Saturday, May 5, 2012


MAXMOM here...

It's another glorious day here in Johannesburg! 
We're having the most Incredible Autumn weather.  The colours which decorate our trees are exquisite. 

So too are our skies - clear, cloudless, azure.  Our whole world is awe inspiring at the moment. One would never say that we are in the month of May: it's definitely T-shirt weather.. and 'braai' season too.  And we are ready to watch that awesome full moon tonight.
(Apparently it is going to be the brightest we've ever seen - with the moon being so close to earth at this time.)
I wouldn't give up Africa for anything!

The big news is that our household is holding its collective breath.  Miss "R" returned home yesterday for the weekend with her two guinea-pigs;

...AND a VERY pregnant 'SODA':...  

An exciting trip to the vet helped to stem our curiosity about the babies and also give us a measure of reassurance that SODA is indeed healthy and more than able to face the challenges ahead.  An Xray revealed TWO beautiful little pups (Guinea pigs) inside that small body - they're already perfectly formed and well equipped to handle their brand new world ... very soon!   
An educated guess suggests that the birth is imminent within the next 5 days. 
 Oooo five days is just too long to wait...I just have to see this!!! 
 Let's hope it happens over the weekend sometime (before Miss "R" returns to Pretoria)

(In case you are wondering, 'Scotch' is NOT the father! He had the "big-snip" some time ago.  
It appears that SODA was pregnant when we purchased her form the pet store,lol!)

A pregnant guinea pig holds enormous fascination for a Veterinary student 
(as well as her posse of enthusiastic Veterinary friends).

  I presume that SODA is one of the most thoroughly examined pigs in her generation.  I, too, love holding her and feeling those tiny babies moving about wildly beneath my fingers.  

The miracle of life is holding us all captive, and SODA seems to be ready for action.

Toby too keeps watch - he's such a Goofball and doesn't seem to blink an eyelid no matter what creature we bring into the house.

We've dubbed the babies... 'SODA POPS'. 
Don't you think that is such a cute term - a collective noun for SODA's babies?

Such excitement! We can hardly contain ourselves!
Enjoy your weekend and sending lotsaluv to all our friends around the world.


STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh Caryl, if you haven't seen new born guinea pigs before, you are in for a treat. They really are so sweet. Good luck to Soda. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

Bouncing Bertie said...

Best of luck to SODA. Let's hope that the babies POP out without any complications.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Aawww, you're going to be a Grandma Caryl!! :-)))

We had guinea pigs growing up and I have such good memories of them, they are really sweet creatures, aren't they?

By the way, I LOVE the names!!

H and Flo said...

Haha. Maybe it should be 'soda pups'! Look forward to an update. :)

Mrs. JP said...

We are so thankful that Soda is going to be fine and congratulations on the additions to your family!!!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Soda pops, good one..we love those guinea pigs
Benny & Lily

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Hi Maxmom, oh so cool. Everyone looks so excited. We look forward to new "family portraits".

Molly the Airedale said...

How cute - soda pops! We can't wait to see the babies!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, So very excited for you; I once had a g.p. and love him-they are wonderful pets. In fact, when I would take our girls to the pet store when they were young I would speak Guinea to those in the store(much to my daughters embarrassment). Hunter is settling in, very quiet(I'm sure that will change)and still somewhat timid-except when I put the leash on him for the first time, he hated it.
Have a great day tomorrow.
Lots of love, Noreen & Hunter

Curt Rogers said...

I can't wait to see pictures of the babies! How exciting! I had gerbils when I was a teenager and they had babies, but it we never really knew it until we awoke in the morning and discovered a cage of wriggling, pink bald babies.

My best wishes to the couple! ;)

KB said...

"Soda Pops" - LOL!!!!!!

Mary Lou said...

Hi, I am just discovering your blog!! ;-D
Toby is one beautiful boy!! He's "blond"-furred, like my German Shepherd/Golden Retriever cross, Shadow was!! She died nearly two years ago, on June 15th.... :-(
Your book, MaxDog, sounds intriguing.... I should read it sometime!! ;-}
You are a wonderful writer!! ;op
Love, Raelyn.... And Rose, my BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE "Mystery Dog"!!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

What a cute name!! And so happy you will be a granny!

Scout and Freyja said...

Those little piggies are going to be the 'most welcomed' little guys on earth - not just South Africa!