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Ponderings - Pets

Numerous studies have shown that pets, or at least the presence of animals, can have medical benefits that are beyond dispute. These range from lowering blood pressure to lessening anxiety and depression and even to faster healing times after surgery.

I can appreciate that there are people who just aren't pet people. People who are either too busy, allergic, don't want the responsibilty, don't have the space, the money and the list goes on.

Then there are those who love the happy yelps of excitement of a puppy on your return home, the soft padding of a kitten as it attempts to make a cushion of your lap, the gentle tickling of a bird as it fidgits with the strands of your hair or the tickling of its tongue upon your earlobe.

I'm definately a pet keeper. I've never spent a year without having a pet growing up as a child and even now as an adult.

Pet owners have overall better physical health due to exercise with their pets.

Pets decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation in their owners.

Children owning pets are more likely to be involved in sports, hobbies, clubs or even chores.

For what ever the reasons you have a pet, share you most favourite moment with them, your favourite picture, or how having or not having a pet makes you feel.

We don't really understand why pets make us feel better, they just do.

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I have a guinea pig named Noah. He's HUGE. And he whistles and purrs, and he comes when I call him. 'Tis quite amusing.

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That's him trying to find out what's inside the fridge.

My family's planning to get him some female friends soon, but we'll have to neuter him first. The only vet around here that can do that is on maternity leave right now, and when Noah does get the surgery, it'll about three weeks of recovery time. Then we have to get a huge-ass cage, because the place that we want to adopt the pigs from won't let us have them unless the cage pretty much fills up all the space in the house and spills out onto the road...

Speaking of animals, I'm planning to start volunteering at an animal shelter. I was going to go there today, but I got sick, and now my mom's sick too. She thinks that she has the same thing that I do. Anyways, I didn't get to go. :(
He whistles? That is something special!

The fridge must be like Heaven to him. The door opens and behold! The shining light reveals countless shelves of oversized (for guinea pigs) food stuffs.

How many are you thinking of adopting?

Volunteering is such a wonderful experience and even more when youre working with something you really love, ie, caring for animals. Perhaps you could still ring the shelter and just let them know that youre really keen to volunteer but you didnt want to jeopardise the health of fellow staff.

Im sure you will get another opportunity again with the shelter.

I just couldnt be without having a pet. Im glad you shared Noah's pic.

And I hope you and your mum feel better soon!
We're thinking of adopting one or two.

I'll get another opportunity with the shelter, but it'll probably be in a month. :\

Guinea pigs whistle a lot, actually, it's the purring that's slightly abnormal. Most guinea pigs don't purr just when people pet them, but Noah does. Whistling is used to call for food, attention, comfort, etc.
I never knew guinea pigs whistled! Thats so cute! I can just imagine..

Noah: I want food. Food. Fooooooood. How will I get her attention? *lightbulb goes off above his head* I'll wolf whistle. I mean guinea pig whistle.

So with three or so guinea pigs you need a super huge cage? Cant one be build condo style with like a little elevator or escalator in it where they can get to the next level of guinea pig exercise equipment/sleeping quarters or cafeteria?

A month isnt so long. By then youll be fit as a fiddle.

You can get ones that have different levels, and Noah's cage used to have them. But he was fat and lazy, and he wouldn't go up on any of the higher levels unless he absolutely had to. So instead of the extra work of cleaning and putting the different 'floors' back together when I cleaned the cage, I just took them out, since he didn't seem particularly keen on them.

Maybe the other pigs would like them, though...