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August 21, 2002

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Milo, the Pet of the Day
Name: Milo
Age: Seven years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Peruvian Smooth Coat Guinea Pig
Home: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
   Wheeeek! I've been happy since I came to live with my Mom. Her Dad built a cool two-level condo - just for me! I climb a ramp to the 2nd level where Mom puts very wee portions of carrots, lettuce and spinach. If I don't get enough momentum going up the ramp, I slide to the bottom on my butt. Mom laughs and laughs at this, sometimes she'll give my rump a boost so I can get to my dinner. Mom says I haven't changed a bit since she first met me...'cept size-wise. She forgets that brushing me every-single-day when she comes home from work makes me extra fluffy, besides, she forgets I am simply big-boned and very muscular!

    Every month or so, she does this awful thing called "Spa Night". I get a bubble bath, a hair cut, a manicure, pedicure and more brushing. Although I love it when Mom blow-dries my coat so I won't catch cold. Afterward, it's fun snuggling up in the confidential shred Mom brings home from work. Sometimes when Mom is crabby, she'll call me "Lettuce Breath," threaten to give my (non-existent) tail a yank, or even deride my 'bed head'... but I know she is just blowing off steam. She thinks it's really funny when she puts her little butterfly clippies on my fur ... !! But I am a boy cavy ... rough and tough! I try to demonstrate how ferocious I am by slamming the cardboard TP tubes around or knocking over her bathroom garbage can (I get to run around the bathroom when Mom cleans out my hot condo-loft) ... but all my bravado just makes her laugh even harder. Well, gotta go! Mom just put my dinner down ... I've been meaning to have a "little talk" with her about these scant portions!

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