We welcomed in the 2005 New Year by visiting a local breeder to select a baby guinea pig. We saw about 20 babies
and 40 adults, mostly teddies and some Himalayans. They were all adorable and
to bring every baby home! However, after some family deliberation, we settled
on a 3-week-old (born December 9) golden agouti and white one. With her
coloring, we decided to call her Patches. Since we got Patches at a breeder,
she came complete with her own pedigree!
For a couple days, we kept Patches in a separate cage and just
let her meet the other pigs for short periods of time. Then we put her in the
big cage with Pippi and Patches. That first day together, Pepper, who had suddenly
become a "middle child" chased Patches quite a bit
all around the cage, but Pepper didn't seem to mind and
probably thought she was just playing with her. In the meantime, Pippi played
the role of protector and put herself between the other two a few times to
stop the chasing. And it worked! Pippi stopped Pepper right in her tracks, nose to nose!
By Day 2, things had greatly settled down. And ever since, they
have all been great buddies. Then along came pig number four....Pebbles!
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July 21, 2009 - Patches, a.k.a. "Skinny" in the past several months of her life, passed away suddenly and peacefully at the age of 4-1/2 years. She went to sleep and did not wake up. She had become thin in the last 3-6 months of her life, but she was always happy and quite spry up until the end. Patches was very photogenic and she liked to be bossy, except with Pippi who was the uber boss of the herd.