How my love for Guinea Pigs started
When I was a child I had quite a few different pets like cats, a hamster and goldfish. One day I went with my parents to a garden centre that had a section where they sold pets. We came across some guinea pigs and my mother had them as a child. So two girls were purchased and at home they were kept in a wooden hutch in the back garden. My mum cleaned them out everyday before she took me to school and I would help with feeding them.
One day I went out early in the morning and saw two baby guinea pigs running about. I told my parents who thought I was joking, until they came outside and saw for themselves. Unfortunately the adult piggies were not getting along because of the babies. My mum decided it was not fair for them and that it was a lot of work involved, also the fact that we were sold a pregnant guinea pig, which mum was not happy about. So she phoned up the garden centre and demanded they collected the two guinea pigs, which they did. Thinking back now the babies could have been sold, but mum did not want to keep them all after that happening.
The breeder they used was at fault and in later years the same garden centre no longer sold small animals and now sell just goldfish.
In my young adult years, whilst I am still living at home, I decided in 2016 that I wanted a pet again. The fancy goldfish all died within 4 months, because the tank was not big enough and caring for them was a challenge. I had no problems in looking after my syrian hamster and so, then decided to get a couple of guinea pigs. My mum and my love for guinea pigs was always there. The first two were in a small hutch in the house and then I purchased a bigger one when the goldfish died. We fancied having two young guinea pigs, so today there are the four girls.
Thank you for reading this article, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will reply back as soon as possible. If you are a guinea pig owner or have been in the past, I would love to know how your love of them came about.