Remembering Piggies of the Past:
Stinky (c.10/1/89-12/14/91) - Stinky was a huge piggie weighing in at over 4 lbs at his peak. He was a very friendly, off-white short hair (he looked very similar to the piggie at the top of this page). He passed on due to a vitamin C deficiency. :-(
Baby (c.10/1/89-4/24/92) - Baby was our first piggie, he was a brown shorthair with a black cowlick on his back. He loved lounging on the couch and being petted. He passed on from complications (bacterial infection) from his neutering, 2 weeks after his babies were born to Betty. :-(
Huey (4/10/92-9/3/96) was the runt of the litter. He was part shorthair and part Abyssinian. His coat was light brown and he looked like a pure shorthair except for one cowlick on his back. Huey passed on due to complications after multiple illnesses. RIP, little buddy... :-(
|Dan feeding the boys
Dewey (4/10/92-9/4/97) was the only female of the litter. She was, by far, the smartest of the piggie clan. She plotted intelligent strategies to avoid capture. She was very thin (even though she would eat constantly), and screamed loudly when it was snack time. She was an Abyssinian with light brown hair, and was often very antisocial. Dewey passed on due to probable complications of diabetes. RIP, little dewdrop... :-(
|Dewey on the prowl
Louie (4/10/92-2/6/98) - Louie was the dominant male of the brood. He was Abyssinian and his coat contained white, black and brown. He loved fresh veggies so much he would follow you around the house in the hope of getting some. He would cry like a baby when you pet him - he'd much rather hide under a towel or eat a snack! Louie passed on due to a mysterious "wasting away" disease. RIP little guy. ;-(
||The performing piggy
Rufus (c.2/26/97-8/27/98) was adopted in April '98 from Judi Lainer's Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue. He was an Abby who was mostly tan and white. He was extremely social, and he loved being held and petted. He even laid down on his side and fell fast asleep while being petted! He was also very adventurous, and liked to explore. Rufus passed on recently due after a long bout with pneumonia. ;-( A big thank you to Judi Lainer for all her help with Rufus in his final days.
|Take me home!
||I love being loved
||Hey! Lemme out!
||Mmm! Tasty snack!
||Am I cute, or what?
||Anything fun going on?
||Snacking on the counter
|Petting? I'd rather run!
||No one will see me
Betty (c.11/20/91-7/27/99) was the mother of Huey, Dewey and Louie. She was dumb, half-blind and the cutest thing you had ever seen. She was a teddy bear Guinea Pig with black, white and grey fur. She loved to be petted and groomed. Click here to see a picture of Betty the mommy shortly after the birth of her babies in April, 1992!
|I love apples
||Hey! Cover me up!
||Got a snack?
||Help! I'm exposed!
Piggie Living Quarters
Most of our piggies have lived in a variant of the "deluxe" cages, seen below, which I put together. We experimented with a number of designs with cages, boxes, etc. and finally came up with a design that worked really well. The design is pretty simple. First, I went to the local hardware store and bought a big piece of pressed wood (I got the kind with small holes in it to make it easy to assemble). I cut this up into 4 pieces (a top, 2 sides and a back) and tied it all together with pipe cleaners to make a "hut" as seen below (the size should snugly fit the cage and the top should be just high enough for a piggie to fit under without crouching). This hut allows the piggies to hide inside, as well as providing a sturdy platform for them to stand on, increasing the floor space of the cage by about 50%. Between 2 and 4 cages (the standard plastic bottom, wire top ones you find in any local pet store) can be linked together as seen below, by cutting out a section of the wire part big enough for a piggie to fit through (don't cut the very bottom wire or it will get unstable, just the vertical wires). Match up the holes on multiples cages and secure with pipe cleaners or something similar, and your piggies can now pass from one cage to the other. Piggies not used to much exercise will find it hard to get between the cages at first, but with a little help from you they will quickly learn, and build up their muscles so that it becomes quite simple. Our babies had no trouble zipping across at less than 3 weeks old (this setup also gives mommy piggies a chance for a brief rest from their demanding babies when they are very young and constantly pestering her). This kind of setup allows lots of room for privacy and minimizes piggie grouchiness. In many cases you may find that you can house 2 males together this way with minimal fighting, since each can have plenty of their own space. For two piggies, try linking 2 cages and having one side contain a "hut" and the other side be the "food cage" with the pellet dish and water. This will encourage lots of trips back and forth and will keep your piggie well exercised. Of course, this is no substitute for some good "on the floor running time". Lots of free roaming time (at least once a week, 2-3 times would be much better) on the floor will also keep your piggies very happy (and tired) and will minimize fights. Good luck and let me know how you like these ideas!
Here's a example of some of the configurations of cages where Rufus and Betty lived. One is a 3 cage setup with 2 huts, and one is a 2 cage setup with 1 hut.
|The big view
||Hut side (with Betty)
|United at last!
||One in each cage
Check out these cool Guinea Pig related links (most come courtesy of Todd's Guinea Pig Hutch):
- Amy's Guinea Piggy Page - Visit Amy's Guinea Piggy page and meet her pigs Chocolate and Coffee
- BCHES - Guinea Pig Care - Guinea Pig Care information provided by the students of the Vancouver Film School
- Benjamin Brophy's Random Guinea Pig Photos - A collection of guinea pig photos collected by Benjamin.
- Ben's Guinea Pig Gallery - This is Ben's site of guinea pig photos collected from various guinea pig sites across the web
- Canny Cavies - John Ogbourne's site of photos, dates and places of cavy shows in the UK, and some great looking guinea pig wallpaper for your desktop!
- Carlo's Guinea Pig Page - Carlo Ferrari's page of info, pictures, and the home of the now famous Gpigs Daily Digest! Indispensible.
- Caroline's Guinea Pig Hutch - Check it out!
- Carver/Scott Humane Society - The Carver/Scott Humane Society in Chaska, MN is currently a shelterless organization that utilizes foster homes. Adopters are screened to ensure the safety of the pet being adopted.
- Cassie and Brit - Cassie and Brit's site of photos and links
- Cavies Galore - More of those cute little guys we all love!
- Cavies Up North - The Northern Cavy Fanciers is a leading cavy club in the UK with over 300 members.
- Cavy Breeders Products and Services Page - Right now, this site features a searchable index of cavy breeders, but aims to have a database of cavy products and supplies.
- Cavy Conversation - The Cavy Conversation is a magazine edited by Sue Skillings and Linda Ellison that caters to guinea pigs, small rodents and their owners. Subscribe now!
- Cavy Information Page - Dale Sigler's site includes information such as diet/poisonous plants, housing/bedding, medications and their use, health care/pregnancy, grooming, and guinea pig rescues/shelters
- Cavies Magazine Online - The UK's only publication devoted to the breeding and exhibition of Cavies.
- Caviidae Rex - Dean Scott Hodge's page of Cavy origins, info, and clubs and newsletters around the world.
- Chippie - Photo of René and Ellen's little guy, Chippie.
- Cinnamon and Ziggy - Cinnamon and Ziggy's page of photos.
- Corky's Page - Visit Corky and his 3 guinea pigs - Rattley Jane, Flash, and Captain Nemo.
- Daisy Mae and Penny - Visit the home page of Daisy Mae and her best friend Penny. Lots of pictures to see here.
- DA-MAR's Equipment Co. - DA-MAR's sells feeders, custom-built cages, medications, books, and other supplies.
- Dan and Brenda's House of Piggies - Home of the "World's Oldest Guinea Pigs" list. Also, see lots of cute pics of Dan and Brenda's piggies: Rufus and Betty!
- Eva's Cavy Page - Eva's photo's of her guinea pigs and of different breeds. She also has compiled photos depicting cavy afflictions including bumblefoot, overgrown front teeth, fatty eye, mites, and premature babies, and information regarding these perils. Also a listing of guinea pig clubs and organizations around the world.
- Falk's Guinea Pig Page - Falk Lademann's photo's of his guinea pigs.. takes awhile but some great pictures.
- The Glazner Family Home Page - Come visit the Glazner's family of guinea pigs. Patches, Oreo, Coco, and Calie each have their own page and story!
- The Gpigs Daily Digest - I would strongly suggest subscribing to the GPigs Daily Digest. People from all walks of life are on this particular listserv, and time and again I've picked up valuable advice from it. It's a wonderful place to compare notes, offer advice, receive advice, and just generally put a smile on your face for the day. It's invaluable if you own a guinea pig and want to get a feel of how everyone else on the list deals with a guinea pig on a day-to-day basis.
- Greg's Guinea Pigs - Greg Legowski's page of his guinea pigs, Day and Night.
- The Guinea Pig Compendium - Seagull's excellent site on guinea pig care, photos of their little ones, and The Cavy Corner, random bits of information, suggestions, postings and articles from various contributors so that guinea pig owners around the world can learn from each others' experiences. Lots of good information!
- Guinea Pig FAQ - Emily Rocke's FAQ about guinea pigs -- very extensive information on all aspects of GP's.
- The Guinea Pig Gallery - Piggy Pics!
- Guinea Pig Gazette - Home of Rebecca, Checkers, Squeak, and Caliko. Even some sounds!
- The Guinea Pigs Are Here! - Woo hoo!
- Guinea Pig Sounds - Check out these guinea pig sounds, including the hit track, "Give me F O O D".
- Happy Hollow Park and Zoo - At Happy Hollow, you can adopt a guinea pig! While the animal you choose to adopt must remain in the expert care of the Zookeepers, you will take home the satisfaction of contributing to the community and to the animals of Happy Hollow. All funds raised go to support the animals.
- Heather's Cavy-Land - Heather Henshaw's site of excellent information on the breeding and showing of cavies, as well as photos and explanations of many breeds
- Home for Unwanted and Abandoned Guinea Pigs - Get info on Lee's Home for Abandoned Guinea Pigs, good advice on piggie care, piggie activism, etc.
- Homepage of Guinea Pigs - Most excellent German site (in English too) with subjects including ownership, behavior, and babies. Lots of great pictures too.
- Inca and Pygmy - Meet Inca and Pygmy, 2 very cute guinea pigs. Make sure you take a look at their cozy habitat, the "Bay of Pigs", while you're there.
- Jean Anderson's Guinea Pig Homepage - Say hello to Jean's many guinea pigs and check out each one's individual statistics. Make sure you read about the guinea pig that was saved by mouth to mouth resuscitation!
- Jeff's Guinea Pig Club - Visit Jeff's guinea pig Chewy and join his guinea pig club!
- Jelly the Guinea Pig - Visit Jelly, a Meerschweinchen who lives in Duesseldorf, Germany.
- Jim's Pig Page - Meet Max the Guinea Pig and see him taking a bath!
- Jippe's Homepage - Site in The Netherlands with a couple of very good artistic renditions of a guinea pig. Dutch language only!
- Judi Lainer's Guinea Pigs Page - Check out some adorable pictures of Judy's babies! Pigs for adoption in the Wash. D.C area!
- Karen and Jeff's Guinea Pigs - 2 *large* photos of Karen and Jeff's cavies, Strawberry and Pjays (and their babies!)
- Kurt and Karin Stüber's Guinea Pig Page - How to say "Guinea Pig" in 5 different languages, links, and not to mention the mother lode of photos - see pictures of virtually any breed you want!
- Le cobaye - Meet Dolphi, Baby, Guppy, Tigger, and Teddy. Cute pigs!
- Lisa's Cavies - Come visit Lisa Lipinski's guinea pigs Muffin, Skippy, Cricket, and Pepper.
- Lusmu and Lullukka - 2 Guinea Pigs and their little ones who live in Finland.
- Marmor - Visit Marmor, a 1 1/2 year old guinea pig who lives in Stockholm.
- Marty the Cyberpig - Check out the international home site for the first CyberPig (Guinea Pig) on the internet - Martin A. Richmond, aka "Marty"!
- Mary's Cavy Clubhouse - Mary Barr's home of The Cavy Chronicles, Ask the Cavies, and some excellent guinea pig resources. Lots of pictures, too.
- Mason's Humble Home Page - Mason finally got around to doing a GP page. Submit a picture of yours and he'll put it up for you.
- Melissa's Piggies! - Melissa's got information on finding the right piggie for you as well as tips on housing, feeding, breeding, grooming and showing. Check it out.
- Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue - Judy Lainer's site for her Guinea Pig/Rabbit shelter. If you live near Northern Virginia (USA), check out all the pigs for adoption!
- Mr. Piggley's Page - Gene Davies page of guinea pig info. Piggley's Story is especially heartwarming.
- Milton the Wonder Cavy - Milton's home page.
- Moritz Home Page - Home of Moritz, the German cavy.
- NetVet-Rodent Home Page - Biology, care, diseases, FAQ of guinea pigs, and other small furry animals.
- Nikki and Taylor - "Show Pigs" - Cute photos of 2 guinea pigs named after soap opera stars!
- Nuggett - Photo of the loveable Nuggett.
- The OinkerNet - A terrific guinea pig site! Some great info from this caviary in Olympia, WA - especially on building custom guinea pig habitats. Links, photos galore.
- Ophelia's Page - Visit Ophelia, a cavy who lives in Nishinomiya City in Japan.
- Other Clubs - Contains an address to a guinea pig club in New Zealand.
- Other Pets - A few pictures of GP's not to mention quite a few other animals.
- Oxbow Hay Company - Oxbow's site on the web. Great place to order guinea pig food and different kinds of hay.
- Pantheon Caviary - Stephen Brown's page; he raises Teddys - Teddy Satins -American Satins - Americans and Peruvians.
- Patches and Bailey's Home Page - Patches and Bailey live in Hawaii with their owners Iris and Ward Takamiya. Talk about a great page! Lots of photos and even a QuickTime movie.
- PAWS Guide to Guinea Pig Care - The PAWS Companion Animal Shelter just north of Seattle in Lynnwood, Washington cares for lost and unwanted dogs, cats and other domestic animals. The shelter also operates a computerized lost and found service, a spay/neuter clinic and an emergency rescue ambulance for animals in distress. A staff veterinarian and veterinary technician provide veterinary screening, diagnosis and treatment of incoming animals.
- Pet Loss - The American Veterinary Medical Association's site of tips on coping with the loss of a pet, and lists of books for both adults and children. An indispensible site when a pet passes on.
- PiggiePiggiePage (PPP) - Tsuyoshi Takasu's guinea pig site in Japan with some great pictures.
- Piggywig's Guinea Pig Poetry and Prose - Some silly guinea pig poetry!
- Pigland! - The Internet Home of the Amazing Zip R. Pig, and the Late Snip E. Pig, complete with QuickTime movies and links.
- Piglet's Pages - The Aberdeen Home of Joanne and Dave's guinea pig, Piglet. Includes sections such as Handy Hints, Health and Safety, Tricks, and Lettuce Heaven.
- The Pig Newton Home Page - Pig Newton and his wife Tootsie are the classroom guinea pigs at O'Hara Elementary School in Fox Chapel, PA.
- Pluk and Lapje - Dutch home of Heidi and Harro's guinea pigs, Pluk and Lapje.
- Pumpkin - Camille Bodley White's pictures of her adorable orange guinea pig, Pumpkin.
- Rascal - Cute photo of Rascal the guinea pig
- Redeye's Home - Redeye is a cavy that lives in Sweden with his owners Stina and Rasmus
- Rhoadie's Corner - Cyberspace home of D.P. Rhoadie, the Peruvian guinea pig. Be sure to check out Rhoadie's Picture Book.
- Rodent Romp - The exotic pet and bird clinic in Kirkland, WA has more good information on guinea pig care at this site.
- Sam Space - Visit Sam the guinea pig- explorer, and part-time lawn mower, and meet his very creative owner Emily.
- Scooter Pi Doglet - OK, so this really isn't a guinea pig page.. but there is a cute picture of Scooter the Bichon Frise with Thor, the Peruvian guinea pig.
- Scooter's Page - A humorous and informational site including "The guinea pig beauty myth" and "Scooter's picks and pans".
- Snowflake - Home of one of the cutest pigs I've seen, Snowflake.
- Spooky Doo! - The home of Spooky Doo and her Mom Melody Ann. No pictures yet, but I'm sure there will be soon. Don't miss Spooky Doo's "Hints to A Happier Life"!
- Tabatha Zettler's Guinea Pig Page - Visit Tabatha's piggie Squeaker at this site.. such a cute pig! Also some great sound files, both in RealAudio or Wav format.
- The Story of Saba and Shana - Cedar Falls Public Library's newest members, Saba and Shana. Sadly, little Saba passed away on 16 June, 1996. For those with children, more information about the youth department can be found here -
- Terry Smith's Guinea Pig Page - Information about guinea pigs on America Online, address for the Cavy Breeder's association, and good info regarding pregnant guinea pigs
- Terry's Pet Farm - See Terry's pet dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and bird. Lots of photos and ideas good for animal lovers. Send in photos of your pets for our Hall of Fame or Photo Gallery. It means a lot to you and your pets. They also have baby pets available occasionally.
- Tess and Kenji's Guinea Pig Page - I haven't had a chance to check this one out yet.
- The Three Piggieteers - Meet Moon, Brownie, and Moby Dick - the Three Piggieteers!
- Toaster! - Visit Susan King's little friend Toaster and learn more about him and his family. Lots of pictures, and a guinea pig trivia game.
- Todd's Guinea Pig Hutch - Some great links to information on bedding, animal mistreatment, pics of his piggies and a whole not more! A nicely done site!
- Tracy and Tony's Guinea Pig Page - Tracy and Tony have some excellent information about basic care, housing, and exercise. Learn about their guinea pig family and their experiences in breeding. Also, TONS of links to guinea pig sites all over the world, and of course, the home of the Cavy Ring!
- Violet - This page is dedicated to Violet Butterscotch. Be sure to check out the fictional stories page, to find out how the guinea pig got it's rosettes. Very cute site.
- Western Cavy Stud - Check out Chad Mulroney's site of pictures, resources, grub guide, and guinea pig club. Ask the Cavyman!
- The Wilbur Memorial Page - Cute short story about Wilbur the guinea pig
- Winking Cavy Store - Part of John Ogbourne's site, you can order some excellent guinea pig T-shirts as well as other cavy merchandise!
- The Wishing Well - The Wishing Well is a family owned and operated business located in the Cultural district of Fort Worth, Texas. They opened in 1969, selling mainly plates, and have continued to expand in the past 26 years to include many of the collectible lines of figurines and cottages as well as the plates. Guinea Pig owners may be interested to know that they have The Amiable Guinea Pig by Beatrix Potter for sale.
- The Wyllie Zoo - The Wyllie's are veterinary technologists with a houseful of animals including a couple of guinea pigs.
- (You can never have) Too Many Guinea Pigs - Myles and Donna Lewis Guinea Pig care guide, news, and more
- Zorro's Haven - Check out these great pictures of Zorro the cavy.
- Yumin's Guinea Pig - Pictures of Yumin Lee's guinea pig. Maybe you can help Yumin name him!
Piggie sounds courtesy of Tabatha Zettler! Hear a piggie: purr,"weet","voot voot" (Real Audio format) - for best results, push the "stop" button on your browser to stop the background music, then crank up your speaker volume before clicking on one of the sounds. Enjoy!
If you are interested in some more technical medical type info on piggies, check out this document.
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