As our lockdown is easing I hope to be able to resume somewhat normal service on the In Didcot blog, albeit one with more emphasis on walks and cycle rides. In the meantime I’ve collated one more post of Didcot’s pets – enjoy!
Our cover pet this week is Opie. Opie is a two and a half year old mini smooth haired Dachshund. He loves laying in the sunshine and going on walks. He also enjoys sitting on the sofa looking out of the window and barking at people! He doesn’t like cats, pigeons or the postman much. He occasionally snores very loud when sleeping; he’s very funny and we love him!
This is Hendrix. He loves the warm sunny weather. On a sunny day he can move pretty fast! He eats lots of lettuce and cucumber but his favourite treat is strawberries. He is often found in a sunny spot on the patio or in his hiding spot behind the flower pots!
Lightning and Sunshine
These guinea pigs are called Lightning (he has tan patches) and Sunshine (all black and white). They are three year old brothers and have a love/hate relationship. They are a long hair cross and once a year we give them a trim or their fur gets all matted. My nine year old son is very skilled at keeping them calm and feeding them snacks while I get trimming. They love grass and cucumber!
Merida, Tulip and chicken number 3
Please meet Merida, Tulip and (nameless)! We still haven’t named the 3rd chicken. They are around 20 weeks old now and settling in well to our crazy family.
Lilly, Luna, Lita and Toes
Our chickens (see above) have a love hate relationship with our cats, Lilly, Luna, Lita and Toes! Toes is still a kitten and less than a year old and Luna is Lilly’s daughter.
We love our animals and as much as I would add to the household, my husband has made it very clear that I’m not allowed anymore.
This is Jake, he’s nearly nine years old. He came to us age four months from Lab Rescue South East and Central. He’d already had a bumpy ride. Jake’s a gentle boy but he’s very nervous and likes to comfort eat – anything and everything (don’t ask!). He has made himself very ill in the past and so to control this habit he wears a muzzle when he’s off lead. Unfortunately the muzzle makes him look aggressive but he’s very passive; he often seems quite aloof and will walk past people and dogs as if they don’t exist.
Ebony is a one year old cat that we adopted in March after losing our last guinea pig. We’d never had a cat before and were quite nervous but two months in we absolutely adore her. Ebony is a friendly and playful girl who has made lockdown that bit easier.
Woody is a ten year old Patterdale cross Jack Russell. As an older gent, Woody has developed a few foibles over the years. He doesn’t like getting his feet wet, can be a bit fussy about walking on long grass and decides when he has walked far enough. He still enjoys running around the garden and barking at any cats who dare enter!
Munchy and Lola
Munchy and Lola are part of the In Didcot blog household. They’re almost two years old and have very different personalities. Lola (the black one) eats anything and everything she can get her teeth into. Aside from humans that is, she’ll just lick them. Munchy (the white and brown one) snoozes more but still likes to popcorn around the cage. She hates having her toe nails clipped so the humans have to resort to food bribery and stealth to snip them. Both get incredibly excited at the sound of the fridge opening!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this final round up of Didcot pets. I’ve loved seeing all of your photos, and discovering just how much animals are part of our families. Do look back on the other pet posts (links below) to see the other animals that have been featured over the last few weeks.