Monday, December 5, 2016

25 Gift Ideas for Guinea Pigs and Their Human Owners

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People have loved getting gifts for my guinea pigs over the years.  Unfortunately, not all of the items marketed for guinea pigs are healthy or safe.  Please don't get balls they can run around in -- those aren't for guinea pigs because it could hurt their backs.  Most store bought treats either have seeds (which I have had to extract from teeth and have gotten bit) or are high in sugar.   Here are some things that guinea pigs and their owners would actually like and appreciate.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A Well Stocked Guinea Pig Care and First Aid Kit

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This is a list of items I keep on hand at all times.  Some aren't really first aid items, but health and grooming, but these are all things I believe guinea pig owners should have in their cupboards!  Guinea pigs don't show they are ill until they are very sick, and having the first aid items at home can prevent a midnight run to the store -- and hopefully bring relief to your little one.  This is NOT to replace going to the vet, many times you will need to go to the vet for antibiotics, but this is to help see you through until you can get to the vet -- or to supplement what the vet is doing.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Guinea Pig Book Review: Hamster and Cheese

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Hamster and Cheese (Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye)  is a 46 page comic / graphic novel for kids featuring a guinea pig named Sasspants.  He lives in a pet shop, and the "G" on his sign of "Guinea Pig" fell off, so a hamster named Hamisher thinks Sasspants is a private investigator.  There is a mystery a foot -- daily Mr. Venezi, the owner of the shop, sets his sandwich down, and before lunch it is gone.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Why you shouldn't Allow a guinea pig to go swimming


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I've seen the videos.   I have been tagged in a number of videos of swimming guinea pigs.  But I hate these videos.  Why?

It's not safe, and it's likely frightening the poor little guys who are placed in a pool of water.  They might *look* like they are swimming, but they are frantically trying to keep from drowning.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Why You should find a Guinea Pig Vet BEFORE you need one

Einstein wasn't feeling well here!
Over the years, I have had a number of guinea pigs.  I got Tilly when I was eight, and I'm now 29 again for the *mumble* time.

Guinea pigs are much like any other pet that they may need to see a vet.  Unfortunately, it is the rare vet that is actually trained in guinea pig care.  Some medicines are toxic to guinea pigs that are normally prescribed for other animals, so it is always good to know what medicines a guinea pig CAN take before you go to the vet.  In fact, when I was taking my pigs to a person without much training in the way of small animals, I kept a veterinary textbook in my purse about how to treat rabbits and other small animals.  It was a very expensive book, and I've since sold it because I realize how important it is for a guinea pig to be seen by a vet who already has experience with small animals and not looking up information on the spot.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Making Plans for Guinea Pig Pet Care During An Emergency

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Emergencies happen, but they are often easier if you are prepared.  Here are a few situations you might encounter and how to handle them.

Family Emergency:   Have someone on hand you can take your guinea pig(s) to at pretty much a moment's notice.  You can offer to do the same for their pets.  Before this is needed, go over your guinea pig's favorite foods, what they can have and can't eat.  That way just a quick phone call and dropping off your furry friend is all that is needed.  When my mother was being admitted to cardiac intensive care, I had 15 minutes to pack and get ready for staying in the hospital for 8 days.  I left a house key in a safe location and called a friend on my way to the hospital.  (I was not driving.)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bingo The Guinea Pig on Elf on the Shelf


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This is a "guest post" from Bingo the guinea pig "wrote" back in .

Hi.  I'm Bingo the guinea pig and I asked if I could do a guest post on my momma's blog.
My momma gout out the Christmas decorations this week.  Because there are no children here, only guinea pigs, we don't participate in that Elf On the Shelf phenomenon.  I sure am glad, too.  I mean have you ever looked up close at an elf?  Really?  Have you?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Guinea Pig Book review: A Reel Cool Summer

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A Reel Cool Summer by Martha Rodriguez. 

The illustrations in this book are great. They are very rich, interesting, and full of color. 

It's a cute story of two brothers and their sister who use an old video camera to make a movie. After all, it's a super hot day and they are bored. It's a day that is like lava and the mall! Their guinea pigs star as aliens in this story.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Why you Should NOT give a Guinea Pig as a Gift.


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Please note, I have had over eleven guinea pigs.  I love guinea pigs, but they aren't the right pet for everyone.  Here are some things to consider.

Guinea pigs are often seen as "Starter Pets" but I have actually recommended people get a dog instead of a guinea pig.

Some of the things to take into consideration:  They are fragile animals and can be dropped by small hands quite easily.  They are heavier at their head, and I've heard of more than one guinea pig falling to its death because it landed head first.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Making a Large Inexpensive Guinea Pig Cage

I often see people asking about a cheap cage for guinea pigs.  I made mine for under $25 (and since this photo was taken I've expanded it to almost twice the size in this photo and used leftover materials.)  Store bought cages are almost always twice this expensive.

Store-bought cages don't give guinea pigs enough room.  (Guineas need anywhere from 4 square feet to 7 square feet PER PIG so I know my cage still is on the border of small, and it's twice what you see in this photo.)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Media Kit for Guinea Pigs Rule






Hello!  I'm Jenn, the human behind Guinea Pigs Rule.  I've been blogging since 2009 at Books, Bargains, Blessings and decided after all this time, I needed to start a blog that is dedicated to only guinea pigs and guinea pig related content, ideas, products, stories, and more.  If it's cavy related, it belongs here.

On my other blog I have done sponsored posts and reviews for years.  I invite you to contact me at the above address with any questions.  I always have a large number of people who enter my giveaways as I spend a lot of time promoting them.

Available opportunities at Guinea Pigs Rule and Books Bargains Blessings include but are not limited to brand ambassadorship, sponsored posts, running a giveaway, writing reviews, advertising, conference / event sponsorship, or if you have something else in mind, let me know and we'll see what we can work out.

As of June 2016 here are my social media stats:

7100 Twitter Followers
2371 Facebook Friends
1800 Pinterest Followers on Guinea Pigs Rule Board
580 Followers on Guinea Pigs Rule Facebook Page
777 Instagram Followers
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Companies I have worked with on my other bog include Reed & Barton, Purex, Gorton's Fish, Random House, Campus Book Rentals, and U.S. Cellular.