Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Headlines of the Day

Friends - Sort of...

I have deduced that Theo loves the pig but - the pig makes him frustrated and over stimulated.  I had an appointment this morning so I got all the critters out of the bedroom except for Winston and Phoebe (I am okay with the cats and the pig - they can jump to places he can't get to.  So - I headed off for my appointment and came home a couple of hours later - only to find that it was Winston, Phoebe AND Theo in the bedroom.  Oh my!  I am not sure exactly what happened while I was gone but I came home to a scratched up piglet sleeping in his bed and a slobbered on ferret sleeping on our bed and a cat who was likely none the wiser that anything happened - she could sleep through a bomb.  The good thing was that I brought the piglet downstairs and Theo followed shortly after - they played and interacted and co-existed with no aggression from either for about 45 minutes.  This is a vast improvement over the 45 seconds Theo would take to bite the pig previously.

As I watched them interact I could see Theo getting more and more frustrated and wound up.  Winston is a rough little piglet - he head butts Theo (actually all the critters) and he lays on him - both of which make Theo mad.  He can only control himself for so long before he has to release that energy and bite on the pig.  So - into time out (our bedroom) he went for a bit.  All in all - I am happy with the progress....won't be leaving them alone again any time soon - geez...

Dr. Finn treats Bug Bites - Sort of...

Dr. Finn - Medicine Ferret is on the case again.  This morning I got my standard physical - nose, ears and mouth inspected but this afternoon while I was on a conference call Finn spent a good 30 minutes or so trying to "cure" my bug bites on the tops of my feet.  He tried to swipe them away with his nose - no luck.  He tried licking them - nope.  Then he tried to scratch them off with his ferret Wolverine nails - ouch!  Once he determined that he was unsuccessful he took a nap...being a ferret doctor is tiring work.

Working at Home with Critters is Interesting...

In addition to the critter applied medical treatments described above - add to that a loud piglet, a barky dog, the occasional cat fight, wrestling ferrets, loud bangs - usually the result of the ferrets pushing bottles into the tub - all I can say is thank goodness for the mute button!

Paper - he LOVES Paper!!!

Winston is crazy for paper.  He likes sheets of paper, paper towels, toilet paper, cardboard, the insides of packages, etc.  Pretty much any kind of paper.  Don't give him important papers - he likes to destroy them by chewing on them - mmmmm yummy paper... or by racing around like a maniac piglet with the paper in his mouth.  He is a hoot...

Slacker Zookeeper Has No Pics...

I have been slacking on taking pictures here lately - not sure why really - just busy with other stuff I guess.  I do have one to share today - my handsome Oliver kitty:


I think that might be it for the headlines for this Tuesday...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Emma the Trustworthy Girl


So - we had a jail break.  While we were out this afternoon little Mr. broke out of his pen.  He and Emma were in our bedroom together with no other critters.  Thankfully my girl was trustworthy and patient and didn't get angry with the piglet when I am sure he was a pain in the butt nipping at her toes and trying to jump on her.  There are MANY horror stories about bad interactions between pigs and dogs so we have been trying to keep them separated when we are not home to monitor things.  Normally we would have left the piglet in our room by himself but it was stormy out so Emma wanted to be under the bed...

We will need to figure out how to ensure that the piglet not break out of his pen because even though Emma was great today - I don't want to push it.  They were both happy to see us this evening - Emma was ready to be out of the bedroom and Winston was hungry.  Before he ate he had to meet the neighbors - he was a good boy - friendly and social and he did his tricks for an audience - can't ask for more than that...

They are both snoozing now with full bellies...

Saturday, August 23, 2014

And Then There Were Stairs...

Piglet likes to be on our bed...piglet doesn't like t be picked up...so - I bought these:


They were delivered today and I thought he could use them to get on the bed and practice for the big stairs.  Again - he is a smarty - it took him one tiny biscuit broken into three pieces to climb to the top.

So far he knows three tricks - sit, up - which he knows how to do but is not really super coordinated so sometimes it goes better than others - he also knows how to go in a circle as well.  He is fun to train because he catches on so fast.  And he is cute - when he thinks you might have something he runs through his tricks in an effort to get whatever he thinks you have.

We haven't actually used the steps to get anywhere yet so will have to see how that goes...baby steps..


PS - the ferrets love the steps - playing on them, wrestling, they are a big hit...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

If you Teach a Pig to Sit

Last week we taught our cutie tootie piglet to sit.  He learned it so quickly - literally it took 3 tries and he had it down pat.  He likes to be engaged and he loves to get rewarded.  I think with some patience from the humans we can teach him just about anything.

So - now that he knows how to sit and he understands that when he is asked and he does it he gets food - he is sitting obsessed.  He sits for everything - whether there is food involved or not.  He sits in an effort to get let out of his pen, in an effort to get the other critters to share food with him, in an effort to get pets, just for the heck of it to get praise.

It's really quite cute - he is very funny....  I am not a great videographer and we got video bombed by Emma - but this will give you an idea of the cuteness:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_JMn9gY-pdeWmVVblBvX2lubjQ/edit?usp=sharing


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pigs Can Tell Time

Winston can tell time I think.  He gets fed at 8 am and he knows when its 8 am.  No need for an alarm clock - the piglet will snort and play and make all kinds of noise to let you know its time for breakfast.  In other pig news Winston learned to sit a few days ago. Now he does it all the time in an effort to get food.  He will sit for no reason with a crazy cute expression on his face - I need to capture that with the camera for sure.  He is too fun!!  He seems to be back to normal in regards to his injection sites and the soreness he had.  Yesterday he had some good playtime - running around with no limping.

The kitties are good - mostly just hanging out.  Oliver tries to interface with Winston which works some of the time but sometimes the piglet is too rough.  The other kitties are not quite sure what to think...

Violet and Winston played their blanket game yesterday.  Finn has decided that he need to ride the piglet like a rodeo star.  The is no biting involved but Winston doesn't love it.  Theo is still obsessed and Maddie just wants to play an endless game of tag.  To say the least - we are keeping them separated unless we are there to watch the goings on...

Emma likes the piglet but doesn't care for him jumping on her so she gives him a little warning bark. Seems to work - Winston goes on about his business.

All in all - we are good to go - everyone seems to be happy and feeling good.  We are working through knowing that Winston has a heart murmur and trying to move along normally and not worry about it until there is something to worry about.  It's in the back of your mind for sure but he seems great - running and playing and not exhibiting any signs of distress.  Fingers crossed.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Winston's First Vet Visit

Little piglet went to the vet for the first time today.  It was an experience to say the least...

First - the car - he was a perfect angel in the car - in his carrier and he stood for a bit and then got comfy and laid down for the duration of the trip.  There was no screeching thank goodness.  Let's just say it was much improved from our first car ride together!!

Once we got to the vet's office he got out of his carrier and checked out the place.  All was good until the exam started.  He weighed 5.24 pounds which means he has gained almost a pound since he has come to live with us.  He was a screechy and uncooperative little bratty pig - but we managed to get through it...

The good news is that he is a pretty healthy little piggy.  The not so great news is that the vet heard a heart murmur.  Heart murmurs are one of those wait and see kind of things.  The vet has told us the symptoms to watch for and now we proceed as normal and keep an eye out for any signs.  So far he has none of those symptoms and he is an active and happy little pig.  I am going with the attitude that we shouldn't worry about this until there is something to worry about because in many cases the murmur never causes any issues.

Winston also got a couple of injections today - one of them caused him to be quite stiff and sore in the back hip area.  Poor little guy was really favoring his back leg this afternoon and was not wanting to be touched anywhere near the injection site.  He spent most of the day curled up in blankets snoozing.  We had dinner plans this evening and I was a little bit worried to leave him by himself but I am happy to report once we got home he was up and about and very close to using his leg normally.  He was hungry and scarfed up some dinner.  Then we had some cuddle time in my lap.  He was happy to go back to his covers.  I just heard him get up and get a drink so I think he is on his way back to normal.

I didn't get great pictures - just some before the vet came in.  After screeching started - all bets were off:









Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Three Critter Vet Visit

It was supposed to be four but Miss Madison was nowhere to be found this morning so it was just Violet, Finnegan and Theo...

I am pleased to report that they are all doing just fine.  This was an appointment for annual physicals so they got ears, eyes, teeth checked, lymph nodes palpated, spleens poked at, boy parts, girl parts and butt parts checked, foot pads and skin checked.  Thankfully all the babies look great!!  Theo was kind enough to make a deposit while we were there so we ran a fecal and it was negative as well.

Not many snaps from today's appointment - Finn doesn't like to go so he makes me hold him the entire time.  Here he is on my shoulder with his face buried in the back of my shirt - poor little guy:


Violet and Theo were out and about exploring:



So - I will be making an appointment for Maddie - Phoebe is up next and then the dreaded Zoey appointment - U G H!