My menagerie is growing and these little guys are absolutely gorgeous! I adopted them recently and brought home these little wonders, and worked out exactly who was best suited to which adult pig. In the end I decided that they were both to be housed with my 8 month old, Gaara, instead of my two 13 month olds.
Zell (named by Becky) and Tenzou (a name I chose that means "Heavenly Creation") are about 17 weeks old, and like Gizmo and Hope are brothers. Funnily enough it was the one year anniversary of bringing home Gizzy and Hope that I brought home Tenzou and Zell. They're lively little creatures who are full of energy and they love to chatter. Gaara is starting to get very big now and is slowly becoming friendlier as time goes on. I have had Gaara since July last year and he still wheeks very VERY loudly at times. One of the reasons he had been chosen was the fact that he was wheeking so loudly that he could be heard through the glass, on the other side of the shop! That little guinea pig has grown to be a right noisy bugger but he has his charms, and his soft side when he wants it.
Zell is a white abyssian with shining blue eyes and black rimmed ears. He kind of reminds me of Hope, but his personality is less loopy and he doesn't hump everything in sight. Hope did have a lot of problems and was destined to not live too long. It was quite sad but we kind of expected it after we'd found him on his side again and again. But Zell is very healthy and very happy. He's the chattier one of the two and is always interested in either exploring or long cuddles on the sofa. He loves his brother and likes to sleep curled up with Gaara which is very cute to see. As Becky named him, he is essentially Becky's guinea pig, but he lives here with me and the lads (and Light of course).
Tenzou and Gaara have been a little rocky to start off with, Tenzou doesn't like the way Gaara tries to be dominant and Gaara doesn't seem to like the fact that he has to share his home with 4 other guinea pigs, a rat and a human. He's always been like it though, but him and Kadaj really REALLY hate one another and given half a chance would kill each other. Hence I don't chances with that kind of thing, something to do with me not wanting to bury 2 more guinea pigs. I really do have a passion for the chubby little darlings and would never allow one to get hurt in the process of anything. That just isn't how I do things and even though they can be stressful, and noisy, I believe that the day I said I was going to adopt them and keep them was the day I pledged to give every animal in my care the "forever" home they deserve, with love and compassion.
They may not realise it but my animals do bless me with something in themselves... They give me companionship and friendship. Unconditional love is so important and its something that can make the healing process a lot easier as it gives you a reason to carry on on those days when you're in pain or those days when you feel so weak and useless. And there have been many of those days when I have barely been well enough to stand and do things, let alone feel happy or worth anything, but those days are getting fewer and further between.
3 years ago