Wednesday, 5 June 2013

I Have Issues..

...Guinea Pig issues.  You see I don't do pets. I haven't done for quite some time. Thing is when you have children it gets harder and harder to have a pet free zone. I think I've done quite well given that my eldest is 9 and youngest is 3. However, my daughter age 7, is an animal lover. A BIG animal lover. She even pretends to be an animal most days and I've never seen her run - she gallops everywhere. Most days she says "what animal do you want me to be?" whilst doing some strange impersonation with big eyes and whimpering noises. She gives me three options and generally picks the one that I haven't chosen.

Even though she is actually allergic (she comes up in white lumps, red eyes etc) to most animal hair this does not deter here. By the way, I have to give her medicine if I think we are about to come into animal contact. I have asthma (mild) but cats, horse and dog hair set it off. Pets have been off limits. She'd love a dog - its not going to happen - more of which later.

My time is up. I have succumbed. My pet free zone limit has expired. We are getting two guinea pigs and I have no idea why its stressing me out a little. They won't be in the house as my husband has made a funky looking (will upload in the week) house for them. I have the book on how to look after them - have read it back to front and still I ask questions.

I ask a friend who has guinea pigs - she is my guinea pig hotline when I have issues as to how to care for them. She will argue that she is no expert but in my eyes she is - she knows that they distribute hay! Who would have thought - these rodents (yes another thing they hail from the rodent family - nice.) are clever like. By all accounts they do their business in the same place, need company and have a piggy language. I struggle with the concept that the hutch is laid with hay for them to sleep and do their business and they eat hay too.  Go figure. I hope they don't eyeball me like my sister's hairless cats did the other day. Watching my every move. She loves them they're her children. To me they look like old wrinkly hairless scrotum's! And I've seen plenty of those - joke hubby if you ever read this blog.

I digress. I don't know why I'm adverse to pets. When I was younger we had a cat, avery and a parrot. The parrot was with me from age 7 to age 30. A lovely blue fronted Amazon called Jim or Jimbo who would play cards and wear a cindy riding hat. I had to get rid of him when my eldest was born. Parrots are extremely noisy and take a lot of looking after. I'm afraid he lost the parrot v baby battle. Maybe that's why I don't do pets anymore or the fact that 3 children is plenty and pets are another chore on the to do list.



Take today for instance - a dog just bounded up to me and buddy. He was a friendly enough dog and the owner clearly felt that it was okay for her dog to bound up to us without any intervention. Well dog lovers of the world IT IS NOT! Just because you love your dog and dogs in general and 'you pick up the mess' (funny that one every dog owner claims to pick up its shit and yet there's mess everywhere you go) doesn't mean the rest of us like them.  When your dog bounds up to my child I want to see you running quickly to stop it happening not meandering along saying "he's okay". No its not okay. I wonder how you'd like a 7 ft man running up to you whilst I just stood miles back saying "he's okay, he won't hurt".

I don't do pets what can I say but maybe, just maybe I might take to these guinea pigs.

In other news I completed a 10 mile bike ride today. I have a rest day tomorrow aka a filing at the dentist and I fancy a swim on Friday.

See you soon.


16 comments:

  1. RIP Jimmy pmsl! Guinea pigs are sweet and easy to look after and they just sit on your lap while you stroke them and squeak! What could possibly go wrong! Harry did try to eat one at Godstone Farm once loooool!!

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    1. I don't know whether he is alive or dead I'm afraid! He should be as they live until they're well into their 70's! I will make sure Harry and the pigs are a no go zone!

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  2. We gave in to pleas and have two hairy guinea pigs - they are gorgeous - they love company and wheek when they see their food coming. They are really scared at first though so you have to take a bit of time to get them used to you. You'll love your new furry friends. We want pics when you get them!

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    1. I hope so! I will most certainly put pics up my dear! x

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  3. I like pets if they live in other people's houses. I do not like them in my own. Think of the hair!!!

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    1. me too! Your day will come missus! x

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  4. You and I think very similarly on this point. My kids too want a pet - a bearded dragon to be precise and I have said no way. I am not averse to the idea of a pet, though no dragons or anything lizardy is ever coming in toy house! The thing is that I know I will end up looking after them and I don't have enough time as it is and also what happens when you go away.

    Dogs are a nightmare all of my kids are wary and it makes life difficult but you hit the nail on the head about other dog owners as they drive me mad with those 'they're lovely' comments as that doesn't help your traumatised children.

    Good look with the guinea pigs x

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    1. Oh crikey no way on the bearded dragon that would freak me out! Yup I reckon it'll be me cleaning out their shit. Glad someone else agrees on the dog front - we don't all love dogs! x

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  5. Guinea pigs are the best! :)

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    1. My hotline! You will be hearing from me missus! x

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  6. You'd freak out in my house (3 cats, 2 dogs, 2 rats, 2 guinea pigs...3 teenagers), but please take my word for it when I say that guinea pigs are lovely little creatures and great little pets. I've always preferred cleaning out guinea pig cages to cleaning out fish tanks, they're that easy to care for and are lovely, snuggly little critters. My son with Autism Spectrum Condition has the piggies in his room, and he can look after them by himself.

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    1. I would but you have sold me on the pig front. Thanks for this I may have just turned a corner! x

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  7. No pets here either, I just can't be arsed with them but Miss M tells me she will have 10 dogs when she has her own house - good luck to her!

    I love that your parrot used to wear a Cindy hat - classic!

    Mich x

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    1. Yes they are another thing to look after - Jimmy my lovely Jimmy he used to play cards with me on my bed whilst wearing his cindy riding hat and looked so cute. He would hold his cards and pick them out with his black tongue! x

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  8. Can't wait to meet these little piggies of yours! Shame about the dog situation, owners do need to be more mindful of non doggy fans, I know I will be when I become one! X

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    1. We are all set - they shall be purchased on Saturday and now we have everything in place including a run that M made I'm chilled out about it now! Yes I hope so I might even stroke your dog! x

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