Thursday, 27 December 2012


Alfie has been with us for the last few days and goes home today. He was with us for quite a while during the summer, when he was brought to us with a gut problem which required being on various medications and being handled up to four times a day. He became quite friendly during this process, but seems to have forgotten this and can be quite feisty at times, especially when being fed. He does seem to be in good health now though and we hope that this continues to be the case.

Alice & Bella

We had two new arrivals yesterday in the shape of Alice and Bella. They are two lively degus who seem to have settled in very quickly. Like most of their breed they love running on the wheel and spend most of their day running on it. 

Naboo & Poppy

Here are two old friends Naboo & Poppy, who stayed with us for a year up until January this year. They are back for Xmas, and as you can see, still getting up to their old tricks.
Unfortunately, despite Naboo's interest in the dustpan and brush, he did not do any sweeping, and left it up to us to complete this task.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Xmas Visitors Continued


Pebbles and Stanford are being kept separate at the moment whilst their owner is trying to bond them together. They are kept side by side, so as to get used to each other, and we swap them from cage to cage, so as they can get used to each others smells. Pebbles is getting on in age but Stanford is still quite young and full of mischief, as you can see from the photo. She is very friendly and loves her hay, which she eats in copious amounts. 

 Smokey is an 18 year old Cockatiel who is with us for a second time. He is quite quiet most of the time and only squawks on the odd occasion, mainly to say hello. He loves his food sticks and his seeds and seems to be very healthy for such an old gentleman. Everybody who has come to visit has loved to see him and he seems to like getting the attention.

 As we mentioned yesterday, Cuddley does like her veg and pellets, and here she is tucking into last nights tea of broccoli, cabbage, parsley, carrot and cucumber.

 Here is little Daisy also tucking into her tea last evening. 

Henry John and Emmie
 HJ & Emmie at tea time


Jake and Mac are together out in the shed, although they usually live outside. They are both quite young and Mac has a slight head tilt, but seems fine in himself. They love their veg, and especially peppers, which don't last long.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Xmas Visitors

Here are a selection of visitors who are staying with us over the Festive Period. Some are only here for a few days, and others for a couple of weeks. Suffice to say they are all in fine fettle and doing well. 

Henry John & Emmie

Henry John & Emmie
 Henry John and Emmie are quite a new partnership, but are very together already and are never far from each others side.
 Dunky is an old friend who we did not expect to see again, as her owners had moved form the area, but they could not find indoor accommodation near their new home, so we are glad to see her back here at Blackberry Boarding.
Poppy & Oscar
 Poppy and Oscar are also old friends and are with us whilst their owner is running 12 half marathons over the 12 Days Of Christmas for charity and can be sponsored by following this link 

 Suzie and Smudge have the same owners as HJ & Emmie, but they live indoors, although we put them out on the patio for a run today as it is so mild.

Oscar & Poppy

 Daisy is a single rabbit with a very nice temperament and is very friendly. She loves to take an interest when we are doing the cleaning and getting involved.

 Cuddley is a large New Zealand White rabbit. She has taken a day to settle in but likes having her head scritched and is very fond of her food. I'm sure she will be fine after a few days in bunny camp.
Finally we have Gunther the Guinea Pig. He has a fantastic personality and is always chatting away and squeaking. He loves attention, and also jumping around in his cage and on top of his plastic igloo. A real character!!

We will continue to post more photos over the next few days of all our furry and feathery friends as they come and go.

Monday, 29 October 2012


Here is Fudge one of the largest guinea pigs we have every seen.  His holiday with us has been extended for a few days as his owners have been delayed coming back from their trip.  Here he is testing our new lawn which was re turfed a week ago.  It was a little bit damp but Fudge didn't seem to mind and soon tucked into the new, fresh grass!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012



We have a number of bunnies ourselves of course and now and again we feature them and here is Flo who is now a young at heart nine year old fluffy girl.  She still finds the energy to jump up on our sofa and say hello to our other guests.  This time it was Ben a beautiful rex rabbit of similar age, who has now gone home but we feel that romance may have blossomed should he have stay with us any longer.  When Ben was in his cage in the house, there was some kissing through the wire but sadly for Flo it wasn't to be!

Blackberry Boarding Half Term Holiday Guests

We have a busy week here at Blackberry Boarding and a number of guests staying with us.  Here are a few of them, some have already gone home, so apologies that we did not get around to blogging those.  Lots of cute piggies and some very friendly rabbits.  All are well and seen here enjoying their tea.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Sweetpea & Petal Baby Piggies

Here are two very beautiful baby piggies who are only 16 weeks old and although they are quite shy, we managed to sit them on a towel to have their photo taken.  Both love their cuddles and although they also love their hay and nuggets so far have not shown any interest in their veggies.  We have been told this is quite a common problem with baby piggies and sometimes it can take several weeks for them to come around to eating veg as they almost have to learn to eat veggies.  We have also read that peppers and romaine lettuce are a couple of good ones to try at first and then you slowly add in another veg one at a time.  So far neither have got very enthusiastic about the lettuce or the peppers.  The piggies are currently having a vitamin C supplement as of course this is very important to guinea pigs as they get most of this vitamin from their veggies.


Here is Alfie who is feeling much better now and more interested in his food.  He came to us a little bit under the weather and not very interested in his food.  He has for quite some time now confused his owners and their vet with regards to his digestive system and very often just goes off his food for no reason.  Its important to keep him eating or feed him with critical care food or he will of course develop a Gut Stasis.  We are pleased to say that at the moment with his current medication and careful diet he seems to be fine.  Alfie is a sweet natured rabbit and is very good at taking his medicines and loves attention.  Here are some pics of him in our bunny play room.