Acquired: Pet store
Denver, Colorado, United States
Posted Oct 02, 2016
I have always loved animals of all kinds: cats, dogs, lizards, ducks, chickens, hamsters, rabbits, pigs, you name it. When I was about ten, I was able to persuade my father to buy a guinea pig. For me, it was love at first sight. I wanted the black piggy with a bit of white running down one leg and the sweetest little white mask on his face.
We brought him home, set up his habitat, provided him with a wealth of veggies and fruits, and named him Junior. He was docile and did not mind being handled, which was a good thing because he was now living with three adoring little girls.
Guinea pigs are fairly easy animals to live with. Guinea pig habitats should be kept reasonably tidy or they will begin to smell. Their stool is in the form of small, dry pellets, but their urine has a particularly potent scent. Guinea pigs enjoy roaming freely, so we would allow Junior outside in a penned-in area on nice days and inside a safe room on colder days.
When he was happy, he would squeak and when unhappy he would squeal with indignation. He loved to snuggle and would squirm his way into our shirts to claim some of our body heat.
Junior lived to be about 6 years old, which is fairly typical for a domesticated guinea pig. They make wonderful pets.