Oh YES INDEED!!! Bless their delightful little personalities!!!!
When my son was at kindy and then preschool in the late 80's,one family would be allowed to take the guinea pig home to care for it during the holidays.After the first time we offered and enjoyed the experience so much,it just sort of fell to us each school holiday period there-after!! Our dogs did not bother it at all.and because it was so used to being handled by children,my son had the most fun ever with the chattering and cuddles which guinea pigs are so well loved for.They truly do have unique personalities and adore human company.They are no bother at all;just requiring Daily clean newspaper in the sheltered section of their hutch,and some clean water as well as fresh salad type vegies as well as their grass. When my son was 12,we somehow fell in love with 3 tiny male ones and took this trio home where we enjoyed their company for 7 years!! Again the dogs never were bothered by these dear little fellows.Their chattering was hilarious. They recognised certain sounds like the fridge door opening,etc and would chitter-chatter happily until they were fed a piece of carrot or some lettuce.This group actually lived indoors in the downstairs area where the laundry was.I would pick luscious grass for them every morning,and they really were terribly spoilt! As they are so good when handled from a young age,these make wonderful pets for small children,teaching them how to be careful, gentle,respectful and also responsible. We were greatly saddened when we finally farewelled the last of the three friends.My son was 19 at this point,and it was ME who cried a few tears for the loss,as he had grown a bIt past guinea pigs by this stage! Many mothers of kids who have had guinea pigs told me similar stories of how they,rather than the children, were the ones who became most attached to their little pets!!! The vet said that,as with all of our pets,they had lived very good and long lives.I have wonderful memories and photos of them which always make me smile.....
I love guinea pigs too, Jules....and totally agree that their sweet gentle presence in our lives enriches them so much. Like you, we first had piggies when my daughter was about eight and for the next ten years we always had at least a couple living in our home. They were a much-loved part of our lives and like yours, also lived to a ripe old age. Now all of our little friends have passed on, but we have so many photos and memories that they'll never be forgotten.
Thanks for agreeing with my love for these cheeky little characters!! I did have a rabbit when I was a child living in Victoria,but I have spent my adult life in Queensland where you cannot keep bunny rabbits as pets. Some kindergartens and schools are issued special permits for them,but not private citizens. So sad,though I can appreciate the reason why this is the case..I am just thrilled to find that someone else has the same attitude as I do about these small critters.
We had two school guinea pigs for a 'weekend', when my daughter was in Primary School.
I loved them, they were just soooo cute, & they enjoyed cuddling up on my chest, & got plenty of pats, whilst I sat in my 'comfy chair'.
I was sad to have to return them on the Monday morning. It wouldn't have been practical to have some ourselves at the time, due had two Pembroke Corgi's & an elderly cat.
Yes we had Guinea pigs , but some how they got out , started living and breading under the house. As a child then I didn't really find them like a cat or dog to love , mum was their carer thought more of them .
No, I've never had a guinea pig, but we have had a large grey rabbit called Roger, many years ago when our youngest daughter was a teenager. We wouldn't have 1 now as he'd get lost in the house very quickly, in our house, & we only have a lawn he could eat! We did have a couple of cats though, also a long while ago.
I have had a pet rabbit, but not a guinea pig, even if I wanted one now I couldn't my husband is allergic to them, I know it's not a big job but I found cleaning the cage was a pest, and it used to stink! especially in summer!