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December 14, 2001

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Method, the Pet of the Day
Name: Method
Age: Two years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Abyssinian Guinea Pig
Home: Hertfordshire, UK
   Method is the third of three brothers, all named after an actuarial calculation model - the "Bornhuetter-Ferguson Method" (my husband is an actuary). Bornhuetter and Ferguson turned on Method and attacked him, so he now lives in a separate hutch with an elderly female called Alison, with whom he gets along very well.

    Method was a very shy pig at first, and would put his head down as if to hide his eyes and brace one foot out forward, as if to say "Make it go away!" This was terribly endearing. Due to his separate housing he has become very tame indeed, and loves to be scratched. He head butts my hand if I stop stroking him. I sometimes bring him indoors and lie on the sofa with him on my chest, and he falls asleep making chuckling noises to himself. Method has silly markings and a funny face and is a very talkative pig. Here he is, plonked onto a tea-towel for the camera like a lump of dough: I'm a great fan of guinea pigs!

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