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March 2, 2004

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Chunkster, the Pet of the Day
Name: Chunkster
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Abyssinian Guinea Pig
Home: Rochester, New York, USA
   My mother needed to go to the pet store to pick up food for our cats. As I passed the rodent section, I saw a bunch of guinea pigs in pens. I peeked in to find an odd looking one. His face was split into two glossy colors of black and tan. I had to have him. With a little fancy talk my mother gave permission for myself and my sister each to take a guinea pig home. The woman who sold 'em to us told us their names. The one my sister had claimed was Tinker Bell (also know as Tinker). He was very squirmish, and shy. Mine was named Chunkster (AKA Chunk).

    The second I got to hold him, he made his little purrs. I take him out often because he loves attention, he's very social. He doesn't mind his picture taken either, as you can see. When I head downstairs to my room, I can here his little squeaks ready to greet me through the door. Chunk is a leader because where he goes Tinker (his brother) is sure to follow. Over the six months that I have owned him, he's gained a little heft, but it doesn't seem to bother him, he just plops himself down in his wood shavings. Also Tinker and Chunk like to tag team the cat when she's strutting about.

    I plan to go to college in the fall of 2004, and I do not plan to leave my Chunkster back home. I will keep him in my possession for a long time. It wasn't 'til I did an online search that I found his breed, nor his brothers. When I looked I saw all these ordinary Guineas and then I saw one just like Chunkster - that's how I know he's an Abyssinian.

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