The thing I agonize over the most in organizing a pignic is deciding whether to postpone it. Outdoor pignics can be canceled due to being too hot, too cold or too wet. Spring pignics are most often called off due to rain, but this year I anxiously watched the weather in hopes it would not be too hot. I posted that if the hot temperature started to distress the guinea pigs, we'd shut down the pignic immediately.
The Pig Patrol all showed up geared for hot weather. As luck had it, we required none of it. The grass, the shade and the breeze kept pigs and humans comfortable the whole afternoon. I'm glad I decided to set up early. Participants took my warnings to heart and I had several people arrive by 11:30am. They even beat out my Pig Patrol, and were helpful setting up the pens and moving the heavy picnic table. Thank you!! I apologize for the delay of getting you checked in, but your assistance was really appreciated.
It was a good showing in spite of the forecast - we had close to 60 people and about 40 guinea pigs. There was a good mix of attendees: old pros and newbies, elder pigs and youngsters. A few people came without guinea pigs. Some were pig-lovers enjoying the variety of cute, others were mourning the loss of their pigs, and a couple were doing their research before they adopted their pigs. The Pig Patrol spent a good chunk of time answering questions and giving recommendations. And, of course, clipping nails.
The last time the pignic was held in hot weather there was a lot of bickering between the sows. This time, everyone pretty much got along. Of course there were one or two time-outs. The only war wound was to a human who got between two spatting sows, barehanded. Ouch!
Pinni had been losing weight the last day or two. I brought along my hand feeding supplies to do a demonstration on hand feeding. I had been hoping to show how to feed a fighter. Pinni will suck down the first 5ml and will fight me on the rest. What did she do in front of the crowd? Ate all the critical care with hardly a wriggle. Rotten rodent! Regardless, I hope the information was useful to those who watched.
Huzzah! A successful pignic, even with the warm weather. What a relief.
I have a few more photos in my pignic album. As others post their photos, I hope to add the links here.