Henry the lonely guinea pig
Oct13

Henry the lonely guinea pig

Losing a guinea pig is always hard. It’s hard for me, of course, but it’s also hard for the guinea pig who is left behind. Guinea pigs are sociable animals who need to be with other guinea pigs. In fact, in Switzerland it’s actually illegal to only own one guinea pig (although you can rent one if one of your pets dies). Like all the pairs of guinea pigs we’ve had over the years, Cedric and Henry were always together. If Cedric was in...

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Worrying about Cedric the guinea pig
Nov04

Worrying about Cedric the guinea pig

A few days ago, I was worrying about my lovely guinea pig, Wilfred. And with good cause. Poor Wilfred didn’t make it and I was devastated. But at least I could stop the constant worrying. The worst had already happened. I am one of life’s worriers. I’m pleased to say that I generally don’t have big stuff to worry about, so I worry about the small stuff. I worry that I might forget to write an email to school. I...

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Introducing Cedric
Feb19

Introducing Cedric

It took us a few days to decide whether Wilfred the guinea pig needed a new friend after Eric died, but I think deep down we knew all along that he did. Four days after Eric died, I started to question whether Wilfred had lost a bit of weight himself. Certainly he didn’t seem to be eating much apart from hay. He was grieving for his lost friend and I didn’t want to lose him too. We’d bought all of our guinea pigs...

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Project 365 2018 Week 6
Feb10

Project 365 2018 Week 6

It’s been a really tough week, overshadowed by the death of Eric, our beloved guinea pig. Here’s our week in pictures…   Day 35 – Sunday 4th February – I’d been worrying about Eric for about a week and feeding him in the kitchen. After eating well for a few days, he’d stopped eating, so I took him to the vet. I was given the devastating news that he was very poorly and would need to be...

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Eric and Wilfred – a match made in guinea pig heaven
Oct13

Eric and Wilfred – a match made in guinea pig heaven

Getting a new friend for our guinea pig, Eric, after the unexpected death of his friend Daisy, was a big step. I know guinea pigs are social animals who need to be with their own kind. But I’ve also heard of guinea pigs rejecting new friends. Placing a baby with a two-year-old who is set in his ways could have been problematic. Guinea pigs might just be small animals, but they have big, and very different, personalities. Eric...

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