Friday, 7 June 2019

Meet Our Guinea Pigs!

I've been blogging for a while now so think it's about time I introduced the animal sidekicks in our fairytale: our four guinea pigs.

Meet our four guinea pigs


How We Became a Guinea Pig Family



2017 was a year of change for us. It started with us leaving London in search of a better life down South and ended with our family expanding by eight tiny paws and two tiny feet. 

The decision to open up our hearts and home to a pet was quite a rash one although I'd make again in a heartbeat.

Our four guinea pigs
All four piggies enjoying floor time! 

The day that we decided to get guinea pigs was the day that I hit rock bottom.

Debilitated by the heartache of our miscarriages, my life had spiralled into a never-ending hurricane of stress and grief that consumed every part of me. I was a mother without a child and unsure as to when, or even if, we would have a viable pregnancy, we decided that I needed something to care for, to nurture, to love.

A quick Google search for "best pets" led us into the magical world of guinea pigs and changed our lives forever. Not long after, we brought Heidi and Tara to their forever home and now we have four beautiful guinea pigs! 

Each one of our guinea pigs is unique from the others. In fact, the only similarity they all have in common is that all four of them are sows (females).




Our Guinea Pigs 



Heidi


Heidi was given her name after spending her first few days with us hiding in the hay. She is a stunning red, white and black American short-hair guinea pig and is very much the queen of the herd. Heidi prefers the finer things in life; cuddles, massages, cushions, blankets and so on. If it's a luxury, she'll have it.

Although she can be a bit of a bossy boots, she's also been a dear friend to me over the years. Cuddling with her was a great reliever of my anxiety during my pregnancy with Mini following our previous losses.

Matt cuddling Heidi the guinea pig
Cuddling with Matt




Tara



Tara is a gorgeous chocolate brown Abysinnian guinea pig and she is very much the "mama pig" of the herd, often grooming or cuddling up to the two younger girls. She's especially protective of Luna and can usually be found sleeping upstairs with her, guarding the slope as though an enemy might approach at any minute.

Although she's a lot more laid back than the others now, Tara was a very playful pup and made the best out of every situation - especially if there's a super fun cardboard box involved!

Tara the guinea pig in a cardboard box

My favourite moment as a guinea pig owner was actually while having some cuddle time with Tara, shortly after we moved to Bournemouth. Even though she isn't overly keen on being handled, on this one occasion Tara was enjoying the attention so much that she started licking my arm. Licks are guinea pig kisses! How cute is that?




Sunny 



Our red Abysinnian, Sunny, is a very anxious little piggy. She startles very easily - so often, in fact, that the other three guineas will just stare at her questioningly when she darts off to hide. Because of her anxiousness, it's taken a lot longer to establish a bond with her than the others but she'll now very happily allow us to stroke her for several minutes without running away.

Sunny the guinea pig on cushion





Luna



The best way to describe our little Luna would be as a fluffy ball of wild. She's a spritely white and grey Sheba Mini Yak and while she was the teeniest little thing as a pup, she's now got the longest body of them all and can actually reach over the top of our C&C cage.

Luna the Sheba Mini Yak guinea pig
Sooo fluffy!

Like her sister, Sunny, she's super fast but a lot more excitable! Luna is often found popcorning around like it's the best day of her life. Unlike the others, Luna is a regular chirper which means that often, in the middle of the night, you'll hear a very piercing sound like an alarm that doesn't stop for hours on end. That said, she's very vocal in general and you can usually hear her wheeking from outside.

Despite being full of life now, Luna had a rough time last year when she lost most of her fur and became severely depressed. Even though the vet was unable to determine what was wrong with her, we quickly realised that she was having an allergic reaction to the bedding we were using at the time. Since we swapped onto paper-based bedding, Luna is thriving! Her coat is almost entirely regrown bar a patch around her nose and she's enjoying every day!

Hayley from Thrice Upon a Dream cuddling Luna the guinea pig
Me and my little ball of fluff!


Opening our hearts and home to our furry little guinea pig princesses was one of the best decisions we've ever made. We consider our guinea pigs to be members of the family. They are our babies and we love them unconditionally. There's a Winnie the Pooh quote by A.A. Milne that I think sums it up perfectly - "sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."

Do you have any pets? Feel free to introduce them in the comments below!

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1 comment on "Meet Our Guinea Pigs!"
  1. I'd love to know a guinea pig one day, super cute! 💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | www.alishavalerie.com

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