The names we give our pets are often inspired by our childhood. Growing up, Abby’s favourite Christmas story was “Barnaby’s First Christmas” by A.P. Folger. The name of the main character, a heroic deer mouse called Barnaby, came to mind instantly when in the spring of 2010 Abby decided to welcome a new skinny pig into her home.
Barnaby was spoiled in his life with his new family. His favourite treat was a cherry tomato first thing every morning. Abby enjoyed taking him outside during the summer months. “He adored eating the green grass, breathing in the fresh air, and hearing all the different sounds.” He loved to lie in the sun, but Abby was careful never to let him stay out too long. Skinny pigs are a nearly hairless variety of guinea pigs and their skin is sensitive to the sun’s rays.
Barnaby was a very personable pet. “[He] was one of the most trusting guinea pigs I’ve ever had. He would fall asleep on your lap, was very calm during car rides to the vets, and whenever he came home he would wheek (make noise) once you brought him inside the door. He knew what home smelled like.” He wasn’t shy and loved exploring new parts of the house.
Barnaby lived to be almost six years old. Abby chose to have his impression match his fur and skin colours. “Barnaby was a black skinny pig with just a tiny touch of orange on his nose and one toe. I picked the impression to represent his skin colour and asked for the smallest splash of orange which you can see around his foot impressions.” She displays his impression, among others, on a ledge leading down the stairs to her pet room—a haven where Barnaby is undoubtedly missed by his guinea pig and rabbit brothers and sisters.
Based in Ontario, Abby is a guinea pig and rabbit enthusiast who has turned the basement level of her home into a pet palace.
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Barnaby lived to be almost six years old. Abby chose to have his impression match his fur and skin colours. She displays his impression, among others, on a ledge leading down the stairs to her pet room—a haven where Barnaby is undoubtedly missed by his guinea pig and rabbit brothers and sisters.
Each clay disk is packaged in a protective container with a peel-away, airtight seal. This keeps the clay soft and lets you take an impression without directly handling the clay.