We had a special day on Thursday

Kevin here today.  We had a minute’s silence on Thursday to remember all the guinea pigs we’ve known who’ve gone over the Rainbow Bridge.

Percy’s lucky – he’s only known Dougall and Dylan who are the most recent to have left us, and he didn’t really have time to get to know Dougall anyway.  I’ve known lots of other piggies – my mate Colman for one, but there are all the people who came with us on the Great Exodus from Jersey, I lost touch with them, but Auntie Doris says there’s only me and Flapjack left now.

The reason for choosing Thursday is because it was the day that Mariusz died, and that was the first person that either Mummy or Auntie Dawn knew to go over the Bridge.  He’s a legend, really.  Partly because of most of us never met him, except Hugo, and Hugo’s relationship with him was slightly odd (I didn’t know Hugo, but it sounds like he had a certain eccentricity himself). But the other part is because he’s in Mummy’s books and he’s a very important character, so he’s a legend that way too.

Traveler original cover
Traveler original cover

So although it’s called Mariusz Day, we remember all our friends who have departed.

Kevin interviews Auntie Dawn (part 2)

Auntie Dawn told me such lovely stories about her pigs last month that I saved some for this month.

If you missed that you can read it here.

So, Auntie Dawn: What favourite memories do you have of your guinea pigs?

There are so many! I’ll confine myself to talking about how we got each of our departed pigs.

Saku was our first pig. One warm April afternoon, I left work early, and Uncle and I took a train out a place called Queens. We had seen an ad on the Internet in which a man said he was looking to rehome his daughter’s pig because his wife was allergic. We arrived at the appointed place, the parking lot of a bank, and waited. We didn’t have a cellphone at the time and thought we were in the wrong place. Eventually we figured out we were on the wrong side of the bank. Continue reading “Kevin interviews Auntie Dawn (part 2)”


Roland arrived on the scene in January, after Willoughby went over the Rainbow Bridge very suddenly. He lives with Auntie Dawn and Uncle Wayne, presumably in Mariusz’s old cage.  I wonder if M left him any messages.

We know he’s not very old, but not exactly how old – a matter of months, anyway.  He was very small and skinny when he arrived, but now he weighs 940 gms which is about the same or even more than Hector!  He needs to develop a bit, that’s all.

He’s gradually settling in to the crazy world of Castle Hattan, and who knows whether he might appear in a book one day?  He appears on Facebook every Wednesday on Auntie Dawn’s pages.  The hashtag is ⌗wolandwednesday

What’s a hashtag, Auntie?

Mariusz – and Midge

What is there to say about Mariusz that hasn’t been written in loads of Mummy’s books, and on the blog when he died, and in Auntie Dawn’s blog too?  Mariusz was an American black and white crested Guinea Pig With Attitude.  He was the Attitude-most pig in the world until I came along, but I don’t think I’ve caught up with him yet.

Mariusz himself

He would roam around Auntie Dawn’s apartment poking his nose into everything, food bags, sofas, magazines, dirty underclothes (mm, must try that some time), and even iPhone cords (Very tasty, he said, but that wasn’t what Auntie Dawn said!).

He lived with the very quiet and sensible Saku and both of them got into Mummy’s first book The Princelings of the East.  Then Mummy was sad she couldn’t write more about him because he was ‘the baddie’, so he got his own book, The Traveler in Black and White, which is written in American because he tells it himself.  He turns up in Bravo Victor as well.  And Mummy says he’ll be in Book Seven, currently called the Chronicles of Willoughby the Narrator, and he’ll also be in the last book of the series.  That’s not fair, I haven’t been in any of the main books yet (although I do have one of my own).

Some people suggested Mummy shouldn’t have a guinea pig on the front of her books, so she’s going to change the cover, to something like this (it’s just a draft).  What do you think?

Mariusz is a legend.  I’m trying to be like him.

PS  Mummy has just complained that I haven’t introduced Midge to you.  Well, I don’t know him very well since he fell out with his brother about a week after they moved into Humphrey and Victor’s cage and he’s lived upstairs with Kevin and Colman ever since.  He seems like a nice chap, although a bit noisy when he has his run on the kitchen floor in the morning.  He’s a rex breed of guinea pig.  Funny curly coat.  I’ll say some more about him and his brother when we get to O for…

Midge again