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    I mentioned my piggies in another post, thought I would expand upon that here. I had a guinea pig, Cinnamon, for about six years. She was just the sweetest thing, she loved attention and was so very friendly. Right before Christmas, she had a stroke and I had to put her to sleep.

    Soon after, we went to Petsmart to get another guinea. I just love animals and hope to have a big huge farm one day so I can have as many as I want. Anyway, there was one guinea pig with the messy fur, not smooth, and that's what Cinni had, so I got her, thought it was a sign.

    Well, we got her home and named her Ginger. We tried so hard to socialize her, picking her up, petting her, talking to her. She did NOT want to be touched. I was starting to get mad, thinking, how did I get the one witchy pig of the bunch???

    I woke up one morning after Lee went to work, and I walked into the kitchen to get some juice. I got it and on my way back to bed, I said hi to Ginger...except she looked strange...contorted...and then I realized...there's more than one head in there!!!

    Yep, less than a month after we got her, Ginger had babies!!! I was so shocked and a bit peeved at Petsmart, had I known she was pregnant I would have fed her more, given her extra vitamins, etc. Anyway, the two babies were just the cutest things ever, as guinea pigs come out pretty much ready to go, they look just like mini guineas! They do nurse for 3-4 weeks, but they were running around right after birth and eating food within the week.

    They are now almost a month old and we are trying desperately to figure out what sex they are so we don't have another...incident. We THINK they're both girls...but it's not real clear, if you know what I mean.

    So, for the time being, Twinkie and Meaty are healthy and happy and growing like weeds. Oh, and Ginger likes to be picked up now!! She purrs and everything. I can't believe we didn't even know she was pregnant, and even now, she looks exactly the same as before! Unreal!!


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  • #2
    twinkie and meaty :ibiglaugh: I hope they are both girls.. I would be looking on the internet to find out their sex.

    I have 3 large dogs 2 males and one female. she is in heat now and it last 3 weeks, let me tell you it is horrible around here.. Lucky alpha male cleared a 4 foot movable counter I put in front or a door way to block them from her.. putting them out and switching is a nightmare...
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    • #3
      Awwww...babies at Claudia's house.

      Love your new pictures but, I do have one question. How does the dog feel about those guineas?

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      • #4
        I totally adore baby anythings! My grandaughter had a guinea pig, which they put in a round rolling cage in the daytime. She followed Katie all over the house rolling her cage and if Katie wasn't at home, she rolled herself into her bedroom to wait for her.

        We just have one dalmation (neutered) in the house and 7 sheep in our field, but we'll have lambs very soon. I'll try to post pictures when the lambs arrive. They have got to be the cutest things alive for the first week or two.

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        • #5
          We had a guinea pig a couple years ago and it got pneumonia and passed away. My daughter was crushed. So dear hubby went and got her a dog. HELLO small animal in cage, dog running the hosue LOL


          • #6
            It's funny, the dog really likes the pigs...and not in a "you look tasty" kind of way. She always gets excited and runs around whenever I open the cage or pick one of them up. She will put her nose right up to them and just wag her tail.

            The cat is super funny, too. She just sits and stares at them, watching them play. Again, not in a "tasty" way, because i used to leave the lid wide open all the time and she never bothered it, just likes to sit and watch them.

            When I called my hubby to tell him about the new "extras" in the cage, I said they were the size of that's where Twinkie came from. Meaty is named after Rob Dyrdek's dog. (He's a skateboarder with an insanely funny show on MTV).


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            ~ The Wizard of Oz

            "If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own
            back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with!" ~ Dorothy


            • #7

              Congrats on your babies! Have you found out the gender yet? I love the names you picked for them.

              Guinea pigs are the greatest pets! I had a guinea pig, Norman, for 3 years. He was found wandering around someone’s neighborhood (…in October… in Wisconsin – he was lucky to have survived!) and was brought in to the Humane Society where I adopted him. He had the crazy fur that goes all over, too – a constant bad-hair day! He was black with bright orange bursts of color that looked like fireworks. He was a snuggler and would wake me up squealing at 5am every morning to feed him – and he’d squeal every time I’d open the fridge hoping for a treat! He’d purr so loudly when I’d scratch his cheeks. He died a year and a half ago from renal disease and it was one of the most difficult things I’ve gone through.

              Norman was my cat’s favorite entertainment. He’d sit in front of his cage for hours and just stare. Norman knew the cat couldn’t get at him in the cage, so he’d strut around the edge of it to taunt the cat. I attached a picture of them.

              Good luck with your piggies!

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              • #8
                They are so cute!! Oh and love the names. Hey, you paid for one but got 3 instead. Maybe Petsmart didn't know either?


                • #9
                  Great Guinnea Sites

                  Hi Claudia,

                  I also have two guinnea's - Leroy and Fu. I would definately determine the sex the pig's asap because they mature very quickly!
                  Here are a couple of sites I can't live without, info on sexing will be on both sites.

                  Guinea pig rescue and adoption in Northern California. Info on care, sexing, pet stores, cages, neutering, introductions, breeding, vets, surrendering, and more. We have fun cartoons, movies, graphics, polls, photo albums, and more.

                  A comprehensive medical and care guide for the care of guinea pigs.

                  They are both incredible sites for guinnea pig info. I agree about the pet stores, it's frustrating to take a guinnea home and then find out she is pregnant. That happens a lot.
                  Take care,
                  Enjoy your guinnea's!
                  Nosey Jen
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