GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
(Above: Twix in her comfy cave)
Okay, so you may think I am officially nuts!
Perhaps I am, but I have been so inspired by these little creatures called Guinea Pigs.
So blame it on cute little Twix. She is well and truly over her ordeal now and firmly on the road to recovery. She is still small; weighing in at only 438g, but "Fatso" has put on 30g since her caesarian section. I am overjoyed that she has survived and determined to give her the best life imaginable. She is a real little fighter - my miracle piggy!
So, the first thing has been to find her an companion. As you know, Twix was spayed at the time of her operation, so it doesn't really matter if she has a 'boy' companion, or a 'girl' companion. I've been putting out my feelers - looking for a suitable mate.
And .... (drum roll....)
it's really funny how life sometimes plays out.
Twix's new companion is none other than one of "Mr T"s pups. (Remember him? You can read about him HERE) Apparently the little guy has been 'busy' since leaving our home. He is now the proud father of two sweet puppies. And yes, they are looking for homes. I was sent this picture via my blackberry and asked if I wanted one:
Well, my mind is definitely made up. I just have to have the one on the left. "She" looks so much like little Twix's own pup, "Stardust" who passed away - Black, white and a touch of brown. Yes, thank you, I will take her!!!
(I just hope that I am not surprised by yet another 'already pregnant' piggy. Hopefully all will be good.)
Her name???.....(***smiling***) It's a secret to be revealed...
We are due to get the little one sometime later this week and I am so excited.
I've also put on my thinking cap and come up with a novel solution for pleasing accommodation for the two of them. Up until now, Twix has been in a large cage, but it doesn't look aesthetically pleasing and I really want these two little piggies to take residence in my kitchen.
Unfortunately, here in South Africa, we don't have the zillions of options that my international friends have. (You lucky guys!!!) Whilst scouting the net, I fell in love with this beautiful crate kit from "Guinea Pig Zone": (In the USA)
Unfortunately, it is far too expensive for me to ship it out to South Africa, so I decided to construct something myself instead:
I purchased 3 large plastic crates, and one small one, and set about assembling them. It was quite a tricky process, because I had to cut passages between the crates and seal up the sharp edges. I also wanted to put a 'deck' up for Twix and her partner; with a little ramp, so that they could survey the scene whilst I am busy in my kitchen. ***smiling again***
Well, this is the result.
Am I crazy or what?!!!
(Above: 3 adjacent crates with inter-leading doorways)
(Above: The view from the front)
(Above: Twix's view from inside)
(Above: The ramp into the 'loft')
(Above: A better view?)
(Above: "Come Twix....come and try out your 'loft')
(Below: Twix checking things out.)
(Below: "Time for meds....from the 'loft')
Hopefully my two little piggies will be comfortable. We'll see ...
(Below: Twix in her new 'comfy-cave'...and yes, I made it too, but I'll show you next time.)
Am I nuts, or what?!!!
Sending lotsaluv and