"Recently one of my guinea pigs passed away, this left his cagemate without a companion. Since guinea pigs thrive in pairs (and also because I adore them) I am looking for a new friend for Tayto. Ideally his new companion would be a healthy young/baby male, or a spayed female. If you are re-homing a guinea pig who fits these criteria please send me a message. Please include your asking/adoption price and a photo. Thank you for reading my ad."
It was an ad that went unanswered for a long time, almost as long as I'd lived in my latest house.
The woman who posted it has had guinea pigs for a long time, she was looking for a new friend and placed the ad online. After placing it though she lost a piggy, one she loved very, very much. She was so heartbroken that she considered taking it down but since nobody had contacted her about it so she figured it wouldn't hurt to leave it up. She figured she could always ignore the messages if she wasn't ready, she didn't have to say yes, or answer. Weeks went by and no one wrote, she forgot about the ad. Seemingly out of the blue she received a message, it didn't say much but I guess it got her attention :
"i have a guinea pig u could have he is about a year old hes gunna b a little skidish at first but after that hes laid back i have some stuff i got for him too if u want any of that with him"
She almost ignored it, but curiosity got the better of her... Later that day she replied, not committing to anything, but asking for more information and to see a photo of me. This was what she got back:
"He's friendly and nice to play with. Is verry good with other animals we have too dogs and they can go right up to him and sniff him and he dosent bite them. I am looking to "re-home" him because I am in school an go away allot on weekends and I don't have the time to give him attention anymore"
How do you think she responded? Check back to find out what happened next.
The next day the woman wrote back. She explained to the boy who owned me that she was interested but she asked that he give her a couple days to think about it (I guess my face alone wasn't enough to persuade her)... That's when things got a little confusing... My owner was worried, and he put up an ad up online immediately : "Guinea pig, cage, feeder, water bottle. Free if u take him today". The woman didn't know about the ad, but my owner contacted her too. This was what he told her :
"i gave him the last of his food this afternoon, i have no more. u can have him for free if you come today"
It was cold out and I didn't have a towel or anything warm so I hid in my hidey. I felt the box change hands and then I heard my owner's voice, and the voice of an unfamiliar stranger. The stranger wanted to make sure I was a boy but didn’t have enough hands to hold the box, lift the hidey, and pick me up. My owner wasn’t much help, he lifted my hidey and showed her my face. She then tried to ask him some questions but all he really said was that he’d only had me for two months but that I was about a year old. When the stranger asked where I’d come from he just said “I got him off of someone else.”, he then turned and went inside. I didn’t realize it then but I’d never see him again.
The stranger carried me to her car; she opened the door and placed the box on the backseat. Slowly she withdrew my hidey, and put it on the floor of her car. I was so startled that I ran circles around the box. She tried to calm me, then gave me a soft pouch. I was quick to climb inside, it was nice and warm. She then got into the front seat and started the car then off we went.
When we arrived at our destination she brought me into a house, I could hear and smell other piggies (something I hadn't experienced in a long time). The woman put the box I was in on the ground, I was anxious to check out my surroundings so I jumped out of the box and tried to make a run for it. She caught me quickly, but instead of putting me back into the box she set me into a cage. It was lined with something soft, not like the wood chips I was used to. There was hay and food in the cage but I wasn't keen on eating just then. The woman watched me a few minutes, and she took a couple of pictures of me with her phone. After a while she turned the lights down, then she left the room and closed the door behind her. I was finally able to relax a little, and once I felt safe I had a look around the cage and I nibbled on some hay.
Once I was settled, and my diet was was on track my new friend started talking about some sort of "spa day". It sounded nice at first, I mean humans like spa days right? What an experience! First the woman cut the dreads I'd been growing around my rump then she put me in the tub with some water, which was all but relaxing. She smiled and laughed while I tried climbing her arm to get out of the water, it was as though she was enjoying my suffering. At one point she even stopped "washing me" (I believe I wash myself quite adequately - thank you very much!) to take pictures. Can you believe it?
While I'm not anxious to do it again anytime soon, I suppose that in the end I was thankful. My hair was no longer being pulled by mats and I feel cleaner than I have in a long time.
I always put a hand towel in when I'm giving piggies baths, because they prefer it to the slipperiness of the tub/sink I find it helps keep them still where I want them.
A big day is right around the corner for Reese. He's nearly done his quarantine period which means he's just about ready to meet his new friend. I'm anxious to see how they'll get along. I'm hoping neither boy will put up much of a fight. I do not know if Reese has ever cohabited with another guinea pig... Tayto lived with Legend, and they got along wonderfully but he was only 8 weeks old when I adopted him so the intros were pretty easy. I'm hoping that Reese's next update will be all about his new best friend. *fingers crossed* In the interim here's a photo I'd previously shared in the random piggy pics thread :