When Melanie introduced the Why Weight* program, she asked me to get some photos of Dobby on his scale to promote the program. “Oh, sure,” I replied,”I can do that!”
“Be sure to put a bandanna on him,” she added.
Here we go, easy as pie!
“All four feet!” says Stacy, cheerfully! “I have some dandelions for you!”
“Almost! Just put your hind feet on!”
“Just walk forward a couple steps! Come here, give me a kiss!”
“No, no, no, don’t come around the side like that! Get all your feet on!” a little more plaintively, now.
“I’ll show you how. Like this!”
“Raisins, Dobby! Just step onto the scale!”
“That’s good! Now come give me a little kiss!”
“Let’s try it again. It isn’t that complicated!”
“Raisins. See? I’m putting them right down here.”
“Okay, see these raisins? NOW GET ON THE SCALE!”
“Come back here!”
“Okay, let’s try the target!”
“Touch your nose!”
In order to get good, consistent weights, it is important to establish a weighing routine when your capybara is very young. I would not recommend waiting until your capybara is FIVE YEARS OLD!
* To read more about the Why Weight? program, click here.