In 2009, sadly, we lost 5 of our 6 guinea pigs, leaving only one piggy, Sheila. Sheila was only about a year old, and I didn't want her to have to live out the rest of her life alone. Since Sheila was a Texel, and I really liked her looks, I wanted to find two baby Texels to join our family. I found a breeder nearby (The Shire Caviary in Oswego, NY) who had two female Texels from different litters that she was willing to sell.
On October 10, 2009, we drove to Oswego to pick up the baby guinea pigs. Addie came from a litter of two; she had one brother. Addie's parents were Pogo (boar) and Rally (sow). Click here to view a photo of Pogo and Rally. They were born on September 5, 2009, so Addie was about 5 weeks old when she came to live with us.
Addie was "big sister" to Bitsy, who was the second baby we adopted from The Shire Caviary.
Sheila had been alone for about a month and she was thrilled to have two new babies to be a mother to. There was no adjustment for Sheila - she couldn't have been any happier. Addie was a curious baby and enjoyed new experiences, so she adjusted quite nicely to the family.
When Sheila passed away on 3/22/2011, Addie and Bitsy were left together. Addie became the leader, or "boss" piggy, since Bitsy was always a little more shy. Addie continues to have a great sense of adventure and curiosity that enables her to live life to the fullest!
Sad update: Addie passed away on 11/21/2012 at the age of 3 years and 2½ months. She had been losing fur for several months and was partially bald. Our wonderful vet suspected possible Cushing's disease, but we couldn't be sure. At the time, other than the hair loss, she was very happy, healthy and active, so we opted not to try experimental drugs (not tested in guinea pigs yet) or unnecessary surgery. However, whatever it was may have finally caught up with her or it might have been unrelated. We just found her one day, apparently in pain, and took her to the vet, where it turned out the problem (either twisted or blocked intestines) could not be fixed and it was best to euthanize her.