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December 26, 2002

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Maya, the Pet of the Day
Name: Maya
Age: Ten weeks old
Gender: Female
Kind: Teddy Guinea Pig
Home: San Leandro, California, USA
 
   My name is Maya. My owner Saul tells me that my name was chosen in reference to the group of Native Americans who built a great civilization in southern Mexico and Latin America known as the "Mayans". I'm a brown and beige "Teddy" Guinea Pig. I live in a large homemade cage with my new best buddy "Ginger". She is much younger than me so it's my responsibility to watch out for her and show her the ropes.

    During the day you can find me munching on sweet hay, eating crunchy pellets, sipping cool tasty water (which is flavored with Tang so I get my daily vitamin C) and napping in my snuggle bag which was hand made by my owners Aunt Pat. I'll wheek, oink and squeal when I'm hungry or just in need of a treat. Lettuce, spinach, carrots, and grapes are my favorite! After a long satisfying dinner my other owner Lily will carefully brushes my coat. I love the attention and will often make a purring sound so she knows I'm happy and relaxed.

    Sometimes loud noises scare me. Like when rude neighbors play their car stereos to loud. I'll squeal and then look for a place to hide. When this happens my owner always rubs my back to make me feel safe and secure. If I'm lucky I even get a small treat like a yogurt drop! I soon forget what scared me and then get back to some good quality chewing time.

    If I'm feeling energetic and excited I'll run and jump straight into the air while wiggling my bottom and making a chirping noise. My owner tells me it's called "popcorning". It's my way of saying thank you for making me one very happy and loved Guinea Pig! Well, thank you for spending a typical day with me. I have to get going now. I think I heard the spinach bag rattle from the kitchen. Supper must be on the way and I don't want to be late! wheek! wheek!! wheek!!!
 

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