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We Have Someone We’d Like You to Meet…

Introducing Linus Winston:

Linus the Guinea Pig

He’s a three-week-old, tricolour, American shorthair, and he is so sweet and chill.  The woman let us know on Friday afternoon that we were getting the pig, but my stomach was still in knots despite the promise.  This year has been so shitty; it didn’t seem possible that things would actually work out.

Linus the Guinea Pig

But after shul, we drove an hour to the farm and picked up Linus.  He is very different from Truman.  First of all, he loves to be carried.  He spent the whole day being held, and he let me walk around, cleaning up the house one-handed.  On the other hand, he hates being held under his arms, which was the only way to carry Tru.  Linus is willing to go into any room.  Truman hated going upstairs unless it was to meet his nemesis, rake. (And, even then, he loved fighting rake but he hated the process of getting upstairs to pounce on him.)  Truman was silent for the first few days, and Linus has been talking non-stop.  Both are definitely lap pigs; they are content to curl up in my lap while I read a book.

So we’re missing Truman and his sweetness at the same time as we’re loving on Linus.

Linus the Guinea Pig

So, his name.  It was really hard to name Linus.  We had a few other names picked out, but we ultimately felt that Linus was the best one.  (Not just because now there is someone else in the house with a Greek name.)

Linus is named after Linus Pauling; a two-time Nobel laureate, once for chemistry and once for peace.  In this time when the country seems to be at war with science, we thought someone who brought both clarity to the nature of the chemical bond as well as spoke about nuclear disarmament was a good role model.  Also, he is named after Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, which is the Wolvog’s operating system obsession of the moment.

His middle name is Winston, after Winston Smith and Winston Churchill.  Smith because 1984 feels very close at the moment, and Churchill for his work during the war.  In both cases, our fond feelings lessen towards the end of the book and the second round as Prime Minister, hence why we made it his middle name (and not his first name, which was being considered).

So this is our new babykins.  My heart is exploding right now.


1 Raven { 01.29.17 at 7:58 am }

Adorable! Welcome Linus!! So glad it worked out!

2 Meredith { 01.29.17 at 8:04 am }

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you guys! What a wonderful name, and his disposition sounds so sweet. Beautiful photos!

3 Beth { 01.29.17 at 8:07 am }

Congratulations! This was just the news for this morning – some happiness. Enjoy loving on Linus.

4 Turia { 01.29.17 at 10:09 am }

Congratulations! What a cutie! Enjoy getting to know the newest member of your family.

5 Jen { 01.29.17 at 10:12 am }

Mazel tov!

6 Sharon { 01.29.17 at 10:48 am }

Aww. Welcome, Linus Winston! He’s cute

7 Lori Lavender Luz { 01.29.17 at 11:22 am }

I love Linus already! So happy for your fullness, Mel. Love the name and the reasons behind it.

8 em { 01.29.17 at 11:49 am }

I am sitting here crying. It’s silly, I know, but I just feel like Linus Winston is a bright spot, a little flashlight of good. He’s lovely! Can’t wait to get to know him through you.

9 Kristina { 01.29.17 at 12:49 pm }

Made me happy to read this news this morning, too. Congratulations on your new family member: Linus Winston! Soooo cute 🙂

10 Click { 01.29.17 at 1:14 pm }

Aw, welcome Linus Winston. I love his name and he looks adorable.

11 Charlotte { 01.29.17 at 1:36 pm }

Yay!!! Congrats Mel! So very glad it worked out! I was thinking about this all day yesterday and so wanted to email you to ask. He is so stinking adorable.

12 Cristy { 01.29.17 at 2:15 pm }

I love Linus’s namesakes. Linus Pauling was an amazing scientist, and a beloved one to boot. And Winston Churchill was a beacon of hope during a very bleak time.

So glad you got to bring him home. The comparisons are natural, especially as you are still grieving. May Linus help with the healing.

13 SuzannaCatherine { 01.29.17 at 2:19 pm }

Linus Winston – a beautiful name for the most perfect of reasons. Plus, he’s adorable! Thank you for sharing. Hope to see much more of him. ❤

14 Karen { 01.29.17 at 2:35 pm }

I’ve been checking daily and HOPING I would get to see a picture of him. Yes!!!! SO happy for you all!!!

15 jane { 01.29.17 at 2:48 pm }

Welcome Linus- he looks adorable and will create his won unique space in your hearts !

16 loribeth { 01.29.17 at 3:16 pm }

Awwwww, so cute!! Congratulations! 🙂

P.S. Linus is also my favourite Peanuts character — a voice of calm & wisdom, which we certainly need right now. 😉

17 Jill A. { 01.29.17 at 3:43 pm }

Wonderful! Linus is beautiful! I am so glad he crawled into your hearts and set up his rule. He is probably right next to Truman’s place in your heart and Truman is whispering in his ear all the tricks Linus will need to manage you all! “Pssst! Here is how you get extra treats.” “Hey kid, here is how you get her to stop being angry.”

18 Jess { 01.29.17 at 4:24 pm }

Welcome home, Linus! What a sweet face. I love snuggly critters so much and when they let you hold them… I’m so glad this worked out for you and your family!

19 Peg { 01.29.17 at 8:26 pm }

Congrats!! He’s adorable and I love love like every the name.

20 Justine { 01.29.17 at 9:22 pm }

Hooray! Welcome, Linus … this is a really wonderful piece of news! Love what loribeth said about Linus being a voice of calm and wisdom. I needed that tonight. 🙂

21 Mali { 01.29.17 at 9:57 pm }

That’s lovely! Adore the name Linus, and the reason for it. (Winston, on the other hand, will always remind me of a divisive politician we have here.)

22 Kaeleigh { 01.29.17 at 10:28 pm }

OMG, what a fabulous fluff butt! Guinea pigs are such a special breed of awesome. My aunt had one for years that she let roam her house like a dog. It was the coolest critter. I hope you all settle in with the new family member! Enjoy!

23 TasIVFer { 01.30.17 at 12:52 am }

I hope he settles in well; he’s certainly a very good looking pig! Shiny hair and lovely colouring. He sounds like a worthy successor to your beloved Truman.

24 Jamie { 01.30.17 at 1:26 am }

Congrats! He looks cute! Hope he is adjusting to his new home. 🙂

25 Traci York { 01.30.17 at 10:57 am }

*SQUEE* So happy to hear this, Mel! Congrats to you and the family!

26 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 01.30.17 at 3:20 pm }

So cute!! Very glad Linus came to live with you guys.

Is rake for the shavings in the cage? Because Frida the Fish also has a nemesis, which happens to be the baster I use for cleaning the bottom of her tank.

27 JustHeather { 01.30.17 at 3:21 pm }

Aaaw! My heart is melting. He’s cute. And I’m happy for you all.

28 Ana { 01.30.17 at 3:31 pm }

Yay! So happy for you guys! This made me so happy to see 🙂

29 Jennifer { 01.31.17 at 12:05 am }

Yay! I am so happy for you! Congratulations on Linus. He is so very cute!

30 katherinea12 { 01.31.17 at 2:24 pm }

Awww, he’s adorable! Glad it worked out for you to get him and hope things continue to go well with getting him settled in. Love the names as well!

31 nonsequiturchica { 01.31.17 at 3:12 pm }

Congrats! Linus is adorable!

32 Cassie Dash { 02.04.17 at 8:31 pm }

This made my heart happy to hear. What a sweet little thing!

33 It Is What It Is { 02.17.17 at 3:22 pm }

I have been locked out of Feedly for so long that it took me an hour to finally sit down this morning and figure it out, hoping that when I finally did, my feed would be restored, and it was! I saw this on FB, but just wanted to pop by here to say I love Linus!

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