Monthly Archives: May 2010

Fairy Cakes!

I love Birthdays! Other peoples that is, not my own and especially NOT those BIG ones! I have one of ‘those’ tomorrow.

Fairy has a really big, special Birthday coming up. Her Birthday is on June 11th, she will be one. Fairy has decided she doesn’t want any presents and any cash she receives is going to a very important fund raiser for some very special little guinea pigs. It is all ‘hush hush’ at the moment but if anyone wants the details please email and I will send the secret link.

The best bit about Birthdays has got to be The Cake . . . especially when those cakes are ‘Fairy Cakes’.

It was hubby’s Big Birthday last year (I just thought I would remind you, sweetie!). Me and Fairy were busy the week before creating the perfect Fairy Cake. Mr Bear was on hand to ensure everything ran smoothly.

*small, worried squeaky voice* I feel really worried, Mr Bear, I haven’t ever made a Birthday Cake before!! I am simply bowled over by it all!

Baking Day getting ready to mix (1)

That’s better! We’ve got our ‘thinking caps’ on! We are on the case now!

Baking Day getting ready to mix (7)

There are some lovely cakes in the cook book but they just don’t seem quite right somehow, they are just too cakey.

Baking day deciding what to bake (8)

*whispering* what about if we make a nice big Fairy Cake, Mr Bear?

Baking day deciding what to bake (3)

C’mon! Let’s get a move on – look out Mr Bear, I need to get to the flour!

Baking day deciding what to bake (4)

Tralalaaaa! A real Fairy Cake – it looks just like me! Do you think the ears are big enough though?

Fairy 6 months old today with Mr Bear and cake (7)

Happy Birthday to yoooou! Happy Birthday to yooooooou! Happy Birthday dear Daddy . . . . Happy Birthday to YOU! Don’t forget to make a Fairy-wish!

Fairy Cake BP (4)

Ouch! That didn’t hurt a bit!

Cutting Fairy's cake (2)

Happy Piggy Birthday to everyone who has a Birthday today or tomorrow.

It’s Off To Work We Go!

Another Mouse Tale today.

You can follow this ongoing story starring Fairy and her friends, Minty and Monty, as well as other magical characters, by going to the Index page and selecting the Blog Posts from the Mouse Tales Category list. The Tales are also to be found in HELLO! Fairy magazine and the Special Souvenir Supplement. These are free pdf downloads.

Here’s Fairy with today’s tale.

Now then Monty pay attention. If I can prise you away from Minty for five minutes, we have to think about your future. When you are married you will need an income. You can’t expect Minty to run a home and everything on fresh air! I realise Minty will continue with her modelling career but you will need to provide for her and make arrangements for a pension too. And one day there could be Baby Mice . . . they will be very expensive, what with employing a Nanny Mouse, and then there is their education!

Anyway, I have had a very interesting chat with Minty’s parents. It looks like there could be an opportunity in the Rt Hon Plantagenet’s Big-Cheese Factory for a dynamic young executive type mouse. We are going over there first thing tomorrow morning for an exploratory chat. Well, after breakfast that is.

A chat with Minty and Monty (15)

The next day . . .

It is very good of you, Mr Plantagenet sir, to help Monty take his first step up the ladder of success. Your Cheese Factory is a fascinating and profitable business. I can see now where you made your millions – but I didn’t realised there was money to be made in cheese. All that pressing talk gives me a churning feeling. I am more of a specialist in the Salad market don’t you know.

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Gosh! Are all those mice part of your workforce? Goodness, I had no idea what a huge concern it was.

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While Plantagenet hangs around with Monty showing him the whey, I’m going to avail myself of the nibbles. All this food talk  was making me peckish. Hard cheese Monty, I have eaten them all.

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Now that the Rt Hon Big-Mouse has shown you the ropes here on the factory floor Monty, we’ll show you round the offices and get you fitted up with some work wear. You’ll need overalls, boots, hat and gloves for a start. This cheese making can be messy business.

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Thanks very much Mr Plantagenet, sir. I’ll make sure Monty is here bright and early on Monday morning to strengthen the cheesy team!

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The Big-Mouse Cheese Factory – hummph, that sign will need altering! The ‘Fairy, Big-Mouse and Son-in-law, Cheese Factory’ sounds about right!

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Bear Cuddles!

Fairy has always enjoyed being cuddled and enjoys many hours asleep nestling in her Daddy’s hands! Being blind and deaf has its compensations – there’s nothing to distract you. So once you are in a warm, safe and comfortable snuggle, it is easy to nod off.

Before last Christmas, Fairy proclaimed Pasquale Bear as officially the best cuddler in the world! He was soft and supportive, and never grew tired of pandering to Fairy’s cuddly demands.

However, it seems Fairy is fast becoming a little too portly for Pasquale’s lap.

Humph, this feels okay. Just so long as mummy photos us from down there.

Pasquale gives Fairy a hug (3)

Er, is it me imagining, or have your legs shrunk? What do you mean, your arm’s gone to sleep? Keep still, why don’t you.

Pasquale gives Fairy a hug (1)

That’s better! All cosy now! I think I will just take a . . . short . . . nap . . . . zzzzz!

Pasquale gives Fairy a hug (12)

Oh! Hello again!

It wasn’t always like this. I fitted perfectly back in August when I was little and new.

Oh, Pasquale, you’re so strong and brave. My Hero!

Fairy and Pasquale bear (2)

The moment Pasquale’s strong, furry arms wrapped securely around Fairy, she would fall fast asleep!

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Pasquale had to keep a firm grip of the sleeping Fairy . . . otherwise . . .

Fairy and her teddy, zzzzz (4)

. . . she had a tendency to slip down into a little squashy, snoozy heap!

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Weigh up!

Fairy is weighed regularly to ensure she is maintaining a healthy weight and not loosing any of those precious grams. With any guinea pig weight loss is a cause for worry, but with Fairy being very small at 680g, around half the size of a standard piggy, I would be doubly concerned – especially knowing she has ongoing teeth problems which could cause difficulties with eating.

Saturday was ‘weigh day’!

I hope Mummy doesn’t get muddled up and think I am a cake ingredient.

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If I stand on my tip toes and look really tall does it make me heavier?

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Meet Mariella!

Mariella joined us in October 2009. A teeny squiff of baby guinea pig, with the biggest round eyes and squidgiest nose you ever did see!

Mariella is stunningly beautiful, wearing her gorgeous black, tan and white fur like some glamour model! She has a bold character to match! Mariella marched straight in through the door, selected the cosiest Cuddle Cup to relax in and after a short rest tucked in to a hearty snack! It was a special time for Fairy. She was no longer the baby of the family and at last, she had someone her own size to play with.

As well as her stunning good looks, Mariella has a brain to match. She has shown tremendous interest in anything new and is always the first to try out a new Cuddle Cup or Fleecy Tunnel.

Eight months old now, Mariella shows a special empathy with Fairy and although quite a zoomy and popcorning piggy herself, she is endlessly patient and understanding of Fairy doing her daily exercise routine of high-speed laps around the floor, allowing Fairy to bounce off her when she accidently takes the wrong route and bumps into Mariella!

Every Piggy has their own particular selection of likes and dislikes in the feeding department. Mariella it seems has forgotten about the dislikes! She loves everything! Whether it is cereals, fresh salad, veggies, hay or grass she always tucks-in determinedly. Like her step-sister, Marigold, it is safe to say she is inordinately fond of her food!

Here’s Fairy to introduce Mariella:

It’s ok Mariella, I’m your big sister, Fairy. I will look after you!

Fairy and Mariella B (1)

Mariella is so beautiful, she could be a model!

Mariella in spot bed (1)

I’m not too keen on sharing cuddle cups with Mariella now she’s bigger!

Piggies in the beds after bath with Fairy (7)

Is Mariella behaving herself? Sit UP, Mariella! You want to look nice for the camera.

The Team line up (13)

Here we are having our first ever ‘family’ Christmas together! We had a great time. Lots of presents and a lovely Christmas dinner, made all the more special with my new step sister, Mariella, as well as Marigold and our much loved friend, Matilda.

All the girls together Christmas 2009 (14)

It’s Cold Enough For Snow!

Although May 1st was beautifully warm and sunny, today it is decidedly chilly here in our part of the UK. Fairy is safely snuggled up in her favourite Cuddle Cup enjoying a relaxing afternoon nap in the warm kitchen.

I have just returned from a brisk walk down the lane for ‘grass collecting’ purposes – it is far too cold for Guinea Pigs to be grazing on the lawn! In fact it feels cold enough for snow!

Fairy’s experience of the snow a few months ago was from the handy strategic positioning of a bowl full of fresh, clean white snow on the kitchen table!

Look! We’ve been busy building a snowman!

Fairy and Mr Bear build their snowman (5)

Mr Bear, there seems to be something missing . . .

Fairy and Mr Bear build their snowman snow scene

. . . Muuum! Can we have a hat for the snowman, please?

Fairy and Mr Bear build their snowman (11)

There! We all look very smart now!

Fairy and Mr Bear build their snowman (2)

Haha! Take THAT, Mr Bear!

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Ow!! You got me!

Out for a walk 090110 (23)

C’mon! Will it go any faster?!

Fairy and Mr Bear on sledge (1)

All this playing has tired me out . . . . . zzzzz

Fairy in pink cuddle sack (9)

Fairy Supports Guinea Pig Rescue Charities.

Fairy really appreciates how lucky she is to have a happy, loving home here with her sisters, Marigold and Mariella. She enjoys top quality Guinea Pig food, has a beautiful bedroom, gym, playroom and garden. She has a personal specialist healthcare advisor and dentist. She has regular baths, cuddles, ear rubs and chin tickles. Her every need is catered for.

Not all guinea pigs are this lucky. Many find themselves unwanted, forgotten, abandoned, uncared for and unloved. They may become ill, but their need for healthcare is ignored. Their owner may forget to feed them regularly, to fill their water bottle, or clean them out, or allow them to exercise. Even more seriously, some piggy’s suffer physical cruelty.

Thank goodness then, for people like Wendi, Karen, Julie, Lisa and many 100’s of others who rescue, care for and re-home these less fortunate piggies. They all deserve a very big pat on the back! They selflessly attend to health issues, feed a well balanced diet, and patiently nurture them to be happy, confident Guinea Pigs ready for life in a brand new, carefully selected ‘Forever Home’ where they will be loved and cared for in the manner they deserve.

Fairy supports several Rescue Charities and Organisations in her own small way. She often makes donations from her pocket money, and lets everyone know what an invaluable service these charities and organisations perform.

Thistle Cavies Rescue is one such charity. Here is Fairy checking out their online shop!

This is a jolly good website! Look at those super Guinea Pig Badges! We already have a calendar from Thistle Cavies Rescue. It’s super!

Supporting Thistle Rescue (5)

Let’s see, how much can I afford to donate this week!

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It may be a small amount, but I know that every penny will help!

Supporting Thistle Rescue (10)

I just need to check this cheque!

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There! Please support your favourite Guinea Pig charity in any way you can. Aww, thank you!

Supporting Thistle Rescue (13)

For various reasons Fairy does not approve of Pet Shops or breeders selling Guinea Pigs whose only intention is to profit from selling as many animals as possible with little regard for their welfare.

If you are thinking about getting a Guinea Pig please consider adopting rather than buying from a pet shop. There are 1000’s of beautiful Guinea Pigs looking for their special ‘Forever Home’ in rescue centres all around the country.

Useful UK links:

Guinea Pig Rehome with a comprehensive list of rescue centres

North East Guinea Pig Rescue

Reading Guinea Pig Rescue

Guinea Pig Welfare with a list of rescue operations

Thistle Cavies Rescue

Useful USA links:

Guinea Lynx List of Rescues

Forum Article about adopting

Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue

Atlanta Metro Guinea Pig Rescue

Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue

If you know of a good rescue organisation I can add it to the list.

Please email the details to hello@