Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Baby Piggies & Their Moma & Auntie

We have 2 baby boy piggies, and their mom and aunt who are ready to go to their forever homes. They are brown piggies, one is an absynnian and the other is an american short hair. They are really cute.

Here is Mama, her sister is an american short hair.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Goodbye Sweeney- We Lost A Piggie Today

Last year we purchased a guinea pig at the state fair. He was a cute peruvian (black and white), and a good cage mate for our piggies Logray and Vader. While he had been up in the piggie room for quite awhile with the other boys we finally got them down in the kitchen where we could see them more often.

They'd been out there for a couple of months now, and I have to say it's been nice to visit them more when passing by. Today I went to give everyone a slice of apple I had cut up for them. I do this once a week (veggies the rest of the time).

When I put his near him, he didn't move, so I touched him and nothing. Then I moved him and he was stiff, so I knew. I couldn't believe it. For the past couple of weeks he's been vocal, making squeaky noises, but they were just noise, nothing like he was in pain, just joyful little noises like he was getting a treat.

I'm really irritated because we only had him a year, and we got him as a baby. All I can think is something was internally wrong with him, possibly he was inbred at the breeder's we got him from? So, the kids were upset when we told them, and we will bury him tomorrow. The other guys in there seem fine, I'm just annoyed and sad of course.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Guinea Pigs & Mites

Over the last week I've been watching one of our rescues who has been losing hair. I thought at first it was mange because, well, I just thought maybe he didn't get enough vitamin c.

That said, I noticed he was itching A LOT!!!
So I looked it up online and read about mites and noticed he looked exactly like the others who had it. I knew it wasn't lice because we've had that before and just use advantage (the dog kind).

I read that ivermectin is the only way to take care of mites and I really didn't want to go that way without trying something more natural or home remedy(ish).

I found a website that talked about using bag balm (it comes in a green tin), but at the time Walmart was closed and I wanted to find something I could use NOW!!! to help him, poor baby was itching like crazy and had a few open sores :(

In my defense he is mostly black as is his skin so it took awhile to notice the issue. Now back to the issue. I also read on the site that petroleum jelly might help the itching and some people had only used that (vaseline) to cure the mites.

Let me be clear, I am no vet, so I don't technically know that he has mites. But after I used the petroleum jelly, and today used the bag balm, I don't believe he will be going to the vet.

The vaseline seemed to help some and within a few minutes he was moving around a lot better, but the next day (yesterday) I noticed he still wasn't back to normal, so I called walmart to see if they had bag balm, and they had to order it. So today my husband picked it up.

I massaged it into his skin tonight and while I was doing it, I noticed he didnt have any more open sores and wasn't nearly as scabby as he was the other night, so I think the vaseline helped. After putting the bag balm on tonight we kept him out for half an hour, to watch him. He never itched once, he was moving around and seemed much better.

In a few days I'll put more on him, and then in a few days after that as well, but I think we beat this one, without a big vet bill YEA!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

3 Months?! Still attached to them Piggies

It's been just under 3 months since I've posted and I still love the piggies. I was just on Craigslist and I absolutely melt at the thought of how these people treat their piggies.

One piggie is skiddish, and hasn't been played with, meaning it's been lonely and is scared to death when someone touches it, so sad.

Another picture had a female on a wire bottom cage- are you kidding me? That is awful for them, causes bumble foot and lots of pain, again so sad.

I talked to Jen www.ocgpr.blogspot.com and she has some girls in Central Square that might need a place, I talked to Jason and he is ok with taking the 2 girls in, they may be pregnant, but we can always find homes for the babies. I'm kinda excited to be back in the rescue. I wish we had more room, but I guess we will deal with what we have :( otherwise I'd adopt everyone.

So be on the lookout for more piggies from us. We do have 2 male adoptables but I don't want them going alone and they do NOT get along. One actually lives with our female rabbit and while I know people say not to do that, you'd have to see them together to know you can't take them apart. They are adorable.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Then there were 2

Last week we had a family come visit that was looking for a guinea pig. Their's had passed away, and they thought they might like 2.

When they got here they fell in love with both pairs of boys we had left, and brought them both home YAY!!!

Now we have two left, Flower, and Oreo, 2 boys that are ready to make anyone a happy owner.

Once they are gone we will take a break for a bit, unless something emergent comes up, of course. We have given most of our cages away, to the point we don't have any extras left, to another rescue. It's been fun helping with animal rehoming, rescue, shelter or what not. I'm sure we will participate again. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Goodbye Aayla

The other night I went to check on our girls and found our senior piggie was not doing well. Lately she seemed to be losing weight a little bit, but was eating well and there didn't appear to be anything wrong with her. I figured it was old age.

So I went to pick her up and she was shaking a little, and ran away. I got her and immediately realized she was on her way out. She had lost a lot of weight in just a couple of days and wouldn't even try her favorite lettuce. I sat there holding her, and loving her, and praying that god would take her quickly. Within an hour she was gone, it was like she waited for us in order to slip away.

Just to clear things up I didn't really think anything was wrong before, she was losing a little hair and such but she wasn't acting any differently. And when I found her it was 11pm, I figured if she did make it to the morning we would take her to have her put to sleep.

She didn't seem to be in any pain, wasn't shaking, just breathing very shallowly. We got her about a year ago, she came in a tiny cage with cedar bedding, awful nails and dandruff, they said she was a boy named Gus, and she was 5 at the time. She was the best piggie and I balled all day yesterday while working because I miss her.

Her name was Aayla.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cookie Dough is Adopted!

This morning a nice family came and picked up CookieDough. The new mommie is a college student who recently lost her 5 year old guinea pig and her sheltie dog. She seemed very excited, and his new grama loved him as well.

We are going to miss him, he was such a cutie but will love his new home. We still have 6 more guinea pig boys to go, before the baby comes (hopefully) so share this site please to help us find them homes.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Some New Pics of Piggies Available

We still have some piggies available, here are some of their pics:
This is flower, he looks like a skunk from Bambi, and his eyes are not red.

Joey and Daddy, must stay together, great guys, about 1 year old. 
Pip and Newton, great guys, Newton is awesome, lovable, sweetest guy.
Very lovable Cookie Dough doesn't usually run off and lets you pet him and pick him up.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

From Fleece to Kiln Dried Pine

We had our guinea pigs (and rescue piggies) on fleece for quite a few months. At first they seemed to love it and so didn't we, but after awhile I grew to miss something easier. The fleece was a bit of a pain as the poo would clump up a bit, there were a LOT of cages, and each change would take 10 minutes a cage, because we had to take and shake the fleece out.

This was all before the mess it could leave in the washer and dryer. Needless to say it added up and we needed a change. While we didn't want to go with pine shavings, we found some kiln dried pine shavings at the Tractor Supply Company that is considered safe for guinea pigs.

I was hoping the guinea pigs wouldn't have a big problem with it, and I was pleasantly surprised when we put them back in their cages. So many of them LOVED it. Our own girls just layed in it, chewing up some of it, but then popcorning around too. So cute!

I just wanted to share this experience as I know fleece is huge, but there are other options and when you have tons of piggies like we do, fleece may not be the best option.

Out biggest issue was the hay getting stuck in the fleece- GRRR!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Filled to Capacity!

Right now we are not able to take in anymore guinea pigs. We have 4 sets of males that are looking for homes, and are sending referrals for females out. We have had to cut back on our rescue caging and only have enough for 10 pigs total, and that is full. Hopefully we have someone coming to adopt this week and I will continue posting to find the others homes too. When a spot opens I will post about it.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

No More Girls

Last week we adopted out our last 3 ladies. They all went to one family, with 3 girls I believe. Gwyn, Shadow and Lee. Now we have 8 boys left, though one of them has a sore on his paw we are getting fixed up, it's looking great.

The rest are:
Pip & Newton- pip does get urinary tract infections so we give him cranberry juice a couple of times a week.
Joey & Daddy- Both about 1.5 years old.
Harvey & Buster
Oreo & Cookie Dough- Oreo has the sore foot but should be ready to go next week.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Harvey and Buster's Upcoming Adoption

Today I heard from a very interested couple in Blossvale that would like to take Harvey and Buster. Just as I was starting to fall for Buster (he's a crested cavy). They have asked that we hold them until Sunday because they would like to come on Saturday. They had lots of questions and seem very excited.

I love meeting people like this, who just love the guinea pigs before they even get them. We still have several males available but hopefully our ads will generate more interest for all of them, in that case we could even take on a couple more. We have been pretty full and haven't been able to take more.

So, here's hoping Saturday goes off without a hitch, and Harvey and Buster love their new home.

Friday, March 25, 2011

An Adoption- 2 Females

Today we had a man and his two daughters come to pick out a set of girls. They chose Daisy and Brownie. They had lots of questions and seem to be very excited about their new pets.

Additionally our Available page has been updated to include Tico, Harvey & Buster, Joey, and Oreo, some of our boys, the girls pics are all up, but some have changed with the new shots I have gotten. Check it out!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What's New?

We haven't any new piggies lately and I haven't posted some pics, but I thought I would tell a story about one of our males. His name is Cookie Dough, and a week after we got him, he was in the boys' cage and his eye was all white and gooey. YIKES!

We took him to the vet and they said it was so infected that we needed to have it removed. Needless to say I wasn't exactly sure it did need to be removed but I thought they know best, right? I did read online that sometimes with a lot of treatment it might be ok.

We didn't have the money to get his eye removed just yet, and they gave us antibiotics to help the infection but said to come back in a few days.

After a few days we saw that his eye was getting better and guess what, now two weeks later just after he ran out of antibiotics he can SEE! His eye is great, its beautiful just like the other one and he is awesome.

I love this guinea pig. He sits right at his cage waiting to get pet through the cage without sniffing and nibbling my finger. He is such a sweetie and I'm so glad he came to us. Unfortunately he will have to find a home, but the new owners will love him, I promise. Check him out- Cookie Dough!

Monday, March 14, 2011

100th Post & March is Adopt A Guine Pig Month

Seems like we just got started (back in August) and so far we have adopted out 54 piggies, though 3 have come back. Not a bad percentage in my mind though.

So I thought I would post some updates for the 100th post. We have taken in around 60 guinea pigs, a couple didn't make it, many babies did not due to the stress on their moms, and we have done some vet trips. We have traveled to Fort Drum, Cortland (and further south), Oneonta and Albany. The only place I haven't gone is up north on the other side of the state.

We are cutting back because in July we are expecting our 3rd child. Our apartment is small and we need some space, though we will continue doing rescue. So far our worst cases were very skinny pigs, and another who lived on cedar her whole life with horribly long nails. These are besides the cases where guinea pigs have died.

We have gotten a lot of help and even some donations when people are adopting. It's been fun and it was sad to watch some of the cutest, or unique ones go.

Adopt a guinea pig month. This month (march) is adopt a guinea pig month and I encourage anyone who is interested to contact a local rescue/shelter to get a guinea pig. If you have friends or relatives I would be happy to help them find a local place where they won't get sick, unsexed cavies. (Those darn pet stores).

Tyson & Fudge Adopted

I don't think I ever posted a picture of Tyson but he came to us with Gwyn and they had a litter together. Yesterday a family came to adopt a pair and chose Tyson and his baby boy Fudge. They went with a cage, hidey, some food and water bottle. The kids seemed to love them and mom asked a lot of questions about taking care of them. I'm always glad when I can keep pairs together like that, I am sure they will do well in their new home.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Female Guinea Pigs Need Homes

I received an email from another adoption person of guinea pigs who just found out she can not keep all of her guinea pigs. She has 6 females up for adoption because of this and as we are trying to cut back a bit, I am hoping someone can help.

She has put together an amazing offer for them, as you will get a great cage (big) the bedding, all the accessories they need and a pair of guinea pigs for just $40. You can't beat that in any store.

Without further adieu let's meet the ladies:

I'm not going to lie, these girls are so cute and I WANT Miley and Bella sooo bad, but we have a lot of females and I can't bring myself to tell my husband I want more :( Please take them home with you. Email me at mary@mary-green.com

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

We Lost A Piggie Of Our Own

About a week ago we noticed our guinea pig Logray got into a fight with another guinea pig.

It was weird because they had been getting along so well. We called the vet and she gave us some antibiotics to help with any infection.

I watched him everyday and force fed him foods and water, but it wasn't enough.

On Saturday morning I called the Emergency vet in Westmoreland and took him in. They are open 24/7 and they were awesome.

Unfortunately when we got there, right after being weighed he started to shut down. The vet didn't think they could do anything to help so we quickly had him euthanized. I had done everything I could do, and I wish I had brought him back to the vet sooner, though I'm not sure they could have done much. She said he probably got backed up inside from something and just all went downhill from there.

It was horrible to watch him shutting down. He was having seizures and twitching. He was only born in July, and he didn't die of anything like impaction or anything like that. She said he probably didn't feel good and stopped eating as much, then got bound up from it, and that was all.

Either way we are going to miss him, he was such a sweet, tough guy, and just absolutely gorgeous. I've been avoiding posting because I didn't want to write about it.

As for the vet it was an Emergency vet, and the fee was reasonable at only $94 for the exam (they waived it for us), euthanization was $35 I believe. Give them a call if you ever have to get in on the weekend or night, our own vet charges $225 just to come in for emergencies, so it's a deal.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Newest addition male piggie CookieDough

Sweet little guy we got yesterday

He is 9 months old, very sweet! Brought to us because his new owner was allergic. 

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cage Changes - YEA!

Since we moved we had to put most of the pigs in their own cages, boy was that a pain when it came to cleaning, even feeding. It is so much easier when they are all open top and we can just throw the hay in there, dump in some food (in their bowl) toss in some Kale or baby carrots and keep going.

It has taken two months to get them all back in Super Large C&C cages, but finally we have done it. Yesterday we got all the boys into C&C and put Gwyn and the babies in the largest top-opening cage we have. She and the babies love the space.

The boys however did all their chattering and some even jumped at each other. We did everything we could to make them stop, and they are fine, it didn't take long actually. Two did bite their lips though. Poor things, but the large amount of space is so much nicer for them.

A couple were really funny, and stationed themselves near huge piles of hay, food bowls and drinking bottles. One was so funny, he just layed there and took from whatever he wanted, I think he sat there for 2 hours. Silly guy. Anyway, we have some girls and hopefully another pair of pigs going out this week, and one boy coming on Saturday. Trying to cut down on who we take in, for July.

One Boy - One Girl The Baby Guinea Pigs

One of my favorite songs by Collin Raye, it seems that the baby guinea pigs we have are one boy and one girl. The boy is all black except a tiny brown throughout. The girl is mostly brown with black throughout, she's pretty. Kids call them Brownie (girl) and Fudge (boy).

I usually try to keep family together and so far we have been able to keep siblings in pairs but not this time. I'm kinda sad for them, but hoping I can send Gwyn (mom) and Brownie and then Tyson (dad) and Fudge out as pairs. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Surprised no one has asked for or expressed interest in them yet. I'm sure it will happen soon though.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

3 Guinea Pigs for Adoption by Amy

Milo is an American guinea pig who will be 2 years old March 23, 2011. He has a lot of life ahead of him and is happy as a single pig or as part of a group, although he needs a lot of space in order to get along with other male pigs. He will only be rehomed to an owner who has a C&C cage and vet reference.

Laika and Ferdinand-
Laika is a spunky little crested American guinea pig who will be 2 years old as of August 17, 2011. She can be aggressive towards other guinea pigs if confined to a small space. I would prefer to adopt her out with her sister, Ferdie, but will consider letting her go singly to the right home. Laika [and Ferdie] will only go to an owner with a vet reference and an adequately sized C&C cage. 

For more information about Milo, Laika, or Ferdinand, please email skyXwards [at] yahoo [dot] com

Monday, February 14, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Baby Piggies- Born This Morning

In December we got a girl that came with a male (they lived together). Unfortunately even though we separated immediately she was already pregnant. This morning I checked her cage and found two cute babies there with her. She cleaned them and everything all up and was good to go, Im glad everything came along with no problems.

They won't be ready for a few weeks but they are absolutely adorable and the kids have called them Fudge and Brownie for now, because they are black and brown. Pics to come soon as my camera card needs to be replaced.

Only Two Baby Boys Left- Come Get Them!

This weekend we had people come to pick up the two white baby boys and Hermione with PipSqueak (she was never posted, that happens a lot here :)

We have two baby boys left, Harry and Ron and they are so cute! Abyssinian piggies, born in November. You will love them.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Guinea Pig Babies Need Homes- SOOO CUTE!!

These guys are absolutely adorable and I didn't even want to post them because they are so cute.

First we have Hermione she is about two months old. I want her to have a friend please, she's too little to be alone.

Next are her brothers Harry & Ron, who should go together as well. I wish the picture was better. The red eye tool was horrible.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Gwyn- Pregnant Female Guinea Pig Not For Adoption Just Yet

Yesterday after posting that Gwyn was available for adoption because she was not pregnant I was in the piggie room and realized she looked a little too plump. I picked her up and we hung out a bit, and I felt nothing. I called Jason in to check it out and immediately he felt some baby movement. After that there was lots of movement in there.

So she is definitely pregnant (not our doing, must have come that way). I have no idea when she is due, I thought we got her in November, but now that I look back it must have been December. I don't know when she had the other litter and if this is a back to back pregnancy. We will take care of her and watch her and hopefully she will have a successful delivery. This is the 3rd pregnant pig I got from the same person who gets them from other owners who do not seem to make an effort to keep males and females apart. Poor piggies!

Free Guinea Pig Care Guide

While most pet stores give these out for free, I've learned they aren't the best sources for information to take care of your pet. Through my research in taking care of the 80+ pigs we have had I put together this quick care guide for new and experienced owners. It is one sheet of important guinea pig information.

I am using an email list program to see how many people sign up for the guide because I would like to make updates to it, send out a health care guide later on, and make other recommendations when I learn something new. I hope everyone likes it and I can't wait to get your feedback. Sign up in the right column.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Shadow Female Guinea Pig for Adoption

Shadow came from a family in Canastota and lived her whole life alone, in cedar bedding with no hidey or hay. She was terrified of people, and would scurry and scratch like crazy. It sucked, because the people who had her just didn't have time and didn't know what she really needed. At first we had her living with Ayla our resident senior who gets along with ANYONE. We wanted her to have a nice piggie roommate while she adapted to living the life of a loved piggie.

Not that they didn't love her, they just didn't have time and the daughter (as so often) lost interest, and mom didn't even know she had a name :(

Now though, she is much more adapted to being picked up, she lives with all the other girls who are ready for adoption and while she is a bit skiddish she is a beautiful pig. She is just over a year old and needs a home where she isn't alone, and gets some attention.

Daisy is Ready for Adoption

Daisy came to us as the mom of the latest litter. She had 2 boys and 2 girls, the girls have already gone to a new home, and the boys are ready to go. She lives with all of the other girls in the huge c&c cage and is one of the only pigs that will easily let you pet and hold her.

Once out of the cage she sits on your lap and snuggles right in. She is the biggest sweetheart, and she is about a year old so she doesn't pee on you much as she likes to go in her cage. She LOVES hay and veggies, and sleeps on her side in her hidey. She's a fun pig, and will make a good roommate for another piggie.

Lee- Female Guinea Pig for Adoption

Lee used to live next door to a guinea pig named Spike. The owners had one boy and one girl and they never mated, just lived near each other. Spike has since found a home but Lee is still with us. The owners couldn't afford to keep them anymore as one of the parents lost their job, so common in this economy.

She is a couple of years old, but so pretty and well behaved. She never has a problem being pet, and is the easiest pig to pick up, she doesn't mind being pet in her cage, unlike all the others that run away, silly pigs.

Mama- Female Guinea Pig

This is Mama, she came from Fort Drum with a litter of 5 and the daddy. They are all gone to new homes now except for Andromeda, who is our agouti girl. Mama is a nice pig, and gets along with all of the others in the big female cage. She has adapted very well to living with lots of others and is getting very big. She is a healthy girl and is just over a year old. She has lots of love and life in her and is ready to move on, hopefully with her daughter Andromeda.

Gwyn- Female Guinea Pig for Adoption Oneida, NY

Gwyn came to us from a pet owner that could no longer keep her piggies. She had recently had a litter and was so skinny. We had to pick her and the other pig up in Rome and visit my family, so they got to see lots of people that day, we fed them a banana immediately to start bulking them up.

She now lives with all of the other females in our HUGE c&c cage. She is so much bigger now and is very healthy and ready to go to a new home. She is mostly black but has some brown on the backside and white through out. Her previous litter did not survive, as I think she was too young. She isn't pregnant now and we've had her since around Thanksgiving.

Baby boys

We call these guys Remus and Lupin from Harry Potter. They were born in early December and are still quite small.

They are so fun to watch and often take naps outside of their house, just laying in the bedding. They will either lay on their sides, like their mom did, or bunch up into a little puffy ball.

They squeak for their hay, and love apples (but dont give them too many, they are babies). They are handled but will have to get used to their new owner, and should do so very quickly.

Used to being around people as their cage is in the living room, the dogs sniff their cage, and noise doesn't seem to bother them. Nice piggies!

Krueger Male Guinea Pig for Adoption

This is Krueger, he is one of our first pick ups and is the only one left of that bunch. He needs a home where he has his own cage, or a very large cage. He is dominant and likes to be left alone by other pigs. He is absolutely a riot to watch though, and is very good with us humans. He LOVES his hay, and could literally live in it. He likes to run through it, and burrow in it, and eats tons of it too. Very energetic and fun pig, just needs a good owner who would like to play with him.

Andromeda for adoption

This is Andromeda, she is available with our without her mom (Mama). She is about 6 months old now. She came from Fort Drum a family had bought two piggies from PetCo that were suppose to be the same sex and they had a litter. She had 4 brothers and sisters, mom and dad. Only her and Mama are left of the bunch. Very pretty agouti pig with white as well.

Pip and Newton.. males

Pip and Newton.

These guys are 2 years old and come from Chittenango where they were very spoiled piggies. Unfortunately someone in the household was allergic and they finally had to come live with us. They are waiting patiently for a new owner and they must go together because they are bonded. Pip on the left is more dominant, and Newton is such a lover, very nice and relaxed. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Baby Girls Adopted

Yesterday a sweet little girl came with her dad and chose the baby girls born in December as her new pets. They have a HUGE C&C cage all set up for the girls and took them home. We still have 4 baby boys 2 are white with spots around their eyes and two are brown and black abys. We also have a single female baby girl that is the most beautiful baby piggie I have ever seen.

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.