Self Isolation: Torture or Total relief?

Hello World! I hope you’re doing okay, and if not, I hope it gets better for you soon. It’s Alison, your editor here. Again. Blogging along. I say “World”, but I only know of two people that read this blog (CONFIRMED cases – ACTUAL cases may be higher – but who will ever know as there is no way of testing ti).

For our pampered guinea pigs, nothing has changed. They’ve always been in an element of lockdown, even if it’s just a curfew. They may wonder why their human is home more, with odd perfumey hands, but all in all, life continues as normal. Fortunately for them, grasses and fresh veg are not being panic bought – just toilet rolls. So there are some little piggies living it up in a cardboard loo roll holder heaven wonderland, while some little piggies have none!

Now. I don’t know much about blogs, but I get the feeling that these public musings are no place for a sort of indulgent personal mental health sharing therapy, but I do have a few thoughts ‘leaking’ out. Cerebrally speaking. SELF-ISOLATION is the most beautiful term, coined now forever in the hearts and minds of introverts and recluses everywhere. For extrovert people, self-isolation is a form of torture. They are as alienated in this new world, much as we introverts were, in the friendly and outgoing old world. With places of togetherness closing down everywhere, there is an element of relief for all of us that didn’t want or couldn’t afford, to go out anyway.

I don’t ever want to make light of suffering or devastation that anyone is experiencing. Please remember these are the views of the editor only and do not necessarily represent the beliefs of Guinea Pig Magazine.

We have a few competitions coming up for those of you with enforced time on your hands. A special one for our younger readers is launching in the next issue. Meanwhile, you piggy photographers, Instagrammers, and You-tubers, have plenty of opportunities to get your guineas into the coming issues of the magazine. All you have to do is email me – no touching – at I’ve been practising Social Distancing all my life.

My final word of the day is reserved for Guinea Pig RESCUES. They are having a tough time of this scary new world. They rely heavily on volunteers, and all their essential long-awaited Spring fundraisers are being cancelled. As far as I know, charities are not being reimbursed for potential lost revenue and critical cash flow. But if you were going to attend a fair or show that’s not happening now, please still donate. You can go to their Facebook pages for details of how you can continue to support them even if it’s just to give your thousands of (virus-free) cardboard toilet roll holders, for enrichment and play.

This has been your editor, reporting from up North, unchecked and uncurbed.

Stay piggy, people.