Staying Safe Saturday

Basil: Now I love my garden time as much as the next piggy and I’m not easily scared but I’m sure that pair of magpies want to eat me!


Buddy: What magpies?


Basil: I don’t know where they went but I know they are watching us!


Buddy: *sigh* What turns you into a scaredy pig when you should be having fun furfriends? Even though whee make fun of Basil the watcher pig sometimes he does have a good point. Whee are getting to the time when lots of hoomans like to put their piggies out in the garden in runs and there are a few safety tips whee have that whee think piggy, and rabbit, pawrents should know.

  • Always make sure there is nothing that can harm your pet in the run. This includes plastic, twigs, broken plant pots and poisonous plants such as the following common garden flowers;  Bluebell, Crocus, Daffodil, Dock, Foxglove, Hyacinth, Buttercup, Poppy, Ragwort, Tulip You can find a list of other poisonous plants in good guinea pig books and online.
  • Check your local weather forecast. If it is going to be hot then provide lots of cool water, shade and high water content vegetables. If it is going to be cool provide heat pads and cozies to snuggle in. Also remember that in Spring the temperatures are temperamental and it can start sunny and warm and cool quite quickly in the evenings so be prepared to add heat pads or take the piggies in if it  does cool or rain.
  • Always make sure there is someone watching your pets. Even with secure, covered runs they are not always predator proof. Foxes, cats, birds and other wild animals can all present a danger to your pet.
  • Check the run regularly for parts that might have been chewed and exposed splinters or metal.
  • Guinea pigs are expert escape artists. If no one is watching (and even if someone is, mentioning no names here Basil!) then they can break out in the blink of an eye and be off down the garden. Try putting in lots of toys and distractions to prevent them from wanting to test their houdini skills!

Whee hope all these tips help efurryone to stay safe. Happy Saturday, whee hope you have a great one!

Buddy & Basil


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Posted on April 12, 2014, in Piggy Blogs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Isn’t it wonderful to be thinking about being too hot again?! Keep away from the Magpies – we don’t like them, they steal our girls’ eggs 😦

  2. I would think you have to be super careful if you are in a pen in the yard. You are pretty much trapped if a creature comes by. Be careful!

  3. It’s important to have always an eye on pets in the back yard. today we saw a giant buzzard on a tree ( it was really a giant, hope it was a buzzard and not a pterosaur), so I think we have to take care for Hell-mut and our chicken :o)

    • Whee saw a big bird today. Mummy said it was called a heron and it was trying to steal fishies from a neighbours pond. Whee are glad whee are not fishes as he had a pretty big beak!


  4. Great tips regarding the expert escape artists. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. Good tips! Sometimes it’s hard to resist trying to find an escape route though isn’t it?!?!?!

    Hugs, Sammy

    • Sometimes piggies do it cos they’re scared but mostly when they are bored. If given plenty of other things to do they should stay put. (whee say should because clearly someone needs to mention this to Basil!!)


  6. Who best to tell the hoomans how to keep us piggies (and rabbits) safe than piggies themselves! Thanks fur the tips boys!
    Mop, Dusty, Billy, Pip and Cupcake xx

  7. You didn’t mention coyotes but you probably don’t have them there.

  8. Hello sweet piggies! Thank you for sharing this information.
    Hope you have a super Saturday. p.s. I am going to have two piggies of my own. I am adopting them this weekend. 😊😊😊

  9. You’re smart to be on the lookout ! Those magpies can be a menace. Good thing your mom is very diligent. I think that’s all good information to share, thank you.

    • Whee are glad you like it. Mummy says it was this sort of information that she needed when she got piggies but she couldn’t find it anywhere so it was a matter of learning as she went.


  10. Now that you have given efurrybuddy some furry good tips, we hope you all behave yourselves and stay where you belong. Enjoy your lovely weather.

  11. Hehehehe I had lots of fun today too,little bit cloudy ,but it was so nice being out with mum,enjoy your week end and stay safe my piggy friends,xx Speedy

  12. Guud tipz Buddy n Basil…eben me escaped frum me dubble Condo last Summer….so yah we 4 leggedz shuud alwayz bee snoopervised…… 😉
    Izn’t it furabuluss Spring iz furinally here???
    Lub ❤ Nylablue ❤

  13. yer rite Buddy!! Me got an **earfull** when me escaped frum me Condo….leckturez… me gonna bee guud diz yeer! We haz more Falconz n Red Tailed Hawkz around here n Mum sayz she nott want me to BEE suppa fer one of dem raptur birdz…..
    Now Basil ya haz to stay inside da enclosed patio n bee safe n NOTT give yer Mum fitz or a heart attck okayz??
    Lub Nylablue ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

  14. Great tips guys 🙂 and we have a big Magpie family here and they always keep Cleo on her toes bwahahaha 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xx

  15. some fab tips guys!!

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