Friday, 31 August 2012

TGIF! Plus Long Weekend!

My pets and I are looking forward to this long weekend holiday. In Canada, it's the Labour Day long weekend holiday whereas in Malaysia, my parents get a day off on the 31st of August to celebrate Malaysia's Independence Day. 

See how they are getting ready to enjoy themselves:

"Grandpeeps usually take me out somewhere. I better rest up for the big adventure."

"Grandma, please don't. This angle makes me look FAT."

Consciousness...those moments in between naps.
Sasa's sleepy eyes
And I am sure piggies will do a little bit of this too:

Dreaming of more food?

Thinking of mummy and daddy

As for me, there ought to be a lot of this:

Have a great one!


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Pre-Flight Prep

Before piggies' big flight to GA, I prepped them so that they will look presentable when Cindy and Bill see them.

Cindy is hesitant to do this by herself. I hope these step-by step pictures will help. If not, it is just lovely to see those cutie pies. 

The steps to cutting the nails of these tiny rodents:

First: Put pig in a confortable position. Make sure it is not squirming.

Second: Firmly hold on the tiny paw because pigs usually withdraw when the nailcutter clips.

Third: Snip small bits of nail. Better to cut less than too much.

The back legs are harder. I find it helpful to position my pig like this. Einstein feels safe under my arm, warm and dark.

Can you see that expression on his face? What do you think he was thinking?

Another good position. Just like dogs, crotch-sniffing tends to engage them :)

Always hold the foot firmly and use your arm to lock it to your body while clipping.If the pig moves, you can easily cut too much and cause the nail bed to bleed.

Darwin is a lot easier to cut because his nails are lighter in colour.

He was nervous so he started sniffing, looking for something to chew.

Darwin chewing on the sequin sewn on my trousers.

Hope you like these. More to come.



Just like Arnold, after a rather long hiatus, I'm back! Well, more like WE're back!

On the 31st of July, I said good-bye to my beloved piggies and my CL. They all left for Georgia to be with Grandma Cindy and Uncle Bill. So, our cutie pigs are officially American pigs now but I know, they are still proud to be Canadians.

When we first reached the PetSafe Courier office, piggies were really terrified from the strange noise and unfamiliar scent.

Then, I saw Darwin whispering Survival 101 to Einstein and they both huddled close together for comfort. We are so glad they have each other and hopefully will always be together. 

"Bro, the tip is EAT MORE and you already know this, DRINK LOTS. And STAY CLOSE to me."
Piggies have each other for comfort. They feel safe like this.

I gave them the last hugs from me. It was very painful. CL said he was surprised to see me so attached to my pigs since I behave like Cruella de Vil to him.
Saying goodbye to my Fat Boy. I miss your puffy face and shock-absorbing body :)

Just a pig mummy cradling her little ones, for the last time
 Truth is, I said to him, " Do you realise this may be the last time I will ever see piggies again?"

Einstein loves to perch on our shoulders. He calmed down immediately after I placed him there.

We made sure they had plenty of dry pellets and hay in their travel crate. They were familiarised with their crate a couple of months before their BIG day i.e. their first international flight.

Lots of hay and a towel with their stench scent to keep them calm

Plenty of dry pellets which I'm sure Darwin ate most

After a little bit of an adventure in Chicago, piggies did arrive safely in Georgia. Despite all the frustrations and stress on CL and Cindy, piggies were whistling and wheeking, untouched. Happy and cute as always.

They now have a very beautiful cage and a lovely home with sweet Harley as their pig-sitter. Life is great for piggies. Cindy gives them A LOT, A LOT of Love and I am very pleased and grateful to Cindy and Bill.

Impressive Harley on duty. 'Pig-sitting' requires a lot of disciple;she has to resist her natural instinct not to chase
On the 27th of August, CL left Georgia for Seoul to start his 10-month research stint under the prestigious Fulbright scholarship. Cindy managed to capture this touching moment of CL saying goodbye to his pig (he HATES having his photo taken). Isn't it beautiful? 

"Make sure you EAT when I am away, k? Don't let Fatty steal all your food."

We are all very proud of him so Cindy and piggies collaborated in a project to send him off in colours. 

Einstein's message to pig daddy

Darwin loves his daddy too

Not having them (CL and piggies) with me is the reason I have been MIA from blogville. My blog's mission is to spread some happiness through tales from my pets and there just wasn't much Happiness for a while. I am so grateful and thankful to Bert's Vickie for her encouragement and support through this difficult period; we were both grieving in our ways.

Good news is I am back for good now. Lots of Enthusiasm and Happiness to spread. Check back soon as I will be posting photos of piggies' new home, cage and toys. Inspired by Bouncing Bertie, I am also going to start a Science Corner staring all my pets and my pet friends in Blogville. I have several great plans coming up soon, one of which is an award giveaway.

Stay tuned, blogville! 

I'm back,