To make a long story short - I decided that I would be supermom and let her have one hamster (I am anti-animals). I posted on facebook a request for a free hamster cage. A friend replied that her neighbor had a hamster AND a cage that she wanted to give it to someone. Sweet, I love FREE!! I went to go pick up the hamster and cage and was shocked when I saw a HUGE guinea pig. "Aren't they the same thing?" my friend replied. The next two days are a bit of a blur as I came home with one guinea pig, swapped it for the other one, and then after a power point presentation by the girls we ended up with two guinea pigs (apparently they are very social animals) and a promise to the original owner that I would never bring them back to her. Guinea pig #1 (Max) was later buried in our backyard as we learned guinea pigs and heat don't mix. Fast forward a few months and Hazel was brought home from a rescue home.
I can honestly say that each time I find myself in the pet aisle at Walmart I wonder what has become of me.
This is Chloe almost a year ago when she was given her birthday guinea pig:
This is her facial expression when she asked me, "Is it mine? How long do I get to keep it?" To which I replied, "until it dies, which hopefully will not take too long." As prophetic as that was, it didn't really work.
So Chloe decided that this past Saturday Hazel and Ginger turned one year old. Chloe has done immense reading about guinea pig care. She monitors every thing they eat and makes regular fresh salads for them. So you can imagine her delight when she found a recipe for guinea pig cookies. She made them 100% on her own. I believe it was a blended mix of bananas, oats, carrots, and raisins. She baked them, cooled them, and then lit a candle for them.
|Hazel on the left and Ginger on the right|
|Lighting the candle in a bed of lettuce with a cookie on top.|
|Ginger trying to decide if she is up for trying something new.|
|Yep, Hazel was most appreciative of her birthday treat!|