Tonight my teenager came up with a fantastic plan (fantastic according to her and her teenage friend anyway).
We should create a TV series about guinea pigs in the style of Keeping up with the Kardashians.
Apparently there is as much drama and flouncing in our piggy cages as in the Kardashian...
Ruby: Slave, slave, come and look at this. My bowl is completely empty. Not a single pellet to be seen. Frankly it's lucky I am not dead.
Me: Actually Ruby I filled your bowl up less than 1 hour ago.
Ruby Clearly not, otherwise it wouldn't be empty would it? You forgot to feed me and I really...
When we go on holiday everyone gets to choose one special activity, and it was no surprise to anyone when DD1 (Ruby's devoted slave) chose to meet the 'Giant Ruby's' (more commonly known as capybaras :)) ).
They are wonderful creatures and very similar to guinea pigs in lots of ways.
Today at lunch time we were having a conversation about what our guinea pigs would say if they could talk.
Don't touch me.
I don't like you. Or you. Or anyone actually.
Why did you give me a green bean. You know I don't like green beans.
If you touch my nails I will bite you.
Just to clarify that DD1 (Dear Daughter 1) is 13, and the one and only person that Ruby likes (aside from my Aunt who lives in Australia and is therefore not a regular vistor in our home in Switzerland).
DD1: Mum, if i ask you a question do you promise to give me an honest answer?
Me: Yes. Well...
Ah the joy of pre-teen children in the house.
Me: DD1 I think before you settle down to cuddle Ruby, you should probably get your homework finished.
DD1: It's ok. I am doing my homework.
Me: Really? Because from where I am standing it looks like you are cuddling Ruby, and I am fairly sure...
DD1 (dear daughter 1) is 12 years old.
She is difficult to buy for because she really doesn't want much actual 'stuff'.
So this year her main present from us (Mum and Dad) was a framed magazine cover.
She loved it.
She also cried she was so happy, and it has been pronounced to be the absolute...
A few times a year Ruby gets a quick bum bath.
Despite being a bit of an antisocial madam, she has always been very good about her baths.
Last week she needed a quick rinse, so I popped her into the sink, and got DD1 to be on standby with the shampoo.
Despite Ruby being very well behaved, I...
I was in the kitchen tonight, and DD1 wandered in with a note book and pencil.
DD1: Mum, what are your plans for tomorrow?
Me: Well once you girls are in school I will work for a couple of hours, then cook lunch, and in the afternoon I am hoping to do some sewing, but will probably end up doing...
The girls come home from school for lunch 2 hours, and as it doesn't take them that long to eat, they both usually do something with the guinea pigs or rabbits over that time (in addition to cuddling them).
Today DD1 was supposed to clean out the hay trays and fill the hay bags.
She did the hay...
A friend came to visit the other day, and was fascinated by the guinea pigs.
She fell instantly in love with Ruby, and wanted to hold her.
We said she could hold Lucy or Eddi, but not Ruby.
We explained that Ruby is a bit 'special' and only likes DD1 to touch and handle her, and as far as...
Even if I do say so myself, my guinea pigs have nice things.
I but them lots of natural wooden items for their cages.
I sew them a constant supply of lovely fleecy things.
They all live in decent sized C&C cages.
And I think 3 out of our 4 guinea pigs are truly happy, and appreciate a life...
Oh how exciting, the latest guinea pig magazine has arrived.
I love this magazine.
Look at that tribe - I would love to live there - so many guinea pigs to be grumpy with, and chatter my teeth at.
But wait. That isn't a photo of me.
What page is my picture on?
What do you mean there...
Today DD1 informed me that she had taken the 'best Ruby photo ever'.
She asked if we could have it printed, and put it in a frame for her bedroom.
Naturally I agreed, and had visions of an artistic photo of Ruby relaxing on her platform in the sunshine, or gazing wistfully into the camera...
Ahh, guinea pigs - the perfect pet for children (and their responsible parent of course).
We have a pretty constant stream of children through our house, and most of them adore the guinea pigs.
Today was no exception - the girls had friends over to play and it was all going well.
Until one of...