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Guinea Pigs! TV! All sorts of STUFF!!!

WARNING! This post is convoluted and random because I am still laughing about it all.

So this morning I had Mark S. Allen from Good Day Sacramento in my living room to meet my guinea pigs. Really. He’s very nice in person and I highly recommend having him come visit your small pets. As a note though when I originally contacted the station I never said they danced- just did tricks.

Here are the links for 2 of the 3 spots [please work links!]:



Many thanks to Roxie’s Hair Things for supplying the bows that make the girls look good. She can be found on Facebook at


Finally for today I’ve attached a copy of the letter I just sent to the guinea pig rescue, Avalon, Jerry and I found Hippie at. It came out better than I thought it would.

To whom it may concern,

This is probably going to seem very odd for you but in February of 2012 my husband Jerry and I came to Avalon to find a friend for Robin [we called her Knuckles], the beautiful brown long-hair we adopted from you after you received a huge amount of guineas from a breeders and had advertized in the Nottingham Post looking for adoptors. The pig we got that day was small, dark brown [since gone golden agouti] coat with a partial white stripe. She was bound and determined to go home with us- she crawled up my husband’s jacket sleeve just to make certain. She had no name, healing scabs on her ears and a cough left over from a nasty chest infection. She loved our other pig, both loved being free range and when Jerry and I returned to the US the girls flew back to California as well.

We named her Hippolyta, Hippie for short. She’s since lost her friend Knuckles unfortunately but we found another for her immediately to take her mind off of things. Since then she has raised Boudicca and Kaliyuga [both American short hairs] as well as a rescued lion-headed rabbit. She’s helped me through the last stages of my doctorate. She’s never gained full size but rules the house [and I mean all of us] with a tiny furry fist.

This little madam was just on our local news station here in California. I mentioned Avalon Rescue during one of the clips and just thought you might like to know. I’ve posted both clips to my timeline and have made them public so if you want to use them please feel free.

Thank you for putting in the effort for Hippie. No one else in the area would have. From all of the hits my fb feed is getting people around here really seem to love her. She certainly knows how to captivate people around her. I knew it, but seeing evidence is proof positive of the reason why people should adopt all types of pets from rescues.

Thank you for your time and efforts.

Dayanna Knight
Hippolyta’s human friend


Its a weird, weird world folks

Ever had one of those life situations where you end up just sitting back and wondering how it all came about? I’m in the middle of one at the moment.

Last week my regular morning news program put out a request on Twitter for photos of their small pets. As I have three lovely and very opinionated guinea pigs I sent in a photo of each of them with their names. On Hippolyta’s post I mentioned that they do tricks. And so it began because when I woke the next morning I had multiple emails and tweets in my inbox regarding how cute Hippie looked with her little bow. Not only are the ladies considered adorable but Good Day wants to meet them and see their tricks.

Now I’m prepping to be on television [I’m pretty certain I haven’t been before]. Its a little odd to be doing this for the piggies rather than for my impending book [to be released later next year with Pen and Sword Books] or for a conference- anything not medieval really. But a way in is a way in right? Even if your guinea pig is the one that opens the door for you?

Let’s hope the local viewers like the combination of the girls’ tricks, my medieval work and Jerry’s ukuleles.

August Update

The summer days run together as a contracting Jill-of-all-trades. There’s been a flurry of job applications, conference abstracts, and international correspondence in and around my paid work. Thanks to all of the efforts, however, there has been some movement forward once more.

August 21st I’ll be participating in the Northern Studies Virtual Conference being organized by the University of Highlands ond Islands. I’ll be taking part via video conference and will have my Twitter account up – @DayannaKnight – should any one wish to pose questions concerning my talk on Islandscapes in the North. Here’s the conference website link if you’re interested. 


One of my abstracts has also been accepted by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for their annual conference February 2015. I’m pretty excited about this one as I’ll be discussing medieval trade in relation to North Atlantic identity. Here’s the link for it if you’re interested in this.


Hopefully my other abstracts are as well received as I’d really like to finally be able to present and attend at Kalamazoo. Its complicated and more than a little painful as to why I have as of yet not been able to go.

In other news my editing is moving forward and for the most part I’m pleased. That says a lot as I’m by far my own worst critic. I’ve heard that the suggested release date in the UK is 10/30/2015- just in time for the holidays. US should be a month or so after that.



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I’m working with Orcadian material at the moment and missing Westray. If you haven’t had the chance go. Its worth it.