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DaveDuran
04-27-10, 05:14 pm
Hi everyone my name is Dave and am probably one of the few male members lol. Im in college and a month ago i bought my first pig for me and my girlfriend. She loves animals so we thought it would be a good idea.

For some reason i fell inlove with my piggie muffasa. It is fun learning the proper way to take care of these piggies. I made the mistake of buying a store cage and i feel so bad. I bought a 9 sq ft cage and its comin in this week! We are going to adopt another piggie next week as well. LOL.

My gf thinks im crazy, mostly cuz I appear to be a tough guy. haha. ne wayz hello

sdpiggylvr
04-27-10, 05:53 pm
Hello and welcome.


Hi everyone my name is Dave and am probably one of the few male members.

You'd be surprised. There are many male members here.


...I bought my first pig for me and my girlfriend. She loves animals so we thought it would be a good idea.

Ah, you've happened upon one of our main principles - do not support pet stores. The better idea would be to have adopted.


For some reason i fell in love with my piggie muffasa.

For some reason? Clearly, you've never had a guinea pig. They are easy to fall in love with.


It is fun learning the proper way to take care of these piggies.

So how do you take care of your guinea pig now? And maybe it would have been a good idea to learn how to take care of it than doing it now. You know, responsible pet ownership?


I made the mistake of buying a store cage and i feel so bad.

You also made the mistake of buying a cavy from a pet store when you could have adopted.


We are going to adopt another piggie next week as well.

Are you going to buy or adopt?

Well, anyway, welcome.

DaveDuran
04-27-10, 07:35 pm
Thanks. Well I adopted my current guinea pig and my post clearly says I will be adopting the second one. The only mistake I made was buying a cage from the store. I have fixed that situation and bought the correct size.

And I said it is fun learning the proper way of taken care of a piggie. From the first day I got her I came on here and learned what to feed her and everything else. Just because I am still learning does not make me an irresponsible owner. Do you know everything there is to know? I am in my 3rd year of school and I will be a Registered Dietician. Do I know everything about Nutrition? Pretty darn close but I am still learning so that doesnt make me an irresponsible stsudent. Not the best comparision but I think it was wrong to tell me I was being irresponsible.

Well thanks for the reply

Ly&Pigs
05-01-10, 11:31 pm
Hi Dave and welcome to the best source of piggie info. Sorry you were given a bit of the third degree on your initial post.

If you need any help with piggie diets, please see me as I am the resident diet guru for piggies.

CavyGrandmaa
05-02-10, 12:02 am
Welcome Dave. This site has great info for you and your piggy.

Peggysu
05-02-10, 01:56 am
Welcome to GPC! I'm sure you'll enjoy learning more information about guinea pigs then you ever expected!

When you get your cage built and a buddy for your piggie many of us enjoy seeing pictures.

Ibbet
05-02-10, 07:35 am
Hello and welcome!

GuineaPiggy
05-02-10, 07:46 am
Ah, you've happened upon one of our main principles - do not support pet stores. The better idea would be to have adopted.

I don't get the notion to why people are so strongly against buying pets from stores, especially if theyre first time pig owners. They may not no they are adoptable etc. Also you'd be surprised at how many pet stores are struggling at this time.

SnowPrincess
05-02-10, 07:58 am
I don't get the notion to why people are so strongly against buying pets from stores, especially if theyre first time pig owners. They may not no they are adoptable etc. Also you'd be surprised at how many pet stores are struggling at this time.

Pet stores should be struggling. That what we aim for. We want pet store out of business. No 'business' should live off the backs of innocent animals.

GuineaPiggy
05-02-10, 08:01 am
Pet stores should be struggling. That what we aim for. We want pet store out of business. No 'business' should live off the backs of innocent animals.

So if pet stores go out of business where do we get our food for our pets? The supermarket? I'm sure the prices will be marked up heavily, which is not something we want.

SnowPrincess
05-02-10, 08:08 am
I should have been more specific. Pet stores which sell animals we want to go out of business.

1frankie7
05-02-10, 09:19 am
Welcome to GPC!


Please read through the stickies at the top of each forum for great information!

Ama4884
05-02-10, 09:27 am
Welcome to the boards! We love pigtures!

Katrinah
05-02-10, 10:29 am
Welcome to the forum Dave! Cannot wait to see some pigtures! I am happy to hear you are learning from the site, it is such a wealth of information for new owners. Your piggy will love when you get the new cage set up and get them a friend. When I set my C&C cage up after my two piggies were in a store bought cage (only for 2 weeks) the change in their personalities was amazing. I thought they popcorned before, OMG they went insane once they got into the big cage and realized it wasnt just "floor time". Guinea Pigs definately have a way of winning your heart over quickly :D

Guineapiggy - I actually buy my pig supplies(and other animal supplies) from Chuck and Don's. They do not sell any live animals, only thing they do at their stores is invite in rescues/humane societies for adoption days which they do not profit from the adoption fees. If there wasn't a place locally I would just order online. There are feed stores and pet food stores that do not practice live animal sales.

Tinkerbell1
05-02-10, 10:56 am
Welcome to the website!You would be surprised how many boys there are on this website!

TwilightStar
05-02-10, 11:28 am
So if pet stores go out of business where do we get our food for our pets? The supermarket? I'm sure the prices will be marked up heavily, which is not something we want.
Stores that only sell pet food and products,or online, of course.
Most members here to not buy from stores that sells animals.
For example, a lot of people order from oxbow or KMs.

Heady
05-02-10, 12:26 pm
Hey Dave! Welcome to the forum! I think it's terrific that you're excited to learn about guinea pigs and their care. I am too. I love reading and learning as much as I can about them. Many people don't take the time to (and some do, but find it a chore) and I think it shows that you want to be a responsible caretaker - good for you!

I would definitely read up on doing quarantine/introductions if you haven't already, that way you can be prepared before your next adoption. :) And kudos for getting a bigger cage before you get the next pig!

It's strange how sometimes you don't know how you're going to feel about an animal until you take care of them and learn their personality (just like meeting a person), so it's great that you fell in love with Muffasa! I'm trying to convince my father-in-law that guinea pigs aren't ugly and are indeed very sweet animals to have. I think he's starting to come around. I try to flood his inbox with pictures of my boys being ridiculous and instead of getting groans, he's actually laughing about their facial expressions and what I think the pigs are saying. :p

I, too, look forward to seeing pics of your pigs and set up! You'll find so much great information here and very knowledgeable members - you definitely came to the right place!

Ly&Pigs
05-02-10, 12:39 pm
GuineaPiggy, we don't necessarily want to shut petstores down, we want them to stop selling live, sentient beings. It's the pet trade industry, mills, mass breeding and backyard breeders that we are trying to stop. Not all petstores are bad or evil. There are good petstores, they are the ones that do not sell animals.

Dave, I hope you won't be put off by the harshness of some. Please know that a lot of people make the same mistakes you did and worked at fixing those mistakes. Please stick around our forum as there are so many great things to learn and know about these wonderful little creatures.


Just because I am still learning does not make me an irresponsible owner.You are absolutely correct. And for someone to insinuate that you are irresponsible is downright wrong and rather rude. Many of us start out learning after we have pigs but that makes NO one irresponsible. Irresponsible is knowing about certain aspects of care but choosing to totally ignore them and doing something else. And I can clearly tell that's not what you are doing.

Lucille
05-02-10, 12:43 pm
we

You do not speak for me, and there are differing ideas on this board;)

Lucille
05-02-10, 12:46 pm
Hi everyone my name is Dave and am probably one of the few male members lol. Im in college and a month ago i bought my first pig for me and my girlfriend. She loves animals so we thought it would be a good idea.


It's a great idea!!!! There's a lot to learn but WELCOME, we're glad you're here!!!!

Spoto27
05-02-10, 05:38 pm
Welcome to the forum! I hope your piggy and soon piggies become your bestest friend and will live a long healthy and happy life :)! I'm still learning but I started out w/ a store bought cage and pig untill I stumbled across this awesome cage and then decide to build one of my own. I'm glad to see new members coming around and getting ready to go through the awesome expierence of having a guinea pig friend! :) I can't wait to see your piggy and soon newly member of your herd! :)

Paula
05-02-10, 05:51 pm
You do not speak for me, and there are differing ideas on this boardI think to put it a little more accurately, SnowPrincess would have said that we'd like to see pet stores that sell animals, stop selling animals, rather than that we'd like to see them go out of business.

Ideally, they'd realize that they can make just as much profit if they don't sell living creatures as merchandise and stop doing so, rather than just go bottoms up and put the employees that work there out of a job. But, thank you Lucille, for pointing out that there will always be people who feel there's no harm whatsoever in selling these living things like they'd sell a pair of briefs, and to anyone with the asking price in hand, regardless of their qualifications as a pet owner or even their intentions for the animal. It just means we have to work that much harder at preventing this particular unnecessary cruelty.

And to Dave - welcome! It's great to hear you're considering adoption for your next family member.

sdpiggylvr
05-02-10, 06:04 pm
Hi Dave! (Again.) lol

I just wanted to apologize for my rudeness. It was completely un-called for and I had no intention of coming off sounding so mean. So I am really sorry. I misinterpreted your thread and to me it seemed something that wasn't the truth.

Let me say what I should've said before: Welcome! I am glad you're here and can enjoy this wealth of information just as I have.

DaveDuran
05-02-10, 07:07 pm
Thank you everyone for the kind welcome. I will have pics. She loves her cage and loves having room to popcorn freely. This site is great and I hope anyone who gets a pig stumbles on to this forum. Me being a nutrition major, I find it very fun learning what guinea pigs need to eat in order to live a healthy life. Its awesome. Thanks once again

Sdpiggylover - No hard feelings. I was just kind of taken back because I felt that I was doing what I needed to do to be the best care taker I can be. We can be friends :)

xdollfaceex
05-02-10, 10:25 pm
Hello Dave,
Welcome.

Cogni
05-02-10, 11:01 pm
Welcome Dave! I like to see a 'tough guy' who loves animals--particularly small cute ones! There's just something nice about that. My husband is a deep down animal lover, but it was kind of hidden as we never had pets. I love to see him with the piggies! I'm glad you are starting younger with pet care. Enjoy the happy little creatures!

CavyMama
05-03-10, 06:13 am
Hi Dave and welcome!

Maybe you can clarify something for me? I think I'm just confused about one little detail so maybe I'm just misunderstanding it.

In your original post, you said you bought your guinea pig.


Im in college and a month ago i bought my first pig for me and my girlfriend.


But in the next post you said you adopted.


Thanks. Well I adopted my current guinea pig


Will you please clarify this point for me?

Thank you and again, welcome to the forum!

GuineaGuy521
05-03-10, 06:39 am
Hi Dave and welcome!

Maybe you can clarify something for me? I think I'm just confused about one little detail so maybe I'm just misunderstanding it.

In your original post, you said you bought your guinea pig.




But in the next post you said you adopted.




Will you please clarify this point for me?

Thank you and again, welcome to the forum!

I think at this time, the point is moot. I realize that I am new to this forum, but even if these animals were 'purchased from a pet store' at this point its too late - it would be irresponsible to return the animal to the store. The point should be is that the guy is here trying to do what is right by his animals. He should be welcomed with open arms, not given the third degree. Sorry if I am overstepping my bounds. :expressio

And to the original poster, welcome! I'm a guy as well, so you're not alone!

1frankie7
05-03-10, 06:54 am
Hi Dave and welcome!

Maybe you can clarify something for me? I think I'm just confused about one little detail so maybe I'm just misunderstanding it.

In your original post, you said you bought your guinea pig.




But in the next post you said you adopted.




Will you please clarify this point for me?

Thank you and again, welcome to the forum!

I think he meant it like he bought his last pig. But will be adopting her a buddy.


Again, welcome dave!

DaveDuran
05-03-10, 08:44 am
Sorry bad choice of words. I adopted my first one at the city shelter. I had to pay for her but it was considered a donation to the shelter. I guess I associated that with buying. Sorry about that.

1frankie7
05-03-10, 08:48 am
No need to worry!


I hope you enjoy it here. :)

Koernerpigs
05-03-10, 10:30 am
Welcome Dave!

Im glad you're here and that you're proactively making the best life for your cavy!

Like other posters have said, this site is rad for all sorts of cavy care related info.

My husband is also a total "tough-guy-cavy-slave!" He doesnt seem so tough when he says "How are Daddys lil princesses today!"

Im curious, how did come up with your pig's name?

Paula
05-03-10, 11:01 am
Sorry bad choice of words. I adopted my first one at the city shelter. I had to pay for her but it was considered a donation to the shelter. I guess I associated that with buying. Sorry about that.I just want to clarify something here because it's come up in the past. "Buying" from a shelter is adoption, whereas buying from a pet store is straight up supporting the pet store. When money exchanges hands for a pig that you've gotten from a shelter, you are helping to pay any vet or other costs incurred while that animal was at the shelter, as well as helping to pay for future animals that come into the shelter, hence the notion of a "donation" rather than a purchase. It's very much different from paying a pet store, who simply profits from the sale as it would on any other merchandise and puts the money in their pocket.

Again, welcome to the forum. I'm sorry you were attacked initially and have continued to be harangued by what you meant by your choice of words in varying posts. We're glad you're here, and hope you learn all you can to make your pigs lives happier and healthier.

Duffinvt
05-03-10, 11:08 am
eeesh.. I have a new laptop and detest the keyboard. I had a nice welcome post for Dave and lost it.

Welcome Dave ! We have great folks on the board who know lots about nutrition, so I think you will find it very interesting here. Right now I am feeding forages from the safe forage list and enjoying my excursions to the meadow each day. And my two lady pigs are enjoying the treats I bring in the door. Again, good to have new members here. Enjoy your new pet(s).

PiggyKat
05-03-10, 01:04 pm
Welcome Dave! I am glad to hear that you are getting a buddy and you find getting all this info fun. I did too! Once I opened the guinea pig door I don't know if I will ever shut it now!! I love my pigs so much and have learned a ton from this website, mods, members, and links! Hope you find everything you are looking for here!!

xERICx
05-03-10, 01:10 pm
Welcome! This is honestly the best site out there for any information regarding guinea pig care and cages. I hope you enjoy it here.
Oh and I too am a male member so you aren't alone. ;)

DaveDuran
05-03-10, 02:02 pm
Welcome Dave!

Im glad you're here and that you're proactively making the best life for your cavy!

Like other posters have said, this site is rad for all sorts of cavy care related info.

My husband is also a total "tough-guy-cavy-slave!" He doesnt seem so tough when he says "How are Daddys lil princesses today!"

Im curious, how did come up with your pig's name?

My girlfriend thought it would be a good name haha. I really had no say.

Koernerpigs
05-03-10, 02:20 pm
My girlfriend thought it would be a good name haha. I really had no say.

I can't wait to see pictures!

CavyMama
05-03-10, 02:20 pm
Ahhhhh thank you, Dave for the clarification! Did not mean to "continue to harrang". Just was looking for a little clarity. Welcome again. It's a great place for information.

Cogni
05-03-10, 02:26 pm
I looked up Muffasa. With one f, Mufasa is the name of the daddy lion, father of Simba in The Lion King.

With two f's, muffasa is "Used to describe any object, person, event, fashion or situation that is unbecoming, disagreeable, unpleasant, or just plain ugly," according to the Urban Dictionary, see Urban Dictionary: Muffasa (http://is.gd/bSGey)

I think I like the one with one f better!!

DaveDuran
06-14-10, 10:19 pm
This is mufasa http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs543.ash1/31745_519937915295_220400008_31075526_6834835_n.jp g

DaveDuran
06-14-10, 10:25 pm
This is roxie and mufasa. http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs543.ash1/31745_519937900325_220400008_31075525_6940992_n.jp g

jaymes5
06-14-10, 10:45 pm
Welcome Dave! I am also a new member but I do not have any piggies of my own yet. I came on here to learn and make sure I really wanted one, for the long term, because I could never bring myself to surrender an animal. I still really want a piggie companion. So excited! Glad you are here learning also, and again welcome!

lissie
06-14-10, 10:52 pm
They are so cute. I like Roxie's hair. And what a great idea for hay container.

Peggysu
06-14-10, 11:10 pm
Those pigs are so stinkin' cute!!

Cogni
06-14-10, 11:55 pm
What darling little fluff-muffs! I like Mufasa's fashionable asymmetrical hair design.

fresian.m
06-15-10, 01:03 am
Aww they are adorable! This is a wee bit late but welcome to the forum!

DaveDuran
06-15-10, 06:17 am
Thanks a lot everyone. It took me awhile to get pictures

GPGuy
06-15-10, 06:58 am
Aww man, they are cute!
Belated hello from another guy taken in by these little fluffballs too btw. Some people find it strange when I talk about my pigs like they are my children but whatever, they are kind of like my kids I guess.
As for how a man talks to piggies sometimes? Let's just say I'm sure I've caught all my pigs looking at me like I might be quite insane lol!:crazy:

DaveDuran
06-15-10, 07:24 am
Haha that is awesome man.