Monthly Archives: April 2010

On Top Of The World!

It has been a very long winter. Five months of what seemed like perpetual cold, wet and windy weather. According to the experts however, this weekend promises to be the warmest of the year so far! A mini heat wave no less! Good! The gang (piggy and people alike) can’t wait to get back to serious lawn mowing duties!

They have a custom built, (by Daddy), secure outdoor run arrangement enabling them to spend a couple of hours safely nibbling the grass, romping round and snoozing in the spring sunshine.

When the sun is shining everything seems a lot more exciting. The days are longer and there is more piggy quality time available!

A few weeks ago on a bright and crisp Spring morning, I introduced Fairy to a little taste of what’s to come with a few minutes in the sun a’top Big Mavis.

Mmmm, this is lovely! I could quite get used to it.

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I can ‘see’ for miles perched up here! Oh look – is that Mariella over there?

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All this freshness has gone up my nose! The air smells so . . . . tasty!

Soon be time for home-grown grassy nibbles.

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Have a sunny weekend!

Baby Fairy!

Fairy was born on June 11th 2009. Brillo, her mum, was among five guinea pigs we rescued from an intolerable situation. She gave birth to 3 babies, Fairy, Flash and Jiff, a little boy piggy. It didn’t take long to realise Fairy was blind and a few days after that it was apparent she had no sense of hearing either. She had problems eating too, and no wonder! Her top incisors were non existent and her lower ones projected forward. All her food had to be sliced up into bite sized nibbles and we hand fed her many times throughout the day, every day for probably the first 6 months of her life. For the first week or so it was difficult to encourage her to eat anything at all but gradually she realised how tasty fresh salad and vegetables were, and also how scrumptious fresh picked grass was. Then she discovered hay! Not only could you eat it but you could play in it too!

Her siblings were thriving but Fairy remained around half the weight of them. Her little head with its large pink ear flaps, seemed very narrow and was often tilted to one side. Then there were the occasional ‘seizures’ or ‘fits’. I wasn’t sure what was wrong, and I took her to the vet. After a cursory glance she suggested we ‘put her out her misery’. She wasn’t in pain and it didn’t seem right to end the life of such a beautiful creature without at least understanding what was wrong with her. It was only by trawling the internet after a friend mentioned the term ‘Lethal’ that I discovered exactly what was the problem was.

Fairy is what is known as a ‘Lethal White’ Guinea Pig.  She has a genetic condition due to certain ‘Roan’ genes present in both parents. ‘Lethals’ can often have short, difficult lives and are a lesson to us all that we should never, ever breed from our Guinea Pigs. You can read more about Lethals by searching the Guinea Lynx Forum. This article is very informative too. Casper is a very special Lethal White, her story is also on the Forum.

Careful nurturing, regular trips to a trained Rodentologist for tooth correction, the best food possible, lots of patience and even more important, lots of love, Fairy is now a happy, healthy, wilful, loving and very special guinea pig – she is magic!

Looking back, we didn’t take many photographs of Fairy during the first few weeks of her life. Jiff and Flash, her siblings, were due to go to their new forever home in July, along with their Mum, Brillo. We knew it would be hard saying ‘goodbye’ to this beautiful little family and were reluctant to become too attached to them.

3 days old, Fairy facing the wrong way, with her brother, Jiff.

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4 days old – Flash, Jiff and Fairy.

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In a different order – Fairy always seemed to be facing the wrong way!

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And here she is aged about 4 weeks.

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She was very shy!

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Getting the hang of nibbling some lettuce at 6 weeks of age!

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Going for a romp!

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This was a favourite photo from that time.

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Spring Is In The Fur!

Like most guineas Fairy likes to feel the warm sun on her fur!

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Front AND back!

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It’s lovely!

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It is nice to sit out with your friends too.

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Even if you can’t go out, it is good to know the sun is shining!

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It warms your whiskers . . .

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. . . and makes you feel . . . sleepy . . . zzzzz

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A Romp In The Park!

A glorious Spring day and Fairy and her pals are off on a picnic!

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C’mon you lot, it’s time to get out!

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Well, it seems Pandora and Peregrine, Minty’s Brother, are getting along fine and dandy.

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It’s nice here, isn’t it?

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Lovely place to enjoy a spot of sunbathing.

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What a marvellous hat, Monty! I love your scarf too, Minty!

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The grass is scrumptious.

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What do you reckon to that Church over there, Mariella? I wonder if they do weddings!

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Maybe we should pay a visit to see how to book one!!

Busy Baking!

Now then you two, I’m glad you could come over today – we are going to bake a cake. I like your pinny, Minty, just the job! Let’s get on then, it will be a certain person’s Birthday soon, so you need to know what to do.

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This IS going to be fun!

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Now, where did I put my rolling pin?

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Oh! Here it is! Give that a good mix, Minty!

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Let me check . . .

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. . . . yes, it’s very flourery!

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Careful, Monty, the oven will be very hot . . . . it is ready for . . .

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. . . the cake to go in now.

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Just time for a quick nap!

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Ooooooo! Can I smell burning?

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No! It is alright – look, your cake is perfect.

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What a productive day we have had – well done!

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That tomato looks tasty!

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Now then, can you guess what comes next? The washing up! You should always leave your kitchen clean and tidy.

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I think we have earned a well deserved nap . . . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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