Guinea Pig Love
by Jeannette Gardner
Our Two Loveable Piggies
By Jeannette Gardner (March, 2012)
I never really knew how smart guinea pigs are, and that they can actually have you wrapped around their little finger by their cute demands.
We adopted two guinea pigs, mother and daughter of 1 and 3 years old in October of 2011. After buying a house, we wanted to get a pet, and decided against getting a dog for now. Instead, we are proud parents of two loveable guinea pigs, Harmony and Melody. Hey, you don’t have to walk them at all hours of the day or evening!
Our two adorable piggies have out-smarted us in a lot of funny but very cute ways. They know our schedules for eating; what amazes me is that they know of the exact “timing” of different hours for our meals, and for them to get their pellets and their treats. I’m normally the first one up, get the coffee on and check up on our guinea pigs. It’s really funny to watch them at that time as they are both standing up on their little front legs on their empty bowl looking at me, and squealing for me to give them their pellets. After eating their pellets, they will have a nap for a while as they somehow know when my Husband will be up shortly. Our piggies know what they will get from him; their treat of different fruits. Each morning, my Husband cuts up fruit for his breakfast, and they actually know that it’s him in the kitchen preparing this, and not me. While he’s cutting up fruit, our piggies will be watching him and squealing and running around like crazy. On the contrary, when I go into the kitchen to get my breakfast, they don’t even make a sound! They even hear me opening the fridge door where their fruit
is kept, but they are silent. When I’m preparing my breakfast, our guinea pigs know that I’m not preparing fruit for myself. They know I’m the one to give them their pellets in the morning. It’s so amazing how they know each of our meal schedules and they know who they are getting their fruit and pellets from.
They have an unusual knack of knowing the exact time they will get their final treat of the night before my Husband and I go to bed is incredible. It boggles our minds how they can know this. There have been times though when we both messed up and got off schedule. They knew we messed up by showing us their anger, which is expressed by them pushing their little beds up to their empty bowl, letting us know it is empty and time to fill with pellets. They both really know they are the boss of the house!
If anyone is concerned about getting a dog, I highly recommend guinea pigs as the next best pet to a dog. They are like little puppies when you hold them and so loving. They are very smart little animals, and once they get to know and trust you, they are wonderful to have as pets which we have experienced for the first time owning our guinea pigs. They are like having little babies, and that’s exactly how you have to care for them. Of course I would recommend getting two piggies of the same sex, as they are very sociable animals and will tend to get lonely or depressed if you only have one guinea pig. Eventually, they will out smart you and will be very demanding in a very nice cute way! They are certainly entertaining pets we have adopted. We just love our two piggies, Harmony and Melody!