Thursday 15th September – Cookie, with recent update
I don’t seem to find the time these days to write up the “blog” but something made me smile a couple of days ago and I wanted to share it.
As many of you will know, I have a few very kind people who foster rabbits or guinea pigs for me from time to time, and I had the pleasure last year of meeting a lovely family comprising David, Claire and their son Michael who decided to take on a pair of guinea pigs for long term fostering. One of the guinea pigs, Cookie, had had post-castration complications and needed special care, which Claire and David were very willing and able to do. Earlier this month Cookie and and his buddy Herbie returned for a brief holiday whilst the family were away, and sadly during this time Herbie passed away with what appeared to be heart issues, leaving Cookie rather sad. He perked up significantly however on the arrival of three female guinea pigs in the pen next to him, and they shared several long warm days on the grass under the apple tree in runs side by side. Despite this he still seemed subdued, and when the day came for him to go home I popped him out on the grass whilst I waited for his family to come and fetch him.
On their arrival, David and Claire called out to Cookie, and I was amazed to see him run to the side of the run and demand attention! It is the first time I have ever seen a guinea pig actually acknowledge the return of an owner, especially in this case where he was clearly over the moon to see them! Claire promptly scooped him up in her arms and Cookie just lay there, clearly very happy indeed and looking very pleased with himself. I have on occasion seen a rabbit react in a similar way (although not very often) but never a guinea pig, and the thought of his happy little face kept a smile on mine for the rest of the day.
Just thought I would share ….
UPDATE by David:
Hi Mairwen – apologies for the delay in contacting you again, but just to let you know all fine this end with both Cookie & Molly (Daphne). Molly is still timid with us (although great snuggle buddies with Cookie!) but now has a good solidity about her and has continued to put on a healthy amount of weight. Hopefully when spring comes (and warmer weather) she will spend more time outside in the run and so gain confidence around us as well. Hope all well with you. Best wishes, David, Claire & Michael