Today’s blog is by Stacy Winnick. She is the head farmer at Stacy’s Funny Farm. Stacy’s is a small animal sanctuary in Seattle Washington. Stacy has ducks, a goose, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a capybara. Her capybara is named Dobby. He’s famous for being a bit of a trouble maker… You can read all about him here: http://petcapybara.com/. This week Stacy was kind enough to write a guest blog for me. She talk about the guinea pig dude ranch she runs in the house. Wow! Talk about a funny farm. I hope you enjoy. – Kerry Anne
“The Dude Ranch”
By: Stacy Winnick
Once upon a time there were three little guinea pigs who lived at Stacy’s Funny Farm. Ziggy came from a little rescue in Everett named Forgotten Kingdom. Stevie Ray and Frederick of Hollywood came from a family with bad allergies. Stacy heard about them because she was eavesdropping at the ophthalmologist’s office.
One day, two more guinea pigs came to live at The Funny Farm. Their owner was caught by surprise by several significant life changes, and suddenly found himself in an apartment that doesn’t allow pets. Carl Sagan and Ankhsheshonq came to live next door as fosters.
One day when it became clear that Carl and Ankhsheshonq were going to be here for a long time, the colorful bridge was moved and the cages were joined. The tiny herd ran back and forth to the ends of both cages until they fell asleep, exhausted!
C&C cages: a 2×5 and a 2×4 joined at the corner, an assortment of wood huts and pigloos, Pacific Northwest hemfir shavings, redundant food bins and water bottles. Waist high IKEA support tables make cage cleaning easier and provide space for plenty of storage underneath. The MGPR calendar was a special gift to the boys!
Another good way to introduce new guinea pigs is to allow them to get acquainted in neutral territory. The T.A.R.D.I.S. is a tight fit for five guinea pigs on their way to greener pastures.
But no authentic guinea pig story ends without another snack!
When the gigantic rodent is away (Dobby), the smaller rodents take over his kitchen territory. They always enjoy their floor time together.
I have read that boars can’t get along, but mine are doing just fine. Ziggy, Stevie Ray, and Frederick are neutered, but the fosters, Carl and Ankhy, are not. They had plenty of time to get acquainted, lots of neutral territory to explore, a nice big cage, and an abundance of treats.