New addition to the family

We’ve managed to keep this under wraps for a while now but at 2:01pm on Saturday 20th October 2007, we welcomed a new addition to the Kelly family.

Yes, it’s true, we have the pitter-patter of tiny feet once more.  Everyone’s excited and we’ve had visitors already cooing.

So, I’d like to introduce you to Truffles and Martini, the guinea pigs.

We wanted to get a dog but our landlords weren’t comfortable with that so we compromised and got some critters.

Truffles is brown/black and Martini is jet black. Their previous owners kept great care of them but had picked up two kittens from a rescue centre and the kittens kept eyeing the critters and licking their lips so something had to go.

The girls are really excited as they were too young to really remember our bunny rabbits and we think they’re at the right age to look after these animals. The good thing is that guinea pigs like to be picked up and cuddled so it’s going to get the girls more comfortable with handling them

Today’s foray into pet care is to clean out their cage. This is something that Sam and I had to do on a regular basis with the rabbits and it’s a skill we’re passing down to our children. Sam wants to get some more play things for them. I was thinking about a plasma TV and table football but she wants climbing frames and a see-saw.

These things have personalities of their own. Truffles is more outgoing. If you make a noise that sounds like a rattling food bag, she’ll stand up on her hind legs with her front paws on the cage and start squeaking. She’s comfortable with sitting in the open.

Martini, on the other hand, is a silent partner. She’s content to sit inside her log but she’s not beyond nipping Truffles in the backside when there’s food to be had. I think some administrative punishment may be called for.

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