Guinea Pigs-Two Weeks

(Edit. I was referring to Stoick as a female at this time but as some time passed it became evident that Stoick is male, which at least fits the name much better! I now believe he was only a few days old when we got him)

 

Two weeks of love, care, and proper food has worked a miracle on the Guinea Pigs. They’ve put on weight, they’re growing increasingly friendly, and their cuts and scabs have disappeared while their coats grow thicker. For me, the biggest relief has been with Stoick’s eye. A week ago it was filled with mucus, cloudy and half closed. Then it turned bright red beneath the mucus. I was really afraid it was infected and I was going to lose her. But not for nothing did I name her after Berk’s strongest warrior. I treated it several times a day with a saline solution and luckily she continued to eat and drink. Here’s the result.

A little cloudy, but healed!

A little cloudy, but healed!

Not only has it cleared up, I think she can even see a little out of it. Now she squeals for attention (you would not believe the sound that can come out of this little thing) and puts the rest of the pigs to shame with how much she eats.

Here’s Valka and Earless begging for treats. Valka’s made huge progress, she was too timid to touch at first but now she lets you stroke and pat her.

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Astrid’s back wound has completely healed and her hair’s coming back. She’s still the skinniest (and the pickiest eater) but she’s filling out a little. Here’s she’s trying to taste my fingers, but you can see how her back has healed.

In pursuit of fingers.

In pursuit of fingers.

And Bjorn is about as content with his new life as he can be. His eye will never heal and I don’t think he can see very well out of the other eye but he lounges around and gobbles treats. He’s a sweetheart and very content to sit on your lap.

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With them all doing so well, we indulged in a Thanksgiving photo shoot to show them off. They turned out not to be too keen on the idea and as soon as we put the four girls down they took off in opposite directions but we eventually got them to behave. A little.

 

Valka, Astrid, Stoick, and Earless trying to take off.

Valka, Astrid, Stoick, and Earless trying to hide from the camera.

 Bribes were offered for good behavior.

Look at that fluffy white butt. Look at it. Astrid's practising her espionage.

Look at that fluffy white butt. Look at it. Astrid’s practising her espionage.

Blind Bjorn.

Blind Bjorn.

 This is actually his good side, their eyes turn bright red in the camera.

Hiccup and Meatlug.

Hiccup and Meatlug.

 While getting four pigs to sit pretty for a picture was impossible, Hiccup and Meatlug were champs. Hiccup, of course, is a photo shoot veteran.  And Bjorn is  a born star, he took everything in stride and seemed happy to strut his stuff. But wasn’t there one other piggie, you ask? Well, the newly named Crow White went to her new home last Friday and I hear she’s being spoiled terribly.

Crow heading to her new home. And refusing to face the camera as I try to document the moment.

Crow heading to her new home. And refusing to face the camera as I try to document the moment.

 These guinea pigs have found happy homes but there are still dozens waiting for theirs. Again, if you live near Broward Florida please go and save as many as you can! At the very least please share this link:  http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/pet/4721588351.html

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