|Catch me if you can.|
I occasionally let Cannoli and Boadicea have floor time during work hours. I blocked off the side of the room where the cage was, but I ran grids only as far as the love seat. Why pig-proof more than that? No one had figured out they could go under the couch.
Boadicea waited until I was on the phone with a coworker before she stormed the living room and headed straight for the couch. She even convinced Cannoli to come as far as the book shelves. Noli was thrilled - a place to hide and poo under. Bad pig. I could not get off the phone fast enough to herd them back back towards the kitchen. Boadicea looked quite smug when I cornered her on the wrong side of the grids.
That was the end of full-access floor time during work hours.
The next evening I let them have full range, I made sure I had time to watch Boadi. She led me on a merry chase. Boadicea would wait until I appeared to be busy, then made a beeline to the cage or the couch. I'd chase her, corner her and herd her back to the kitchen. She'd stay in the piggy-approved area for about two minutes and we'd repeat the whole thing again. The other evening she managed to sneak by me. After a few minutes of hunting for her, I found her pretending to be some of the junk hidden under the couch.
I have to be careful blocking off the area, too. The other evening I had corralled them in the kitchen so I could watch TV. The grids never rattled, but suddenly I heard paper being nibbled next to me. I looked down at the end table, and sure enough, there was a Boadi-nose sticking out from underneath. She graciously led me straight back to the section of grids she escaped from, and I promptly reinforced the area. Silly pig - she wasn't happy when I blocked her escape route.
Now I arm myself with a broom when I let them out. It's less work for me: I can stand in one place and block the couch, the end table and under the cage. It has become a game of keep-away, or maybe King of the Hill, since I'm trying to defend these three spots. Highly entertaining. I watch Boadicea consider how to sneak by me. Occasionally she wins.
That guinea pig is a handful. I never know what she'll pull next. Life isn't dull with her around!