The guinea pigs’ new life
Jul05

The guinea pigs’ new life

Ever since we got our first guinea pigs, eight years ago, they’ve always lived on the patio right outside our patio door. I liked them being there, because I could always see them in the hutch. For nearly as many years, I’ve wanted new patio furniture. We were given a set of patio furniture by our friends in 2005, because they were getting rid of them. Seventeen years later, we finally replaced them. For the last three or...

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Happy, healthy guinea pigs
Nov02

Happy, healthy guinea pigs

I get a bit nervous about the guinea pigs at this time of year. We lost Wilfred in October 2019 and my beautiful Cedric in September 2020. I know that, with Henry just turning two years old and Herbert turning one, that we should have some time left with them. But I also know that guinea pigs have a way of suddenly becoming ill. And it seems that, when that happens, there’s really nothing you can do about it – no amount of...

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Henry and Herbert – reunited!
Feb10

Henry and Herbert – reunited!

It was actually just before Christmas that I felt able to put Henry and Herbert the guinea pigs back in the same hutch together. But I’ve had other stuff on my mind and it’s only now I’ve got round to writing it. I had to separate Henry and Herbert when we’d only had baby Herbert for a few weeks, as Henry was attacking him. The vet reassured me that by gradually reintroducing them on neutral territory, and...

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Herbert and Henry – not going so well
Nov24

Herbert and Henry – not going so well

We were so excited to get Herbert the baby guinea pig after six long weeks with only one guinea pig. Henry was definitely suffering for being alone and I was worried about him. Strangely, I would never have chosen Herbert myself, as I’ve never really liked all white animals. Yet somehow this little ball of fluff was instantly loved by the whole family, even my husband and younger son who aren’t really bothered about the...

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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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