A Tale of Two Pigs

kailaeve1271

Post   » Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:58 pm


Since I was a very small child I had always wanted a small pet that could be sweet and loving companion, to call my own, for many years. Now don't get me wrong, I had pets before, a rabbit, gerbils, and dogs, but they were always family pets. I tried so hard to get any of them to bond with me, but many would run away and love one someone else. In all honesty, when I look back, I don't blame them. If I saw a 9 year old El Mira running up to me so she can smother me in hugs and kisses, I would run too.

At first I thought a hamster would make a good pet. So one day at the pet store when we were buying dog food, I begged my parents for one of the hamsters. My mom's reply eventually was "okay... but you have to hold one first." I was alittle confused at first, but we finally flagged someone down to open the cage and let me get one out. I saw one sitting in the back corner all alone. My 9 year old mind thought, 'oh look he's so lonely. I can get him to like me and he'll love me forever.' The man told me to be careful with the hamsters before I reached in. Once I had the little guy in my hand he looked so calm and peaceful. He slowly yawned like he was tired... or so I thought. Once his mouth was open as large as it could he clamped down on my hand. The man snatched the hamster from me before I could drop it. After that small bean me decided I no longer wanted a hamster. After cleaning my hand we did leave with a pet though. It was a beta fish that somehow died before we even got home.

After this I gave up on my search for a few years. At about age the age of 13, I saw it at the pet store in search of dog food again. The was a fluffy creature with bug-eyes and a chunky stature. It was a guinea pig. This is where my addiction started.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:10 pm


This is where my addiction started.
To this day, I hope ;-)

kailaeve1271

Post   » Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:43 pm


Of course ;) Charlotte and Jitterbug are the center of my life. I love them so much

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daisymay
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Post   » Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:01 am


Is this the Jitterbug that went onto a big adventure and disappeared for a few days? So glad you found pets to call your own. We don't have hamsters here as they're not allowed. Shame that it bit you, fast moving on the petshop owner/worker though. Can't wait to hear more.

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Post   » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:17 pm


Not the same, daisymay. That Jitterbug was in the Pacific Northwest, can't remember whether it was Oregon or Washington. This one's in Georgia.

I sure do wish we could hear about the other Jitterbug, though. I've always wondered what happened to that pig.

kailaeve1271

Post   » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:02 am


Haha no she has not gone on her own adventures but as headstrong and curious as she is I’m sure she would, if she had the chance

kailaeve1271

Post   » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:17 am


So I started spending the next three years researching what I could do for any guinea pig I ever adopt. On my 16 birthday I begged for my parents to allow me to adopt Guinea Pigs. They agreed as long as I paid for them myself. That wasn’t an issue since I recently started my first job.

I looked for guinea pigs in our local shelter for over 4 months before I started to think that there were no guinea pigs to adopt. By this time I had already had a large c and c cage, hay, toys, bowls, water bottles, litter boxes, shavings, and fleece. I just needed pellets so we headed off to a certain very common pet store, let’s call it petshmo, as many people do to cover up the name, so they don’t sue me haha, for pellets.

I walked in and saw three little pigs in the cage. Any time I go into a store I look at the cute guinea pigs just to see them. The biggest was a silver agouti and white who kept nipping at the two littler pigs. The other was a calico female who looked awfully chunky yet sweet and a pig who has split in half orange gold on one side and cocoa brown on the other with white on her belly and chin. All were supposed to be female.

Not too long after I started searching for pellets by the cage, I saw an employee toss the split pig, yes TOSS, her into a box.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:31 pm


I trust you are going to intervene?

kailaeve1271

Post   » Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:00 pm


Of course! I was very angry with the employee about this and mentioned it to the manager. She did nothing so I no longer purchase from said store

kailaeve1271

Post   » Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:28 pm


So after watching the employee act so roughly with the pig I confronted him. Asking why is was so rough with her and what he was doing. All he wanted to tell me was there was a mistake in her lineage and they could no longer sell her. I didn’t get another word out of him. Talk about sketchy! So I demanded a manager to come and speak with me. After an hour long arguement she told me to take the pig as long as I purchased something else as well because “they couldn’t do anything with her anyways” I saw this to be so rude and arrogant, but I took the opportunity to take her. Looking in the cage I saw a pig in each of the back corners. I wanted to get a partner that she was bonded to and based on how nippy the silver one was, I assumed the chunky calico one would be the best choice. Don’t get me wrong, I love the little girl, but I hate that I gave in to buying a pig from a store over adopting. Those two little pigs sure have stopped those paws around my heart though. I bought the second pig and a bag of food and brought them home. The split guinea pig became known as Jitterbug and the calico was Charlotte.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:30 pm


I hope the thrown guinea pig did not suffer serious injuries.

The employee should be fired.

kailaeve1271

Post   » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:33 pm


When I took her to the vet she had no injuries other than bruising on her leg which went away after a few days. I have to agree though. He should have been fired. I never went back to the store to find out if he was. My sweet little Jitterbug is just over 1 year now and as healthy as could be. She is huge compared to Charlotte though and very muscular, but I guess that isn’t a bad thing

kailaeve1271

Post   » Tue May 01, 2018 7:42 pm


Now to continue on our journey! My guinea pigs were happily in there c and c cage getting the best care I knew to give them (there has been so much I've learned and changed though!) I noticed Charlotte getting plumper and plumper... almost pear-shaped... I went to research what was going on *scrolling* "bloat? no that's not it..." *scrolling* "pregnancy? no. It can't be... WAIT A MINUTE!" I distinctly remember someone at Petshmo telling me they shipped all their guinea pigs in the same crate (cruel in my opinion). Could this mean males too? Apparently.

Petshmo has a 30-day guarantee that any bought animal can be brought to a local vet through the company for no charge. I called and scheduled an appointment. We brought her in and I was told she'd be available for pickup anytime after 3. Perfect! I get out of school at 3. So I called after school and informed them I would be coming in. They told me there wasn't a guinea pig there. I completely freaked out. "I trusted you to follow your own policy and take her to the vet, one simple task and you lost her?!?" The poor girl didn't know what to say. All I got was uh uhm, uh, well so I asked for the manager. I was already mad at the company for what they did to Jitterbug, but now they LOST my other guinea pig? I was furious.

The manager picked up and she was not the same one as the day I bought my guinea pigs. Then the manager laughed when I told her the situation. I wanted to scream. Why was the situation funny in any way. She informed me that she kept the guinea pig in her office personally since she seemed stressed and it was loud in the back. I felt kind of bad for freaking out, but I was relieved she was safe and that at least one person who worked there actually cared about the animals wellbeing. When I got there I apologized for yelling at the girl who picked up the phone. She was fine. She just didn't know how to react to the "angry guinea pig mom that was freaking out on the other side of the phone". Sounds like me.

Turns out Charlotte was pregnant. She gave birth to two guinea pigs less than a week later. I named the all-white guinea pig (he was not lethal) Juuzou, after my favorite anime character. I am a little nerdy. The other one was named Minnie because she looked like a miny version of her mom. They were identical. Once they were 4 weeks old I separated them and brought them to my friend's house who claimed she had 2 different enclosures. She also claimed she really wanted guinea pigs and were going to give them the best care! Long story short, she didn't. You think after being around me she'd know proper care, but I'll tell you guys all about that next time.

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daisymay
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Post   » Wed May 02, 2018 4:53 am


So glad you got your baby girl back! Shame she was pregnant though. Hoping you got your two fur babies back from your friend. Hoping all goes well with your little babies!

kailaeve1271

Post   » Wed May 02, 2018 3:03 pm


I didn’t believe she was in all honesty. I took a shower, walked back in my room and saw a small amount of blood and Charlotte resting in the center of the cage. I moved some fleece drapes and saw two teeny furballs. Just when I was thinking they gave me false information, I find my piggy have birth in under 10 minutes

kailaeve1271

Post   » Thu May 03, 2018 8:32 am


One day I decided to go check on my friends guinea pigs. We arranged a day for me to stay overnight. Here is what I saw when I came over:
One small living world deluxe cage
Limited hay
Unlimited colorful pellets
No veggies
One water bottle which kept leaking empty
And two pigs being mishandled the whole time.
I freaked out. What happpened to multiple cages and proper care?!? She claimed one cage broke and she didn’t have to money for anything better. She also claimed whenever the male tried to breed, the female attacked him. I pointed her to this site, told her what she was doing wrong and that eventually they will breed. There is no brother sister concept when it comes to intact guinea pigs. I offered to take back the female (my parents couldn’t have gotten too mad) and help her find the male a home with someone who had the money to give them the proper care. She refused, I felt defeated and had to go home the next morning with no progress made.

About a month later I got a phone call “Uhm I have three baby guinea pigs in my cage” wow really? Big surprise! Suddenly she started listening to me. Once they were old enough I separated them into two cages (she bought another way too small cage!) and spoke to her about proper cage size. We ordered material for a large 3x5 c and c cage and also ordered a Midwest Deluxe cage (wayyy better than before). The Midwest came first. She panned in eventually getting rid of the males so her Midwest was the temporary cage/travel cage. I told her she needed to place Juuzou and the two male babies in the Midwest until the c and c cage came. Males need more room and I was trying to get them that ASAP. The females were then to go into the Midwest until the males had new homes. Well the males were on the Midwest for three days when I got a call “they ate Charley” (charley was the runt make). I was shocked. Guinea pigs don’t just eat each other! Then I saw an image she sent me. The face and neck were completely mauled. I actually made a post on here and all anyone could think of was lack of space. The c and c materials were literally a day from arriving too! She’s now terrified to go too close to the males and the remain in the Midwest because of this but her females have a c and c. It’s sad what happened to Charles but at the same time I’m happy for the others. They now are on limited pellets (even if they are still bad), unlimited hay, larger cages, vegetables given multiple times a week (still not enough in my opinion) and full accesss to water.

I’m slowly but steadily making progress with her and I hope to make so much more but she just added a puppy to her array of pets: 4 piggies, 3 dogs and 2 birds. I don’t know how much more I can do when she can barely take care of the ones she has and she’s trying to get more!

Ugh! It’s frustrating but hopeful they will receive the care they deserve soon

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daisymay
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Post   » Thu May 03, 2018 10:51 am


So sorry to hear about Charley!!!!!!!!!! Didn't she hear squealing from the poor little dear? I would perhaps talking to her parents and tell them your concerns. The worse thing that can happen is you lose her as a friend. I'm having visions of the puppy getting to the rest of the piggies. All you can do is your best and pray she sees sense before her other piggies suffer!

So glad your piggy gave birth safely! I would suggest keeping them or sell them. If people have to pay odds are they'll take better care of them!

kailaeve1271

Post   » Thu May 03, 2018 11:57 am


My pig currently doesn’t have babies. They are my friends pigs now (the once’s in this story). Her babies however are now staying with her because she now has two pairs (two boys in one cage, two girls in the other) she’s trying to sell the boys as a pair but people call asking for just the baby never the adult. They say he’s older than they like or they think he’s “albino” and won’t live long. By the way he’s not albino or a REW. Just happened to be all white.

I have spoken to her mom but she said the rule was she has to learn to care for them not the parents because they don’t always have time. Her mom is already the one paying for veggies every week.

She didn’t hear because she’s partially deaf and the piggies are in their own room.

The dogs and puppy aren’t allowed upstairs where they pigs are and the pigs door always stays shut (I convinced them of this as well!)

Thank you! If I ever happen to get a pregnant piggy again (hopefully not even if the babies are cute) I will either keep or sell rather than give them to a friend because that clearly has bit me in the rear

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu May 03, 2018 3:00 pm


What I challenge! At least there is one person (you) trying to point her in the right direction!

kailaeve1271

Post   » Fri May 04, 2018 1:16 pm


It is certainly a challenge but I hope I can help even more

So sometime in the middle of this chaos I took my pigs outdoors for the first time. Jitterbug stayed with me casually eating. Charlotte on the other hand decided to do her own thing and took off down into a chipmunk hole. I started freaking out and my mom came out to take my other pig back inside.

We couldn’t figure out how to get her out. Eventually my mom brought me a piece of lettuce that we placed in front of the hole to coax her out. I waited for hours laying in the ground a few feet away. Every once in a while she’d let out a little squeak. I was just about to assume the worst when I see her head poke out and slowly take the lettuce. I took off and dove my arm into the hole. I caught her but barely caught her. She was fine. A little stressed but perfectly okay. We brought her inside and let her rest with Jitterbug. We filled in the hole to prevent anything from happening again. This first incident probably should have been my first clue to never bring them back outside.

P.S Charlotte almost always seems to be the one getting into strange situations. Jitterbug just tends to nap in my lap

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