Lynx--right now he has a 2x2 C and C cage that ChelesGP built. I know that's okay for a single pig, but I feel like his pigloo and cuddle cup take up a lot of room, so I'm thinking about maybe expanding it to a 2 x 3. We don't have room for much more than that, though.
Talishan--the good thing about living in our dorm is that it's always perfectly heated even though it's snowing a ton outside (and we don't even have to pay for it!--at least, not directly). So the temperature is okay and maintenance won't bother him. The one thing that totally freaked me out this week was that some dumb kids let a ferret loose in the building. Thank goodness he got caught right before I had to leave Brownie alone.
- I gave AGAIN, dammit!
First of all, he now weights 2 lbs, 8 ounces. He's HUGE. I think when we originally got him he weight 1 lb, 3 ounces. ChelesGP has an extra 2 x 3 cage, so we're going to enlarge his cage from a 2 x 2 now that he's the chunkiest thing ever.
He's really become our apartment mascot, which I never thought would happen. Originally, I had to take care of him nearly all the time and we had some apartmentmates who actually didn't really like him. Now everyone's really attached. Case in point:
Somehow, everyone discovered that when stressing out about midterms, the most relaxing thing to do is snuggle Brownie in your lap. I came home from school last week and rushed to Brownie's cage because I'd been away for quite a while. He was gone. I went looking for him and found him in my apartmentmates lap. She was petting him with one hand and turning the pages in her chem book with the other hand. He was purring. It was so cute, but I was just a teeny it jealous. I said, "Leah, can you let me know when you guys are done?" She said, "Well, actually, Simone gets him next."
I have to get on a waiting list to spend time with my own pig!!! I couldn't believe it. It was really funny. Of course, by the time it was my turn, he didn't want to snuggle anymore, but we played together on the floor.
Oh--and another thing. Almost weekly, someone from the apartment will go shopping and I'll ask them to get me ONE thing. Something memorable, like milk. And they will invariably forget my item, but will come home with three different sale items they think Brownie would want. He's really turning into our whole apartment's pig.
He has a schedule now that we're all comfortable with. When only a couple of us are home, we give him floor time. It ends up being at least 2-3 hours a day. He used to run and hide under the furniture, but now we make him an obstacle course out of boxes and he putters around and explores. Then he runs to the fridge and begs. He's really, really cute.
Oh! And one more funny story. When we all had to be gone for a few hours, we got him some new toys. One of them was a bell. BIG mistake. He actually learned how to use it. We had a big study session in our apartment, and he decided it was time for some love. All the sudden we heard DING! DING! DING! My roommate gave him some veggies--a bigger mistake. When he was done and we were on the most complicated chem chapter yet, we got another round of DING! DING! DING! We're total suckers and didn't want to take his toy away because he really loves it, so we tried to ignore it. This might've worked with a pig who's not as insanely spoiled as Brownie, but Brownie kept at it. "The equilibrium DING DING concentration of DING H2O molecules DING DING DING is so much larger than the concentrations DING of the H3O+ and OH- ions DING DING that it is effectively constant DING DING." It was hysterical. He is such a brat!! Finally, I took him out and snuggled him. I have to be the biggest wimp ever.
Thanks so much for all your help, you guys. I've attached a couple pictures so you can see how nice his fur looks and how fat he is. When I get new batteries for my camera, I'll post some cuter ones and see if I can get a picture of him ringing his bell. :)
His Royal Highness is lucky to have you. You've done an incredible job and he deserves his human harem after his horrible start in life.
Keep the stories coming and hope school is going well.
- You are my sunshine
You deserve so much credit for saving him and being willing to learn good piggie care and also for really stretching yourself financially. I hope wonderful piggie karma floods your life with many blessings.
He looks so handsome and his eyes and body just exude happiness.
Congratulations to you and ChelesGP for this heartwarming story.
But now I just love to read about this brave little man and see the pictures of how chubby and happy he has become! It is amazing that a pig can change so much in just 5 months! You have done such a great job!
The story about the bell is hilarious! He is apparently setteling in and becoming the center of the life of his (student)herd - like he deserves to be!
I am looking forward to more pictures!