A month after we got Scruffles, we
decided to bring home a buddy for her. Thus, Piggles arrived at our house in January
2001 at the age of approximately four months old. The white tuft of fur behind
her ears is fluffy, like the teddy bear fluffy fur all over Scruffles. We loved
the color combinations of Piggles' fur.
Almost immediately the two "sisters" got along. They
became inseparable right away. They eat together and play together. The two gals
like to snuggle up near each other to relax and take in some ZZZs.
Piggles personality is more Type A than Scruffles.
Piggles likes to be the boss pig and tell Scruffles
what to do. If any food is in the area, Piggles needs to have it in her possession.
She especially likes to grab a treat and then run and hide to eat it.
When Scruffles is sick, Piggles becomes
very agitated. If Scruffles is gone from the cage,
Piggles can't relax until she knows where her "sissy" is.
Piggles definitely has the loudest voice in the house (at least
of all the pets). When spoken to in that special pig voice that the people in
this house have been trained to use (by the pigs, of course), Piggles responds
with a very loud SQUEAK followed by many more squeaks to request that she be given
treats IMMEDIATELY. She can be sound asleep, but when that pig voice is used,
she zooms right out in the open and climbs the cage wall or just gets "really
tall" to reach that treat held above her.
Piggles has definitely earned the right to be called a PIG. She
never leaves the food area until every morsel of a treat has been consumed. It
seems as if Piggles is never full. She would probably eat until she exploded,
if treats were involved. Piggles enjoys going outside to nibble on the grass and
dandelions in our yard. Other pasttimes include playing "follow the butt"
with her sister, napping, and hiding under furniture.
R.I.P. 12/18/2004 - Piggles was diagnosed with lymphoma, very
rare in guinea pigs. We attempted to treat her for a while, but opted to have
her euthanized when she was no longer able to be comfortable and happy. Piggles
was our pig most appreciative of chin rubs, and we will missing giving them
to her as she "studied the ceiling very carefully." Piggles joined her sister-in-spirit,
Scruffles, across the rainbow bridge. We will miss our little pig-pig.