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April 10, 1999

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Wilhelmina, the Pet of the Day
Name: Wilhelmina
Age: Four months old
Gender: Female
Kind: Black Dalmatian Teddy Guinea Pig
Home: Wyandotte, Michigan, USA
   This is Wilhelmina. She is a Black Dalmatian (variety), Teddy (breed), Guinea Pig. In these photos she is four months old. She was my Valentines Day present from my husband. Dalmatian guinea pigs...they do come in all the coat types, but some are more common than others. The smooth coated "American" pigs are the most common in dals (and very handsome). Teddies, which Willa is, are apparently rare. I say this as I am having a difficult time finding a second one : ). Willa isn't truly "show quality" but she is "breeder quality."

    Generally Guinea Pigs are good pets, each having their own personality. Willa is quite different from my last four piggies. Perhaps because she is an only pig she has invented a game to play with my two young cats. They like to watch her waddle around the cage and eat her supper. After supper Willa usually feels pretty spunky and once she has an audience she lets loose. She starts by doing laps around her cage, lightening fast. Rushing here and there. This certainly gets the cats' attention. When they come and press their faces to the cage to look in Willa will stop, place her front paws on the bars of the cage and sniff noses with one of them and then dash off, squeaking excitedly. On the next pass she will sniff the second cat's nose and once again dash of squealing. The cats are absolutely mesmerized by all this activity. The game continues until Willa is tired out and retires for a nap. Eventually the cats get bored and wander off to find some more excitement.

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