And they are the sweetest guinea pigs you will ever meet!
We have a friend who has been trying to convince us that we need to adopt another baby and just this week she told us of newborn twins that needed a home for only 30K. That was a little out of our budget range, though our hearts would have gladly taken them in.
However, these two little girls came our way this weekend, and they were only $25! That was a little more affordable for Molly, Annie and Jonathan. You see, they have been wanting a guinea pig ever since Molly’s hamster died at the end of last year. I had them check out books on guinea pigs and learn all they could. We then discovered that guinea pigs really do better with a friend. And that was a problem for us. Our cage was barely big enough for one and we couldn’t afford to buy a larger one. We really weren’t sure we even had room for a larger one. So we began talking and scheming and thinking outside the box, etc. etc. And we checked Craig’s List every day.
Then I got tired and overwhelmed with other things and decided that we would take a break from looking and just check every once in awhile. Besides, I had sent several inquiring emails and hadn’t gotten any responses. It was time to move on.
Then Friday morning, I fired up the lap top and saw the Craig’s List tab and checked real quick. Sure enough, there was a new-to-us posting for two females with a cage and accessories. I took some measurements, talked with the boys about some rearranging issues, then called the girls and Jonathan in to see what they thought. They were very interested. So we talked over a few things and decided to send an email to arrange a time to see them. My phone rang in literally less than a minute!
I talked with Earl and we decided to “proceed with caution”. I had a lot of questions. I knew it could be a “great deal” and an answer to our prayers, but I also knew it could turn out otherwise. As it turned out, these sweet girls came from a home where they were dearly loved and well-cared for and the owners had taken the time to really learn how to care for them. They were moving out of state and the young son’s interests were moving on as well. They sent us home with nearly everything we needed!
The bigger pigs name is “Bree”. I’m not sure how the original owners spelled it, but our kids immediately associated it with the horse from C.S. Lewis’ book The Horse and His Boy and so they decided to keep the name (even though the horse is a boy and the pig is a girl). The little black pig was named “Jen”, but the kids have decided to change that. They finally have settled on Anna, the younger sister from the movie Frozen.
Today we cleaned everything up real good, put in some new bedding, stocked up on veggies and just enjoyed them. They don’t climb or jump high, so their cage has no “top” and makes it very easy for interacting with them frequently. Towards evening today they were coming out of their “hides” more and eating and climbing around. We fed them some lettuce and then we really heard them make their cute little noises. The kids are looking forward to getting them on a feeding schedule and possibly doing some training.
Since our bedroom space is limited, we had to be creative in where we put these girls. We finally decided to move David’s lizard along with the beautiful crate into the boys’ room. And we put the guinea pigs where the crate and lizard had been. It’s not ideal for this mom, but I realize it is only for a season and then these kids are going to be gone. I think it’s important to learn responsibility in caring for pets. And those of you who know our family know we tried the whole dog thing and that just didn’t work out. I think we are more of the exotic pet kind of people. We’ve had a tortoise (Sammy ran away). We adopted a bunny (who we still have and who is very happy with the run of the back yard). We’ve had two hamsters. We raised a frog from a tadpole and David is raising a lizard. We also are waiting for our praying mantis egg to hatch (though we will be releasing those into the garden!). And this spring we are hoping to hatch some quail eggs.
So the guinea pigs will be living right in the middle of life in this fun family. They will be part of our school day and all our meals (Sigh – I told the kids it is mandatory that this cage stays clean! Ha ha). As they get more comfortable with us, they will join us for family movie night and will make great buddies for the kids as they grab a book and enjoy some reading time. I do not fear these pigs will lack for attention.