Monday, August 30, 2010

Goodbye Beau

I realize this has nothing to do with guinea pigs, but as you know we do have a farm with many other types of rescued animals. One of them (well, not a rescue but a gift) was Beau, our second llama. He was taken on as a guard for our small herd of goats; personally, I thought he was lazy and snotty...he wouldn't let you pet him at all and was minimally concerned about the goats.
Unfortunately, Beau fell ill three days ago with the same thing our first llama had. Although we immediately started him on medications, he died sometime last night and we buried him today. His favorite snack was bread; in his final days he had some Pillsbury Grands biscuits and spent his time lying on a fresh bed of hay with water nearby. Because he was still eating and drinking, we kept our hopes up, but his illness (possibly EEE) overcame him. He was a much loved member of our "crazy farm," and will be missed tremendously.

Monday, August 23, 2010

(crickets chirping)

Well, adoptions have come to a screeching halt, and we are getting another male guinea pig later this week. Not much happening on this front..we've been handling the two Peruvian girls daily and they are starting to come around.
After the storm yesterday I went down to the garden this morning to survey the damage; we had one large cucumber that I brought in and cut up for everyone's snack. (Ryan wants US to eat the garden cucumbers, but I sneak them to the guinea pigs anyway.) The carrots were a little beaten down, but our tomatoes are starting to turn red and everything looks pretty good.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Boomerang Piggies!

It's been an interesting day...this morning I went to Palermo to meet someone giving away a guinea pig on Craigslist, only to find out I had adopted him out to this family over a year ago. The daughter "lost interest" and they felt it was better to give him up (without calling me, of course, even though I would have taken him back anyway). Almond's cagemate passed away, and right now he is really frightened and it will take some time for him to adjust to being back here.
We also adopted out Luigi earlier this evening, only to have him come back a few hours later when the family dog tried to attack him while he was in his cage. Fortunately, he was not hurt, and the adopter did the right thing by bringing him back for his own safety.
So, not a great day for guinea pigs, but we will keep putting out ads and trying to get some of them adopted, as well as taking in some that need good new homes.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I'm a little frustrated with both people who don't get back to me about adoptions and the others who don't get back to me about possibly giving me their guinea pigs. I feel that the least anyone can do is say yes or no...don't leave us hanging. Just because we're a rescue doesn't mean we're not human beings with feelings. Common courtesy would ask that you at least respond one way or the other!!! If you're on Craigslist and have already found a home for your animal, PLEASE remove the ad or at least say your pet is gone. If you want to adopt and call several times saying "I'm busy, etc." then at least let us know you can't do it now. What I'm doing is trying to take in guinea pigs that need homes, and for all the people who "wanted" to're not helping by being indecisive. I can't take in more until I adopt a few more out, so if you're serious, yes, please contact me, but I'm getting sick of people who can't seem to make up their minds. I know I'm not the only rescuer who feels this way; it applies to every rescuer of every type of animal. Just give us the courtesy of an answer either way so we can try to get our pets into a safe, secure home.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Mario just left for his new home as a companion for a younger male guinea pig. He has a great personality and is a loud squeaker, and he's going to a great home with someone who's adopted from us before. Hooray!
I just took in two very young Peruvian females, Dora and Joslin. Dora is lilac, like Jabbie, and Joslin is solid black. They're GORGEOUS and right now are very scared...they're not even eating much of the fresh veggies being offered. I'm sure with time they'll get into our routine and will start eating everything we put in front of them!
I still haven't decided who to take with me to Tractor Supply; probably Luigi, maybe Taz again, but someone else is coming out here to adopt tomorrow evening. I'll have to see who's left!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Update 8/9/10

Today I went out to pick up Joslin and Dora, two baby Peruvian girls. One is solid gray with pink eyes (like Jabbie), her sister is solid black. They are BEAUTIFUL, and because I'm crazy about Peruvians, chances are they will stay here.
In other news, a couple came out looking for one or two guinea pigs, and fell in love with Steve, who has wry neck. I wasn't planning on adopting Steve out, but they were really taken by him and said they were more interested in a guinea pig that was "different" and less likely to be adopted. I'll be calling them in a few days to see how things are going, but they have owned guinea pigs before and gotten them from shelters, so I'm sure Steve went to a great home.
I am still trying to find homes for Rocky, Rascal, Mario, and Luigi, so if you know anyone who wants either a pair or a single boy, please contact me!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Blog

As you may have noticed, I have added a link to a new blog called CNY Piggies. It has just been created by a woman in Oneida who has decided to get into rescue...hooray! We certainly need more people in the central NY area to do guinea pig rescue! She already has several piggies for adoption, so if you live closer to Oneida than Oswego, check out her site.
Adoptions have slowed down; I was hoping to hear from a few people this week about coming out to meet everyone, but it's been pretty quiet. Mario and Luigi are still nervous but settling into the routine. I had to crank the AC today because of the heat; everyone has been pretty listless so I'm trying to cool the house down and we're making sure all the water bottles are full.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Revolving Door of Rescue...

Well, my dining room floor did not stay empty for long..we now have TWO males. We were expecting one but the owner decided at the last minute to bring both, so they are in separate cages next to each other and are named Mario and Luigi. Pics as soon as I can get some...
I also had a friend who does rescue contact me hoping I could take a few of her guinea pigs as she is totally overwhelmed and facing health issues, so I agreed to take two, which will put us back at 28 guinea pigs. In the next few days, expect to see new pictures and descriptions..hopefully I can get a few more adopted out.
We also received another surprise friend...someone pulled in yesterday and randomly gave us a rooster, now named Bubba. Bubba is very young and has been in and out of the barn inspecting his new home..he's actually kinda cool!