Guest Post: Emotional Support Animals Vs Therapy Pets

Are you like me and thought you knew the difference between an emotional support animal and a therapy animal?  Upon doing some more in-depth research, I found that I did not know much if at all between the two.  Did you know that guinea pigs can be emotional support animals and therapy animals, talk about a win-win! Emotional Support Animals An emotional support animal is defined as a companion animal in which a doctor sees beneficial for someone with a disability.  Most emotional support animals are dogs, but there are other animals suited for this task also. Did you know … Continue reading Guest Post: Emotional Support Animals Vs Therapy Pets

Guest Post: Guinea Pigs and Other Pets

Every living creature at some point in their lives like to have their own space, but in a world with billions of creatures it’s sometimes a little difficult to achieve it. When introducing a guinea pig to your home, you need to consider if you have space enough for it and also how your other pets will react. When bringing a guinea pig into your house, I recommend buying a large home for each pet (something in the range of $200,000.00!) with lots of yard space to be free in. In all seriousness, I encourage you that whether you have … Continue reading Guest Post: Guinea Pigs and Other Pets

Guest Post: Long Live the Ratties!

Rats live for only a short time by our standards. This means that when we take rats into our homes and hearts, we will grieve. Frequently. As someone who talks about rats every chance I get, I’ve heard “I can’t do rats, they don’t live long enough and I can’t handle the heartbreak” numerous times. However, when we look at their life spans from their perspective, we see that the 2-3 years they each grace this world is indeed a lifetime of experiences. We should think of those years in terms of quality, not quantity. What does it mean for … Continue reading Guest Post: Long Live the Ratties!

Interview with Town & County Humane Society

Misty Christo became the small animal manager of Town & Country Humane Society in 2016. Town&CHS is a no-kill animal shelter, whose goal is to provide shelter and sanctuary for rescued domestic and farm animals. It’s operated by volunteers and runs off of donations. Prior to Misty accepting a position as small animal manager, she and her husband volunteered at T&CHS for several years. Together they wrapped gifts at a bookstore for shelter donations. Misty also assisted with offsite events, such as escorting dogs to the mall or the park for Earth Day. In 2016, some friends of hers at T&CHS … Continue reading Interview with Town & County Humane Society

Guest Post: Guinea Pigs with Special Needs

Some guinea pigs are born with special needs. Unfortunately, these guinea pigs are often overlooked for adoption. A guinea pig could be born blind, not able to walk properly, or even deaf. These guinea pigs are just as cuddly and cute as guinea pigs born “normal.” Did you adopt a guinea pig that’s blind? First of all, good for you! You’re awesome for taking on a guinea pig that could use a little extra help! To make it easier for your blind guinea pig, and if you can afford it, house your fur baby with a seeing guinea pig. A … Continue reading Guest Post: Guinea Pigs with Special Needs

Guest Post: Young Guinea Pigs–A Parent’s Guide To Happiness

Congratulations, it’s a boy, oh wait, it’s a girl?! You’re now the proud parent of a young guinea pig! Being a new parent can be stressful, but don’t worry, you’ll be just fine. There are no diaper changes, 3 am feedings, or parent-teacher conferences involved. Do you know what your new bundle of joy needs for care? Have you purchased a bigger house so your guinea pig can have its own bathroom and bedroom? Luckily, a guinea pig doesn’t need an entire home to itself, your bank account will thank you! Care: Do you know what your new bundle of … Continue reading Guest Post: Young Guinea Pigs–A Parent’s Guide To Happiness

Guest Post: Adopting a Guinea Pig

The prospect of getting a new pet is exciting no matter what age you are! Remember that before you think about getting a new pet, pets are a serious commitment. Can you afford a pet? Are you committed to taking care of it? If you’re adopting a guinea pig, please be aware that guinea pigs require a great deal of food options and care, socialization, and attention. One useful guide to check out is Guinea Lynx Info. This is a trusted resource among guinea pig owners. Make your guinea pig feel at home!  A guinea pig deserves the finest things in … Continue reading Guest Post: Adopting a Guinea Pig

Guest Post: The Many Ways Guinea Pigs Feel

Emotions are part of our everyday lives. We are sometimes happy, sometimes sad, or bored. Unless you’re a robot, you’re going to have emotions. Today I’m going to talk about guinea pigs and their emotions. Boredom: Is your guinea pig starring at you? Watching your every move or wheeking as loudly as possible trying to get your attention? If your piggy is less active, chewing its fur off or biting on its cage, then your pig is bored and would like some toys or some of your loving attention. If your pig is alone, please interact with it as much … Continue reading Guest Post: The Many Ways Guinea Pigs Feel

Guest Post: A Guinea Pig Thanksgiving!

Just as I’m preparing the watermelon appetizers, Aunt Martha bursts in the door yelling, “You’re doing that all wrong!” Welcome to a guinea pig Thanksgiving–complete with drama, food, and all around family time. Mom has prepared all the food. She is serving an extra special dish, a hay casserole in a hollow pumpkin. It took time to hollow out the pumpkin to get it just right. Mom spent three days on the hay casserole due to the order the ingredients were placed; some are a secret. Just as she pulls the casserole out of the oven to cool, my brother … Continue reading Guest Post: A Guinea Pig Thanksgiving!

Guest Post: How to Introduce Two Rats

Rats are smart and social small animals that make great pets. If you want your rat to be happy, you should have more of them. They’ll be the happiest with a few ratty friends running around the cage with them. But even though they love to be in the company of other rats, introducing a new pet rat should be done right. You can’t just throw in a new rat in the cage, but must follow a few steps that will ensure your rats accept each other and start their friendship on the right foot. Below are the steps to … Continue reading Guest Post: How to Introduce Two Rats

Guest Post: 10 Birthday Celebration Ideas For Guinea Pigs

Happy birthday to all guinea pigs celebrating turning another year older! If it’s your guinea pig’s birthday, throw a confetti shower of parsley over it and sing “Happy Birthday” to your little pal. Here are ten ideas to help you get started in planning a birthday party. A birthday cake is a must! Purchase a red, green, orange or yellow pepper. Hollow it out by getting the excess seeds out of the inside and cutting the top off. Stuff the pepper with only guinea pig friendly fruits and veggies, then stick a baby carrot on top like you would a … Continue reading Guest Post: 10 Birthday Celebration Ideas For Guinea Pigs