Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Baby females

These are the little girls we have. Ready on 1-9-11
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I'm Sorry

In early December we found out a whole bunch of great news. We had a closing date for our first home and we were expecting. Since then I got pretty sick of morning sickness, couldn't eat, drink, move. The doctor gave me meds but they weren't very sympathetic to the issue.

Now though things are getting better. We have moved and I'm feeling better. In the mean time I have passed on some pigs because of the driving distance, and will continue to have people bring them as close as possible because I have back issues right now. But I do promise to be better in my correspondence for piggies. Please accept my apology.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

2 boys 2 girls- Baby Piggies

It looks like the babies are two boys and two girls. The white babies are both boys. One has a brown spot on each eye and the other has a brown spot on one eye. The white ones are the cutest to watch eat because they puff up like like balls of fur.

The other two are girls and they are white and brown, so cute. I moved this past weekend and have a ton going on, so I havent gotten pics up yet, but they are adorable.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Who is Left?

Mom & Andromeda
Shadow & Lee
Gwyn & a Mom
- some of these can go with any other pig, only mom & andromeda should go together.

Kreuger- single
White Aby- crazy hair
Pip & Newton- pair

Babies- available January 9th

Adopted! Spookley, Freddie, Ut & Oh

This weekend we have adopted out 4 beautiful boys. Spookley we had two months, Freddie since August, Ut & Oh, since early in November. They went to two homes that wanted to surprise their kids for Christmas, though I get promises from the adults that they are the responsible parties.

Amongst our move to a different house in the same city it has been crazy to adopt out piggies but I am happy to say we got them homes. We now have 6 females, 4 babies, and 4 boys left, so there are many options if you are still looking for someone.

Friday, December 17, 2010

We Have Babies

Yesterday we picked up a mom and 4 babies. No idea what the sex is yet, but they are cuties, and will be ready to go on January 9th. Pictures to come.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Ut and Oh

Two males for adoptio
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Guinea Pigs Adopted

2 more have left our ranks. Yesterday (or the day before) Spike and Ratatoille went to their new home- with a HUGE cage- they are going to be so spoiled.

Still available:
Ut & Oh- male pair
Kreuger- male single
Freddie- male single
Spookley- male but needs a friend
Pip & Newton- male pair
Tyson- male but needs a friend

Still available girls:
Brownie & Reeses- pair
Mama & Andromeda- pair
Lee & Shadow- pair
Gwyn- single female needs a friend

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

brownie and reeses

Beautiful girls.. please come adopt them
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Adopted Optimus & Jetfire

After getting many calls about them this week a family came today to adopt them. The mom and dad really seemed to like them right away and we got them all set up with a cage and hideys and they went on their way. Next week we have someone coming for another pair, and then the weekend before christmas two more families want pairs.

We had someone interested in the babies, but hopefully we will find an alternative for her. Optimus and Jetfire were part of our first rescue they will be missed.

Goodbye Sandy- Pregnant Mama

This morning I awoke and found that Sandy (the pregnanty mama) had passed away last night. Poor thing and the babies are gone. We all said good bye and buried her this morning. She seemed fine when we went to bed, but all I can think is she just couldn't handle the back to back pregnancies the other owners were responsible for. She was huge, there must have been 4 or 5 in there.

Sorry to everyone who was looking forward to adopting a baby when they were ready. She was a great piggie and we will miss her.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Who's Available?

I'm getting lots of emails and calls about the piggies and I need to let you all know who is available, so here goes:

Shadown- All black short hair female, a bit skiddish, wasn't handled enough, is now living with another pig for socialization. Very sweet, but should be handled by an adult for a week or two before letting kids play with her. 1.5 years old.

Mama & Andromeda- Mama is black and white short hair. Andromeda is white and agouti short hair. They are pretty adapted, but might be a tiny skiddish to be handled by new people- pretty normal though.

Lee- Black and white medium hair, her hair is a little silky. She is a bit dominant, but doesn't nip or anything, she gets along with all of the other girls she is living with (6 of them) 2 years old.

Sandy- Mama to be, she came to us pregnant, and is due this month I believe. She is getting huge and lives with 6 other females, but was a bit dominant at first. She is sandy orange and some white, and her hair has a little feather to it. She will be ready to go in January as should be the babies. Mom is 1 yr, Andromeda is 6 mos.

Reeses & Brownie- Sisters that must stay together. Short hair black and orange (reeses) and All Agouti short hair (brownie). They are about 2 years old and so lovable, relaxed, and pretty big.

Optimus & Jetfire- came from a farm (lived in the barn) and are about 2 years old. One is all white with grey on the face and a rust strip around his head as well, with red eyes, that is Jetfire. Optimus is multi colored and medium hair, very shy but they will both sit with you forever and let you love them. They deserve a spoiled home.

Pip & Newton- both short hairs, one black and white, one black and orange/brown throughout. Great guys, relaxed, come from a spoiled home, about 2 years old.

Ratatoille- 6 months, all white with a brown spot around his right eye short hair, red eyes, sweet little guy, a bit skiddish, will adjust easily though.

Spookley- I would call him orange with grey throughout, he's a sweetie, he is peruvian (long crazy hair), about 6 months old, was bought at the state fair, has the tag in his ear still. Still a little skiddish.

Freddie- A sweet boy who loves his hidey and hay. He is a peruvian of white black and brown, and is just adorable. I'm surprised we still have him. About 2 years old I believe.

Kreuger- Dominant and takes some time to adjust, does not like pigs that do not submit to him being the big shot. Will bite other pigs, but lives happily with 6 of them just fine, so it's down to personality. Is great with people, multi colored medium hair, 2 years old (freddies brother). As long as they have enough space they are fine with each other. Can not live in a small cage (ie regular pet store cage)

Spike- abyssinian black and white hair (crazy hair) sweet, gets along with others fine. No pic posted yet, sorry.

Ut & Oh- Horrible names lol, short hair brothers, one white with some brown, the other black with brown and white, 6 months old for both of them. A little skiddish but seem to adjust well with consistent handling. Great boys.

By skiddish I just mean kids should not pick them up until they are used to being handled more often by the family. They can still hold them and pet them, its just they might scratch while being picked up.

And that's all fokes.. if you are interested in certain ones after looking at pics, make an appointment to come. Saturday we have people coming to look at Optimus and Jetfire, but if they do not go someone else is interested.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pet Factory Vernon- New Guinea Pig

We heard from the local rabbit rescue that there was a guinea pig at the Pet Factory in Vernon, NY. We had just been there that day and saw her but didn't think much of it, because they always sell them, and pretty cheap too.

But the rabbit rescue said they sell them as snake food because they are so cheap. They wanted 16.99 (to be exact) and while I thought people wouldn't pay that much, I was wrong. Against the idea of not supporting pet stores that sell animals (common to loving guinea pigs) I was unsure if I should go get her. I would be supporting them selling her, but I had already seen her, and I just felt awful that she would be fed to snakes, having such a sucky life so far, I wanted to give her better.

We called, they still had her, and I went to get her. I walked up to the counter said I want the female adult guinea pig. They went and got her and boxed her and I began my questioning:

Where did you get her? (I'd like to contact the breeder I would take any pigs they didn't want)
-oh someone just couldnt handle her and the babies

Why is she so cheap?
- we just want to get rid of her (hence why take her in the first place?) and we get them locally so don't pay a lot for them so we sell them cheap (previous conversation said they pay $5 per baby and nothing for adults) equaling $16.99 margin for each pig (babies are $21.99)

Don't they go as snake food then?
-not as much anymore because of the laws of bermese pythons, except for the people grandfathered in they can't own them anymore. so a few do go for snake food but not many anymore (notice it wasn't because they give a hoot what happens to the animals they sell- apparently at all, as long as they get the money)

By this point she seemed a little annoyed, not that I cared but I wanted to go. I dont particularly like the idea of feeding guinea pigs to snakes, when they are such great pets, so intuitive, etc. Regardless of the circle of life- I hate snakes anyway, can't they eat old guinea pigs who die of natural causes instead?

I probably won't go back, I didn't like the food they offered and it was pretty pricey $38.99 for 22.5lbs? Geesh, and it was supposedly premium but those extra pieces aren't healthy for them anyway.

And on the way home from the pet store, I was holding her and got kicked twice- that's right! We are expecting baby guinea pigs AGAIN! 3rd time this year- thank you ridiculously irresponsible owners out there!

Hope that didn't sound too sarcastic. Just love piggies :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Oreo & Mama

This is Andromeda's mom, and one other boy that are available.

Oreo- Single Piggy, does like company, but can be dominant and will take time to adjust to others, but can go with a less dominant pig.
Alone or With another pig

Mama- perfer to go with Andromeda, but not necessary.

Freddie.. male

Optimus- Male



Jetfire- Male

Spookley.. male

Spookley.. male

Male .. Optimus

Checked out pet depot in rome today. Hopefully they will be able to get the food I want from sweet meadow farms. Nice place I thought. Looked clean compared to other places.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Reeses female. Has a sister.

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Several Piggies to Choose From

We have several new pigs (and old ones) who still need homes. Over the past 3 weeks I have been full time with a new client and I am adjusting. During this time I haven't been able to post much, but we have a lot of pigs here.

Right now we have 5 females of different ages and colors.

7 males different ages and colors.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Long Time No Post- Lots of Piggies Still Available

It's been awhile since I've posted. But there have been a few changes. We finally got the two boys that were not allowed to live with other guinea pigs to stay with most of the other boys. We had to take one out because he was constantly harassing all of the other boys, it was ridiculous. He will continue to go back to visit, but I don't want him there long enough to cause real mayham.

We have had a few adoptions. The babies went to a new home. Daddy and midnight went to a new home, and today Snicker & Sweet Pea went to a new home. It's been fun to see them all go, people absolutely love them, we are so lucky to have them go to such great homes.

The babies were named Winnie and Squeakers.

Yesterday I picked up our newest addition, Spookley who is a grey and orange, red eyed, peruvian male. He is so cute, and he runs FAST--- I put him on the counter and he ran into the sink through a bowl of water and to the other side before I could grab him. Every other pig I have had would not have run into the sink. He will even run right off the end of the couch arm.

So that's about it, here at CNY piggies. Just cleaning cages, finding homes for more pigs and enjoying our time as piggie parents.

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Pig Pics- Mostly Boars (Males)

We have someone interested in 2 boys, so I thought I would finally get the pictures up. I had gone to take pics yesterday, but my battery died after the first shot, then once the battery was charged I went to grab the camera and the kids had lost it. So today I asked them where it is and lo and behold they just hand it over, lol. Should have asked before.

That said we got 2 new boy pigs on Saturday morning who did not come with names, I call them Ratatouille and Roscuro. They do not have to go together, from what I understand they have not been together, but we have them together now.

In a not so funny story the man brought them separated because they were fighting one with his girls (the baby) and the other with his males. I looked quickly and they looked to be female and male, but when I got home I really checked, by pushing down a bit (not hard) above their genitals. Well, both of them had male parts coming out, so I called the guy to tell him I was 100% sure they were both boys. I have to agree the one did look like a girl but only just looked like something could be in there.

He said the baby boy had been with the mother and sister for 3 months now, so more babies might be on the way, but now he knew why they didn't get along well. I actually felt sorry for him, I know the feeling. They might be dad and baby, so I have them together.

On Thursday afternoon we got to pick up two new guys named Pip and Newton. They are spoiled piggies whose owner's child was allergic :( she waited weeks to bring them in, and the daughter looked sad when my husband got them.

Here are Pip & Newton:

And Last Up are Daddy & Midnight who I took better pictures of:
So these are just some of our males, ready to go home. Please fill out an app and get back to me and we can get them set up in your home. :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Looking for A Guinea Pig?

Sometimes it's difficult to get pictures posted of all the newbies. Certain days of the week are very busy for us, though I am able to post, I just don't get to posting their pictures as often as I'd like.

Right now we have another set of girls that is available. They are Brownie & Reeses and they are so cute. Brownie is Agouti brown, and has a short face (not pointy) and I absolutely love her. But I know I can't keep them all. Reeses is also short faced, but is black and some orange, its in big blotches though. These girls are so nice, they just sit there and let you pet them, they don't move around a lot. They have a bigger cage now, and seem to be getting on just fine with us.

This weekend we have 2 new males coming from Cazenovia. They are 3 months and 6 months I believe. I have seen pics, but I would like to take some too, see what I can post for the prettiest pics of them.

Tonight my husband is picking up two males that need to be kept together and they are coming with a pretty cool cage. I can't wait to meet them, I don't think I've seen any pics of them just yet, but sometime this weekend I will post them.

We were able to buy some items at the pet store the other day to give them more houses and play things. We bought and edilog, a hay tunnel, a twigloo (the girls fight over), and a cardboard tunnel. Each has gone to a different large cage and they seemed to really enjoy them. We even got the rabbit her own hay mat that she loves.

So, more pics soon, and if you are interested in a piggie but don't see a specific one you love, email or call and I can tell you what else is available.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Guinea Pig Chirping

I have read about this and hoped that I would one day hear it myself. I have seen videos, etc, and it seems no one really knows why this happens.

This afternoon while in the living room I hear chirping- real live chirping at first I thought a bird had somehow gotten into the house, but then I ran to the bedroom where our own guinea pigs live, and my little Ayla (formerly known as Gus) was chirping. I grabbed the camera so I could upload it. Isn't it perfect, she's so awesome :)

She does a great job towards the end of the middle and you can hear the dog whine because he can't figure out what her problem is. Sorry the digital camera didn't do a great job but it still got what I wanted, which was to post here and show Jason when he gets home. I hope she does it again.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Goodbye to 4 Male Guinea Pigs Today

We just had a few people here to look at guinea pigs and they took 4 of them home, YEA!!!

I'm so excited to let everyone know that Skids, Mudflap, Lax and Mittens found new homes tonight, and the Available page will be updated accordingly.

The new owners took cages with them as well, and we sent them with food, bedding, hay, and water bottles to get them going. We charged $20 for that, as we had the extra cages and such from the surrendered pigs we have helped.

We are very happy these guinea pigs went to great homes and if they ever need to visit us again, we would be glad to take them.

Our current count of adoptables:  15

Friday, October 8, 2010

17 Pigs for Adoption- 2 Babies Available Soon!

I updated the available page with all of the piggies available for adoption. Some have new pictures. Check it out.

I did contact the SPCA the other day about the 6 pigs they have for adoption but have not heard back from them, as often is the case with humane societies. I may be contacting someone else soon about the problem as I believe they are being ridiculous.

See what Jen has to say about the issue here

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Luminara went home!

Today we got a call from a local piggie lover who had liked the picture of Luminara. They just left and absolutely loved her. They said her picture online didn't do her justice and I agree, I just couldn't get a good one.

But now she is on her way to a new home, and I'm so glad because all of the girls she was housed with have been adopted out. Now it's mostly boys we have left, and the new family.

More pics coming soon!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ellie Went Home- Guinea Pig Adopted

Yesterday we drove up to Fort Drum to place a guinea pig and to pick some up. Ellie was chosen for the trip and went to a sweet couple from Potsdam. They were very nice and knowledgable about guinea pigs. I love meeting people like this. It's great when the guys are so supportive of the guinea pig pets.

In the same area we picked up a family of guinea pigs that belonged to a service member, they are moving out of state, and had been sold two guinea pigs from Petco. Well, you know how it goes, they are promised that they are the same sex, then BOOM! Mom has babies.

When we got there, they had 3 of the 5 babies (who are 7 weeks I believe) and so we brought 5 pigs home. I hope to get pics up soon, but did not take any as I thought I could access his on Craigslist. I will try again later. They are all americans and the daddy is agouti colored brown and crested.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Baby Pictures- Guinea Pig Pups Pictures

Since the babies were brought to us, I have been promising pictures. The darker one seems to be either texel or teddy, and is the smallest (about half the size) of the two. The other is aby. Not sure what the sexes are just yet.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Some Website Changes

I often make changes to my websites. I like to make them better for people to read, easier to get all the information on the page, etc. Today I changed colors, template, and sidebars. Soon I will be changing the header as well, I want something that is more piggie-cute.

Another change on here is the option to rate the posts. I thought that might be fun, and with each post there may be some related links to be found on the web.

In the next couple of weeks I will be adding a wishlist of items we would like to have for the rescue. Mostly it's just tables right now to put all the c&c cages on. But I have been asked to by Silverbeat's Etsy shop so maybe we will get some cool toys for the piggies to play with.

So what do you think of the changes? Anything I should change, add?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sara is Nursing

I got up a few times during the night to see how things were going. I knew I had to feed the babies if she wasn't so I kept checking. I figured if they were hungry I would hear it, but the few times I came out she had them right under her.

Jason checked this morning too, after I was finally asleep and saw her nursing too. After she just didn't really want to, but luckily they didn't give up. They are eating and hopefully will grow to be big piggies. The cage is quite quiet today as they are all snuggled under the bunkbed together.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Orphaned Guinea Pig Pups

I got an email today from a very nice lady in Syracuse who just happened to get her hands on 2 orphaned babies born the same night Sara lost hers. We were able to meet her tonight to get our mom (sara) and the 2 babies together to see if we could help them all out.

Sara had been sitting quite still and while still eating and such she just seemed sad :(

The babies started squeaking right away, and we got them all in a cage together. Once we were home I sat down with them all to see if Sara would take to them.

After first it didn't seem like she was interested. But after I put them all on my lap in a nice warm fleece blanket she snuggled on my chest and let the babies nurse for a good 10 minutes.

Now I can't be sure they were actually getting anything and I had already given them some of the kitten formula to be sure, but it looked like it was working. My fingers are crossed and we are looking for any tips to help them bond and such as they (I'm sure) can use a mama.

Originally we thought both babies were aby, but one looks texel to me. Of course we won't be sure until they grow more. Hopefully it all works out. Thank you Jenn from Oswego County Guinea Pig Rescue for hooking us up.
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Monday, September 27, 2010

Mama Guinea Pig- Sara

As everyone knows we have been waiting for Sara to give birth. She was quite large and I was getting worried that she would have a huge litter. The other day we stopped feeling the babies moving around so I got even more concerned, but figured it could just be that she was very close.

Well yesterday night around 9pm I went to check on her, and there was blood and fluid, and it all began. I should warn you now that the babies did not make it, they were all born detached from the placenta (cords broken) and had no life to them at all.

We called the local vet after an hour and she offered to take a look but told us that she had never done anything like this and gave us other names to try. She has done other work well, but seemed to be a bit uncomfortable trying to do a cesarean on a guinea pig, as she's only done spays. She told us to call Cornell animal hospital so we did and the on call student had no idea what she was talking about.

Around 1030pm we called our vet back and asked her again what we should do, she said to call another vet and we tried them. They wouldn't let me talk to the actual vet and told me to just leave her be and she'll deliver. If you've ever read about guinea pigs, that isn't exactly the case. They should have all the babies within about 40 minutes of the first contraction. We were well past that.

I should say the Cornell student had told us to check on her every few hours, and as long as she was having a pup an hour she was fine- Umm NO!!!

At midnight we finally saw something coming out, it wasn't moving along well but I cleaned off the face before it was even out, no breathing. She sat for a couple of hours and at 2 another was in the birth canal, I tried to help by sitting with her and when it was out I could grab it, clean it, etc.

At 2:30 she had another and the last at 2:45. I could tell it was the last by her stomach. We sat for awhile and she never even tried to clean them, though I had as soon as they were born. She knew they were gone I think. After an hour I went to bed and got her back in her cage all set up with food, water, etc. This morning we found the after birth, I was glad that made its way out.

She's been eating well and drinking a lot. I am going to keep a very close eye on her to make sure she keeps moving around, eating, etc.

The babies were HUGE, about 4 inches to 5 inches long. Too big to make it out alive I think. She won't ever get pregnant again though, because we are keeping her. While some of the vets (not ours) had said to leave her alone, she looked for me and wanted me to pet her head, hold the water bottle close by, etc.

I talked to our vet again and she said it sounded like she was just aborting them and it took so long because they were already gone. We are keeping a close watch on her and hopefully all will be ok. She is eating, drinking, sleeping now. I do not blame our vet, she was being up front with us. I think were gone way before birth as these things happen with guinea pigs. I am just glad I was there for her at the time.
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Local Guinea Pig and Rabbit Links

I met a nice lady on Guinea Pig Cage Forum, and she had a few cool links to share. If you are interested in rabbits, check this out:  Her Blog  Her Etsy Shop- I have not bought anything here just yet, we have some vet bills to take care of first :)  The items look awesome and she is local to Central NY.  Upstate NY House Rabbit Society- Adopt, Rescue, Foster, etc

Got more links to share, send in comments or email and I will post them.

Charlie the guinea pig has been adopted

We just had a family come and pick up Charlie, he was such a sweetie, and will be missed. I am sure he is going to a great home though.

Now we are down to 12 boys for adoption.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Baby Bunnies for Adoption- Vernon Center

I met a nice lady in Vernon center who does Rabbit rescue and would like to post a link to her latest Craigslist post, the bunnies are cute and she has others available as well. Contact her if you have any interest or know anyone interested in getting a bunny.

Oneida Guinea Pigs

Sorry about the title, just trying to get more search engine traffic.

Yesterday we adopted out Peaches and Cream and I almost cried- they are such sweet girls but I'm sure they are going to a great home, the people were really nice and animal friendly.

We adopted out sweet pea and snickerdoodle too, but they were back this morning. It seemed that the other guinea pig they were to live with was not done with grieving her previous cage mate- poor baby. She was beautiful though, I would have taken her in and kept her :)

We have a lot of males available for adoption- some pairs and we are going to post two more that haven't been seen yet. These guys are so lovable. Lax and Mittens, two Americans that are nice and big and spoiled and a bit dominant, but have adjusted well to being with us. You can tell by watching them that they miss their owners- atleast Lax does so we handle him very often.

Penny is one of our own guinea pigs that we decided to keep from someone who was just looking for a good home for them. She has two abscesses and we took her to the vet the other day to the tune of $152. They are a great exotics vet though and come highly recommended. Then after we got home I left one of her meds out all night- what was I thinking? Grr... luckily the vet was great about it and someone donated some meds for us to use- How awesome Village Vet!

We may have to take her back though if the antibiotics don't help. But I think all will work out- she will be fine and she's still eating like a piggie.

Also, our pregnant guinea pig is still pregnant and HUGE, she barely fits in her pigloo now and I just feel so bad for her. I feel the babies kicking in there like crazy and wish they would come out and give her a break. I've been wanting to call her Sarah, she's just so lovely. I will be posting lots of pics once the babies show.

That all said, if you know someone who wants to adopt a male piggie, please send them this way.

Friday, September 24, 2010

15 Boars- Males for Adoption

It seems people have lately been more interested in adopting females than males. We now have about 3 girls and 15 boys for adoption. Please ask friends and family who have guinea pigs or are looking for the perfect pet to get a guinea pig. They all require a friend for the best care. They are social animals and even in one cage 2 can fit happily.

In fact read this article about getting another guinea pig or about how social they are. They need a friend

Monday, September 20, 2010

Thanks for the Comments

I am going to be posting on other websites to find homes for the piggies. It's not that I don't like them or anything, there are just so many and we have babies coming too.

She is so big by the way, after she has them I am going to post pictures of her before she has them and after and the babies.

If anyone has other suggestions on places to post, please email

Saturday, September 18, 2010

15 Guinea Pigs for Adoption

Charlie and Ellie are now up for adoption. They are doing well, and are listed on the available page.

We Have More Guinea Pigs

We picked up a new guinea pig today, and one yesterday. Tomorrow we have 2 more to pick up in Chittenango- yeah!

We have to find these guys homes. We now have several guinea pigs for adoption and I am going to be posting on craigslist and kijiji, does anyone have any other suggestions?

I think I am going to edit the adoptables page.

We did have a 14 year old boy who got a guinea pig today. He adopted the one we picked up yesterday named Jugga- I believe he will rename him. It was a sweet cavy, and just under a year old. I didn't even get a picture of him :) Will have to ask the mom.

So we have several left- let's find them homes. Share the link to this website or my email or leave a comment here. Post on your facebook account or even twitter.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We Are Getting Close

Tonight Mama was acting funny, so we are going to bring her cage into our room just in case. I can still feel the babies moving in there, but she kept rutting her butt, it was really odd.

We still have 6 females and 9 males for adoption. We were playing with Mudflap and Skids tonight and they are the sweetest orange boys I've ever held. So sweet and loving, they sit quite still while you hold them. They love hay and you couldn't ask for nicer boys.

Even the girls don't mind them being close- their cages are close by, they don't try to run away from them when they come out or anything, like the more interested males :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Piggies of the Day- Jetfire & Optimus

These piggies came to us from a barn near Bouckville. They were going to go to auction if no one took them. We didn't want them to go as snake food.

One is white with gray on the face. He looks like he is dirty but he's very clean, we gave him a bath. He's more social than Optimus, and will come to you to get Kale. He sleeps in a 4 in PVC pipe nearly all of the time, and has gorgeous red eyes. He is such a lover.

Optimus is multicolored and medium length hair. He has a lot of white on him as well. Beautiful guy that needs more socialization, he just hasn't responded well to all that we have shown. He is very tame though, will sit on you for hours if you wanted him to, and loves him hay, Kale, and food. He sleeps in a pigloo and needs to go home with Jetfire.

Great guys, you can come and see- fill out the application or email me to set up a time.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Pregnant Guinea Pig

We found out for sure the other day that the orange mama who is under adopted is definitely pregnant. I felt a baby kick. We have no idea when she is due, she must have come pregnant because we double check everyone and certainly know the difference. I had figured she might have gotten pregnant because she was in with other pigs of both sexes. I guess we are lucky she was the only pregnant one.

We now have her in her own cage and she has been acting really odd today, so we are waiting. She seemed much bigger this morning too, I just can't believe she would be due so fast. We just found out for sure the other day. That all being said, we will post as soon as she delivers and we have pictures. Praying for everything to go well..

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Where Can I Buy A Guinea Pig for A Pet?

If you are looking to get a guinea pig as a pet, the first thought to cross your mind would be to go to the pet store. But WAIT...

Did you know that there are rescues all over the United States that have guinea pigs available for adoption? Not only that but there are many places you can get them.

Rescues just for Guinea Pigs
Humane Societies- chances are you won't find them on their website
Craigslist- in your area, go to Community, then Pets and search

The point is there are guinea pigs all over that need you to adopt them. And more specifically you don't want to adopt from the pet store. Often times they come already pregnant, sick, inbred, etc. While it is tempting because you feel bad for them, the only way pet stores will stop breeding and selling them is to make them lose money doing it.

Why should they stop selling them? First of all they don't take care of them well at all. Many come with pieces of their ears missing, sicknesses spread easily, males and females mate and come pregnant, etc. I've been in way too many places that have too many pics in one area, including the federal requirements. Some may infect pigs you have at home, or they have parasites or mange. Last but not least they are often mis-sexed, where you are sold a male thinking it is a female.

Another thing people don't realize is that the staff at pet stores are often not educated as to what is good for the animal. Many times people are sold cedar bedding as a good option, which can make your pig very sick. Store employees also offer treats, and food that unnecessary. For instance you see Huge Balls for Guinea pigs at the store, for them to run in them around the house like a hamster. Guess what? Those are bad for their back bones...

Research as to what is best for your pet should only be done by you, read from sources you trust. And do not buy your guinea pig from a pet store when you think: Where Can I Buy A Guinea Pig for A Pet?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

2 Guinea Pigs Adopted

Yesterday we met a nice girl Rachel to send Daddy to his new home. The day before we met Mary and she was looking for a female to go along with another agouti (I think) female.

Meeting Rachel was fairly easy and Daddy went to her quickly. He was a laid back piggie, didn't mind others. We did meet in Clay which is one of the few Tractor Supply Stores that sell the 50 pound bags of Guinea pig pellets. They had them (our store still does not :(  and we went to get it. Just so happened that a worker was there and saw that the wrong price was posted so we got it for $8.89 for the whole 50 pounds. Dennis was awesome!! The brand is blue seal and many feed stores carry it, but few TSC do.

Meeting Mary was nice too, she was interested in Wooly bear but she is dominant and within a few minutes of putting her next to Mary's other pig they began nipping each other. I'm confident they would have eventually gotten along but it would have taken time, so we tried another pig. We called her Shadow, she was part aby and part american. They seemed to accept each other well and there still hasn't been any trouble. She has been renamed Sarah and she's enjoying her new coroplast and cubes home.

While emailing with Mary she shared a link with me to show me some other great ideas people are using to give their pigs hiding places. While pigloos are very common guinea pig enthusiasts are replacing them with bunk beds, padded tunnels, sleeping bags (I don't know the actual name, but that's what they remind me of) and cozy corners. In fact Christina who runs a sanctuary for guinea pigs in Oneonta doesnt use pigloos at all. She uses plastic stools and other hiding spaces, so that they have as much room to run as possible.

In the past few days we have added a bunk bed to the upstairs girls cage, as well as a second level loft for their hay consumption. They have a ramp that goes up there, and Jason (hubbie) wants to add a cozy corner up there as well. I will post pictures soon, but they get it all poo so quickly, and yes we have kept up with using the vacuum, now if I could just get that one piggie to give up her water bowl, lol.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Vacuuming Guinea Pig Cages- First Try

Today I noticed the upstairs girls' cage was quite dirty (day 4 after change) and there was a LOT of poo. I decided that it was a pain to brush it all up while they were running around scattering it, and I would try to use the vacuum to clean up the fleece.

You are probably thinking, ahh... those poor girls, but it wasn't bad at all and I do believe I will try it again. I'm even considering finding another vacuum to use downstairs instead of the sweeping. I used the hose and the vacuum isn't too loud, but they stayed away from it for the most part. I used the lint brush attachment and sucked away. There wasn't enough pee anywhere to cause issues with the vacuum and it was a lot less stressing on my back.

One guinea pig, who is especially sensitive was scared, but she is always hiding so I took her out while I was doing it. Their fleece is now mostly clean, and tonight we are considering putting in bunk beds for the girls to use instead of all of their pigloos.

As for pigloos we are getting 5 today from a donation, 3 large ones that I am particularly excited about, and 2 smaller ones that are more than welcome in our larger cages. I might even be able to add another floor to one of the cages so that the pigs can have a pigloo up there as well. So much fun to have guinea pigs and to check out the cages photo gallery on the forum

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Banana- Not for Adoption Yet!

We went yesterday to pick up a guinea pig in Illion, NY. We are located in Oneida, NY so it didn't take long. Anyhow he seems like a great guy, loves apples, not so much with the lettuce, ate a ton of hay on the way back here and drank lots of water. He's so sweet and looks a lot like the one we are picking up at the fair Monday. What do you think? He isn't up for adoption yet, but he is our newbie.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Guinea Pigs for Kids?

While I know there are a great amount of people who buy guinea pigs for their childrens' amusement and take perfectly great care of them I wanted to bring this topic up. We have taken in far too many guinea pigs (as other rescues have too) that have come from families saying: "my kids don't play with them anymore". I try not to be sarcastic and I tell people I understand, and I do. I understand that children are CHILDREN and they lose interest in everything.

We as parents like to entertain them, give them what they want, etc. But we have to be prepared to take care of the animal and love it, etc, when the kids are done being excited about it. Think of it this way... I don't like taking care of the cages, I dislike the poo and pee getting on me, or the stuff getting on the floor, it's a pain. The smell sucks. Now I'm an adult and I can force myself to do it regardless of how much I want to. A child is not going to do that, they lose interest and they don't want to take care of a pet for 5+ years.

While I don't recommend a family not get one just because they have kids who will lose interest. I would like to see families that want to adopt as a whole, not just the children. Moms and or dads who don't mind taking care of the pigs and will spend time with them. Compared to other animals these guinea pigs are very easy. You don't have to walk them, buy huge bags of litter, etc. They require daily handling and food, water, hay, vitamin C.

I just wanted to put the idea out there that while other websites say how great of a first pet cavies are, or that they are great for children, yes they are, but be realistic and adopt if YOU want to be responsible for it. Not a child, or anyone under the age of 18(ish).

Sunday, August 29, 2010

New York State Fair & Guinea Pig Breeding

Today was the show for cavies and rabbits (I think) at the New York State Fair. A friend and I went with our significant others to see all the piggies, because we love guinea pigs. The show was a bit less than we thought it would be. The guinea pigs were all caged and they were pretty small, and then they were brought one by one to the show guy, who graded them. I guess I was thinking it would be like a dog show. So, we got to pet a few and walk around seeing all of them.

It really surprised me, all the guinea pigs there, they seemed to be about the same ages, up to 6 months old I would guess. There were two cages (normal size) of guinea pig moms and their babies, who were so cute and very young, but I didn't see the owners anywhere.

While the set up was ok, they didn't have much room and they were suppose to be there through the whole fair. That way people will have something to look at, how I would love to smack the guy who came up with that. Anyhow, we asked about buying one, because I was interested in getting one out of the breeding cycle, but I didn't see any that looked like parents. The signs were posted after the show telling us who was for sale. I would say it was about half of them. We asked someone and she said a lady there starts breeding in the spring time to bring them all to the fair show. She had about 80+ there.

I haven't completely gotten to the point where I hate breeding yet, but I'm sure it will come. Those piggies looked so lonely, and I didn't see hay in their cages. There was lettuce (dark green) and carrots though, and each had their own water bottle. I wouldn't say there was anything really wrong with it, just that I wouldn't want my piggies to be there.

So what do you think about the breeding and the shows? What's the point? What do they get out of it? At selling them at $25 a piece and there being about 100 of them, how is that really worth the time invested?

That all said we did pay for one, and can't get it till the end of the fair, I'm hoping when I go back they will have the older ones that can be rescued from breeding.

One last thing, I really disliked their ears being tagged, what is that all about?

Friday, August 27, 2010

4 New Female Guinea Pigs for Adoption!

We met a nice guy named Tom today who had to give up his 2 female teddy guinea pigs. They are so nice and must stay together. Penny & Minty. They are our first teddies here at the rescue and they are so fun, their hair is course but they are so sweet. And if anyone is interested in them, they're previous owner would like updates via email and such, so keep that in mind. Penny is copper with red eyes, Minty is dark with brown eyes.

Little Girls- 1 Abby and 1 American
Their names are Sweet Pea and Wolly Bear (but I think she should be SnickerDoodle). Sweet Pea is the American and Snickerdoodle is the Abby. They are young, I would say around 6 months.

Just hit the application button if you are interested in either of these couples.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

3 Guinea Pigs Adopted Out Yesterday!

Yesterday we had a busy day here at the shelter. We had a science teacher come and check out our sow guinea pigs and she ultimately chose a baby girl we were going to keep and the aunt. The aunt is the one that is blind in one eye. She liked how calm and lovable they both were.

Immediately after someone came to select another female for their baby girl, and they chose Rhino who came with Ellie (long hair black peruvian). Ellie didn't seem to enjoy having a cage mate at all, and was not the nicest to Rhino so I thought it best to separate them. Rhino was such a great piggie, she will be missed here. Now her name is Princess though and they absolutely loved her, I know she went to a great home.

On Friday we are going to be getting two new girls, I already have pictures, what do you think? I love seeing newbies...

Oh and for those who haven't yet visited the Hub page on guinea pig bedding please do, it will increase traffic to our site if you can leave a comment there as well.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Timothy Hay for Guinea Pigs in Bales

We were lucky enough to have someone who surrendered their guinea pigs to us give us a bale of timothy hay. It's got to be a good 40-50 pounds. We have used it for a few weeks now and have used about a third of it for the rescue. At some point we will have to get more, but where?

Well luckily enough there are local farms that sell it in bales for very cheap, $2-$10 each, and we found them right on Craigslist. I just wanted to let others know that it is out there, and it is cheaper than any store. Check Craigslist, ask anyone who sells Hay on there if they can direct you. If no one there can you should call the local feed store. Google lets you do that simply by putting your location and feed store in search.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A New Hub Page- Guinea Pigs Bedding

I spent a big chunk of the day writing all about guinea pig bedding, what to use and what not to use. It's all on Hub pages at guinea pig bedding. I put some videos and pictures and links to other good sites and just want to get some comments on there if anyone can do it. Thanks :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Peruvian Gorgeous Female Guinea Pig Ellie

This is Ellie, she is so beautiful. She is also scared, hides all the time, and runs like crazy when we open the cage. Oddly enough when we put her in with the rest of the girls, she showed dominance and wouldn't take anyone's sniffing and such. We ended up taking her out, she needs more handling and such.

She won't be going anywhere for awhile because of her lack of socialization, and we can't separate her from her cage mate so we will keep her as well. She is in the pictures too. Rhino is the cage mate, she is a female, just a boy's name the guy said. She is very friendly and comes right to you when you put your hand in the cage.

What do you think? Isn't she pretty?

Our C&C cage for female guinea pigs

Today we cleaned the adoptable girls' cage and I took some pictures. I almost think they are more spoiled than our own guinea pigs. Here is a long shot that includes their 'kitchen'.

This is the 6x2 grid coroplast cage. We put a couple of our own in to socialize with them. The kitchen is actually a tray from a cage that came with another pig. It is about 1.5 inches at the sides, and we put all the hay in there because it gets bad and into the fleece fibers bad when not on something.

Needless to say, the girls LOVED it. But now I am wondering if I can turn it into a 6x3 grid cage, because that would be more room.

Can I put two male guinea pigs together?

Lately I have had quite a few people bring up the issue with housing two males together. Most of the time people automatically assume they can not do this.

It's frustrating because it is a HUGE myth about guinea pigs and not only is it not true, but it is also probably a cause behind accidental breeding. Thinking you have to have a boy and girl together in order to have two guinea pigs. Everyone wants their pig to have a friend, but boys shouldn't be together?

Let me be clear: BOARS can be housed together.

Just like people they all have their own personalities. When we got our baby guinea pig, he went in with our older male with no problem at all.

My girl (the first one we got) was absolutely horrible about accepting another pig. We tried split cages, baths together, everything we could think of. Finally it came down to getting a 2x3 grid cage and consistently trying to put them together. It took a long time.

The adoptable girls we have mostly live together. We have 7 right now and had 11 all in one HUGE c&c cage. They were all fine, and if we put our first girl in there, she is fine too, I think too many are there to be the spoiled pig she is. :)

As for the boys we have, out of the 10 we have gotten we have had two issues. 2 pigs that do NOT get along, I am not sure what their previous situation was, but they both came with a lot of bite marks. I'm worried they may have fought over food, housing, etc :( That was an environment issue.

The other two pigs we got and had a problem with were split before they came, they have been together ever since, but absolutely don't mix well with the other males. They were spoiled ROTTEN before and it isn't worth it to try to get them to go with others.

Really I believe it comes down to attitude. A pig that is laid back and such can be put with others, those with a spoiled background, somewhat stuck up (for lack of a better term) will be harder to adjust. With all of this said, I read a great page on all of this called Guinea Pigs Social Life by Cavy Spirit.

So if your question is Can I put two male guinea pigs together? The answer from most any real guinea pig experienced person is YES!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Guinea Pig Cages- Guinea Habitat

I was just searching online for the cheapest guinea pig igloos or living world domes, and found the coolest (well close anyway) guinea pig cages. They are called guinea habitats.

Compared to c&c cages they are just a bit easier because you don't have to run about finding parts, etc. I love how easy it is to separate the sections with the dividers and then how they have openings in them that can open or you can put a ramp in between.

While I wish I had found these sooner, I don't need them now. We have 1 6x2 grid cage, a 2x2 grid cage, and 2 2x3 grid cages, plus another 7 or 8 cages for piggies. But they look awesome, and the cost isn't bad at all. $37.95 I believe is one of the prices I found with free shipping. They are almost 4 feet long, by 2 feet, and 14 inches high. I like the idea of the canvas underneath, sounds interesting at least. Cost effective I don't know :( for c&c cages we spend $18 on the grids and then $20 on the sheet of coroplast and can get two cages out of that.

Here is what I was thinking though, as I can't do buy the guinea habitats. I am thinking of using a wire cutter to cut out a couple of grids, and extra coroplast to make a few two ways ramps. Then I can sand down any sharp areas for the piggies, and give them a kitchen YAH!!!

If I get around to it, I will post pics, but you have to check out the guinea habitats, they are so neat.

Our First Vet Visit for Guinea Pigs

Yesterday we noticed a sore on the guinea pig that had been bitten by it's cage mate (separated immediately after) wasn't healing very well. It looked infected and we were worried. We got right into the vet who said it was not mange- so happy about that, and that he just needed some antibiotics.

Needless to say the antibiotics are NOT easy to administer. They are small pills and he gets half a pill a day, I actually have to get it into his mouth and make him keep it in there to chew it, poor guy. She also said he needs to be held more, apparently the previous owner had not done well with that.

She asked if we had other pets and looked at us like hoarders when we said yes we have 24 guinea pigs, because we are helping with rescue. She was actually nice after that and said she would call if she needed a guinea pig expert.

In total the visit cost $66, which wasn't anywhere near as bad as what I thought it could be. The staff was really nice and if we have any trouble in the future we will go to them again. His sore looks much better today and he should be healing nicely.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Guinea Pig Bedding

I have been in talks lately to get some fleece guinea pig bedding from Piggy BedSpreads. Martha makes beautiful bedding for the cages that lasts and doesn't smell. I may help with her website at some point but I wanted to discuss how great I think her product is.

For a long time other websites have been trying to figure out the best guinea pig bedding to use. From products like Care Fresh, to Soft sorbent, pine shavings, aspen shavings, there are tons of products to choose from. This article from Guinea Pig Cages on Bedding is a great read. Even after all of this, they still haven't found the perfect option though.

Since we started rescue we have gone with the fleece/towels information provided on The Fleece Project Study on the Guinea Pig Cages website we figured out how to do the cages with them not smelling. We did use aspen shavings before, but it was a mess all the time, and our dog would eat the shavings that were all around the house, because no matter how hard we tried they would get everywhere.

The guinea pigs seem to love the fleece, and most of them popcorned around when we put them on it for the first time.

I do have to say we need to clean cages a bit more often, instead of it lasting a week for fleece we are able to get about 5 days out of it. This of course, could be because we have more than the suggested number of cavies in each cage, but we use C&C cages mostly and they have a ton of room. For instance right now we have a 6x2 grid cage and 8 pigs are in it.

So what do you use for bedding? What works best for different sexes, different breeds, etc?

More Piggies

Tomorrow we are picking up two girls at the closest thruway exit. One is an american, white, light brown and tan, and the other is a Black Peruvian female. She is so gorgeous from the pictures. I can't wait. I'm starting to love the Peruvians.

Here are the pics: I tend to like to keep the Peruvians but if the PERFECT home comes along I will definitely consider rehoming.

Special Notice:

Guinea Pigs are very social animals. If you are considering adopting one, please consider having more than one for improved health and personality.