Conroe, TX Guinea Pigs Need a Home

sillycavies

Post   » Tue Jun 22, 2004 3:23 pm


Someone I work with bought a pregnant pet store pig in January. It looked like she had 2 boys and a girl. The "brothers" recently had 2 babies, bringing the total number of pigs in the household to 6---more than the family feels it can comfortably manage. They want to rehome up to 4 of the guinea pigs. The 2 babies won't be up for adoption for at least 2 more weeks, as they were born last week. These are all short-haired guinea pigs and very healthy. I'm trying to get some photos of them. Please contact me if you are interested in any of these guinea pigs. All are under a year old, well-kept and in good health.

sillycavies

Post   » Wed Jun 23, 2004 12:57 pm


Update to this story:

The mother of the 2 babies died today, leaving 2 pups who are almost 3 weeks old. My co-workers husband just directed her to bring the guinea pigs to work tomorrow and dispose of them by whatever means possible, be it stocking the pet store or whatever. They have 5 guinea pigs and want to rehome at least 3 of them--the babies and their father. The father is 6 months old. I will try to get some photos for anyone interested to view.

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snowflakey
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Post   » Wed Jun 23, 2004 1:04 pm


Ugh, how sad for momma pig. I hope someone can take these sweeties in.

sillycavies

Post   » Wed Jun 23, 2004 1:22 pm


Yes it is sad that the pups lost their mother. I hope I can find someone to take them. I'm considering fostering them if that's what it takes to save them from the pet store. At least one of the pigs has Silky/Sheltie-type fur. Contrary to my original post, the babies are almost 3 weeks old. I'd not realized it had been that long since their birth.

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Snowflakelike

Post   » Wed Jun 23, 2004 7:31 pm


I would appreciate pictures. I might want one. The pig at the Brazos Valley Shelter was gone when I called, but we were kind of iffy about it anyway because it looks pretty big and we would like them as tiny as possible. 3 weeks old would sound good.

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Brianna
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Post   » Wed Jun 23, 2004 9:13 pm


Why do you want a tiny pig? It's going to grow up too you know.

ChadWPB

Post   » Wed Jun 23, 2004 9:50 pm


I love my mature pigs. They're so calm and laid back, right out of the adoption box.

I have friends that might get pigs after their elderly dog passes on. They'd prefer mature (2 yrs.+) piggies.

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salana
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Post   » Wed Jun 23, 2004 10:58 pm


A friend of mine is interested--I sent you her email address.

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Snowflakelike

Post   » Wed Jun 23, 2004 11:09 pm


Why tiny pigs? Because they're so cute like that! You get to have all the fun of little pigs followed by the joy of big pigs. It's not like you miss anything if you get them little.

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SylvesterPiggie

Post   » Wed Jun 23, 2004 11:59 pm


I have tiny pigs, they are cute but I love my bigger pigs just as much. They grow so fast they will be big before you know it anyhow. You have such a nice selection to choose from where you live.

sillycavies

Post   » Thu Jun 24, 2004 9:46 pm


Update: Baxter, the pups' dad, was adopted today. I have the pups, whom I'm calling Tidbit and Morsel. I confirmed that they were born either very late June 9th, or early June 10th, so they are only 2 weeks old. The other pig up for adoption is a 6-month-old sow. The family is on vacation, so I'll get a photo of her next week.

Salana, I sent your friend an e-mail.

Sylvester, I agree with you. Tidbit and Morsel are adorable, but I've gotten most of my pigs as adults and can't imagine loving them a bit less because we got together later in life. I'd really like to rescue a senior and give him or her a nice retirement home someday.

My criteria for adopting a new pig are: What's in the shelter and do I have room? A Witherspoon-type Texel is my fantasy pig, but I seem to enjoy any pig I come across.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Jun 24, 2004 10:41 pm


One thing I appreciate about an older pig is you have some idea what their personality is. With younger ones it can be hit or miss.

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Snowflakelike

Post   » Thu Jun 24, 2004 11:23 pm


So, sillycavies, what is the availability of the pups? And gender - especially if there is a silky one?

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SylvesterPiggie

Post   » Fri Jun 25, 2004 8:31 am


When I was looking for a new pig the only things that were important were
1.) Female
2.) basically healthy
This board has shed a new light on things for me. I am having a hard time because you have so many specifics... a tiny pig no red eyes and a silkie.

Thanks to my local SPCA VMOUSE and someone who did not want to be bothered I have a wonderful heard of mismatched pigs!

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Snowflakelike

Post   » Fri Jun 25, 2004 8:40 am


A hard time understanding why I have requirements or a hard time finding a pig to fit them? I don't expect anyone to go to any trouble on my behalf. I really, really appreciate just being alerted to the possibilities, as you have done.

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SylvesterPiggie

Post   » Fri Jun 25, 2004 8:47 am


Both. I do hope you find what you are looking for, you might just pass up a great pig in the meantime.

sillycavies

Post   » Fri Jun 25, 2004 1:12 pm


Sylvester, I agree with you. As someone who deals with rescued animals, I find the emphasis on babies a bit distressing. I can agree that an age difference can sometimes help with dominance issues; however, the objective is to place an animal into a home that will love it throughout its life. The ideal home for an animal is one that will love it at least as much at 5 or 10 years as they did at 1 week.

As for the pups, I saw Tidbit (looks like a tiny skunk) use the water bottle today. Yay! My daughter really likes them, and it will be at least a week before we can decide what we'll do with them. Morsel is beige, black and white. Their hair seems a bit longer than that of an American, so I'm wondering if some Silky might be in there. I'll see about getting some photos so someone who knows breeds better than I do can verify that. They are cuties!

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Vanessa

Post   » Fri Jun 25, 2004 1:15 pm


I totally agree with not focusing on appearance when adopting pigs. When I adopted my last pig, he was the only single male at the shelter, so he was pretty much my only choice. He just happends to be a very handsome and well-manered pig too. When the girl at the shelter showed him to me, she said "Is he what you were looking for? If not, you can check back, we get guinea pigs pretty frequently". I just responded "Well, he's a guinea pig, and that was pretty much all I was looking for. I'll take him."

Nurgle
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Post   » Fri Jun 25, 2004 1:46 pm


I think everyone has a type/color of pig that just makes them go 'Awwww!' They may ask for it (I know I do, the times I've been looking) but if there isn't one available, that doesn't mean I'll love the pig I get any less. Or that I won't look at another pig! It just means that I have a soft spot for that type, is all.

ChadWPB

Post   » Fri Jun 25, 2004 1:50 pm


I agree. When we were looking for a first wife for Fuzzie, we needed a spayed sow since we did not want Fuzzie neutered. We found a spayed sow named Callie at Gainesville GP Rescue. though neither one of us ever had a shorthaired pig before (my wife even found them unattractive), we decided to go for Callie anyway, since she fit our needs as she recently spayed for ovarian cysts.

Callie is an absolutely wonderful pig: friendly, sweet and not skittish at all. Plus she's healthy and robust.

We didn't base our search on looks and got a beautiful pig anyway. Callie's my TV watching buddy.

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