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May 30, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Guinea pigs -- Cuteness and annoyance in one!

By Colleen Hammer More Blogs by This Author

Squeak. Squeak. Squeak.

No, that's not your shoes. That's a guinea pig. A creature that can be a great friend to you, or a sound effect maker. My experience with animals that are small rodents has expanded over the years, since I had a hamster at the age of fourteen. It was my first pet, and I grew immediately attached to the whiskers and soft fur. How my day could be brightened by such a pet! Just watching it run on the wheel was enough to make me feel like I wish I could do the same.

My fiancé Rick and I early on in the relationship had been given the opportunity of having a guinea pig. His mother works at an elementary school as an aide, so the teacher was giving away a guinea pig that was the school's pet. I immediately said yes, and we came over to his mom's house to pick up the animal. It was running in circles, afraid and completely unaware of what was going on. We were told its name was "Snickers" but that soon turned to "Big Pig" over time. We realized months later that it was noisy and completely focused on drinking 24/7. 

Click, click click. That's the sound of the water bottle. "Big Pig, why are you doing that?" Rick asked. I looked over to the pig, completely realizing that this was the beginning of many noises from the animal.


Squeaking became a huge problem over time. We decided to get another guinea pig to keep it company. It was a flat haired guinea pig, and we named it Shasta. (Mostly because it looked like the carbonated beverage we were addicted to at the time from Big Lots) 

Shasta soon turned into the bigger problem. His squeaks were worse than Big Pig's. Big Pig was now lowered in rank, and Shasta was the leader. Sometimes he bites Big Pig's ears, and will chase him around. Big Pig could be drinking from the water bottle or eating, and Shasta will immediately want to do it. "I think Big Pig is being bullied," my fiancé laughed. I thought it was funny, because as long as they are not attacking another a little bullying wouldn't hurt Big Pig.

Shasta doesn't really bully him anymore. I think it is mostly playing with him, and giving him a reason to feel he is the more masculine. 

We had a friend watch our guinea pigs on our trip to Florida, and turns out they were quiet and well minded. A great set of news for us!

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