As some of you may have already read, on Saturday my cat sadly passed away. My boyfriend and I decided to take a walk to the nearest petting zoo (animal farm), so I could cuddle the bunnies and feel a bit better! On the way we discovered something quite odd in a graveyard. I noticed 5 or 6 magpies jumping around and pointed them out, for Charlie to mention a guineapig was amongst them! Assuming this was an escapee from the animal farm (petting zoo) we tried to catch it! After a few attempts I had this little pig in my arms, proving that he would be no match to any hungry animal! When we crossed the road and got him to the farm, they checked all their hutches but he was not one of theirs, explaining it is common that people with small pets just 'let them go' when they decide they do not want them anymore. As they couldn't take on another male, the animal lover I am, decided I was taking him home until we could think something over! Surely this was a sign...
He was and still is very skinny, and has a few little holes in one of his ear lobes - other than that, and of course being extremely timid to start with, he was a lovely little pig! Since Saturday we've had him in a temporary run, giving him lots of attention and feeding him up.
The original plan was to take him back to the Isle of Wight to live with our two rescued girls, however once we found out he was a boy, that plan went a little out of the window! One of our pigs back home is elderly and has been showing signs of decreasing health recently, whereas the other was adopted a couple years ago as a youngster, to keep the elderly one company after her companion passed away. The plan now is for this guy to live with us until the elderly one is no longer with us, then he has to have 'the little op' (sorry Percy) so he can live with our younger female so she isn't lonely!
So now we have a guineapig in our flat with nothing permanent for him to live in... That's where the absolutely lovely Pets At Home came in!
They ever so kindly agreed for us to pop down to the Blackheath store to pick up a starter kit to cater for his needs. On arrival the whole team were so friendly and helpful! Manager John was an absolute pleasure to deal with, and he went around the store with us, assisting our choices. Although we already own guineapigs, he was still able to tell us a few things, helping us pick out their favourite treats and toys. We also picked up a carry case, just so we can take Percy to the Isle of Wight with us, if the flat is ever going to be empty! Photos speak louder than words - so I've included all the items we were kindly gifted at Pets At Home with a few of Percy's first moments in his new home!
Time for this little pig to see his new home!
Straight to the kale and tomatoes! Happy to see he's using this treat ball, as it will be great exercise and stimulation for the little guy!
Exploring the rest of his new home...
Turns out he loves the apple treats too! If you have a guinea, make sure you try them with apple drops - Percy can't get enough of them!
Everything in the photos, excluding Percy, can be found here at Pets At Home! If you are thinking of getting your first guineapig, or like us - another addition, it is always great to speak to a member of the Pets At Home team, as they will be more than happy to advise you on what you need for your 'guineapig starter kit'! I couldn't be happier with Percy's new home - and I don't think he could be either! I think it was a sign we found him, and his life has taken a positive turn! Big thanks again to Pets At Home, the Blacksheath store and to John their brilliant manager!