...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.