Wednesday, October 3, 2012


MAXMOM here...
(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
***Guineapig giggles***


Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Oh adorable. I'm lovin' that designer loft! xx

Scout and Freyja said...

I would l♥ve to be your Guinea pig! WOWZA! Those little ones of yours are going to be living the high life for sure - all that plus a mom with a garden to provide their noms☺.

Morgan in Pittsburgh said...

we love Twix, and you are NOT nuts..
your pals, Morgan & Maisie

WFT Nobby said...

Most impressed by the guinea pigs new home. They will have a great time running all around exploring all the corners. Well I know I'm anthropomorphising, but it's impossible not to think that they won't have more fun than in a square box!
Cheers, Gail.

Millie and Walter said...

You are definitely not crazy but very crafty. There is no shame in loving and caring for a small pet just the same as you would the larger ones. I think Twix and her new friend are two very lucky piggies.


Unknown said...

Oh wow! That looks amazing! Can I commission you to build a few for the rescue? LOL just kidding ;)

Incidentally, I've found a place in Centurion that sells the C&C Cubes now, so If you ever want to add onto their cage let me know!

Twix is looking great, I'm glad she's well on the mend and look forward to "meeting" her new friend!

Michelle and the Crazy Cavies

The Life of Riley said...

What a great loft! I'm sure Tobby and Tammy will enjoy watching your guinea pigs play in their new home too.


Pippen said...

Mom says you aren't any nuttier than the rest of us so all is good!

Sam and Pippen

Two French Bulldogs said...

Ok Twix has a nicer house than we do
Benny & Lily

Molly the Airedale said...

It looks like doll house! Who wouldn't want to live there!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

No not mad at all.. I love the very special pad. Just love the gorgeous new baby thats coming too. Looks like a lot of fun coming your way.. Hugs GJ xx

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Definitely not nuts. We just love your set up. Well done Maxmom, you are a marvel. We can't wait to see Twix's little companion and find out what his name is. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, This really brings back memories from my college years when I had a hamster and then later a g.p. I love the g.p. because it was so very friendly. You just crack me up and I love your ingenuity! You are so creative. Glad you got a friend for Twix. Hugs today.
Noreen & Hunter

Homer said...

Mad? No. Creative? YES!


Furry Bottoms said...

Can I move in? :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Wow Twix is so lucky!

Suka said...

Pawsome condo! You are far from "nuts." You are very creative and definitely a problem solver. What a great solution. Their new home is perfect! And it looks like Twix is already enjoying the luxury. Great job! The loft is such a neat idea and I am sure they will enjoy watching you in the kitchen.

Love it! Twix and "surprise name" are two very lucky guinea piggies!