The boys! I collected them from Nibbles Rodent & Rabbit Rescue on Friday (23rd October 2020). Thank you to Siobhan & her team for looking after them so well for the past year.
They are both just over 2 years old (approximate birthday was August 2018) and are a well-bonded pair.
It is wonderful having some company in my craft room again – definitely not quiet anymore!
Coco is the large dark brindle with a white stripe on his face. He has an interesting hairdo, and is probably part-Abyssinian (with perhaps Peruvian somewhere in his history).
George is the Tri-Colour with the small black wig on his head!
They are slowly getting more confident around me, but definitely like to run to a safe place if I startle them. If I have any food, or rustle a plastic bag, then they will approach. I am taking part in a 5 Day Taming Challenge on Facebook (link on my Home Page), and that is helping already.
It is important to be patient when new piggies join your household, even if they are adults that have been well-handled in their former home. Do not grab them, let them become accustomed to their new home and spend as much time around them as possible.
More tips on settling guinea pigs into your household soon, but please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
I am posting photos and videos on Instagram every day. Go over there and follow me. I would love to see photos of your guinea pigs.
Yesterday, after a gradual worsening of his dementia and then a sudden illness , Buzz the Jack Russell Terrier went over Rainbow Bridge. It is always a horrible decision to make, even though I knew it would be needed sooner rather than later.
He had been part of our family for over 12 years and was a huge character in a small body. Our house is now very quiet. I haven’t been out for a walk today, apart from in a field on another farm near the coast (whilst delivering packed lunch and phone charging cable to hubby!). It definitely doesn’t seem right walking without a small dog to talk to.
I have already been asked when we will be getting another dog. I had made the decision last year that Buzz would probably be my last dog (I have had at least one continuously for 25 years, and had other dogs in the years prior to that). I was struggling with the care involved, the stress of having an older dog with health problems and the worry when we had to leave him (either for a few hours, or when he went to the kennels). Our life will not be totally settled for the next few years – perhaps we will be spending most of the year in Spain, but who knows right now. It is time now for me to have more freedom to craft/blog/design, and I hope to cycle more now that I am not doing 3 dog walks per day.
I have had many dogs in my life and it doesn’t get any easier to say good bye.
This is the last photo I took of Buzz (take a look at my Instagram @iamaliwade for lots of photos featuring him over the years). It was on Sunday in our garden, which he loved. He would walk around, inspecting the flowers, several times per day with my hubby.
I am not sure if I will be continuing with this blog long-term, as crafting/design is taking up so much of my days now. However, I will leave it up for now – and my range of printables for pet owners.
My main piece of advice for any pet owners is – GO AND TAKE TAKE PHOTOS/VIDEOS OF YOUR PETS TODAY!! You never know when they will be gone.
Crying again now!
Please comment below or send me an email – email@example.com – if you need any support over the loss of a pet.
Hi, my name is Ali Wade. I am 49 at the time of typing, and live in rural Pembrokeshire with my semi-retired/dairy farmer/cycling addict hubby! I have been blogging since 2012 over on Blogger, and in 2019 I transferred over to WordPress (which is definitely a steep learning curve!).
What started as a simple blog, mainly about crafting, is now progressing into a website that concentrates on one of my big addictions – guinea pigs! I have Fibromyalgia, Hyper Mobility Syndrome and Psoriasis, and have not been able to work outside the home for many years. We are planning to move away from our dairy farm business – both in terms of the actual physical running of it (we have a contractor providing the labour and machinery now) and also spending more of the year in Spain. Therefore, we are looking at other ways of providing income for our later years (we are far too young to retire!).
I am an affiliate – for several companies that I have been learning/shopping with for years.
I am concentrating mainly on developing Passive Income, as that fits best with my chronic health conditions.
Due to my health, I cannot promise a lot of blog posts each week. I will be publishing a weekly blog post over at my blog for Multi-Crafters – click HERE to take a look.
My Etsy shop is still open (with a range of printables that any pet owner needs), so please click HERE to check that out. Lots of new digital products coming in 2021.
My health has to come first, so I am simplifying my life and reducing commitments. Since the horrible shock of losing Buzz the Jack Russell Terrier (read my blog post about this), I am taking the time to be creative and record memories (getting some digital scrapbooking projects started/completed). I am also learning more about using Procreate and Affinity Designer to produce my own designs for Print On Demand Stationery.