bringing lucy and charlie home

March 31, 2016

I never look at craigslist. If anything I look at it maybe twice a year. I don’t know; I just don’t really need anything from there and am too shy to make business with people in that platform. I’m probably not the only one, right?

For some reason, I decided to check craigslist for guinea pigs. I love animals, especially those little creatures. On october I lost my very first guinea pig, Napoleón. Then earlier in march, I had lost my other guinea pig, Linda. I was devastated. I had another guinea pig home, Tomás. I had to remain active and happy for him.

So, I check craigslist, type in guinea pigs in my area, and see that there are two ads for girl guinea pigs being sold. One guinea pig was a year old and the other was just a baby. It infuriated me to read the ad’s description; something along the lines of “I don’t want her,” “I can’t take care of her,” “Don’t have time,” etc. It got me so mad. Why get a small animal if you can’t take care of him/her!? For the baby guinea pig, it said that its owner had gotten her from petco and had been with her for two weeks and no longer wanted her, so she tried to return her and they said no. Hence her ad. Here I am crying because I lost my two BELOVED guinea pigs, and here’s a girl getting tired of hers after just two weeks. Ridiculous. I felt the need to save these little two babies.

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Meet Charlotte and Lucy! Aren’t they beautiful!?

I, essentially, bought them. I thought my family and boyfriend were going to say that I shouldn’t, that maybe I was being impulsive. But, no! They completely supported me. My mom even helped me pay for both of them. Bless her. She has a huge heart. So, I texted the girls who owned these two piggies and got them that same day.

They look so happy and love their brother Tomás. They have each other’s company even if they fight. For me, it’s endless cuddles and cute faces! Huge reward. I love learning more about them and their personalities.

I am, since, constantly checking for any other guinea pigs in my area in need of rescue. I just hear so many horrible stories about pets being abandoned. It’s so sad.
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By the way, this is a picture of Tomás. He’s so big now!

Thanks for stopping by, friends.

I appreciate it. :)

–diana

the good and bad of life lately..

how are you!? I’ve missed you, my wordpress friends! feels so good to be writing to you again. (i mean, my last post was less than 20 days ago, but it feels longer!)

as the title suggests, i have a couple of good and bad news to share with you..

the good:

  • david and I went to mexico city for the weekend of spring break.
  • it was so neat to be in a city i really enjoy with someone i really love.
  • we went to museums and the pyramids.

the bad:

  • while we were over there, i got a call from my mother saying Linda, my beloved 3 year old guinea pig, had passed away.
  • we don’t know what happened or why she died. it was a shock for all us. my mother especially, since she’s the one who found her.
  • i think that since david and i were in a big city with his family, we weren’t able to cry or digest her death properly. we had to hide our emotions in front of everyone and keep going.
  • when we got back home, we buried her next to her brother, napoleón, who also left us this past october.

positivity:

  • if linda was sick or if she suffered, anything, she is free of it and she is now with her brother, and they are both happily eating cilantro in piggy heaven. –– at least that’s what i tell myself.
  • I planted flowers around their little tombs and they’re already raising from the ground. other plants i also have are blooming too. –– makes me happy
  • i still have one more piggy with me, and since he’s a baby he needs a lot of attention and activities. –– so i also have to keep going cuz of him.
  • life is still good. god is great. everything happens for a reason. my guinea pigs and i have people who love us and we love them. ♥

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we will miss you terribly linda.

anyway friends, i guess i just wanted to write this to have a little post in honor of Linda, since this is a space i truly love. more lifestyle, diy, travel posts coming your way pretty soon. sorry this is a little bit of a sad post, i just needed to write about this since a lot of people don’t understand how losing a  four-legged loved one is also a horrible feeling.

are you well? i hope so.

love you guys.

thanks for sticking around.

–diana

Napo <3

friends,

to what appeared to be the start of a good week, turned out to be one of the worst in my life.

My best friend of 5 years, my guinea pig, my baby boy, my adoration, Napoleón…left my side on october 28.

You don’t know how sad it makes me. I am heartbroken. Someone pulled my heart out and ran with it and my emotions; now I’m empty, left with sadness. All I want is to never leave my bed and sleep and maybe cry some more.

Some might say I’m exaggerating, but my goodness, I am not. That little man meant so much to me. You don’t know the number of nights I would come home from school stressed about life, and he would be there, ready to be carried by my arms to cuddle. I would put him on my chest and we would talk; he would make his piggy noises and I would tell him my day and how much I loved him. Suddenly it was all better. He made me better.

Other times he would just cry or touch me with his paw, and that his way of begging for me to carry him, and once I would do that, the crying would stop. He really was like my first kid…

I had him in my arms minutes after it happened– and thank God I was with him because he did not deserve to go alone– and I could not fathom what it would be like to come home to no one needing me. No one waiting for me to cuddle. No one to call by those unique nicknames one thousand times per day. I just… I would just see him, looking so peaceful, and part of my mind didn’t want to believe it and was hopeful he would wake up. I just really couldn’t comprehend. I also couldn’t understand how in the same year I had lost my childhood best friend, grandpa, and my young-adulthood best friend, Napoleón.

I have another guinea pig, Linda. I love her. I can tell she misses her buddy too. If I say her name she just looks up. If I say his name she goes crazy excited. Lately all else does is sleep. I go to her cage, play with her, give her floor time, and snacks, but I know she’d rather be alone (She bites me when I try to touch her). She’s just more independent than he was. However, I want her to know that I am here for her so I still get out of bed and spend time with her. She needs me now.

This is hard.

I got the flu too. I feel sick all over. My muscles ache. My head is pounding. I can’t breathe through my nose. I miss him terribly.

I just wanted to let you guys know since I consider you my friends, dear readers. I’m moping. And I didn’t want to keep it inside because I’d feel worse. I haven’t told anyone else other than those extremely close to me. I’m just not really in the mood to hear “I’m sorry.” Mostly cuz I’ll just start crying again.

The thought of the days to come without him feel out of place, weird, wrong, but with time I’ll learn to accept it. I know he lived a good life and did things many piggies don’t get to do– getting featured in a magazine, being a finalist in an instagram guinea pig contest, getting a blog named after him, changed people’s perspectives on guinea pigs (Oh, I’m so proud of him!).

I know someday I’ll see him again. I know he’s in a good place. I know he’s healthy and happy and probably has a plethora of his favorite foods with him.

He was an amazing, loving guinea pig.

There is so much more I want to say, but I can’t find the words to write or a way organize my thoughts. For now, I have memories, my writings, and pictures.

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By the way, today November 1st is the Day of the Dead in Mexico. I wrote this yesterday, but I waited to post this today because I felt it was appropriate since we are supposed to celebrate and honor those that have passed on by remembering them.

I love you Napoleón.

Thank you for everything.

p.s. I made a tag called napo in case you want to get to know him better or see pictures of him. I know I’m gonna do that just now.

watching over little napoleon at night

My little baby.

I loooooove him!<3

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I know he seems alright, but I was scared that maybe he was sick cuz I had offered him watermelon and he didn’t want it when he usually loves it, and he didn’t even come out of his bed when I called him when he’s usually the first one to wheek and run toward me. Then I brought cilantro and he only ate some. Linda ate both the watermelon and the cilantro and she ran to my feet when I called her name, in comparison.

I’ll keep an eye on him tonight. I think he was just tired or not hungry. Maybe it’s even his teeth that hurt, I don’t know. He’s a pretty big sleeper at night, so I hope it’s that. Either way he’s sleeping with me tonight just in case. (I keep peeking under my comforter to see him. He comes out and sleeps next to me occasionally. Right now he’s next to me foot.)

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My poor baby. I hope you’re fine. :(

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I was cleaning my laptop when I came across these two pictures from 2010. 5 years ago. The year Napoleon came to be my pet and hairy roommate.

Oh how I love this little creature. Every day he makes us all laugh, he follows me around my room, and whistles like there’s no tomorrow whenever he hears someone in the kitchen.

He’s also such a nice big brother to his little sister. He’s such a good leader when it comes to exploring new territories. He sometimes doesn’t like to share his food or bed, so he grrs and chases Linda. But that’s just normal brother-sister love!

Also he’s a little grump. But I wouldn’t change him for anything in the world!

Well, I’m off to pet him and try to convince him to sleep with me (although he almost never wants to :( little man likes his freedom and his own bed, haha).

I just wanted to share those two pictures with you because I really liked them and because I can’t believe he’s been with me five years already! He has taught me so much and he doesn’t even know it.

I love my piggies so much.

Goodnight!

twenty-one & five

guess what little boy that makes my heart pop just turned five years old?

him!

he got a happy belly full of bell peppers. i think he might have even gained a few ounces! but that’s all right. the fluffiness will make him look cuter!

& I, his mother, just turned 21 earlier this week!

my family showed me so much love even if I didn’t celebrate the way they would have wanted me to (sorry mom). but, oh, i had the greatest afternoon-long nap that day!

i got a lot cool gifts, birthday cards and calls from my closest family members. they’re the sweetest and they made me feel special.

david’s gift: do I have the best boyfriend or what?! he knows me well.

two perfect birthdays..

how was your week? :)

 

 

things you should know before getting a guinea pig

when people find out i have guinea pigs, they automatically starting asking me questions and i happily answer since i love talking about them! some people ask out of curiosity others because they want to get one.

for any one who is interested in knowing more about guinea pigs (or getting one), this one’s for you.

  1. they ‘whistle‘, ‘talk‘, and grr. some also popcorn.
  2. piggies love food! they eat timothy hay, pallets, and vegetables only; occasionally some fruits.
  3. their teeth never stop growing. to keep them short they need to be constantly chewing things.
  4. adopt before you shop. if you can’t find any up for adoption near you, check craigslist. most piggies there are sold with a cage and food and are in need of a new home. consider a pet store your last option.
  5. they need company. get two piggies of the same gender if you can. don’t get a piggy if you’re not gonna be there for it. they miss you when you’re gone.
  6. they should be taken outside regularly so they can eat grass and exercise. just supervise them at all times! you can also give them floor time for more indoor exercise.
  7. they need a big cage. those small pet store starter kits don’t cut it. they grow out of them. so invest in a big one since the start.
  8. like us, they all have their different attitudes, likes, and dislikes, and you should respect them. they’re also shy and get scared easily.
  9. there’s a proper way to grab them. don’t forget their butt – it’s the heaviest part.
  10. piggies clean themselves, but still need proper grooming, especially super hairy ones. baths, manis, pedis, and hair cuts for some.
  11. they last an average of 5-8 years. be ready to commit!
  12. NO, they do not swim. NO, they can’t be on those hamster balls. They are not a toy!
  13. they don’t need shots, but they still need to see the vet sometimes.
  14. they poop a lot. so their cages have to be cleaned weekly! no excuses.
  15. they don’t stink! they will if you don’t clean their cages or give them baths.

Later on i will do another post explaining more in-depth these points for those of you who have questions! I’ll keep you posted:)

did i miss something? let me know!

thank you for your interest :D!

much love, diana + napo + linda

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* videos respectfully borrowed from youtube and instagram for piggy education. credit belongs to their owners. *

a new addition to napo’s cage!

napoleon got a little yoda picture for his cage! he’s now one of the cool guys with posters on his wall. so rebellious. all he needs now is a pink floyd one!

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don’t worry, star wars fans, i don’t think he’ll eat the picture. he’s a pretty calm piggy; doesn’t even chew on toys.

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^ admiring his poster. i guess every boy wants to be jedi! ^

linda: peruvian piggy

I’ve seen many people specify the types of guinea pigs they have. i have tried to figure out what mine were just for the fun of it but never actually came to a final conclusion. (as a matter of fact, i don’t even know all the types that exist. i just know two by name: abyssian and peruvian. but if i saw piggies, i wouldn’t be able to tell what kind each was.)

the other day, though, i was on instagram and saw a piggy that looked just like linda! the owner of the piggy described her as a peruvian, so i knew linda had to be that.

so ladies and gentlemen, an explanation to linda’s crazy hair: she’s a peruvian :D! yay!

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^ linda’s reaction to this recent discovery ^ 

for those of you who own piggies, do you know what type napoleon might be? it would be cool to know!

nice fall afternoons

i know i always post pictures of my piggies outside, but i just love seeing them happy and exploring, and how cute they look eating everything around them! yesterday i took them outside while i cleaned their cages, and i couldn’t help but take out my camera and take pictures. i thought they were so cute, so i wanted to share them. i hope you like ’em as much as i do :)!

i took the top of their cage and put it on the floor. (i don’t just leave them run free because it’s our front yard and if they hear something they might get scared and run and i won’t have control over them, etc. too much work. and i also don’t want them to get hurt.)

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^ if i’m next to them, i do open the side of their cage though ^

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^ i let napo go outside his cage because i know he’ll listen to me. linda on the other hand is a runner and won’t >:( ^

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^ she tends to do that with her butt; i don’t know why! but hey, at least she’s comfortable, right? haha ^

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^ little napo photo shoot! he gives such good poses to the camera! aw, little model! and he looks so fat! no, jk, he’s not fat! it’s just fur and lots of love! ^

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^ linda and her wacky hair! either she’s really active, or really lazy. she would lay down and put her leg out, all while eating! so hairy; i love her! even if she bites me.. ^

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^ the grass was greener and more delicious on linda’s side, huh, napoleon? ^

aww, my hairy babies!

we hope you have a very nice day:)

linda enjoying the weather

the weather changed randomly here. from one day to another we went from thin tees to knit sweaters. i love it though. fall is my favorite season, and it’s finally feeling like it. i just wished i had more appropriate outerwear to keep me warm.

the other day my boyfriend and i took napo to the vet to get his teeth trimmed. linda stayed home.

(fyi: rodent’s teeth never stop growing, thus, they have to constantly be chewing on things to keep them short. napo, however, is one of those piggies who doesn’t like to chew on things, so his teeth got long and eating uncomfortable, so we took him. he’s better now!).

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the vet told us to take the piggies outside more often so they could eat grass and all that is green, cuz those things are good for them. once we got home, i put linda’s harness on and took her outside.

(napo’s teeth were sensible, and since the day had been stressful enough for him already, we decided to take him to his bed so he could rest)

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linda outsideit was a little chilly, but i don’t think she even felt it cuz of her crazy hair and because she was super excited! she jumped, ran, got comfortable, and ate.

even angie and cake joined!

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^ and no, don’t worry, linda wasn’t eating those plants. she was just hiding between them and exploring ^

i plan on taking both piggies out more often. i have done it before, but the last time i took pictures was when linda (left) was a baby:

baby linda outside   mijo outside last year

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relaxing and eating. yup, that’s the piggy life!

meet the piggies!

i have two guinea pigs: one male, one female…

this is napoleón:

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napo for short! he is a 4 year old guinea pig who loves to eat and enjoys sleeping next to my legs. i love him so much.

this is linda:

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napo’s little sister who just turned one! she’s loud and jumps and runs around in her cage. she also has very messy hair. but we love her like that!

i got both my guinea pigs the same way: without permission from my parents and out of a “love at first sight” impulse. i just couldn’t help their fluffyness! and when i held them i knew they had to come home with me. and so they did:)

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^ the day we brought linda home. poor baby was so scared she never got out of her tunnel haha she was so tiny! ^

unfortunately i couldn’t find any good pictures of the first day i brought napo home ): but he had crazy hair and would always stand on top of his food to make sure nothing happened to it! haha

napo and linda now have each other to keep company and be happy piggies forever! :) they’re pleased to meet you!