Midge won a prize

He won it for Piggy of the Month on Rodents With Attitude.  Mummy says that’s a lovely guinea pig forum where everyone’s very friendly and help each other out with guinea pig problems, and have a lot of fun too.

Sounds great, can I join?

Anyway, the topic of the month was ’50 shades of piggy’ and mummy got Midge to wear her sunglasses and go as ’48 shades of Midge in shades in the shade’.  And people liked it and he won – but only just.

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Well, he does look good, doesn’t he?  I love the look he’s giving Mummy – ‘do I have to?’

And now we know where Kevin got all those rosettes he has on his cage.  They are his winnings for POTM!  He’s been going in for it for years, though, and the first one (which was for the Jubilee Seven) he  won in 2012!  Wow!  That’s a whole front foot of years ago!

Mummy said everyone would like to see his nice rosette, so she took a photo of him with it – and his new tunnel.

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George

avatar_georgeGeorge.  Where would we be without him?

We wouldn’t have this blog, or a facebook page, or the upstairs run, or strawberry juice power plants, probably not even the Princelings of the East, although that really is both him and Fred.

George Forum MechanicYesterday I told you that Fred was the natural philosopher, the thinker.  Well, George was The Engineer.  He was even the Forum Mechanic on the Rodents with Attitude forum.  He took his duties very seriously, and when people asked for his advice he generally started his answers “well, I’m only a guinea pig, but…”  He was very polite and very wise.  So was Fred, but Fred didn’t really get into blogging and forums.  Not like George.  And George’s engineering genius is one of the key things (Mummy says use the word ‘cornerstones’ but I don’t know what that means) of the Princelings of the East series.

You think I’m exaggerating?  Well, look at the page on redesigns for grassy hutches.  He did that.  Have you seen the enormous run he designed, with ramps and different levels and room for lots of pigs?  He did that.  Vic and Dougall and I lived in for a bit, until Kevin and Colman needed it.  But he designed it and he and Fred enjoyed it for a whole six months before George died.

He had a lot of illness, George did.  Mainly abscesses on his neck and under his teeth.  He had very bad teeth.  That’s why Mummy went on dental course to learn how to help him.  He was so good – there are loads of pictures of him when he’s recovering from operations, still looking happy and enjoying life.  He used to just lie back and let himself be wrapped up, too.  I hate lying on my back.

Everyone says George was the best pig anyone could ever know, and you know something – I’m not even jealous.  Maybe he was.  I wish I’d met him.

It’s George’s Day

Uncle Vic said it was his place to write the George’s Day post because he is the only one of us who knew him.  Well, I’m top pig now, and I think it’s my duty to make the speech in his honour.  Here goes:

Today we celebrate the life and departure of George, engineer extraordinary.  George lived with his twin brother, Fred, in the cage I share with Dougall.  He was enrolled in the Rodents with Attitude Guinea Pig Forum, where he held the honorary role of Forum Mechanic.  He was very helpful to everyone with trouble managing their work on the forum and a great friend to many people too. Continue reading “It’s George’s Day”