Thursday, August 9, 2018

Meet Gus


After Hamilton passed away in May, I had some thinking to do about wether or not to get a new guinea pig. Pepe is over 5 years old so I wasn't sure if I should wait out his life and spend as much time with him as I could, if I should get another male guinea pig to be companions with Pepe and then get another male guinea pig after Pepe passed away, or if I should get a female guinea pig to be kept seperate but within a good distance for them to be able to interact and then have female guinea pigs for a while.

It was all a lot to think about, and at first I really didn't want to think about it. I spent a lot of time with Pepe alone, and although I could tell that he knew Hamilton was gone his behavior overall wasn't changed. He was still eating the same, behaving the same, talking the same, so I wasn't worried about trying to find him a new companion.

My roommate's sister decided to go to school in another state. Now.. This may seem like an irrelevant thing to being up when talking about guinea pigs, but it's important to this story.

Her sister decided to go to school in another state which meant that she wouldn't be able to take her guinea pig, Gus, with her to school. Although her younger brother loved Gus he didn't want to do any of the care, and neither did her parents, so I offered to take her in.

That's right! I said HER! Gus is Female

Gus is a female, long-hair guinea pig and she is only 1-2 years old.

So far all I really know is that she had a lot of attitude, and she LOVES cilantro.

I'm keeping her in a seperate enclosure from Pepe because neither of them are fixed. My roommate was worried that this would be too much for me, but I've actually done it before but with two male guinea pigs. They always fought so I kept them seperate. They're close enough to each other to be able to see each other and interact and talk, but not close enough that accidental babies could happen!

I'm already totally smitten with her, and I'm looking forward to learning about her because she is my first long haired guinea pig and my first female guinea pig!

In the future I'll probably give you updates about her and about how she's doing, so if there's anything you want to know about her or about guina pigs in general then be sure to let me know!

I'll see you on Tuesday

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