The guinea pigs (snowballing)

When I wrote this post, I was pretty sure we would be getting some guinea pigs, I just didn’t know when.

My husband agreed to the guinea pigs on the understanding the kids paid for them. We’re pretty good like that – the kids know that they don’t just get random DVDs or books or guinea pigs. If they want something, they have to buy it for themselves. They’re also pretty good at saving their pocket money, so they had almost enough money between them to buy the guinea pigs, the hutch and everything else that was needed.

But then my eldest (who is the most tight of the three of them) wanted out. It wasn’t his idea and he wasn’t putting his hard saved money towards guinea pigs. So the younger two were stuck. It would be a long wait for the guinea pigs. My husband suggested my younger son get them for his birthday in October, but that meant they would be his and nobody else’s, which didn’t seem fair. My daughter said she would buy one of the guinea pigs so it would be hers.

But then she kept saying things like: ‘We only need Β£12 until we can get the guinea pigs’.

She really didn’t want to wait until her brother’s birthday.

Then my eldest changed his tune and said he would put some money towards them. Suddenly it looked like they might be able to get them.

But my younger son had also changed his tune. Now HE wanted to spend the money he’d saved on an Xbox game. He was happy to wait until his birthday for the guinea pigs. This caused some tension between the kids and an unusual alliance of my eldest and my daughter. I couldn’t force my younger son to spend his money, but I felt sad for the other two that they’d built their hopes up and now they couldn’t get the guinea pigs.

My younger son was so upset he spent most of an evening in tears. But when I scratched below the surface I found out the real reason. It wasn’t the money or the Xbox game. He was frightened of the guinea pigs dying. Theoretical pets he didn’t even have yet. It broke his heart when Colin the caterpillar died and he wasn’t ready to go through it again.

I knew the pet shop was doing a talk about guinea pig care on the first Thursday of the holidays. Maybe we could go to the talk and then buy the guinea pigs after that? But then the boys would be off on Scout camp. It wouldn’t be fair to buy them before then. And we’ve got our holiday in August. We probably shouldn’t buy them before then. It was looking like the end of the holidays for the guinea pigs.

But my eldest and my daughter weren’t giving up that easily. Before we’d even been to the guinea pig talk, my eldest decided to go to the pet shop and buy a bowl and water bottle, taking his brother with him. Smart move.

They fell in love with a guinea pig and, silly mummy that I am, took my purse to the pet shop just to find out if we could reserve a guinea pig until after the guinea pig talk. We couldn’t. But then my daughter fell in love with another guinea pig.

Suddenly, without even consulting my husband, I was talking hutches, food and bedding. The kids were piling up big bags of hay and sawdust. It looked like we were buying guinea pigs.

We got home with two guinea pigs and cardboard carriers and a husband not too happy at the state of the house we’d abandoned, just to go and look at, or maybe reserve, guinea pigs. The hutch was flat pack, it was nearly 8pm and there were two guinea pigs in cardboard boxes that needed homes.

How had this happened? How had I let everything snowball out of control? Why hadn’t I thought it all through properly?

I was pretty sure I couldn’t put up a flat pack hutch (I’ve never put up a piece of furniture in my life), but I also knew it had to be up and the guinea pigs in their homes before Daddy got home from football. So my daughter rang my mum and dad and told them we’d got guinea pigs. And my dad put up the hutch. Result!

Although it seemed a crazy thing to do at the time, the guinea pigs are now settled and we are all very happy with them (including my husband!). The kids are feeding them and we are all getting them out of the cage to cuddle. There is a cleaning rota, with all of the kids’ names on it, so wish me luck with that!

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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    • And I’m pleased that, after an initial negative reaction, Daddy is just as pleased with them as the rest of us are!

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  1. They have gorgeous colouring! I’m pretty sure that the husband is pleased he didn’t have to build the hutch lol! #magicmoments

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    • Ha ha, he was! Although it was remarkably easy in the end (still not sure if I could have managed it myself!).

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  2. Aw they are so sweet. I think pets are great for little ones too, they learn so much. Good luck with that cleaning rota though! x

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    • Thanks! Funnily enough, I’m first on the rota. Just so I can show them how it’s done, of course! Will be interesting to see how the rest of the rota goes!

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  3. I think it’s great how you’re encouraging your children to learn about money and things, although it’s not without a lot of complications!

    My mum wasn’t too keen when I asked for a guinea pig, but when she saw him in the flesh she changed her mind!

    Have you named them?

    #magicmoments

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    • Thanks very much! It would be too easy to just buy them ourselves, but we like the kids to learn about money. I think I’m a bit like your mum! Having never considered guinea pigs until very recently, they’ve now completely won me over!
      They’re Eric and Daisy (Daisy is a boy, but my daughter just wanted to call it Daisy!)

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  4. They look very cute. Glad you’re enjoying them and we’d probably end up buying them just like this as well. We have an ongoing ‘I want rabbits’ or ‘I want a bearded dragon’ debate in our house from my eldest! Although I’ve said that the next pet choice should really be my son’s as my daughter chose a cat. Thing is, he’s too young at the moment but I can see another pet looming on the horizon πŸ™‚

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    • Having had rabbits in the past, I would say these are probably easier to look after (or maybe I’m just better at it now I’m older). My son would like a cat, but I’m slightly allergic to them and I wouldn’t take kindly to dead/ half dead things on my floor!

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  5. Aw, they are so cute. It’s great that the children have all thought so hard about getting them, even if it was a bit hurried in the end. I bet they are all enjoying looking after them.
    #MagicMoments

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    • Thanks very much, they’re certainly enjoying them at the moment. Long may it continue!

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    • Thanks very much, so far so good! Although it is my cleaning week this week – just so I can show them how to do it, of course!

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  6. Sometimes the best way to get pets is to just jump in at the deep end! I’m glad the Guinea Pigs are all settled and that everyone’s happy with their new pets. Popping in from Magic Moments.

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    • Thanks! A week on I think it was definitely the right thing to do – best to make the most of them during the school holidays.

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  7. we have 2 guinea pigs, males, about a year old now, we went to pets at home to buy rabbits and came home with rescue guinea pigs! They are cute and cuddly, but recently started trying to hump each other, so got to book them in for neutering, hopefully this will stop Sheldon and Leonards ‘special cuddles’!!

    We also got rabbits last week, 2 very cute female mini lops. From the same litter so hopefully will be no problems with aggression, but we will be getting them neutered when they are a bit older as well, they are 9 weeks old today so still too small.

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    • How cute! Rabbits and guinea pigs πŸ™‚ We had a few mini lops and they were adorable. I suspect I may have witnessed a ‘special cuddle’ too. I wasn’t really sure what they were doing as they’re both male.

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  8. Awww they are very cute! Good luck with the rota! This is why my daughter isn’t allowed a guinea pig yet…I’d have to clean it out.

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    • That’s why my kids weren’t allowed them for so many years. They say they will clean them out, so will be interesting to see if they actually do!

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    • Thanks! I’m not quite ready for dogs, but so far I’m loving having pets πŸ™‚

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  9. Pets are great! We have a dog and 3 cats ourselves. I think it’s important for kids to grow up with animals. πŸ™‚
    Guinea pigs are just sooo cute as well, and they make the most funny noise! haha

    Fun fact:
    They are able to get into very tiny cracks and crevices so you need to be careful when making a home for them as they can escape through small cracks.

    #magicmoments

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  10. Aww they are so cute!!!! I’ve always wanted a guinea pig but when I was a child my mum and dad said no and now I’m an adult my other half refuses to live here if we get one so I’m stuck! Lol.

    Good luck with the cleaning rota too by the way – once the kids are back at school you may need it πŸ˜‰

    Linking up from the Magic Moments Link Up πŸ™‚

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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  11. Goodness they are so cute!!

    I just love the story, it reads just as though you’re in the room telling me and I sniggered because I recognise the negotiations phase only too well and then the ‘just as enthusiastic and impatient’ Mummy bit who then has to try to make it look normal before Dad gets home even better!!

    Enjoy them, we had Guinea Pigs as children and they’re great pets. xxx

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    • Thanks very much, Emily! Glad it’s not just me that sometimes quietly rebels and joins in with the kids against Daddy’s wishes! πŸ˜‰

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  12. Yay for guinea pigs they are such lovely little things!!!! Good luck with that cleaning rota πŸ™‚ x

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  13. Look at you being all spontaneous! The run up to the grand purchasing of the guinea pigs sounds just like the kind of thing that goes on in our house. I’m so glad that I’m not alone here! I hope that you’ll all be very happy together and that the cleaning rota continues πŸ˜‰ x

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    • Thanks very much! We’re all very happy so far and even my husband loves them. Cleaning rota? Well, we’ll see what happens! x

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  14. Ahhh bless your little boy for worrying about them before you’d even got them. They look so so cute!!! I hope they’ve settled into the family. It does look like they have πŸ™‚

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    • They really have, thanks! We’re very pleased with them. Luckily my son has now got over his fear of them dying.

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  15. We keep having the pet discussion but after the stress of the bearded dragon, I don’t think any of us are ready to embark on that route again. The guinea pigs are gorgeous though, maybe I can bring my lot over to your house to visit yours

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    • You would be very welcome! Guinea pigs need a bit of care and attention, but I think it’s just enough that you can enjoy them without them being too time-consuming!

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  16. The parallels between our families are odd: we’ve just acquired two guinea pigs that hadn’t held the interest of their tween/teen owners. Dandelion and the one-eyed Mr Skittles seen to have settled in. Hope yours do, too.

    Chris

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    • That is a coincidence! They’ve settled really well, thanks. I must say it’s probably my husband (who didn’t even want them!) and I who are enjoying them more than the kids. The kids keep needing gentle reminders about feeding and cleaning.

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  17. What a great story Sarah, the kids must be thrilled and they look adorable! We don’t have any pets as yet but I’m sure we will at some point! Best of luck with that rota #whatsthestory

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    • Thanks very much! The rota is a bit of a struggle, but I’m being persistent!

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  18. awww Sarah i love it i so remember our old guinea pigs entering our family in much the same way lol xxx

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments (sorry i am late πŸ™ )

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    • Thanks very much πŸ™‚
      And no worries about being late, you have to live your life!

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