The message missed the mark because the day after I left, I got the call from my granddaughter, who was watching after the boys (and did an amazing job of it) that she needed to know where the spare cage is because her mom had a new guinea pig for us. Needless to say, I was furious. I tempted fate once and got away with it and was not prepared to try it again. Anyway, I told her where the cage was and gave her instructions on how to set it up and strict orders to keep Buttercup totally clear of the boys.
I got home last night and met Buttercup for the first time. I can see why they didn't want her to go to the shelter. She's such a sweet girl. I'm still pretty steamed, but not at the piggie. She's a pretty good eater and although she doesn't run away when I reach for her and she lets me pick her right up, she doesn't come up to the front of the cage to greet me yet. She gets excited and squeaks at feeding time too. Best of all, she's a snuggler. All in all she's a hearty and healthy pig. I'm going to try and manage this situation. If it turns out to be too much, I'll have to go ahead and re-home her. I'll have to be very careful to choose the right home for her if it comes to that.
Not sure I want to put buttercup through the spay process either. High dollar, high risk and while it is better than her having pups, I'm not sure if it's something that absolutely needs to be done. If I get the VA loan for the farm in Missouri, it'll be guinea pig heaven. The pasture is a very good mixture of grasses that will provide all of the hay I could ever need. We're keeping our fingers crossed.
I have a pretty good plan for transporting the guinea pigs too. The one I'll worry about the most is Mr Bubbles. He's on the brink of turning 5, so it could be a rough trip on him. Sammy and Dean are a few months shy of turning 3 and the rest are all 2 years old and younger. We transported Chico from Tacoma, WA to Trenton, NJ when I was a teenager and she was just about the same age. My car is a crossover minivan and if I fold down the seats, I can fit their cages in there. The dual climate control, combined with them being in their regular cages with their normal toys and hideys and not a carrier should make things easier on them.
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We only moved 5 minutes away and with in 2 years we love Jan, Jaffa, Joy and then Jolly the rabbit too. We hope the move goes well for one and all!
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- For the Love of Pigs
Re: Moving to Missouri
Reminds me of the story Mark Twain tells of the little girl whose family was moving to Missouri. When it came time to leave, the little girl ran out in front of the house and said,
"Good-bye, house, I’m going to Missouri!"
"Good-bye, green grass, I’m going to Missouri!"
"Good-bye, God, I’m going to Missouri!"
At this point he corrected himself and said the little girl never did say, "Good-bye, God, I’m going to Missouri!"
She said, "Good! By God, I’m going to Missouri!"
People in some parts of the state say "Missoura".