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Another guinea pig. Calico: orange, white, black. Bred by the same person who bred princess Shiloh-Cháilín, who lives with me now. We got Tina in summer of 1996, and she died Sat 16 October 1999 (it happens at  this

 moment to be Sat 16 October in 2010). This isn’t a good shot of the little wife, but it’s all I have at the moment.

Her main role in the family was to be a companion for our other pig, Tony. I felt that Tony had been too l0ng without another of his own kind, and also I hoped to breed the two of them before Tony should have to go.

I wanted children of two pigs of my own, which I’d never had before.

Tony was black and orange, Tina was the calico, and I thought their babies would be pretty as well as lucky to have Tony’s genes. Tina was the only Peruvian cavy I ever bought directly from the breeder, and he chose her for me and delivered her to my door. He was also the breeder of Tony, so I’ve thus far had three pigs bred by the same man, eighteen years apart.

Tony was delighted. He’d never had a mate before, and in some ways he’d had a difficult life. It made me feel like I’d done something really good for him to give him a wife. And Tina? She stepped right into the role of Tony’s partner, as animals of the opposite sex will do, and the two of them tried assiduously and happily  for a year and a half to make those babies.

It wasn’t to be. Tony must have been left sterile by a medication he’d had to take all his life, or by the illness for which he took it.

It was a great laugh to listen to the variety of Peruvian cavy sounds the happy couple would make in the night as they tried to produce a family. Not that they didn’t make some great efforts in the daytime too, but at night when all was quiet they seemed to engage in a lot more sound production. 


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  1. Babs said,

    October 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm · Edit

    That’s the one consolation of infertile couples. You are encouraged to “keep on trying” by one and all.

  2. braon said,

    October 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm · Edit

    I know that that is sad experience. My own one and only pregnancy was some kind of biological fluke that wasn’t supposed to be possible.

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  1. thanks Paul for your like, and thanks to the others who’ve recently put likes on these pages.

  2. thank you, Rob

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