18 January 2016

My Fur Kids

It's been over a month since I last checked in, so thank you to those who check back regularly for updates. During the holidays, I was really busy with my new store and a few freelance projects. I know I could've published a reflection of my year but I don't want to sound like a broken record and to be honest, the year didn't really end off with a bang so there was not much to write about.

New year, new me resolutions aside, I've got a new guinea pig! So, as some of you may know, I've wanted a guinea pig for almost 2 years but didn't get one because I wasn't sure if I was ready to commit and it is really expensive to buy them from the pet shop. One day, I decided to try my luck and checked out SPCA's adoption page and saw that there was a guinea pig up for adoption - spoiler alert: that's Dale. I was so excited!

At SPCA, we went up to Dale's (he wasn't named dale at first) cage and the moment I saw him I was so tempted to take him home! But I was still quite unsure if I really wanted to adopt him. Guinea pigs typically live quite long, minimum of 4 years (yes that's a really long commitment for me) so I wanted to be certain that I was ready for this. Luckily, the staff at SPCA allowed us to reserve him so that I could go home and give it some thought. Long story short, I decided to go pick him up on the 25th of July 2015 and it was the best decision I've made!

He brings me so much joy, and when I get stressed out from assignments, looking at his silly face makes everything better. But I know that guinea pigs prefer to live in a pair, so ever since then I was looking for a cage mate for him. Buying was never really an option as mentioned earlier, so I could only wait for a random pig to pop up on SPCA's page. After almost 6 months of waiting, my mother's friend's guinea pig had a baby and they were looking to give it a new home. 

Last Saturday was when I became a proud mama of two! The little pig is between 4 to 8 weeks old so it is really tiny. When the new pig came over to our place, it was slowly introduced to Dale, who was really excited to finally get a companion! He could not get enough of the little pig, and could not leave him alone. Initially, I was worried they might not get along as Dale has been the sole guinea pig living in this cage and he is a lot bigger than the baby, but we gave them a cage upgrade so now they have lots of personal space. 

As of today, they have gotten on really well and the little pig follows Dale around everywhere. Every time I pick the little pig out for food (they don't consume the same type of hay), either one will start looking for the other. Which by the way, IS THE CUTEST THING EVER! I also give Dale some me-time alone in the cage or outside of the cage, but he chooses to walk back to the cage and wait for me to put him back in with the baby.

Right now, we're just calling it Baby but of course, one day it will grow out of that name so we are thinking of a proper name to give it but it's tough since we can't determine the gender yet. I've got some names in mind but am still keeping an open mind to any suggestions.

I hope to properly introduce them to you guys in the form of pictures hopefully in the future, but as of now, it is not easy to capture pictures of them.

P/s: ALWAYS CONSIDER ADOPTING! Yes, they may take some time to warm up to you, but the wait is worthwhile. Think about how much joy you're bringing to them by giving them a proper caring and loving home.


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