I suspected that the friend was added in hopes that if I let them play with my guinea pigs, no one would feel neglected: there would be one little girl per one guinea pig. And their timing couldn't have been better. They rang the doorbell just as I was getting ready to clean the cages.
I invited them in and told them they could hold the pigs for as long as it took me to clean the cages. They swept through the living room descended on the cages like a force of nature, a whirlwind. I pig-proofed the kitchen and ushered the girls in. They sat on the floor, each with their own pig, asked me questions and babbled to each other all at once. Wow. The pigs didn't know what to make of it either. Bertie was terrified; she wouldn't come out of her cozy. Pinni managed to pee on one of the girls, twice. Willow, meanwhile, charmed everyone and basked in the attention. The girls were thrilled - they got play with the pigs and feed them bits of lettuce and cantaloupe while I cleaned the cages.
One of them asked how often I cleaned the cages and was surprised that this was a weekly chore. Every Saturday? Oh, joy! I now listen for the doorbell on Saturday afternoons, when they know I should be cleaning the cages. The pigs require supervision, right?
Subsequent visits have been calmer, if not quieter. Even Bertie has relaxed a little. Pinni still manages to pee on at least one of the girls each time. None of the pigs are too certain about being bundled up in cozies then cradled, rocked and cooed over like babies. That may take a bit more adjustment.
I find myself attempting to answer questions asked by two or three kids at once. Occasionally I'm answering one's question while another is relating some story of family pets. It's tricky keeping track of pigs, kids, stories and questions all while I'm trying get things done. It's a lot like juggling.
|Pinniped is exhausted after entertaining three little girls.|
My trio were exhausted; I soon found them flopped all over their cages. I was pretty tired, too. It's a lot of work to clean two pig cages while supervising kids and pigs to ensure they don't accidentally hurt each other. I don't think the pigs or I could handle this much excitement more than once a week. Don't get me wrong - it's a delight to have the little girls for a visit. They were so excited to have some one-on-one time with my pigs. I'm just glad I have enough well behaved (non-biting) pigs to go around.