Just a little note to say that while we are in lockdown and social distancing, we are unable to offer pamper days or nail clipping. We are hoping that very soon we will be able to re offer these services.
Please may I ask that if you are booked with me for April / May even June and now dont require boarding or home visits, please let me know. I am assuming that this is the case during these difficult times but its nice to check base with you all. If I dont hear 24 hours prior to board or visit full payment will be required as per our T & Cs. Stay home, stay safe.
Just saying stay safe everyone and stay home. The piggies, cats and I are all spending quality time together.
To say though that if any Keyworkers need their rabbits or guinea pigs taken care of while they are working to serve our nation to get in touch, we can do free for short term (5 days) or half price if longer.
Here at Skittering Pig we are still operating as there has been no link from the virus passing between rabbits, guinea pigs and cats. We already have a strict infection control policy due to the virility of RHVD2. This goes for home visits too. However if you are poorly before or after your holiday and your companion is in our care we will gladly look after them until you can pick them up.
The Excellent Adventure Sanctuary (TEAS) for guinea pigs with extra needs are holding an Easter fayre on March 28th, 1-5pm at the Blacky Moore Community Centre, Northampton NN4 0WP. Come and meet the piggies and learn about the valuable work they do helping piggies who have been put in their care because of medical issues such as dental problems, blindness or deafness. Once sorted with teeth theses special piggies often can be re homed. Here at Skittering Pig we help to foster some while awaiting their furever homes.
Here is hoping that all piggies, buns and other small furries plus their humans are staying safe in all this horrid weather.
Easter and Summer holiday bookings now being taken, both for boarding and home visits. So as soon as you have some dates lets us know.
Just a little note regarding boarding of bunnies. All males and ideally females from 12 / 16 weeks must be neutered also all rabbits must be vaccinated against RHD/Myxo and RHD2 prior to board with at least 7 days clear from last vaccination. Proof of vaccinations will be required.
A big thank you to all who participated in our Christmas Raffle, we raised £70 for TEAS and hope it helps all the poorly piggies. To our winner Rachel West we hope you and your family enjoy the 2 paintings.
We would like to wish all our clients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Here at Skittering Pig we will be dealing with all enquirers , board requests etc tomorrow.
Today is a personal day as I say farewell to my mum. A huge Thank you to all my clients who have sent cards, flowers and donations we have been overwhelmed by your generosity and condolences.
Christmas Raffle 2019!
Skittering Pig Christmas Raffle
Head over to the Skittering Pig Facebook page to Donate :)
This year again we will be supporting TEAS, Weʼre raising £200 to (TEAS) enables guinea pigs who have ongoing medical issues to live normal, happy life, whilst they receive the veterinary care they need. I am having commissioned 2 paintings, Thumper & Bambi. Raffle tickets are £1 each.
To enter please donate via the Just Giving page. Each £ donated will generate a ticket which will be picked Christmas Day by an independent person.
I want to recommend the Skittering Pig family, they treat your pets like members of their own family.
The updates alone give you peace of mind, I have a special needs bun and another bun who is scared of most humans and know that when Julia and her family look after them either by a home visit or staying at hers, they are happy and comfortable.
Thank you for your recent visit, the buns were very well cared for.
Thank you to Rufus's mum for this wonderful review. It is a pleasure to look after every ones fur babies and help them where necessary and to love them.
Cannot recommend Julia enough! She is a genuine animal lover and goes above and beyond to ensure the welfare of the pets in her care. She has a wonderful set up at her home for boarding and prices are extremely reasonable for the level of service you receive.
We had booked in with Julia whilst we were going on holiday and before we left our 6.5 year old guinea pig was experiencing dental problems and required daily manual feeds in between his dental visits. We were worried about leaving him given his age and additional requirements but Julia could not have been more understanding and put us totally at ease. We suggested flying home to early so that we could take him to his next dental appointment but Julia kindly took him for his teeth file on our behalf. She gave us daily updates and we knew he was in a safe pair of hands. Not only this but she was able to wean him off his manual feeds after the first day and coax him back into eating for himself which then in turn helped his teeth. He has gone from strength to strength since returning home and I genuinely think his recovery would have taken a lot longer had it not been for Julia’s care.
We cannot thank Julia or recommend her enough... our piggie Rufus will definitely be holidaying with her again the next time we are away xxx
We looked after older cat Mya
Highly recommended! Just used Julia for feeding our cat for a few days and couldn’t ask for anyone better! She was professional, very clean and thorough and nothing too much hassle. Wish we had found her years ago!
We are available for home visits throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
We have had clients asking if we are open Christmas and New Year. Yes we are! Although Christmas drop off will be from 23rd December until 27th December then 30th December until 2nd January for New Year.
I left my pet rabbit Hedders with Julia for just under a week and was a little nervous as was the first time I had left him with anyone.
Julia was brilliant, sent pic updates of how he was getting on and Hedders very much enjoyed his stay!!
Phew! what a busy August! We hope everyone had a lovely Summer break. We now have spaces for guinea pigs but still busy for a couple more weeks with rabbits.
If you have any dates for next years holidays please contact us.
We are now well and truly into our busy period and looking after lots of lovely guests. We hope that their mums & dads are having a lovely relaxing time.
A little note to say we are now full with boarding and home visits until September. Have a great Summer x
Please make sure any rabbits boarding are fully vaccinated, RHVD1 & 2 plus Myxi, remember there is a 2 week gap before having the RHVD2 and there must be a clear 10 day period between vaccinating and boarding.
Thank you to Casper mum for this lovely review.
Our rabbit Casper has just spent 24 days with Julia from June into July. Julia sent regular updates on how Casper was and what he had been doing which meant I didn't worry about him at all. Thank you Julia - would definitely recommend :-)
We have been doing some remodeling and general tidying of our 'Piggy Towers Hotel". We now have large specially stacked cages instead of the wood hutches. The piggies have the same space but the plastic is easier to keep clean than wood. I will take some better pictures but I thought I would share what we are doing.
Love this place. Julia is very caring and knowledgeable. No worries leaving the guinea pigs in her care. 10 out of 10 from me.
Rainbow Bridge News
As some of you know I have been fostering piggies from TEAS. https://www.facebook.com/teasnorthampton these piggies have conditions which require extra care, mainly dental treatment that has to be dealt with before they can be re homed. However; some piggies dont always make it. I had Butterscotch a week before bless him he passed away.
If you have rabbits and have not had them vaccinated yet against RHVD2 now is the time to do it. With warmer weather and a nice chance to spend more time outdoors bunnies need to be protected. Many boarding establishments, myself included will not take bunnies unless they have had this vaccine in addition to the RHVD1 & Myxi.
If you you are thinking of having a new furry friend, rabbit or guinea pig, we urge you to adopt. There are loads of furry friends needing new homes. I have been fostering for The Excellent Adventure Sanctuary (for guinea pigs with extra needs) The picture is of my foster girls Ribbon & Bubbles (they have now gone to their forever home).
A little gentle reminder to owners boarding their bunnies. All bunnies need to be vaccinated against RHVD1, Myxi & RHVD2, we will NOT accept non vaccinated bunnies. All male rabbits over 16 weeks need to be neutered we don't take entire males and ideally all females need to be neutered too. To all my wonderful rabbit parents. I am urging anyone who has a female bunny to get her spayed. I have seen over the last few weeks female buns who are stressed due to the fact its Spring and they think they should be raising a family. They have been over grooming their partners, themselves, making nests not to mention changes in temperament and spraying which can land in other pens and up the walls! Its not fair on them, creates issues between partners as well as distress.
Yes its coming that time of year! The cute little Easter bunnies everywhere, but Please I say this every year. STOP & THINK before buying a real one. If you can not offer a rabbit an accommodation of at least 8ft with run area (the bigger the better), food, vet bills (both sexes need neutering and vaccination plus illness) and your time everyday in all weathers or time interacting if house rabbit for a minimum period of 10 YEARS!!! DO NOT BUY!! A rabbit is a living, breathing being that has emotions, is very intelligent and can feel pain they are NOT TOYS to be left when the novelty wears off!
Think before you buy, the same applies to guinea pigs too!
This week we had some sad Rainbow Bridge news for two piggies Biscuit & Rocky. Our thoughts got to their piggy parents and family.
After the passing a couple of weeks ago of Louis, we are sad to say that old man Squeak has gone to play with him. Our thoughts as always are with their families.
Yay! some sunshine! the piggies and buns have been enjoying the spring sunshine, its lovely to see them out hopping around and the piggies 'popcorning'.
We are taking bookings for half term, Easter ,August and even Christmas! as a small boarder I have limited space so book as soon as you have your dates. We also offer home visits too, again try to book as early as possible.
We have been having a few issues with the direct forms from here, please if you have tried to contact us recently through this method, could you get in touch by directly contacting us ie email/phone/text.
We still have places for February and Easter holidays
Happy New Year!!
Its never too early to think about booking those Summer holidays, dont forget your small furries! get in touch to book your fur babies in or we can come to you!
Christmas Hamper Raffle
Has been won by Leona Marshall, mum to Batman, Pepper, Ronnie & Gus. Congratulations! and I am sure your piggies are going to love the treats.
We also at present have raise in the region of £150 for The Excellent Adventure Sanctuary (for guinea pigs with extra needs) big Thank you to all who took part.
Slight price increase
As from the 1st January there is going to be a slight price increase to reflect the various accommodations we offer. Please note if you have already booked there is no increase.
Rabbits - £9 per pair / £7 single
Guinea pig - £7 per pair / £5 Single
We have set up a Just Giving page. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/julia-spence please donate to help piggies with special needs, vet bills, food etc also you will be entered into our Christmas raffle.
Its now 6 weeks to the most Magical time of the year! I thought I would let you all know what we have planned between now and the special day. Our advent competition will be a bit different this year. I have throughout the year been supporting the charity, https://www.facebook.com/teasnorthampton/
I am going to raffle a hamper for pigs or buns, to enter I am going to add a donate button, you can donate direct of their Facebook page, PayPal or bank transfer and all monies will go to TEAS. You can of course call by and get a physical raffle ticket. All tickets and names will go into a box and be picked on Christmas eve. I am asking for at least 50p per ticket but please donate what you can to help special needs piggies.
Halloween & Bonfire night boarding, due to these being stressful evenings, there will be no drop offs or pick ups.
Christmas & New Year boarding
Places going fast I have 1 rabbit pen vacancy and only a few piggy places left!
Due to a possible RHVD2 related death in the area, I am making it a requirement that ALL boarding rabbits must be vaccinated against this terrible disease. I will give until 19th October for this to be carried out. There will be no exceptions this disease is highly contagious and deadly. I therefore can not and will not put any ones rabbit in jeopardy. I very much hope that you will all help to work towards getting rid of this disease and keep our rabbits safe. I also require all male rabbits over 16 weeks to have been neutered.
We are normally wishing a speedy recovery to piggies and buns, but today we are wishing a speedy recovery to a piggy mummy, she is a lovely lady and we wish her well.
Thank you for another lovely review!
Julia looked after our piggies by visiting them at our home whilst we were on holiday. We were away for a week and during that time our piggies experienced both hot weather and a storm. Julia went above and beyond to make sure they were comfortable.
Thank you Skittering Pig!
Well all boarders did just fine over the hot spell, the use of fans, water bottles and open windows made every one cool and relaxed.
SUMMER IS HERE!
While it may be lovely for us for our furry friends it's not so great! As we head to another hot weekend please keep buns & pigs cool by being inside or providing them with lots of shade and cold water bottles. Make sure air can circulate or provide them with a fan.
Very sad Rainbow Bridge news, we were told that last night gorgeous little Poppy that stayed with us for 8 weeks earlier in the year has passed over. We are deeply saddened as she was a young bunny and had not been poorly. Our thoughts go to her lovely family x
Another happy client!
Julia looked after our daughter's two hamsters for almost two weeks whilst we were away. She kindly emailed us when we were away to let us know how they were (which my daughter especially appreciated). Our two hamsters returned home refreshed from their own little holiday! Thank you Julia. We definitely recommend the Skittering Pig!
We now have Grain Free nuggets for both rabbits and piggys. If you would prefer your fur babies to be given this just let us know.
We are getting very busy over the Summer and currently have no spaces for rabbits from July through to September! We do currently have piggy spaces.
After some false allegations were made about us, A huge 'Thank you' to all my lovely clients who have supported me over the last couple of days, I am truly humbled and feel very privileged to care for your 'furbabies'
Sad Rainbow Bridge news
Elderly piggy Bubbles was found in his furever sleep, sleep tight little man.
Revised Summer opening times
Pick up/Drop offs
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 0700 -1100 then 1500 - 1800
Wednesday, CLOSED to drop off/pick up
Saturday - Sunday 0900 - 1100
Here at Skittering Pig we have been updating our Terms & Conditions to co inside with new data protection laws and also the boarding of rabbits.
'Skittering Pig is registered with the Information Commissioners Office for data protection. By entering into the boarding agreement you are consenting that your personal contact data can be held by Skittering Pig. We never share data except in an emergency with a recognised veterinarian. If you no longer require our services all data with be deleted from our records. You have the right to refuse us your personal details, but please note we ask for this information to enable us to contact you in an emergency regarding your pets’ health and well being.'
Skittering Pig requires that all rabbits need to be vaccinated for Myxomatosis and RHVD1. Ideally we ask that your rabbit be vaccinated against RHVD2. We also ask that you bring with you a current vaccination certificate. We reserve the right to refuse non vaccinated rabbits and also where evidence of vaccinations cannot be produced.
Skittering Pig require that ALL rabbits from 16 weeks are neutered (except where you are taking advantage of our neutering service), however we will accept rabbits where a veterinary surgeon has assessed that the rabbit is not mature enough to be neutered.
Sad Rainbow Bridge news piggies William and Mr Selfridge have passed over, Please make sure piggies are kept cool with air circulating their hutches and pens.
Just a reminder that we are filling up fast for summer boarding and visits. Let us know your dates so we can book you in.
We will be closed from October 6th till 14th 2018. If you need your furbabies looking after during this time I recommend Karen from http://www.hopskipandbunk.co.uk all will be back to normal from October 15th.
I know we say it every year but please dont buy a live rabbit at Easter. They may look cute and cuddly but in truth they are a 10 year commitment, they have feelings, needs just like a person. Please always make sure any pet you have is the right one for your family and lifestyle. We encourage adoption over buying in a shop.
To my lovely clients, we are now Closed on Wednesdays. We have had reduced hours but coming the Summer I need time to fully interact with my guest and also to deep clean the board areas. If you are due to drop or pick up you will have received or will be receiving an email asking to come on the Thursday. Sorry if this causes inconvenience and if you have a real problem changing to the Thursday please let me know
Beautiful bunny William and cute piggy Coconut have joined our Rainbow Bridge list. Our thoughts are with their families.
Firstly some Rainbow Bridge news, a lovely clients piggy Holly (the white & ginger) passed while I was looking after her. She was an elderly pig but was a real shock I was totally heartbroken, worst part was having to tell her mummy. Now she can popcorn with her buddy Jaffa xx
The Skittering Pig adoptees are doing really well, Belle & Chip have settled in and had their pamper. They have a lovely big pen to call home and an enormous playpen filled with wonderful toys.
To all our lovely clients please take care out on the roads. Make sure bunnies and piggies are kept warm and dry too
Cheeky piggies Belle & Chip settling in for supper.
Don't forget to book early for Easter & Summer holidays places filling up fast. Also applies to Christmas & New Year!
Good news there will be no price increase this year. To clarify all boarding will be charged full rate while your animal is with us, as your animal is still being fed and cared for. Holidays of more than 14 nights will still receive our discount and home visits are still charged at 45p per mile
Very sad day yesterday as little Max crossed to 'Rainbow Bridge'. Max was suffering with pneumonia and despite best efforts from his wonderful mummy, vet and me; he passed over while laying on my lap. Sleep tight Max
Happy New Year!
Thinking about Summer holidays remember to book your furries in early.
Some Fun Facts!
Over the last year I have been compiling a chart of guests names. Well the results are in! The most popular name for guinea pigs is Fudge! with Bubble & Squeak coming 2nd & 3rd. For Rabbits it is Daisy & Alfie so here is a small selection of guests with these lovely names.
Most unusual name, we have had movie stars, TV characters, super heroes and food related and they are all gorgeous. I have chosen Mr Bunnykins and piggy Mr Selfridge
Just dropped my piggies off for a couple of weeks here whilst I recover from surgery and Julia is so amazingly kind and accommodating. She's giving updates on them and even clipped their nails - she has a lovely home and clearly adores animals. You won't find a better boarder anywhere in Northants!
Lovely lady, with a top class service !! piggies loved there pamper session today definitely recommend
Its coming that time of year again! Yes the annual Advent competition watch this space to win 7 nights free boarding. Other prizes throughout the weeks too!
To any clients caught up in the Monarch airlines collapse. I do not expect you to pay board fees for short notice cancellations and any deposits will be returned.
Notice to all my lovely clients,
We are going to be closed from 2nd December until the 8th December. This is so we can finish the last stage of our improvements to the board rooms, the painting bit! As always the health and safety of the animals is first and foremost so we dont want precious babies inhaling any paint fumes.
We are open all over Christmas and New Year.
Lovely review from a home visit client:
'Julia came to our house daily to feed the cats and Guinea pig. She went well above the call of duty and cleaned them out too. All animals look very happy so obviously haven't missed us, so Julia has done a great job. Plus we had a couple of updates whilst we were away which was also lovely. Highly recommend and extremely great value for money.'
Sorry about lack of updates, been super busy with boarders and home visits now its the holiday season.
I have had to revise our opening times due to a family commitment.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday is 0730 till 12 then 3pm till 6pm. Wednesday is now 1pm till 4pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am till Midday
More on rabbit RHVD2
Please note due to the increase in RHVD2 all drop offs and pick ups will be conducted away from boarding areas, this is part of increased infection control. We are sorry about this and we know you like to settle your babies in. However we can not run the risk of this horrible disease being brought into animal areas. It is therefore a must that times for drop off and pick up are agreed. We also will be stepping up increase in infection control to our home visit clients as well. If you can and have time before boarding with us we do urge to have this extra vaccine done.
Urging all bunny owners please get them done against this terrible disease.
Rabbit Viral Hemorrhagic Disease 2, There have been a couple of confirmed cases of this now within the pet rabbit population here in Northampton. I am urging all my bunny clients; whether your buns are outside or indoor (you can bring the virus inside on shoes or clothing) to get this vaccination done.
At present I only inst that rabbits are vaccinated against RVHD 1 and Myxi, however I am taking advice from my vet and if there are more cases I may have to add the RVHD 2 to the list.
Please the only way to stop this horrible disease is to vaccinate
Sorry we have been a bit quite lately. We have had some time after the passing of our Birdie. You can always keep right up to date by heading to our Facebook page. The new software seems to be going down well, thank you for all your feedback on this.
Rainbow Bridge news,
Our very own piggy Birdie has passed over, he had been poorly with an infection he had been on antibiotics but it was all too much for him.
We are currently having a trial of some new software for booking in boarders, invoices and receipts. It is work in progress so please excuse any technical issues. We would love to here from a client point of view your thoughts on this system
IMPORTANT DATES! There will be no drop offs or pick ups on the following dates. August 28th (Bank holiday), October 31st (Halloween) & November 5th.(Firework night). Halloween & Firework night is for the welfare of our guests who can be very stressed during these times. Also if you are booking for Christmas our last drop off is December 23rd, first pick up is December 27th.
If you wish bookings and home visits for August and Christmas please get in touch as soon as you know your dates.
A very Happy Easter!
We had a lovely piggy called Cookie come to us to try to band her with our piggy Birdie, after a couple of weeks it has become apparent that Cookie and Birdie were not getting on, however another piggy came for some tlc and I managed to bond Cookie with her. All has gone well and the girls will be going home together.
Both sets of our new accommodation is now fully open. We have 5ft x 3ft x 2ft runs with a hide box, hay bed, litter box tunnels and toys! for our bunny guests. For piggy guests we have large double hutches with a false floor giving them lots of space again with hide houses, hay trays and toys.
Hooray! our new accommodation is finally in place! We now have a dedicated guinea pig room and rabbit room. Piggies have one half of a double hutch plus play pen and bunnies now have large pens instead of hutches so they are free to play all day. The pens have a private box area, hay tray and toys.
Welcome this week to William, Toffee and Opal; who are all bunnies.
The Skittering Pig kittens are now 6 months old.
Had some lovely guests this week cute piggies, Thorin, Pixel & Navi plus bunnies Benny & Bella.
More Rainbow Bridge news, this time a sweet little piggy called Creamy, our thoughts are with his family.
Just had some sad 'Rainbow Bridge' news, Bailey the blind bunny has passed over, he will be deeply missed and our thoughts go to his mum & dad.
After a mad week a chance for a huge clean up! And a change around. We are pleased to offer our new guinea pig room! This room is quite and away from bunnies, the accommodation is large and spacious so they have plenty of room to stretch their paws. We hope in the coming months to do the same with the bunny room!
Don't forget we fill up fast so please book early for Easter, Summer and Christmas.
Lots of guests in this week, here are just a couple of pics matching bunny, Mimi and Maisie the piggy.
Sad 'Rainbow Bridge' news, Lily who was friends with Fizz who passed a few weeks ago has now gone to join her friend. Hugs and thoughts to her family
Look how we have grown! The Skittering Pig kittens are now 15 weeks old :)
More 'Rainbow Bridge news! A beautiful bunny named Barney, she was 10 years old and leaves behind her friend Lola. On the good news side our remodelling is coming on great we are expanding slightly to give our guests more room to stretch their paws.
Welcome to 2017!
Some sad 'Rainbow Bridge' news first off, regarding a young piggy called George. I looked after him in the summer with some home visits, such a cutie to look after. Hugs go to his buddy Biscuit and his young owners. Also our thoughts go to Fudge's young owners too this week, we know Pippin will get extra cuddles.
A huge thank you for charging us with your precious furbabies in 2016. We look forward to more cuddles in the coming year.
Big Thank You for all who joined in our Advent competition, we hope all winners were happy with their prizes. Daisy & Bo Miller won our Grand Draw.
Also huge Thanks for all our cards and gifts we have some wonderful generous clients and friends.
Winners Oreo & Biscuit enjoying their carrot house.
Day 12 was Action shots! managed just to get one of these speedy guys. To join the competition head over to the Facebook page and SHARE & LIKE for a chance to win goodies and be entered into the Grand Draw.
Day 10 is Saturday cuteness.
Day 8 is bath time fun! Great prizes to be won. Bags of nuggets, carrot home and pamper days. Head to our Facebook page to LIKE & SHARE.
Day 5 features some of our home visits clients like this beautiful chap. Head to our Facebook page to enter.
Day 3 is up, chance to win some Festive Treats!
Just LIKE & SHARE our Facebook page to enter.
First advent pictures and a chance to win a full pamper day is up on the Facebook page, head on over using our links to enter.
Only 2 days to go before the start of our Advent Competition!
Remember all you have to do to be entered into our Grand Draw on Christmas Eve is to LIKE at least one of the pictures that will be displayed each day.
On Mondays, Wednesday & Fridays we are giving away a daily prize, again all you have to do it LIKE the pictures, winners will be picked at close of business on those days.
CHRISTMAS! We are full Christmas and New Year to rabbits, however there are some spaces for piggies. Instead of the usual picture advent we are going to run a daily competition (Mon-Fri). Details to follow.
Review from a lovely client
My two rabbits stayed for the first time this week and I highly recommend Skittering Pig. They were very spoiled and cared for, despite them having no manners and trashing their hutch! �� will be using them again if I can. Thanks
Rainbow Bridge news, sorry to hear that little Fudge has passed over, he will be very much missed by his owners and friend Black Jack.
Just a gentle reminder that there will be no drop off or pick ups on 31st October and 5th November this is for the well-being of all animals
Kitten update, the boys are now 7 weeks and into everything! The baby piggies have now gone home but had a very happy and thankful owner. Here they are a few days after arriving home.
After a devastating week losing our 16 year old cat, we now have kittens! Bob-cat and Disney. Also the piggy babies are now 8 days old and super cute.
Weekly cuteness, one of our guests gave birth to these super cuties. Temporary names are Treacle, Nutmeg & Cinnamon.
We have had the very fluffy Janice & Neville to stay, pamper days for Dallas & Storm and a few days break for elderly gent Joey.
After a well deserved vacation we are now back in full swing and ready for guests. We still have some vacancies for October half term and few places left for Christmas.
Just a little note to all boarding with us the end of October, there will be no drop off or pick ups on Monday 31st as it is Halloween ,as we find the animals can get very stressed over the course of the evening. Please be understanding that we are doing this for the welfare and safety of your 'fur babies'
Ever get the feeling you are being watched very intently?
Fudge & Bubbles on breakfast patrol!
Rainbow Bridge news! The lovely Honey has passed to Rainbow Bridge, our thoughts are with her owners
Here at Skittering Pig we are honoured to have our first celebrity bunny, Pippa she is one of the faces of Vets For Pets. However she is taking it all in her hop and is eating well and has settled in here for her holidays. Pictures to follow.
We have had lots of guests over the last few weeks, check out our Facebook page for lots of pictures and videos.
Darcy update, she is back home and doing really well, it was a dental issue that was making her not eat which has now been sorted. Thank you again Astonlee veterinary hospital in Newport Pagnell.
Lovely review from Darcy mum:
Julia is absolutely amazing and we cannot thank her enough for taking care of our bun and pig so well. Recently our house bunny became very poorly during a time when we had builders working on our house and so we could not keep her safe and stress free at home. Our vets drew a blank and said they couldn't help. Julia very kindly arranged for Darcy to see her own vet and to have an operation to have her teeth sorted. She then bought her home and nursed her over a number of days keeping us informed all the while. We cannot thank her enough. We now have our little one home and on the mend. I think it's very unlikely we would have had a positive outcome without Julia's help. We cannot recommend Julia highly enough
Wishing the beautiful Darcy a speedy recovery
Rainbow Bridge news :( sad to say these little fur babies have gone to new pastures. Hector & Teddy, Squeak & Patches
Lots of guests coming and going, here is a super cute picture of Barney.
No not Ewoks from Star Wars, but lion head bunnies Cotton Tail & Lily
Big clean today as guest go home and new ones arrive, more home visits too, always a delight to busy. Thank you to clients for their patience this week too as I could not take messages on Thursday, much appreciated.
Home visits this week; 6 piggys who love their greens, Pip who loves broccoli and the beautiful Bella. Managed at last to get some of the bunnies too! This is Lily she was pushing the bowl towards me in the morning much to say " Breakfast please"
For all bunny owners
'The RWAF are pleased to announce that after long discussions with Filavie, a vaccine manufacturer in France, and NVS, a Veterinary Wholesalers in the UK, we will very shortly have, for sale in the UK, a vaccine against RHD2. This also covers RHD1. The full order should be in stock from Mid June, with relatively small amounts available before then. Please ask your vet to contact NVS to discuss exact anticipated stock arrival dates and to assist them with some idea of expected demand.'
You still need to vaccinate your rabbits with Nobivac as previously, please discuss this with your vet
New boys Spot and Freddy after their brush up, they have been having a great time in the garden run.
I absolutely cannot recommend Julia and her family enough. Skittering Pigs is an amazing set up and meets all your small pets needs and more. Julia and her family have been so incredibly kind and helpful to us of late with our three little pigs , she has gone above and beyond the call of duty and thank you just doesn't seem enough. She loves her guests probably as much as the owners do and fusses over them probably more. The boys, Max, Jasper and Mr Selfridge are looking forward to their next visit at the end of the month.
We now accept card payments! there is a 50p transaction fee for all card payments. Other payment methods of course are cash, cheque and BACS.
Bundles of cuteness in these 12 week old piggies. How many can you squeeze into a hay pan?
Also our first tame wild rabbit, he was found hurt at a few weeks so was taken home and cared for.
Also had some sun! so bunnies were put to play.
Lots of guest this week, here are the super cute 12 week old piggies. Jasper, Mr Selfridge and Max. We also have Louis the piggie and Darcey the Rabbit.
The cute Moon & Star
Two great reviews, this one from Sky & Ringo owner, 2 budgies we had last week.
Highly Recommend this service! Absolutely brilliant care and I would not hesitate leaving my budgies with Julia again xx
This one from Tom & Jerry owners, 2 cuddly bunnies,
Highly recommend from me and The Buns! Xx
Our new guest Honey she is very sweet and is also 7 years old x
The beautiful Candy is back with us for Easter as is Black Jack & Fudge. More 'Rainbow Bridge' news piggies Patchy & Wizz our thoughts are with their owners.
Learnt of a passing to 'Rainbow Bridge' Pepper the little grey rabbit sadly did not recover from his virus, our thoughts to his lovely owners and big hugs to his bunny buddy Chilli.
Brr! might be cold and snowing here today, but our gang are toastie warm indoors. Charlie & Snowy joined us for a pamper day a lovely picture of Rufus after his pamper day.
Lovely comments from Barley & Buttons owner:
My girls are very chilled out tonight after their week with Julia. They still haven't forgiven me for sending them to the vets but they already seem a lot happier and chilled out in them selves! Thank you very much Julia for taking amazing care of my girls! Would not trust them with anyone else
Buttons & Barley recovering well after their spay operation yesterday.
February half term week, had some lovely bunnies and gorgeous piggies visit over the weekend. Tom & Jerry, Ludo & Hoggle.
To all my bunny clients an emphasis about the importance of vaccination. Please vaccinate against Myxomatosis and RVHD1, currently however there is a second strain RVHD2 which at present vets are having issues obtaining the vaccine. Please continue to ask your vet about supplies as there have been confirmed cases in the UK of rabbits succumbing to this second strain. More information can be found on rabbitwelfare.co.uk
Bookings now being taken for half term, Easter, Summer holidays, even Christmas 2016! Let us spoil your furry while you relax.
Please be careful out on the roads if you are visiting us this week, we have had some snow which may turn to ice later. With all this chilly weather make sure outdoor bunnies and piggys have extra bedding, alternative bring them into a shed or utility room.
Quiff of the week! Fudge!
Happy New Year to all!
We are now taking bookings for the February half term, Easter holidays. Do book early with us if you are going away July/August as we get booked up very quickly.
Cute pictures of Bella & Benny
Wishing all our clients and guests a very happy New Year!
23rd Dec. Cuteness x
22nd Dec. Mix and match!
21st Dec. Bunny day!
20th Dec. Piggys again!
19th Dec. More piggy madness!
18th Dec. Piggy Mad!
17th Dec. Buns, Daisy, Daffodil & Munchie
16th Dec. Bunnies Phil & Ernie
15th Dec. Diego the Degu
14th. Dec. Cute sleepy Albert
13th Dec. 'The Furry Trio' Mack, Jack & Bailey
12th Dec. Piggys, Natchy & Mimi
11th Dec. Our more unusual guests!
10th Dec. Hamster nuts!
9th Dec. Piggy lips & kisses, Coco & Callie
8th Dec. The very laid back Fizz.
7th Dec. Dexter the chipmunk who loved Marmite on toast!
6th Dec. Summer action shot of Chilli & Pepper.
5th Dec. The gorgeous galar Candy.
4th Dec. Patchy being very comfy
3rd Dec. Chinchillas Ruby & Lulu
2nd Dec. Today is Darcey the bunny
Advent calendar season, 25 adorable pictures of our guests!
Starting with our very own piggy, Birdie.
We have vacancies over the New Year period, so if you are heading away or having friends and family round we can look after your small furries. Drop offs from December 27th, 9 till 12. pick ups from January 4th normal times apply.
Big thank you to Mr & Master Skittering Pig for building the new accommodation I hope the bunnies will be very happy!
New boy Albert has totally settled here at Skittering Pig! Albert has now gone home we really hope he enjoyed his stay and that he will come back for more cuddles.
New guest day today, starting to get ready now for all our Christmas and New Year boarders. Pippin & Fudge called in this week for a pamper session they are only 6 months old and very cute. We also had another Fudge and Black Jack stop by for a second visit these two sweeties also had nice baths while with us.
Getting ready today for some new guests. We still have some vacancies for over the New Year period. Running from 30th December till 4th December. We will not be accepting drop off or pick ups on December 31st, 1st, 2nd or 3rd January.
Celebrations here this week Master Skittering pig had his birthday! All guests shared in the celebration with extra treats. Cream & Benga two dumbo rat brothers were most pleased with their treat balls.
Marble & Blu mum has been very happy with our home visit service, we are glad she was happy with our services.
The 6 Piggyteers have arrived for a few days, Snowy has had a pamper with bath time tomorrow.
Fizz has been a very good girl taking her medicine with no fuss.
The Furry Trio have now gone home loved those boys! Bella & Patch have arrived today looked on by Alfie & Daisy.
The Furry Trio have been joined by lovely fluffy bunny Alfie, cute ladies Honey & Daisy and the 6 Piggyteeers of Snowy, Charlie, Harry, Teddy, Bubble & Squeak.
Bailey the bunny, Mack & Jack the piggies have joined us today all three are settling in.
Barley & Buttons have had a great time these 2 girls loved making a lovely mess!
More new guests this week, Cream & Benga 2 rat brothers have been settling in. All guest were loving their new toys this week lovely to see them all so excited!
New guests Darcy and Louis settling in!
Thinking about a Half term break? Dont forget your small furries, let us here at Skittering Pig pamper them and spoil them while you relax. You can also book them in for a lovely bath and nail trim only £5 extra per booking!
BIG NEWS! due to a demand by our clients Skittering Pig are now offering a cat feeding service, we will visit your home and feed your feline as well as looking after your small furry in the comfort of our animal hotel.
Rocky & Crunch, Natchy & Mimi are back for the weekend! being joined by Barney & Lola two snuggly bunnies.
Lots of coming and going over the past week. In for a few days on holiday from Hogwarts was Harry Potter & Ron Weasley, Pixie & Coco made another visit too. We have also been joined by these handsome feathered friends, Mango, Chutney, Eli & Leah. Blossom & Bubbles have also arrived for the weekend.
All guests smelling sweet and looking beautiful after their pamper day. This cute little fellow is Diego the degu he is very cute and very vocal.
Wow busy days here a Skittering Pig. Gorgeous Callie and handsome Hammy have departed we hope they enjoyed their holiday with us. Pictures to come of Alfie & Archie two guinea pig boys, Diego a handsome, funny and super cute Degu and back for another visit the very pretty lady piggy called Lola who is a sibling of our very own Birdie. Rocky, Crunch, Chilli & Pepper are having great fun with the compost box and foraging in the big run, had grumpy faces yesterday as they had to have indoor play, Bubble,Squeak,Fizz,Lily,Scully and Biscuit all had playpen time, new boys Alfie & Archie had a pamper and nail trim. For Fudge & Daisy the hamsters it was all too much and they slept most of the day.
Lots of guest have now departed, so its a big wash up and clean down day watched and inspected by our 'Girls' Lulu & Ruby. Garden time for Bubble & Squeak and later it will be pamper time for Heidi & Pippin, Hammy and Daisy are of course still in bed!
Some pictures of guests first up is Fudge & Black Jack, then super speedy Daisy she is so fast! and always so busy :) Two cute piggys in the form of Heidi & Pippin they are quite young and skitty but have settled in well. Managed to get the other hamsters, the brown and white is Ziggy and the black one is Hammy.
Busy day guest departing and guests arriving, Dizzy & Bubbles have gone home but we have welcomed, Ziggy, Daisy & Hammy the hamsters and Moon & Star guinea pigs are back with us for a few days. After the horrible wet day yesterday we have managed some run time for Bubble & Squeak and the 4 Piggyteers (Thistle, Dolly, Crumpet & Kiko). Stanley is playing in the playpen, well actually he is currently asleep. Pamper time for Fudge & Black Jack.
Holiday Time! Lots of piggys coming for their holidays. Some pictures of our new arrivals, Thistle, Dolly, Crumpet, Kiko, Bubble & Squeak.
We sadly learnt yesterday that one of our regular guests Mabel the rabbit has passed away, our thoughts are with her mum & dad during this difficult time.
We have a new guest, Stanley the rabbit has joined us for some holiday time!
Bubble and Squeak are getting totally spoilt, Bubble has been a little poorly which required a trip to our vet, glad to say after some antibiotics he is back to his busy self.
Here at Skittering Pig we like to go the extra mile! The young owners of Bubble & Squeak have been missing them so to cheer them up I made a card, just to let them know that their piggys are well :)
Wow what hot weather, all guest had garden time early this morning but were back in the cool by 10am! Remember to not leave pets in direct sunlight but provide plenty of shade also make sure they have water.
Our guests finally managed to have some garden time!
Hoping to put up some pictures later of our latest guests, guinea pigs Moon & Star and Bubble & Squeak.
Celebration day! Skittering Pig is 1 Yes we have been running a whole year! A huge thanks to friends and especially my family for supporting me and of course massive thanks and appreciation to all my clients who have trusted me with their precious animals. Here is to many more!
The cute bunny Yin has re joined us for a lovely weekend of fun and games, hope he can try out the sand pit (well compost/ earth pit).
All our hutches and toys have been scrubbed and sterlised all nice and tidy , waiting now for our new guests.
Having a rare quite moment the last of our weekend boarders Yin went home today so its just 'the girls', so tomorrow we are having a huge scrub down and major wash before our new arrivals.
Yesterday we welcomed 6 guinea pigs for a weekend visit! Snowy, Charlie, Bubble, Squeak, Hector and Teddy have all settled in well, Snowy has even had a bath and pamper x
Lovely Yin has joined us for another visit, we so love having him. Also we welcome Sookie a very tiny hamster who is super fast!
The gorgeous Phil & Ernie have joined us, the lovely bunny boys have had so much fun exploring including the new run and dig pan!
Lovely day yesterday with Rocky, Toffee & Birdie. Rocky & Toffee spent the day in the run playing in the grass tubes, then the boys came in and had a lovely bath and dry with the hairdryer. Then had Birdie out in the other run before bringing him in for his bath all three looked very smart and fluffy.
Busy day! Rocky, Toffee & Toro have settled in well. This is their 3rd visit and were our first boarders, hope to get some pictures soon of the boys.
Two very sweet bunnies came for a pamper yesterday the cute Daisy & Poppy they had some time in our new bunny run and loved checking it out, I actually sat in the run with them and groomed them great space to be in and I am sure we will lots of happy bunnies.
This cute bunny Mabel came for a pamper day x
'I have a "naughty" but thoroughly loveable bunny. I was recommended skittering pig and so happy i have found somewhere for her to be pampered. Excellent groomers who genuinely love small animals. Already booked in for next time.'
Today we welcomed cute guinea pigs, Dizzy & Bubbles these ladies are settling in well and I promised their owner a very sweet 3 year old that we were going to take great care of his pigs.
Had this lovely comment from Candy, Sammy & Charlie's owners.
'lovely place more than happy with care received ,top class thank you so much ,Highly Recommended xxx'
Sad day today as we say goodbye to our feathered friends, Candy, Sammy & Charlie.
We are now a member of the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund.
Skittering Pig always encourages owners to neuter and vaccinate their bunnies. We always put our animals welfare first and try to educate that rabbits are a 10 year commitment while guinea pigs can live up to 7 years. Please consider the time these living creatures will need before buying a pet.
Harry & Teddy were bought to us by one of our regular clients, her husband had rescued them for awful conditions so they came here for some tlc and pampering, we had the boys for 4 days to make sure they were ok. Happy to say both pigs are healthy and were taken to their new home today, they are going to be spoilt and have a much better life than where they were.
Sending get well wishes to one of our regular guests, the lovely guinea pig Snowy, we hope he is up and about soon. Glad to report that Snowy has an ear infection and is responding well to his medication.
We all know the feeling just got back from holiday managed to pick up some milk on the way, go to feed the small furry and find you have not picked up anything for them! Skittering Pig can help, just give us a list of dry food, hay, sawdust and we can have it ready for your return.
Sweetie Yin has gone home but Chilli & Pepper are back for another weekend of being pampered and spoilt.
Clean out and pamper day ready for the weekend! Here is hoping the weather holds so we can get guest out into the garden.
Thinking of your summer holiday? dont forget your small furry friends holiday too, book them in for a totally spoilt time :)
Wow busy busy! Yin has settled into the routine and is enjoying all our new guests! First up are Bindi & Rembrandt two cheeky rats who love to hide in their bed pod, Cookie the hamster is super cute and love to tuck into his fruit sticks and guinea pig boys Patchy & Wizz. We have also had Snowy the guinea pig for a pamper day.
Yin the bunny is back with us from tomorrow he is very sweet and no doubt will be looking for his coriander first thing in the morning.
Dexter and Niklaus were great to have, Dexter was so cute and super fast! He loved his cup of tea in the afternoon and Marmite on toast! we did finally get a picture of Niklaus.
Introducing Dexter and Niklaus. Niklaus is asleep so photos later but here is a cute one of Dexter
Smokey the cute hamster has gone home, tomorrow we are welcoming new guests, Dexter the chipmunk and Nikalaus the Pygmy hedgehog, hope to get some lovely pictures.
Rufus sporting his new hairstyle, Nelson was being camera shy.
Busy week, we welcome the very cute Smokey the hamster and Rufus and Nelson have come today for a pamper day.
Cute little Yin has gone home, he was fine after his operation and his owner was very grateful for the service we offered. We hope he 'hops' back to see us soon. Our 'birdies' are doing well they have settled in and are enjoying the attention especially Candy who has free range most of the day. She is lovely and very affectionate.
Yin has had taken advantage of our neutering service, he is doing very well after his operation, eating and playing, being very happy.
We still have vacancies for this half term term! Yin is coming back to us this week, looking forward to having him back.
Phew! what a busy week! we have had some lovely new arrivals this week in the form of Candy who is a Galar, Sammy the cockatiel and Charlie the parakeet. All have settled in well and enjoying being with us especially Candy who seems to love Mr Skittering Pig!
Check out our new neutering service! If you have no time to take your pets to the vets we can help! See our prices and how it all works on our new header. Our first clients are Chilli & Pepper both are well and sporting the latest Medical Shirts to stop stitches being pulled, much better than those plastic collars!
The bunnies sure do love their coriander! filled in a kitchen roll tube it gives them some forage play before destroying the tube completely.
Fully clean out day today the buns loved having lots of free play at 6am!
Heading out for the school halfterm? Lots on over the Easter break, book your pet into us for a nice comfortable relaxing holiday as well.
Its birthday day here at Skittering Pig! extra munchables all around later.
The adorable Yin, he follows me everywhere, I let him out in the morning and he hops about between the board room and the kitchen while I see to our other guests, here he is at 6am! with morning treat of coriander.
Here is the cuddly Munchie and the beautiful very cuddly Daisy coming out to play also at 6am, it was clean out morning they hopped around and played in the tunnels. Daffy was still in bed! she did come out but was sooo quick today I did not get a good picture. They love their bunny pan and are happily eating the straw and hay!
Cinnamon & Nibbles were being camera shy and these boys also were not out of bed at 6am. Ruby & Lulu were up and about and had a lovely dust bath while Sybil played being 'Mission Impossible' by swinging on her bars
Wow we have had a busy few days, we have changed our board room and accommodation, we now have some smart new flooring that is easy to clean and a large bunny hutch with run attached. We welcome bunnies Daisy, Daffodil & Munchie, also bunnies Cinnamon & Nibbles plus the cute Yin is with us too he has taken to following me around; so sweet. Ruby & Lulu are still in charge and are keeping a very careful watch on the newcomers. Sybil is taking it all in her stride and just likes to wizz around in her ball. Pictures to come.
Hot off the press pictures of cute hamster Sybil just about to go into her ball.
Pictures of the adorable bunny Yin, he is very cute and friendly.
Today we welcomed Sybil a very active cute hamster.
Our guests and pets were very appreciative of their gifts. We welcomed today Yin a gorgeous young bunny.
Merry Christmas, thank you for making our first 6 months a success!
We hope you are enjoying our pictures of our very cute guests.
We have been very busy with arrivals, we welcomed Chilli & Pepper bunnies yesterday, hope to have some pictures soon
Ruby & Lulu, Have hung up their stocking ready for Santa!
Dandelion, such a cutie!
Connor, Here is Szarik's playmate, he is a big teddy bear and so cuddly.
Chilli & Pepper, completely bonkers bunnies!
Day 19 & 20
Jake & Szarik, adorable little bird and snuggly piggy.
Toffee, Playing in the lush grass.
Milo, some more cute bunny pictures.
Sputnick, Our piggy before Birdie, he was so cute and very lazy!
Our Birdie helping with the Seasonal wrapping.
Ruby & Lulu, As the girls are staying for Christmas, another picture of them being adorable.
Torro, this little chap comes with Rocky & Toffee, he is very sweet and very friendly.
Angel, our very own cat.
Jake & Ellwood (Ellie), Our friends house bunnies. Happy Feet Pets looked after our Birdie while we were on vacation.
Scruffy & Dewey, these ladies dropped by for some pamper time
Dandelion & Milo, we had had Dandelion previous, this time she came with her new playmate Milo.
Coco & Pixie, these baby girls came for lots of cuddles
Milky Way, this little chap and his friend Smokey came for a nail trim and brush.
Lola, on speaking to her owners this lovely lady is possibly a relation of our own Birdie.
Connor & Szarik, these guys have stayed a few times with us now and are always adorable and so cuddly.
Jake, this very sweet 9 year old cockatiel managed to mimic phones and alarms while he was with us
Lulu & Ruby, the gorgeous girls. These beautiful chinchillas are currently staying with us and are very adorable. The girls are also about 2 years old.
Rocky & Toffee, these two boys were our first boarders, they have been back to us several times and are delightful to have they are about 2 years old.
First picture is of our own gorgeous guinea pig Birdie. Birdie is a 2 year old little boy piggy.
Today we are getting into the festive spirit! Our decorations start to go up plus our small tree. From tomorrow we are going to run a Skittering Pig advent calendar featuring a cute picture a day of our boarders that have come to stay over the last six months.
We have been delighted that our guests have been happy with our services and that we have had repeat business too. We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Well with Christmas just around the corner our residents are looking forward to seeing the pictures on the Advent calendar.
We still have vacancies for your pets if you are heading out over the holiday period.
Our beautiful Chinchillas Ruby & Lulu are staying for Christmas! these lovely girls are having more play outside of their cage now and enjoy racing each other up the stairs where Lulu like to leap on top of the laundry basket I think she thinks its a winners podium!
Yesterday we had the lovely Eric the bunny drop in, he looked so smart after his pamper and nail trim. Don't forget we are offering a stress free Christmas for your pet, book your pets in today for a quiet, lazy holiday. All boarders will receive a gift from Santa.
More Happy Birthday! celebrations but in the human form today so everyone gets treats :) Extra greens for Birdie guinea pig, cheesy treats for Angel the cat, extra flake for Fish and a chinchilla treat for Ruby & Lulu.
Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells! Christmas is upon us and with relatives and friends staying or yourself staying with relatives why not give your pets a break. We are offering peaceful surroundings with no stress while you can enjoy the festivities. All pets will receive a gift from Santa too! We are open all through the holidays.
Lovely Tweet from Pippin & Po owner:
thank you @Skitteringpig for looking after the guinea pigs. they had a fab time, totally spoilt!
Thank you for the outstanding care and attention given to my daughters guinea pigs. Very highly recommended.
After a clean out and brush or dust bath the guys and girls have tucked into breakfast and are now just chillin! Played them all some soothing Andre Rieu music last night to help with the horrors of fireworks, glad to say everyone was fine and no one seemed stressed they liked the music too.
What a busy day yesterday! Lots of new guinea pigs, Coco & Pixie are two adorable girls, they are 5 months old and so sweet. They have been joined by boisterous 6 month old boys, Pippin & Po totally cute. We also had the delightful Scruffy & Dewey who popped in for a pamper session and nail trim. Lulu & Ruby decided to keep watch on all the newcomers, Lulu took to her top perch peering over the edge at the piggys, while Ruby sat on her branch at the bottom to keep an eye on the lads in the hutch. The Princesses have been making lots of squeaks to which the piggys have been squeaking back and chatting away. Sounds like a girlie gossip!
Here at Skittering Pig we are still operating as there has been no link from the virus passing between rabbits, guinea pigs and cats. We already have a strict infection control policy due to the virility of RHVD2. This goes for home visits too. However if you are poorly before or after your holiday and your companion is in our care we will gladly look after them until you can pick them up. Also if you have paid and then cancel your agreement with us due to Coronavirus a full refund will be issued.