Well, I guess it wasn’t a bad summer overall, although we had to wait for the weather to warm up this year! I’m sure that many rabbits and guinea pigs will have had a good opportunity to graze on the lawn in a run over recent weeks, and benefit according from some restrictive exposure to sunlight.
But spare a thought for all the small furry pets that live permanently indoors, without access to any natural sunlight. Could or should we be disturbed by this? Lighting expert John Courtney-Smith, who also happens to be a keen small animal fan, provides the answers in this issue.
If you keep guinea pigs, then you will have more insight than most into what your pets are thinking. These chatty companions have a language of their own, reinforced by the use of body posturing, to emphasise what they are saying. Sue Reid acts as translator for you.
Should you like a good mystery though, do not despair, as we still have several to offer you. These range from the case of the lionhead rabbit – surely one of the most mysterious of the breeds that exist today? – to Dr Karl Shuker’s accounts of the earth hound of Banffshire and another Scottish puzzle, the lavellan, which reputedly occurs in the region of Caithness and Sutherland.
Also, if you are thinking of obtaining a small furry pet, or you know someone who may be intending to acquire one or a group, then don’t miss our special advice about adopting rather than buying your next pets.
Finally, if you live near Manchester, don’t forget that the Manchester Pet Show will be taking place over the weekend of September 7th and 8th, at EventCity next the Trafford Centre. Opening times are 9.30am-5.30pm. Meanwhile, down south, there’s Pet Expo being held at the Glow Exhibition Centre, which lies adjacent to the Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent. This runs from Friday, 25th until Sunday, 27th October. Full details of both events can be found easily online.