My name is Bex and I have kept and bred guinea pigs for several years, breaking from breeding whilst at university but still taking in unwanted piggies from friends and people who knew I was a 'Piggy Person'!
A little but about me and how it started...
When I was at middle school I got 2 baby guinea pigs from the local pet shop that were supposed to both be girls, who we name Sophie and Saffron. When I got them home I immediately realised that we had a little boy and a little girl so Sophie quickly became Kevin! Needless to say we soon ended up with 4 beautiful babies; 3 girls and 1 boy, that we named Salt, Vinegar, Pepper and Spice. After the babies were born Kevin visited the vets to allow him to live with his ladies without any more 'accidents' occuring! Soon after I started up my little collection and never looked back!! I had guinea pigs of all shapes and sizes, colours and coat types both inside the house and outside in the garden. I got given several of my piggies by friends and people who heard of me through friends, even my local pet shop lady would pass on guinea pigs to me that she was unable to sell or had been returned to her! Didn't matter to me how old they were, whether they were little boys or little girls, if they were carrying a 'special load' or were a teeny bit grumpy they were all always welcome to join our ever expanding family! One of my most special boys, Milton, was dumped in the animal unit at college where I was studying for my National Diploma in Animal Management, and he went on to sire many of my babies. In 2006 I went to university to do a degree in Animal Science and went to live on campus, which meant I had to leave mum in charge of the piggies, which she really didn't mind! I still continued to take in unwanted guinea pigs but was no longer breeding as it was unfair to expect mum to take that on, so the numbers natuarlly dwindled. Mum now has just one little man left in the garden, Henry, who was the last of the 'unwanted' piggies to be taken in by us.
After uni I worked on a holiday park for the 2009 summer season and then as a warden in a safari park for 2010 summer season and so was piggie-less for a time, visiting mum and the remaining piggies in the garden. In September 2011 I moved house and within a week had got my 3 current ladies; Savanna, Aspall and Crispin, quickly followed by my stunning tri-coloured boar Kaiser and my brown rex Theo! So it begins again!