After working hard and saving her money through the summer holidays AJ was able to buy herself two guinea pigs. After chatting to a breeder at the first show we went to, she decided to get a couple of the teddy breed. They are lovely big pigs and have a great laid back attitude to them.
This past weekend AJ entered her first show with Big Frank.
Big Frank was ready for his show!
The three of us set off early in the car to make the two hour plus drive to reach the venue. Me behind the steering wheel, AJ and Big Frank on the back seat.
Big Frank is classed as an adult boar and so was judged against other adult boars in the competition.
Imagine our delight when we found a certificate on Big Franks cage. He had come second in his class!
AJ was also entered into the juvenile competition. This was towards the end of the day and we were getting anxious to start the trip back north. But we waited for Big Frank to be judged again and as soon as it was complete we moved him back to his carry basket.
As we were transferring our prize winner, a member of the club came over to us. Big Frank had been awarded first place in the Juvenile Coated and first place in the Juvenile Challenge.
A very happy little girl and guinea pig came home with three certificates and a big rosette!
Jay and I have both had last week off from work. Did we relax? Did we heck! AJ and I wanted a shed as we are going to start showing our guinea pigs (she has saved enough to buy her ‘show’ pigs). So after trawling through the internet to find a good shed, Jay decided we would have a better one if we bought the wood and built it ourselves.
So that has been our week. We managed to get the whole thing built and I now need a holiday to relax!
While Jay and Bart were travelling back up from England today, AJ and I went to a county agricultural show. On arriving we went straight to the cavy tent to see the variety of guinea pigs there. We got chatting to one of judging team about different breeds and she let AJ hold her lovely teddy cavy, Spartacus.
We saw some beautiful guinea pigs, selfs, Abyssinians, a peruvian, but my favourite was the teddies. With their large bodies and thick coats they just seemed so cuddly.
I think the teddy is the breed AJ will be going for.
AJ fell in love with a crested golden self cavy and kept going back to check on him. She said it was because he smiled at her. Unfortunately he did not win any prizes, but we gave him one for the cutest face.
I had really wanted to see a swiss cavy, but sadly there were none there today. Hopefully next time.
The judging was interesting, AJ and I popped in and out of the tent a number of times during the morning to see how it was progressing.
Besides the guinea pigs there were also some stunning rabbits being judged as well as pigeons.
Outside the judging tent there were stalls, farming equipment, show jumping and a dog show. The two of us went for a walk around trying to take everything in, but there was so much to see I think we missed loads.
This mornings cavy olympig triathlon turned into a pentathlon with two new unscheduled events.
We had the steeple chase and munch race as normal, then Murphy did his two foot sprint back to the hutch but Patch decided he wanted to hang out underneath it and so turned the event into a marathon while we waited for him to come out. We tried bribery and threats but nothing was getting that chap out until he wanted to.
Meanwhile Murphy practiced his high jump/hurdles by hopping out of the hutch, doing a lap of honour and then jumping back in again.
After visiting the guinea pig stud the other week, AJ is desperate to buy her own ‘show’ guinea pig. She has looked at pictures of all the different breeds and next week the two of us are heading to an agricultural show to see a cavy competition. The plan is for her to enter her own little piggie in competitions. So she is saving as hard as she can.
To earn money she is doing jobs around the house like sweeping the kitchen floor and tidying the boot room or helping her Daddy by carrying logs into the wood shed or being his mechanics assistant.
I just heard a loud ruckus coming from the bathroom and so went to investigate. I found AJ stood in the bath cleaning it. She was doing a damn good job too.
Little did they know it, but each morning Patch and Murphy are taking part in their own olympig triathlon.
And finally there is the
100 metre 2 foot sprint back to the hutch to finish the veggies in peace.
So far there is no outright winner to this daily event, but both boys have practiced standing on the top of the
cat scratch post podium in the hopes of receiving their medals.
Unfortunately both Maple and Pecan have been disqualified from this event for drug taking. They have told the olympig committee they have been sick and are on antibiotics, but the judges decision is final.
It has been a scary couple of days. My two little cavies have been really sick and to be honest, I was not sure if they would make it. Yesterday morning I phoned the vet and managed to get an appointment tagged onto the end of morning surgery. After checking both boys over, he took a swab from Pecan’s bottom, prescribed some antibiotics and some liquid feed I would need to make up to give them by syringe.
They did seem to rally around a little bit by the afternoon, but they spent most of their time cuddled up together in the ‘bedroom’ area of their hutch. I managed to get some liquid food in them, but I was still worried enough that when I went to work last night I phoned Jay half way through my shift and got him to check on them. When I got home I gave them more medicine and headed off to bed.
I am so happy to say when I came down this morning both Pecan and Maple were in the main area of their hutch and when Jay opened the fridge to get out milk they started wheeking and whistling for some breakfast.
Unfortunately they have to stay on a diet of timothy hay, water and liquid food as per the vet’s instructions. Once their poo gets back to normal I can start slowly introducing vegetables again. (I am starting to feel like Gillian McKeith doing poo inspections.)
The girls wanted to hand feed Patch and Murphy this morning, so they got their bean-bag seats in front of the hutch and fed the guinea pigs on their laps. Maple and Pecan were up at the bars chirping and wheeking, but alas nothing was coming their way. I think they got a little miffed and so started throwing hay into AJ’s hair!
The antibiotics are for four days and they have to finish the course, but I am so relieved to see the boys up and about.