It’s all excited squeaks and the patter of tiny feet in the household this week, as our new arrival settles in. Archie is our new baby pinny gig and he’s certainly making himself at home.
Milo has been on his own since we lost his brother Gilbert in October last year, so it was time I found him a new companion. The story started on Tuesday, when I went to the new pet shop on a preliminary reconnaissance to see if they had any baby male guinea pigs. Being the emotional equivalent of a thin biscuit dunked in hot tea, I immediately took to a cute honey-coloured pig with similar markings to Milo, nodded to everything the girl in the shop said, and came home to fetch Milo to see if he approved. The piggy came home with us that evening, but long story short, turned out to be a little lady!!! No wonder Milo was so pleased to see her!
So the next day we changed her for a little boy. Again, Milo came with me to see if he approved, and the moment the baby was placed inside the carry bag with Milo, he started chomping on a green bean. Milo looked a little confused, understandably, but the cute tiny white piggy with a brown bottom like a marshmallow dipped in chocolate came home with us. Once home, I opened the bag to find Milo with his head resting on the baby! Welcome to your new home Archie!
I let them run under the sofa to get to know each other while I cleaned out the pen for the newcomer, then watched and waited. Milo, as always when he knows the pen/cage cleaning is finished, came out from under the sofa and into the pen, but Archie didn’t follow. After a nibble on some cucumber, Milo went back under the sofa to fetch him, but Archie only followed as far as his head emerging then turned round and ran back under. Three times I watched Milo go back under the sofa to try and fetch baby Archie – he’s so good – but each time Archie chickened out and stayed under the sofa. At that point I left them to it and went out to get some food for myself. When I returned twenty minutes later, both piggies were in the pen together happily munching on the veg! Well done Milo!! Well done Archie!!
They have quickly become such good friends. They have been chasing each other round the cage, making piggy trains across the floor, and as can be seen in one of the photographs, even sharing the snuggle bag together! I don’t have many photographs yet as little Archie runs for cover whenever he senses me approaching with the camera and he moves very very fast, but here are the first pictures to browse through and I will add more as they happen.
Welcome to the family little Archie