This week, we got talked into (or rather persuaded, pushed and queezed into!) accepting two new members into our family. It all started when the two girl guinea pigs, belonging to two kids next door, surprised the neighbourhood by one morning producing two little baby guinea pigs.
Apparently, one wasn't as 'girl' as we thought.
So there was two little guinea pigs (boys, according to the vet - not the pet shop owner who had already proven once before he couldn't tell the difference!!). There was a long list of willing takers for the babies, but the neighbours wanted our girls to have them, so they would be living only next door. As you can imagine, there was lots of pleases and pleadings and beggings, and initially some "no's' as responses, which gradually turned into 'maybe's'.
I secretly sought out a second hand hutch on Facebook (thank you Alana, who reads this blog) because I wasn't into spending a fortune on any member of the rodent species, and this week, the day came when the babies were ready to move house, and we told the girls they would finally be pet owners. They'd only been asking since they could speak, so I guess it's been a long time coming.
We've made it clear that we won't spend large (ie any) amounts to fix them if they need a hip replacement or something, and they are the FULL responsibility of the children. Food, water, warmth, clean hutch etc - it's all up to them. So far they are being super great and very maternal with their new pets - hoping that will last.
They are slightly cute, even if they are from the rodent family - ugh.
My favourite thing about the new additions is that they require hay for bedding, so we went to the pet shop to get some, and bought home a bale! How cool - I have a BALE of HAY! So country! It's currently in the garage (heavier than one would think) and I'm so excited to haul it somewhere cool with the kids in a cowboy hat and get out the camera...
PS. They are currently un-named - the negotiations and discussions are on going....