I haven't spent much time on the computer this weekend. First of all, I spent Saturday volunteering with an event at work. I had a nice time and it only took a few hours of my time. That was good. It would be better if I were in a better working situation. It's bad. I expect to tender my resignation sometime this week and begin the "please hire me" thing again. It's downright ugly.
At least I have a wonderful new pig to take up my time and keep my mind on good things. He's gaining weight and becoming less timid. He pretty much never runs when I pick him up from his cage. He gets a little more skittish when he's out running around on the living room floor. We lock up the cat when he's out and he has a "you stay on your side of the pen, I'll stay on mine" relationship with the dog. The dog has sniffed him a time or two and wagged her tail. But, we've seen this dog tear shrieking shrews out of the ground and gut them in about 5 seconds flat. That was back in her "killer dog nasty" times. She's a kinder, gentler dog now. Onyx does not seem to know that he's really tiny. He puts his front feet up on whatever toy plaything he's got at the time and "weeeeks weeeeks" at the dog. He even acted like he wanted to charge the dog a time or two, bounding in her direction in a bouncy kind of way. The dog just walks away. They could not actually get to each other before we would be there to break up the fracas. We never leave them together without someone in the room, of course!
Tonight, the cat pulled a Houdini and escaped while Onyx was out. She was very, very interested and had her tail puffed out a little. I quickly grabbed him and put him back into his cage in my room. Floor time was definitely over.
I've had an interesting time just getting to know his personality and winning his confidence. I've also been experimenting with different vegetables to try and get a good idea of what his preferences are. He LOVES cilantro and would eat it non-stop if I would let him. He needs a variety for his best health (just like us!) and I have discovered that he likes romaine lettuce, carrots and dandelion. He does not like any kind of bell pepper and he liked apples for about 2 days, then changed his fickle little mind about that.
He loves to snuggle and explore. He seems happy and healthy and I am so glad to have him. When I feel stressed, I just grab my pig! It's good for both of us. Oh, and he's only tinkled on me once. That's not uncommon for young ones, especially when they are out for a while. He'll learn, like my other pigs did, that I'm doing to get him out for a while, so he should go before I grab him. I've heard that you can litter train them and I am planning to spend next weekend getting started with that. It certainly would be much cleaner and Onyx does seem to be pretty bright. I know, I know...I'm a little biased.
I want very much to take some pictures and post them. I can take good pictures and load them onto my computer but I can't for the life of me figure out how to make them smaller!
Tomorrow it's back to hell! How many more days until Spring Break?!?