Barmy For Boars
'Barmy for Boars' was set up by Susie Bucktrout (that would be me! Here I am with Prince and Spam). I am 22 years old & from West Yorkshire (UK), I am a Primary School Teacher, currently yeaching 6-7 year olds. I set up the site an information resource about guinea pigs, created with the intention of helping to encourage people to keep BOARS & help them to do so. Its not that we don't like sows (how could anyone not?!) its just that we adore boars... in fact we are barmy about them & we can't understand why they have such a difficult lot in life. With a general lack of information & so much misinformation about keeping boars (even Peter Gurney says in one of his books its best to stick with Sows to allow room for expansion) a site dedicated to boars & their care was needed. I hope this does the job! Hopefully, with your help in spreading the word we can save a few boars from a miserable lonely life without a friend at the bottom of someones garden year round!
All the web design is done by myself & I am a complete amateur.. but its getting there. So no bells & Whistles I'm afraid. Maybe one day! Picgtures a plenty though as my guineas like to strike a pose!
Although I am relatively new to guinea pigs, I really did my homework before getting some & am continuing on the learning curve! Most of the information on this site has come from my great friends on the Squeaky Pigs Forum (now closed) , and research from books & the net.
I would like to thank all my guinea pig friends from the Squeaky pigs Rescue site for the many ways you have helped me in putting together this site & looking after my boys! In particular Louise Byrne who runs the rescue (site & forum). Thank you so much Louise, not only for my 4 special boys, adopted from you but for all your help & advice. Thank you too to Karen, Chrissie & Angela... the experts!. Much of the information on here is what I have learnt from you three & Louise. Chrissie a special thanks for all the help & advise on skin & bathing. Below Left: Some of the Squeaky pigs Forum members, many of whom are now members of The Guinea Pig Forum since Squeaky pigs closed, who have helped so much. Below Right: Members of The Guinea Pig Forum at our recent Fundraiser.
Thankyou to Jilly Barker, Kate Cater, Wendy Cox, Rachel Moss, Debbie Hale, Toni Darnton, Katherine, & all who have contributed for your gorgeous pig pictures, illustrating the site. A special thanks for the wonderful pictures taken by Janet Miles of introducing boars & bathing them & to Karen Malt for those ever so pleasant pics on the heath section!! I hope they do the trick! Thank you to all the pigs for being such posers. Thanks to Al for the art. I most of all thankyou to those of you who helped with the site and have have continued to support me since Squeaky pigs rescue closed.
I also have to thank my parner Adam for all his help with the technical side of the site & most of all for indulging me & letting me have the piggys in the first place... and get more along the way!
& last but not least I must thank my beautiful (but barmy) boars. PRINCE- you were number 1 pig & converted me. Thank you for being such a lovely boy & encouraging me to find you a friend. I will miss you always. SPAM- Thank you my special boy. You were an unbelievable pig... so cheeky, chubby & lovely. It is you that taught me & Prince the value of boar partnerships. You were so friendly both to me & other pigs & humans. You were one in a million my laid back big-brown-eyed-boy! HUGO- Hello Cheeky! Thank you for persuading me I had to have you in my life! You are delightful& the most gorgeous pig ever. Please be a good boy & look after your new friend Bubba. ELMO- I am so sad that you had to leave me sweet one. But I really feel I gave you a lifetime of love in just one week here & the 5 I knew you. I look forwards to getting to know you better in the next life little man! You were my first ever baby pig & the first pig whose name I chose myself... sadly you were also the first pig I have lost... you will never be forgotten. RAINBOW-Hello little one, Thank you for bringing the sunshine back into our lives after all the rain. You were charged with a big task, to heal mine & Hugo's broken hearts. You are doing a great job baby. Love you so much. Hope to watch you grow into a lovely big boy before I know it! BUBBA- Thankyou Bubby. You are so gorgeous with your cheeky wnking face. You are a very special piggy. We are so lucky to have you. Thanks fo taking care of Spam in his last months and now living with Hugo.