P for Pellets #AtoZChallenge


Hello and welcome to George’s Guinea Pig World.  I’m Percy, and I run this place with Kevin.  George set it up in 2009, which is before I was born.  I live in a nice cage next to Oscar, and his brother Midge lives next to Kevin.

Our A to Z theme is “Our Favourite Things”

pP is for Pellets

There are two kinds of pellets, and our favourite is the kind you eat (not the kind you poop).

They come in a bag with the name Harringtons on it, and it says ‘Optimum Guinea Pig Food, no artificial colours or flavourings and no added sugar, made in North Yorkshire.’  There are pictures of two piggies on the front, both of which look a bit like Kevin.  It always seems to me that pictures of guinea pigs mostly look like Kevin, with ginger cheeks and a white stripe down his face which goes over his mouth.  Why is that?  Is this a body image thing?  Aren’t black guinea pigs just as handsome?  Apparently red-eyed guinea pigs get a bad deal too, but Fred and George were red-eyed, and they were all-over ginger, too.  But anyway, I was talking about pellets.

Percy with pellets

They are nice and tasty and crunchy and good for our teeth as well as our tummies.  But we shouldn’t have too many or we could get fat.  Hay is best.  Or grass.  With pellets as a supplement.  Apparently.

Mummy says other brands are available, but she thinks we like these best.

I don’t like tomato, by the way.  Kevin loves it.  He would.

What a funny week!

It’s been a funny week because it’s been very noisy with wind and rain, then we had a very cold day and night.  And today we had fresh herbs and things from the garden, although they were funny too.  Oh, and we have some very funny pellets.  They should be the same Harrington’s Optimum as the previous bag (and all the ones we’ve had for years) but they’re HUGE and I don’t like them.  Mummy says she’s emailed the company in case there’s a mistake.

Mummy says its just a funny winter, and some of our wildflowers were growing, so we had dandelion leaves, clover, vetch and wild oregano.  We didn’t have much of any of them, except the oregano, as Mummy wanted to cut it before the frosts come this week.  She says we were very lucky on Thursday because our heating broke down, but before the frosts came.  That’s why we had the hot light in our room.  Mummy calls it a halogen heater, but I call it a hot light because it\s a very bright light that helps warm the room up.  Anyway, she was very happy because the man came and fixed it on Friday.

I’m having a few problems with my private parts at present, and if you don’t mind, I’ll keep it private.  Mummy checks my bottom twice a day to see that it’s getting better.  It feels a lot better.  Mummy is very kind.

W is for Wagg

We like Wagg Optimum Pellets and Wagg Guinea Pig Crunch (muesli).  I’ve been talking about the fresh vegetables we like because people get confused about what piggies can and can’t eat.  Basically a nice balanced diet consists of the amount of pellets per pig it says on the packet (35 g to 50 g a day for Wagg and Excel pellets), a good plate of fresh vegetables from the sort I’ve been talking about, to give us our vitamin C, and fresh hay, as much as we like, to make sure we get our fibre and chewing to keep our teeth in trim. Oh and clean fresh water. Without any added extras. Continue reading “W is for Wagg”