy over the years.

Here’s a moving picture of Dylan playing with his tent and tunnels in the garden, and Dougall too.

And here’s a picture of Midge coming into his tent at the end of floor-time in the morning.

Come back tomorrow and see us doing something Unusual!!

K for Kale #AtoZChallenge

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Hi, Kevin here.  We’re into the second week of the A to Z Challenge, and in case you’re just visiting, I’m a six year old ginger and white guinea pig.  This blog was started by Fred and George, Mummy’s very first guinea pigs.  She writes books about them too.

Our A to Z Challenge theme is “Our Favourite Things”


kK is for Kale

We love kale.  It’s one of the plants in the cabbage family, but it’s much nicer than cabbage.  We like it better than broccoli and cauliflower, too. And pak choi is okay, but I wouldn’t say we like it.  Mummy grows a variety called Cavolo Nero or something like that, in the garden.  It grows all through winter so we can have some fresh leaves even then.  We don’t get many things from the garden in winter.  Kale, celeriac leaves, maybe chard or strawberry leaves, if we’re lucky. Kale’s delicious.

 

Winter broccoli and kale
Winter broccoli and kale

It has to be sown in the spring, so we watch it grow when we’re out in our runs during the summer.  The stalks get too hard to eat, so we ignore them.  Grass is much nicer – in summer.

Kevin and Victor
Kevin and Victor

Tomorrow it’s letter L.

PS.  Mummy has a recipe for linguine with kale pesto (I don’t know what that is).  She says she’ll put it in the comments if anybody wants it.

J for Joint Support #AtoZChallenge

img_3706Hi, Kevin here.  We’re into the second week of the A to Z Challenge, and in case you’re just visiting, I’m a six year old ginger and white guinea pig.  This blog was started by Fred and George, Mummy’s very first guinea pigs.  She writes books about them too.

Our A to Z Challenge theme is “Our Favourite Things”


jJ for Joint Support tabs

Here I am with an empty bottle of my Joint Support tabs.  They are like mini-haycakes specially formulated for elderly companion animals. Despite that, they are really yummy.

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Mummy’s been giving me one of these a day since I started being a little creaky in my joints.  I think it was after Colman moved on, and he was the first piggy to have them here.  It’s especially for something called Arthur-itis, which makes me feel a bit stiff.  When I take these, though, I feel really good, and I go up and down my ramp much more easily.  Actually I started finding it more difficult last year so Mummy put it on a box, which means I can go up onto the box and then the ramp is shallower.  And I still get my Joint Support tab after cuddle time each morning.

I wait for it when I get back in my run, and then stretch up to get it.  Mummy tried to get a photo of me standing up on my hind legs, but I sat down too quickly.  Even with the tabs I can’t do that for long these days.

Colman used to have his tab softened in some water for a few minutes before he ate it.  He used to do that with his pellets by himself – pellets, then water, then pellets, then water…  I thought he was silly, but after my front tooth broke last November (it grew back in a few days) Mummy started softening my tabs too.  they’re just as good – even more so, really, since they are easier to bite.

It says on the bottle

“Natural Science Joint Support is designed to support the joint health of your pet. Glucosamine supports cartilage health. Ginger root and turmeric support the body’s normal response to inflammation. Yucca is anti-oxidative and supports a normal anti-inflammatory in pets.”

I don’t know what it means, but after Colman started taking them, Mummy said maybe she should start taking them for her joints too.  The ones I have are for “Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas and other small animals.”  I expect they do them for Mummies, too.

Kevin with Colman
Kevin (age 5) with Colman (age 7)

Tomorrow – the letter K.  Guess what that stands for!