05.08.09

Another adopter update!

Posted in Adoptions at 1:15 am by ACR&S

It almost never happens that we hear from long-ago adopters, and then two in one week! This is an update on two piggies that we helped transport and place from the South Carolina Guinea Pig Rescue in 2006/2007.

It’s been a while — actually it’s been since you moved to Wisconsin! I just wanted to write to you and give you an update on our piggies O-Ren Ishi and Beatrix Kiddo (names you might recognize if you’ve seen Kill Bill). These pigs came to us via you and SC Rescue and were known then as Lavender and Spice. (And I still don’t have pictures.) They were about 8 weeks old when we got them and are now around 2 and 1/2.

You dropped us off some cubes and coroplast before you got away to Wisconsin. I’ve been meaning to update you for a while.

I did get to:

1) make a coroplast litter box that covers the entire end of the cage. This really gives them enough running room, and an extended hidey-hole, and place to eat and pee at the same time. I have a shelf hanging over the litter box that also extends across the entire end of the cage and is a super hay loft. They used to hop right up into the hay loft to eat, but haven’t done that in a while. Maybe they did learn (after Bea had 3 eye ulcers and O-Ren 1) that launching themselves into the hay bin isn’t a smart idea. They were just so enthusiastic eaters.

2) I expanded their cage. They had a 2 by 4 coroplast cage. I added another 2 by 2 area (cube dimensions, not feet) that sits on another set of wire drawers that is about 9 inches higher than the original. So I built a ramp that is 1 cube wide and one and 1/2 half cubes long that goes up the 9 inch incline. A fleece baby blanket clipped to the sides gives them the traction they need to run up and down the ramp. Upstairs I have a ferret style corner litter box with a shelf hanging diagonally over it, full of hay. They again love the hidey-hole this creates and the ability to lay there and eat hay like the princesses they are. When they are in the mood for serious sleeping, they hop in the bin and turn there backs away from the room. All you can see is their not so little butt and their shallow breathing.

It’s funny, as big a cage as they have that they almost always are on the same floor. Unless they want serious sleeping. Then they are in opposite corners with their backs to the room.

They’ve calmed down a lot since they were babies. They still go through the rumble-strutting domination games with each other a couple times a month, but it never leads to violence. O-Ren has been known to give her sister a haircut, but it’s more grooming than aggression. Don’t know why she gets to barbering, but Bea allows it.

They usually get veggies twice a day (if you don’t count a little wheatgrass treat at bedtime.) They have a way of reminding you they want their veggies if you’re running late.

Thanks so much to these girls’ family for the wonderful update! It’s so great to have a little glimpse into the rich lives they lead after they leave us! She doesn’t have any adult-piggy pictures, but Andrea found these darling baby pics!

Spice

Spice

Lavender

Lavender

1 Comment

  1. Celia said,

    May 8, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    awww…. what adorable piggies! I am so glad to read about their happy lives together with their forever family.

    Susan, you and everyone at ACRS deserve praise for making this happiness possible!