GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
Living with a Veterinary Student has its pitfalls, but it certainly adds excitement to our usually mundane lives - especially at holiday time when the entire animal entourage takes the trip from Veterinary school back 'Home'. Yes, you guessed it, 'Home' is 'Our house', which has now been converted into a makeshift zoo.
Suddenly there are a lot more animals than I bargained for. More water bowls, more care. We walk miles to find the perfect food for the little souls and spend hours ensuring their comfort. By chance, they have stumbled on the jackpot - animal heaven! Who doesn't want to be an animal in our household?
Since we now have more 'visitors' in our home, it requires extra cleaning and vacuuming - to clear up the welcoming footprints from the dogs and sweep away wayward wood-shavings. Even our ever-patient and faithful cleaner - 'Joyce' - looks on and shakes her head, especially when an unfamiliar face makes it's sudden and unexpected appearance in Miss 'R's bedroom. Sometimes I try to ignore the menagerie, but it's near impossible. Honestly, however, I love all these new little creatures that suddenly come into my life.
Miss "R" had a brainwave two days ago - "Scotch" (her guinea-pig) appeared lonely, she said.
Both she and I agree that no creature deserves to be alone - especially if they are sociable creatures. Much to the "Boss"s horror, we duly trotted off to the supplier of Guinea Pigs yesterday morning and selected the 'perfect' companion for dear little 'Scotch'.
Thankfully, "Scotch" has had his gentlemans' operation, so females are now definitely endorsed companions.
Well, we arrived at the guinea pig display cages. I had seen one during the week that I thought may be 'the' one and wanted Miss 'R' to see her too. She is also a 'bed-haired' guinea-pig - the cutests little mite ever. Miss 'R' has called her 'Soda'. So, now our Guinea-pig couple are affectionately called:
"SCOTCH & SODA"
Left: "Soda" , Right: "Scotch"
To all the animals out there, please note..
THIS ZOO IS NOW FULL!