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Whitney
Giving A Big Voice To Little Friends
Interests: adoption, guinea pig rescue, and rehabilitation; pet owner education
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We know that piggies most love things they can crawl through or crawl under, so we're always on the prowl for something new to entertain them. A few months ago, I happened upon Super Pet's new Natural Corn Husk Tube... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Guinea Pig Connection
Last April, the rescue was thrown a curveball when Cindy had to step away on medical leave. We suspended surrender intakes for several months, canceled vacation boarding for the remainder of the year (resulting in a loss of much-needed funds),... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Guinea Pig Connection
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When I left off with Rolo's story, the excruciating itching caused by the mites had led Rolo to self-mutilate, adding more open wounds to the ones he came to us with. Cindy and the vet had put him in a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2013 at Guinea Pig Connection
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In the first installment of this mini-series, I introduced you to Rolo and shared the story of how he found the rescue. I admit fearing that in my effort to make a needed point, I might have gone too far... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2012 at Guinea Pig Connection
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The call came in at 5:15 on the evening of July 2: a guinea pig had been found abandoned in a cardboard box on a path near a reservoir in Fairfield by someone who was out walking a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at Guinea Pig Connection
We're always on the lookout for new sources of things to make a small critter's life luxuriously comfortable and, fortunately, there is a growing community of craftswomen opening up shops on the Web. (I say "craftswomen" because, so far, everyone... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at Guinea Pig Connection
Nearly two weeks ago we shared with all of you that the rescue was struggling with how to make it through the summer financially. We were stunned by the response. In less than 24 hours, $800 had come in, ensuring... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at Guinea Pig Connection
We never meant to be away so long. But Life has a way of changing our plans and finding new ways to test us to see just what we're made of. Frankly, we -- and, particularly, Cindy -- could have... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2012 at Guinea Pig Connection
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Although I haven't personally ordered anything from her (yet), I wanted to let folks know about the AZ Crafty Crew, a new entrant in the marketplace of handmade items for small and furry critters. Located in Arizona (hence the "AZ"),... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
Even before the economy took a nose dive in 2008, our rescue was getting requests for help from guinea pig owners blindsided by vet bills for illnesses and unplanned surgeries. Our friends in other rescues for dogs, cats, birds, bunnies,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
We all too often get surrender requests from folks who are moving to a new rental apartment or house and are being forced to choose between their pets and a place to live because of the new landlord's "no pets"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
The warm weather rolled into the Northeast this weekend, and the Weather Channel is reporting that temperatures are going to stay high for a big chunk of the U.S. for this whole week. It was so warm and humid here... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
A number of folks have been contacting me offline, perplexed about why their guinea pigs have started refusing to eat their hay, even when it's a brand they've been buying for awhile, even when by all appearances the hay seems... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
For those of us enslaved by our guinea pigs, dedicated to spoiling them at every opportunity, Marsha Weaver and The Cozy Cavy down in Alabama is a go-to source for comfortable indulgences. Devoted to her own guinea pigs, Marsha has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
The near-80-degree weather in Connecticut yesterday and forecasted for today is making small pet owners start shifting their thinking to "summer mode." Hydration is always important for animals, but when temperatures start climbing above 70 degrees and higher humidity starts... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
Today, April 22, is Earth Day -- a day for each of us to reflect on how we can better care for Mother Earth and help ensure the healthy survival of all the species who live here. This year, Earth... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
When I used to do info/exhibit tables at pet stores for the rescue, invariably someone would say to me, "I’m trying to find different snacks that I can feed to my guinea pigs during playtime. I'm wondering if these fruit-flavored... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
Oh boy, how many of us have been in Diana's shoes? "I have two male guinea pigs...father and son and they have lived together since the son was born. Kiko (the father) is around 2 years old while Ringo (the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
So you have a small colony of guinea pigs that gets along just swell. Then you find out that one of them needs surgery, and post-op care is going to require a temporary separation. You wring your hands and fret... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
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"And can it be that in a world so full and busy, the loss of one small creature makes a void in any heart, so wide and deep, that nothing but the width and depth of vast eternity can fill... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
When I first heard about The Pet Corrector spray, I knew it was just a matter of time until someone asked me about its applicability to guinea pigs. Sure enough, the questions have come in from some folks wondering if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
Roxy Sorkin must have one particularly brassy guinea pig. In his acceptance speech at last night's Academy Awards ceremony, Aaron Sorkin (who won the Best Adapted Screenplay OscarTM for "The Social Network") called out the little devil on the international... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
Well, a storm is nothing new in Connecticut this winter, but this time Mother Nature is throwing rain at us instead of snow. Ordinarily, folks would say, "Hey, great! Precipitation we don't have to shovel!" Except that this time we're... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
Let's face it, our beloved piggies can be tricky, ornery little devils to photograph. They wander off. They chew on a friend's ear or decide to clean their face just as you're framing a shot. Their varied coat colors make... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection
With two weeks left in the month, I wanted to post a quick reminder about a news item posted on our Web site and out on our Twitter feed. This month, we’re the featured rescue in the Rescue Donation Program... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Guinea Pig Connection