The crazy life of a surprise family member

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:24 pm


I am so sorry you lost her. She does indeed sound like a special guinea pig.

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daisymay
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Post   » Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:31 am


I am so sorry you lost your beloved fur baby. So glad she passed in the comforting arms of your eldest. She is now running and popcorning at the bridge munching on the green grass. Waiting for the day you can be together again. In the meantime she is telling everyone how lucky she was to be loved and cared for by you and your family. RIP wee one till you meet again. Sending big hugs.

Ginasgrandmom

Post   » Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:24 pm


Thanks everyone. She was definitely the one who ran the house. The oddest part was walking by her cage and not seeing her eating her hay while watching the computer. And her mommy kitty is slowly getting better. The oldest has informed Ryzen that he isn't going to let that happen to her.

Speaking of Ryzen, she is so different from Gina. She has already declared her favorite place is to hide under our hair by our necks. So, she is shy right now. Once you get her to stay on your lap, she just sprawls out. But, you better have dark colors on or it isn't happening. Expect to stay put as long as she wants too. This girl is in charge.

Another difference is that we have a climber. Where Gina was ready to just zoom across rooms until she got to a step, Ryzen decided to try to figure how to get higher.

Molly got introduced to Ryzen. She was sniffing her box, but refuses to look in. The oldest told her to not hurt her and she got upset and ran off. This morning, she watched from afar and then wanted more petting and even cuddle. We are going to watch and see how they interact because of how sad Molly has been.

As I said, we have to wait a couple weeks for her partner in crime. A big part is room. When Ryzen thinks we aren't paying attention, she starts running around and enjoying the space she has. We are currently trying to convert the former air hockey table to a cage for both girls. So, we only have the cage for one and don't want to have them share it or put one in the travel carrier. Hence the wait.

Ginasgrandmom

Post   » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:09 am


Ryzen is becoming quite a personality. She isn't loud, but she is constantly chattering about anything. She still prefers black on anything. She has a new favorite blanket, which is black and furry, for when she is having lap time. So, everyone is careful sitting near it because she blends in except the eye. It seems that I have yet to get a good picture of her on it too.

I saw somewhere that someone else has a car rider. We have found out she loves them. Her head perks up every time she hears a car slow near our place (common since it is by a hill and curve) and runs to the door to see if she can get in. The carrier we have she jumps into and starts doing little zoomies even as we carry it to the car. I think this is going to help with her first well visit to the vet this week.

Since we have discovered how much Ryzen loves her heights, I've given up on figuring out how to convert the table to my liking. Instead, we measured it and discovered we could safely put a 2X4 c&c on it and have it enclosed. That was my biggest issue anyway and once I decided to make it a double layer (if Ryzen thinks she can climb it, she does), I just didnt feel confident enough to do it on my own. So, now we wait. And, yes, Ryzen helped pick her cage colors. We did tell her she needed SOME color though. When the cage is done, I will add pics of her (maybe her partner too) then.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:36 pm


You know, we need pictures!

Find a host like imgur.com and post them here!

Ginasgrandmom

Post   » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:31 pm


http://imgur.com/gallery/eoXSSb0

I hope the pics from there show up. I am doing this from my phone and am not used to the setup of it beyond basic typing.

But, Ryzen is also getting playdates with a friend of the youngest's new girl pig. This is to help the other girl learn to be a guinea herself. I am hoping it will get both girls to enjoy more veggies. My daughter is taking hay to her every day now too. Both she and the other friend of theirs keeps letting her know what she needs to do with her. I am being kept up to date on this because she is worried about her. Maybe seeing Ryzen do her hay popcorn will be good.

Ryzen can care less about pellets or veggies (I'm going to get peppers in her if it kills me.... and Molly), but grab hay and she's running to the corner and starts popcorning and wheeking. She then pulls it all down and playing with it. On the veggie front, I found the same trick I had to get Gina to try a veggie worked with her. She has to see me eating it. Yes, I have to eat it. Close to the mouth doesn't work.

As a side note, Molly is improving since Ryzen came. They will lay together and nap. Molly had started not using her litter box and didn't care to mouse after Gina as much. Within the first week, Molly is back to her litter box and offered Ryzen the first mouse she caught. And she keeps nudging peppers at Ryzen!

Tomorrow morning will be interesting. I told my friend that I get the back seat because Ryzen loves the front seat. My friend is setting up a light rock and jazz playlist for us to play. We both have black outfits to wear for her. My only worry will be if she doesn't get a clean bill. This is only because I just worry in general.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:15 pm


Thanks for the pictures! Your guinea pig is very cute.

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daisymay
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Post   » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:37 am


Sounds like she is full of personality and a piggy who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to let you know! She also sounds a happy pig! I can picture her running around the carrier and making you take the back seat! A real darling and so glad she is helping your younger piggy. Keep us posted on this wonderful girl!

She is a lovely piggy! I love black piggies! She reminds me of a piggy we had called Petal! She was full of personality too! A very pretty piggy!

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:13 am


She's so itty bitty! Such a cutie.

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:08 am


I can't believe how well you managed to get good shots of her. My black and white is very stubborn about it. Her front is black, so all I can get are her bright little eyes.

Ryzen is a cutie and has quite the personality.

I'm glad to hear Molly is improving, as well. Nothing like a big happy family!!

Ginasgrandmom

Post   » Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:04 pm


Awww, yeah we think she is cute. And she definitely has personality. GrannyJu, I've taken those shots with my phone and lots of light. I deleted any shots that I couldn't tell that she was in the picture. I've lost count how many times I hit delete before I get a picture I'm willing to accept. I need to talk the boy into taking pictures with his hand me down fancy camera.

So, Ryzen did well at her first vet visit. She wasn't scared when the dogs came to her carrier and sniffed it. We were more worried about her getting wet since it decided to rain that day. All she wanted to do was explore. They had a hard time weighing her at first because of it; she wouldn't stay still. And she was NOT getting in the bowl. They ended up having to let her just stand on the scale and wait. I guess I taught her a bad habit already with getting weighed? But she got the all clear from him and call if anything happens that needs seen. This was a good thing to hear since her partner in crime got sick while they were apart and passed away. We had them separated because of room and trying to build a new cage. So, we have someone possibly picked out, it is more a case of getting there to get her. Everyone has crazy work and school schedules and the nearest is a two hour drive. But, her "big scary boy" will already do anything for her. She has done well with her playdates with my youngest's friend's guinea pig.

We have the new cage together and she has decided that she is now practicing for the next Guinea Pig Olympics. The second day we showed her how to up and down the ramp and put her TARDIS in the corner upstairs. Well, now she runs up and down the ramp and does laps around her cage a half hour at a time every day. And don't try to pick her up during training sessions, screaming will happen. She has been on her natural carefresh bedding for now, but we just received fleece bedding today.

She only likes fresh picked parsley and basil. Grocery store versions get a firm turn up and toss away. We still can't get peppers in her. Does anyone think that the pellets would have enough or should I break down and buy gloves to hand her strawberries and kiwi for C? I worry I am overreacting, but maybe the added girl will help. That is, if the other one will eat it either.

Last, I swear that Molly knows when my phone is dying and needs charged. She decided this morning that Ryzen needed a bath and proceeded to try to groom her while Ryzen started wheeking at her. Molly ended up slumping away when Ryzen turned towards her and went towards her. And Ryzen is still getting her offerings of dead mice when they come in the house. I need to get a picture of the two of them together sometimes, but Molly is camera shy.

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daisymay
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Post   » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:22 am


That is lovely she likes her new home! truly sorry for your lost! RIP little one, run free and Popcorn in paradise. Watch over your piggy slave and wheek in happiness watching your friend acting silly and funny!

Would not worry about giving her fruit all the time as not good for them. Try veggies with vitamin C or you can get vitamin C supplements. Fruits are only a sometime food. Veggies are the main diet and pellets a maybe thing in their diet. Hoping this link will help you! http://www.guinealynx.info/diet_vegs.html

Can't wait to hear more about this crazy funny piglet and hoping you find a friend for her soon. I know in the USA guinea pig people do a car run. Like if you tell them where piggy is someone will pick her up, then drive somewhere on the way to someones place then they will take piggy a bit further, drop her off and drive a bit further until piggy is with you. You may wish to consider this option as a few people have done it this way! Good luck and post again soon! Loving the story of a funny piglet who has you well trained!

Cat sounds silly too. My Husbands Aunt(since passed) would catch mice but wouldn't kill them he would bring in mouse inside the house then let them go. House had loads of mice running around. So we set mouse traps and I swear one trap was going off every 5 seconds.Many mice lost their lives that night.(sorry to any mice lovers out their). (she was eldery and didn't want mice in her home and there was NO way we could catch any of them!)

Ginasgrandmom

Post   » Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:23 pm


http://imgur.com/gallery/8TIq4eU

Just a quick pop in to show the two new girls who will be teaching Ryzen to eat a pepper as soon as they are out of quarantine. We, big scary boy and I, couldn't let the one girl be left behind. So, welcome Liberty Vega and Invidia Fairy. We are on our way home with them now.

I was so scared, because I am a worrywart anyway since Gina, the humane society would say no. But, no problems minus my allergies flaring up. So, calling first thing Monday morning to schedule their vet visit per contract.

Everyone kept texting me as we were waiting wanting to know if we got one or not and when I said we got both, the family was so glad. They were worried that the girls may have bonded already and they just hoped I'd say to get both so there wouldn't be a heartbroken girl. I think we've dealt with enough heartbroken pets. Chuckles.

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daisymay
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Post   » Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:37 am


They are so cute! Like little bumble bees! So glad you got both! Can't wait for stories about them!

Ginasgrandmom

Post   » Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:11 am


So, we have two girls sitting in a quarantine cage currently. They are so content with each other and are quickly getting used to us. They are learning a job I may assign them permanently. Wake the eldest up so I can be picked up from work! Here's the story on us getting these young ladies.

A few weeks ago, I started looking on petfinder for guinea pigs just to browse. After we found out about losing her partner in crime (still seems right to call her that since nobody ever named her), I went on and looked a little harder. At first, all I found were out of state and boys who were listed as intact. Definitely not what we were wanting though I did play mentally about getting a boy for the eldest and getting him neutered. But, finally I saw their pictures listed and they were in state. I was immediately drawn to one of the girls and kept looking up the info on her and if she got adopted yet.

So, Friday I tell the girls the oldest and my plan to get one of the girls. I showed the page to them on petfinder and it decided to refresh and show some near town that came in. The fair returns were starting. I recognized one of the girls' pictures. The girls wanted me to go there and get her instead of the long trip we had planned. Well, the place was closed for the night. I told them if she was still available after the oldest got off work, we would go and get her.

Saturday morning comes and as soon as he gets home, I check the page. At the nearby one, all but one boy guinea pig were adopted. Honestly, I felt relief. So, he and I started down to the two hour (because we decided to start the wrong way and further north to get to the highway) to go get the girl. I mention my real concern was that she was with another girl and that I would hate to split them up. He immediately said we couldn't and we should get both girls.

So we got there and the two girls were in a small cage in the lobby. The two boys they had out were in another small cage next to them. We were told at first that they only did adoptions of two guinea pigs at a time and we mentioned that we already had one at home and were getting a partner. But, we also mentioned that we wouldn't have a problem still getting both because they were in the same cage together. I filled out the application then and we were to wait a bit longer. I had to go outside because my allergies started flaring up. They flare at any type of shelter because too many cats and dogs. Finally, we paid and they were ours. I had to chase them a bit to get each out to the carrier, but we did have to do a bit of a lap time even before they were going to take the picture of us with the girls. We just talked to them and stroked them as they stared at us.

as soon as they got in the carrier into the car, I gave them a mini pepper each and was so excited to see them get excited and try to popcorn in the carrier at getting it. The whole ride home, I kept checking and adding hay and making sure they were comfy. Each girl took seperate sides of the carrier but a hard bounce would send them running around until they resettled.

Once we got in, my older girl started yelling when I was going to pick thrm up to take them out. She wanted them to not do anything they didn't want to and then made a small tent with a sweatshirt for them to walk to if they wanted. Liberty was content to hang out in the carrier but Vidi wanted to explore. Liberty was not happy about that and kept running to block her to stay in. Finally, they both went out as I finished the last things needed for their quarantine. I put out another plate of hay and leafy veggies/herbs. Their eyes went so large at the plate almost like is that all for us? They gobbled it up and we put them to bed.

Each morning after I get home from work, I get them their morning pellets and reup their hay. Yesterday was the first time that Liberty came to the cage door and asked for head scratches. Normally it is Invidia. Now Invidia even expects nose kisses when I get home.

Ryzen and Molly both know the girls are here. But Ryzen has been told she has to wait to meet them. She is mad that she can't be in the oldest's room. She has been trying to climb the steps to his room but we keep taking her off of them. Molly is crying because she can't see her new babies. And I think knowing they are there has made Ryzen more adventurous about foods. She finally ate some pepper.

The girls see the vet on the girls' high school homecoming game. So, this means that there will be lots of driving and so many hours awake. The quarantine time also should be up by then so an all clear from the vet will bring about introductions. Since both girls seem laid back so far, I'm really hoping that it will go easy.

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:20 pm


Congratulations on the new arrivals! I can't wait to hear more about their adventures. Yours as well. ;o)

Ginasgrandmom

Post   » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:06 am


No new pictures yet, but thought I'd put this so I can reminisce in a few years. Read the ones about Gina and can't help being sad I forgot stuff. Don't want that to happen again. And there are people who I can tell these things to who don't roll their eyes.

It is so much fun to watch Vidi and Liberty eat veggies. Even better when it is the first time. I just remember how huge their eyes got when I put the first plate of lettuce, peppers, and carrot in front of them. They looked at me for a moment like they were saying "This is all for us?" before getting the food. And when we put in Roma tomatoes quarters, Liberty hunts one out and has to carry it over her head. The two of them don't like basil though. It's the only way they will avoid a food. Otherwise, they share all of their food.

Ryzen still has to be forced to eat something new. We just tried cucumbers. While the girls eat it after everything else, so I assume it isn't their favorite, Ryzen threw it out of her cage to avoid eating it. Little stinker. Upside, she loves lettuce and basil. She is finally tolerating red peppers, but the green are evil. It's funny how she screams more if I tell Molly that the girls will feed her because I want some sleep than if I tell both I'm going to be mean and make them both wait half an hour.

I heard last night, so the girls are lucky I haven't seen them yet, but the girls almost fell asleep and Liberty got off the bed (broken rule of awareness when out of cage) and hid under the dresser. They both are teenagers and normally are good about it. The oldest got home and they were panicking because she was missing. So, he's threatening them while looking for her. He started doing all the noises he does to talk to them when they are in his room and panicking himself because he was worried she was hurt. She never made a sound but he turned his head and she was sitting next to him all scared. He held her and told her he was so sorry he wasn't there. I guess she ended up giving him a kiss in the end. He got the first Liberty kiss!

I'm really hoping that the girls get the all clear tomorrow. We are getting the keys to the new house today so us moving will be when we do the introductions. Nice big bathroom to do it in. I want this to go right. At least they all know, I hope, that they are loved by all of us. My bigger worry is that we can't bring Molly. She is my parents' cat really and is attached to Ryzen. We can't pick her up or get her into a carrier even Ryzen's without getting attacked. So, we can't move her. I have a feeling Ryzen will be doing visits a lot. Then she will be like everyone else leaving and coming. We are lucky Ryzen loves car rides...

Ginasgrandmom

Post   » Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:14 pm


We are in introduction time! This is a week earlier than I was planning since I wanted to do it with the move to the new house. Yes, having teenage girls is annoying. Up side, all three spent the past two hours just sniffing and cuddling each other. Liberty is in charge, like I suspected. I'm at work all night too.

The worst we had was Ryzen trying one nose off with Liberty, then being climbed over so Liberty could check on Invidia. After that, it was just Liberty get close to Ryzen and Ryzen screams until Invidia looks up from cuddling next to her. Yes, those two are pretty much inseperable already. And Liberty is all I'm exploring everything.

Next up will be cage time. The younger girl is finishing up with the fleece so I will update on that.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:16 pm


Sounds encouraging!

Ginasgrandmom

Post   » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:20 pm


The girls are finally together and getting along. All three! It took us until a week or so to no longer get screams from Ryzen when Liberty got too close to her. Of course, now Liberty and Ryzen can be found cuddling upstairs under the lap quilt the youngest added for them. Vidi tries not to go there is possible, so it is their hangout.

The first week, Liberty decided that the loft was HER territory. Every time Ryzen would go up the ramp, she would snap at her, which would set off a bunch of screaming from Ryzen. Vidi would wait near the bottom and then cuddle her until she calmed down. At first, I thought those two were going to be the closer ones, but now I realise that Vidi just decided her role as comforter and ran with it.

Finally, Liberty started hanging out down under the ramp when she realised I wasn't going to put food up there; just putting it downstairs. This let Ryzen have her loft again. But, she was letting Liberty up there when she wanted since she could hide in the hay. This changed when we moved and certain children decided to wait a week to add the loft back.

The week without the loft forced all three to really figure out their spots. Ryzen figured when she screamed enough when I was making breakfast for everyone that she could get the girls to come out. She has officially become the demander of hay and water. She also taught them how to play in the hay. It was so cute when she would jump under the hay and then jump out at them. They all do it now when we leave them enough. She also is still the one who runs to us for affection as much as possible. Part of me wonders if the fact that we had her so young and spent so much time with her makes her more willing to have lap time and be carried everywhere or if it is just her personality period.

Vidi has kept the role of comforter. She has also discovered that she has a voice too. If she wants something, we get wheeks from her. Mainly, it is more of an acknowledging us amount. She also makes sure that Liberty doesn't steal Ryzen's veggies.

So, Liberty has become the group dominant. If there is any chance of the other girls getting huffy, she is right ther to put an end to it. She also will protect the other two when they are out. On the other hand, she has been my nurse with all rounds of the flu I keep picking up this year. Once the girls get her out (easiest being when she is under the blanket in the loft), they bring her to me and she just lays near me quietly under my blanket. It is to the point where I can ask her if she wants out and she will run up and then sit with me and cuddle. It sets Ryzen to complaining most times since she wants the cuddles too.

So, the girls are officially settled together. Oh, and they taught Ryzen to eat peppers. Ryzen eats the slowest of the three, so Vidi stays by her until she is done. I need to get a picture some time of them all drinking together. They actually were fighting over bottles until we put all three in the same area in a line. Before, they all went to the one and would avoid the others, which caused issues.

Last thing, the Tardis started out as a fight when we put them together. Ryzen kept getting forced out by Vidi, who would get forced out by Liberty. We had the two sleeping bags from Windespirit in there too, but they all wanted the Tardis at first. Finally, I just stuck Ryzen in the one and then they decided that the other ones were worth cuddling in. The favorite is the purple one and all three have been found curled in there when there is a storm. We kept them downstairs in the open section by the ramp. When they are feeling lazy, they will just scoot the bag or the Tardis to the water bottles and drink while staying in there. Stinkpots.

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