From the moment that I first turned the page in a children’s preschool book and saw the picture of a guinea pig for the first time when Iwas eight, I loved them!
I confess to being an absolute guineapigaholic!
Guinea pigs, in my eyes are the perfect pet. They don’t bite or scratch, they are easy to hold, don’t smell and don’t make annoying loud noises. I was thinking, why I love guinea pigs above all other animals and I realized that they have every single quality that I desire in a pet.
Having said that, in hindsight, its pretty amazing that I asked mum for guinea pigs, not birds or fish or anything else!
They seem to provide a perfect balance between cuddle time and playtime. They know when it is time to sit on your lap and make you happy, and when it is time to race around the playroom doing little popcorn jumps! I LOVE THAT! Most other animals-rats, mice and chinchillas for example, don’t sit still and would rather explore then be petted. Guinea pigs, however, can do both without being too wriggly and impatient!
My name is Emma, and I am twenty years old. I was born and bred in New Zealand and I would never want to move. It is a beautiful country and everybody tells me how lucky I am to live here! Believe me, I know!
I own three guinea pigs…
Sparkles, Ida and Myra. Sparkles was brought from trade me. A blurred picture of a white guinea pig in a blurred hutch. I wanted to rescue him and I never regretted it! I kept his name because his personality suits it so much.
Sparkles is such a friendly guinea pig! No matter how many times I have picked him up, he never tried to run away from my hand. This proves that guinea pigs CAN become as tame as other animals. They can enjoy being picked up and cuddled and they learn to trust you completely.
Ida had a rough start in life. Her first owner was a breeder who kept far too many animals and she was passed on as the owner was down sizing. The owner didn’t even remember what gender she was and she lived with a rabbit in a cold little hutch! I simply had to take her home. Thats when I decided to get Sparkles neutered.
Myra came back to me two years later. She had been in my litter back when I was breeding= I know now that breeding is wrong! She is a very calm, laid back guinea pig. She doesn’t mind being picked up very much but would prefer not to!
As for me! I have owned and cared for guinea pigs for more then ten years. I spent a lot of time researching and finding out how others kept their guinea pigs. Then I wrote a book The Complete Guide to Guinea Pig Care.
I love animals, horse riding, crafts, gardening and watching family movies. I enjoy drawing, playing the piano, writing and collecting things (mostly schleich).
I am here to help you give your guinea pigs the best quality of life! Feel free to ask me any questions about guinea pigs and I will do my best to help you out!