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February 17, 2004

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Name: Ringo
Age: One and a half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Peruvian Guinea Pig
Home: Westmont, Illinois, USA
   Hi! My name is Ringo, because Mommy and Daddy claim my hair makes me look like one of the Beatles. They're silly. I am their very first cavy, and they rescued me from a horrible pet store that made me live in a ten gallon tank for over a year. I got marked down to 50% off because no one wanted me, until my new parents came along. They tell me it was love at first sight. I am grateful, either way.

    The pet store also never gave me vegetables to eat, so I had no idea how to eat them. Mommy was concerned about this, so she started putting vegetables in the food processor and making me homemade baby food in order to introduce me to solid, healthy foods. I was wary at first, and would only examine the food when everyone was asleep.

    Because of my long isolation in such a small cage, I guess you could say I am a bit crazy. It has taken me a very long time to get used to people, and when there is a sudden motion anywhere in the room, I still panic and dash for the nearest hiding place. Luckily, Mommy and Daddy bought me a younger friend named Hawthorne to help bring me out of my shell. He has taught me many things, including how to eat vegetables whole (no more need for baby food!) Did you know how yummy carrots and parsley are? I am very happy with my new home and my huge cage full of toys. I am slowly becoming more of a people-piggie and maybe in another year or two I will be "normal" once again. Thanks for rescuing me, Mom and Dad.

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