Those of you who are following this endless story will be familiar with the important role that Dusty and Freddie ferret have played in the health and well-being of the snails. But this is different! Have you ever climbed on the swings or gone down the slide 'just to show the children how to do it' or secretly enjoyed being able to take a child to see a cartoon film? Yes you have. Well I've adopted a couple of guinea pigs 'for my grandchildren' of course. Here they are:


Splash is the one with the crest - can you see it? Bugsy is multicoloured and has attractive pink eyes. They've found a convenient space in the snail room and started to help me empty the fridge of fresh vegetables. I had a guinea pig when I was a child. His name was Snowy - guess what colour his fur was. It was searching for his favourite weeds that taught me the names of lots of wild flowers and, who knows, perhaps contributed to my early interest in science. But I've learnt now that we didn't look after Snowy properly. Val at April Lodge Guinea Pig Rescue  in Eastry has given me strict instructions on how to care for them. I realise now that we shouldn't have kept Snowy on sawdust - only newspaper and hay - I shall have to start buying newspapers. And Bugsy and Splash will expect to eat their own weight in hay every day. I'm sure poor old Snowy didn't get much of that. He did have a run out on the grass in the summer, bits of carrot and a bowl of guinea pig mix - like muesli, so we did do some things right. Guinea pigs like being cuddled so now you can picture me sitting in front of the TV in the evenings with two guinea pigs on my lap - just for their benefit naturally...and of course the grandchildren will love them too.

If you can give a couple of guinea pigs a good home then get in touch with Val. There are always plenty waiting to be adopted or fostered,if they are very old or needing special attention.

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