The Brooklyn Guinea Gang

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:46 pm


So, next comes the story of Lucky and how he got to be part of our family:

Small pet store, and lots of noises. Mom was perusing the small mammal supplies and she hears cheering. In a pet store??? Yep!

She goes towards the sound of the cheers and there was a large tank with a huge snake (python maybe) - mom tells us she blocked out the image :( In a corner of the tank there was a reddish piece of meat. It looked like something skinned. She found it disgusting that the few people and emplyees there would cheer for a snake eating but ... people are weird.

So, she turned to leave, but with the corner of her eye she saw the piece of meat blink. Imagine the horror when she realized that whatever it was, it was alive, and when she got closer, she realized it was a piggie :(

She started tapping the glass and trying to make the snake go away; one of the emplyees asked her not to disturb the reptile on display (meaning the snake). She started crying and asking "But what about the guinea pig? Why? And why skin the poor animal?". The guy told her nobody skinned the guinea pig, he was just sick and that is why they were feeding it to the snake.

After a million pleas to the pet store employee, she got to pay for the snake meal - it was not the full price of a guinea pig and it was supposed to go towards the price of frozen feed. Apparently, the employee explained to mom that the snake was used to frozen feed and hesitated to eat the piggie. Mom felt like scratching his face and run out with the piggie. But she had to stay and wait for them to put the piggie in the box and hear them snicker at the weirdo that takes in a sick piggie.

She took the box with the pig and came home crying.

A long few months passed by and this is what she got from a practically bald piggie (overrun by mites):

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At the very beginning it was extremely painful for the piggie to be touched and it seemed like forever passed until mom was able to hold him. She named him Lucky for obvious reasons :)

Now, Lucky did not like any of the piggies in the house so he was housed alone in a pet store cage. While Lucky was recovering from his ordeal, Blackie fell sick and ...

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:48 pm


I am so glad Lucky found a loving, caring home!

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:28 pm


Oh what a story - you saved him! He looks a bit like our Celia. Thank you for saving that little guy.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:30 pm


Good lord!!! Lucky is well named. Good thing for him you came by.

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camende
Supporter 08-09 & 11-13

Post   » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:34 pm


OMG, Lucky is very very lucky that you found him. He is gorgeous!!! Thanks for taking him in!! He was certainly blessed that you found him.

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Catie Cavy
Supporter 2011-2017

Post   » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:45 am


Lucky is an understatement! That's one of the most amazing stories I've ever heard. But you left us hanging. Can't wait for more of the story.

gem

Post   » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:53 am


What kind of person cheers at an animal in pain. Great work on getting them to let you rescue him. He's adorable!

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:30 pm


That is one LUCKY little piggy, and adorable too! :)

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Sidera17

Post   » Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:56 pm


I can't believe the pet store would do something like that. I'm so glad you got to Lucky in time.

What happens to Blackie?! :(

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cavyslave8
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:36 pm


Thank goodness Lucky is with you all now. Poor baby.

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Kermie831

Post   » Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:13 am


ok... That's 5 Pigs in Brooklyn... Where are the rest of those gorgeous faces?!

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:20 am


You got me there Kermie :) I do have to continue the chronicles. How about I promise an update for Thursday?

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Kermie831

Post   » Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:30 am


Thursday is very much acceptable!

Now I get more sweet faces to put with names! (and your family's story is so much better now that I have your face to put to your name) Is it weird that I now hear the story dictated in your beautiful voice ? :)

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:41 am


Just about as weird as me coming home and telling the piggies all about my day :)

I already knew your voice from your videos :)

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Kermie831

Post   » Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:16 am


It's ok, I still talk to the piggies about their visitor. They always love extra hands to squish and feed them!

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Kermie831

Post   » Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:19 am


I have to laugh, I was excited because I remembered there is going to be an update on your furry family today, and then I saw your name pop up as last posted on Cavy Chronicles. :) I'm a little too excited to 'meet' more of the bunch!

I don't know what the boys are doing with their tent at night, but it ends up full of poops and off in some random corner flipped on its side. They are partying in it me thinks~

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Kermie831

Post   » Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:36 am


I reshowed Kevin these pictures of your pigs. He was laughing and said, they have the same characteristics and facial expressions ours do! No wonder you want to steal Merlin - he matches your brood!

YAY! It's Thursday!

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:21 pm


Well, while Lucky was slowly recovering from "baldness" (he had virtually no hair left and plenty of open sores), Blackie did not fare well :( He was slowing down more and more and would not leave the incision site alone. He ripped open a whole in his belly and one late evening in 2005, he died in mommy's arms. Mom cried the whole night and she seemed to take it very hard. She loved Blackie dearly because he acted like a little puppy: he would follow her around everywhere in the house, if she was doing homework at her desk, he would sleep under her chair, next to her feet.

Plus he was not afraid when the neighbor's cats came to visit our apartment. The rest of us would run for cover, except Blackie who was "studying" the cats. Once, he started rumblestrutting at one of the cats, and the cat ran for the door for dear life. We thought it was hillarious, but stayed hidded :)

At our various visits to the NJ vet (the one not cavy savvy) mom made friends with one of the front desk ladies at the vet's office. Turned out she had guinea pigs as well and was also doing transport and fostering for Have-a-Heart Guinea Pig Rescue.

Mom was like: "There are guinea pig rescues???" Wow!

She met a piggie from that rescue named Julius. He was neutered by that vet and was awaiting for his future family to pick him up. He was going to be a friend for that family's sow. Mom kissed Julius and wished him luck in his future family :)

About a week later, her new friend (the girl working at the vet's office), told her that the piggie was being returned because the sow was beating Julius up :( Mom jumped on the opportunity to see what fostering was. So, Julius came to our home, after mom's friend and her husband met mom to drop him off somewhere in Astoria, Queens. Julius took a subway ride with my mom and there he was, in our home in Brooklyn.

Mom got worried very soon because Julius was eating nothing. Not hay, not pellets, not veggies, nothing. He was just sitting there. He was alert, but not eating. Mom bought him about 5 different kinds of pellets, the junky ones to see if maybe, maybe. The 8-in-1 Ecotrition junk did the trick. He ate some, but not nearly enough. It turned out, after calling the vet, that maybe he had an infection at the neuter site on the inside (the outside looked all right) as that vet did not prescribe medication after the neuter!!!

We put him on Baytril and he started being better.


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And this is how mom learned that there are guinea pig rescues in this world and became a foster mom J

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:08 pm


Kermie, I'm happy Merlin and Jesse like the hut and party in it :)
My Lucy likes to sleep on top of them - I think she likes her mattress extra soft :)

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Sidera17

Post   » Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:39 pm


Uh oh. I'm in love with Julius!

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