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March 15, 2004

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Ariel, the Pet of the Day
Name: Ariel
Age: Seven years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Dutch Guinea Pig
Home: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
   Ariel is special in a lot of ways. I met Ariel about six and a half years ago. My husband (at the time my boyfriend) told me to go to the pet store and pick out a guinea pig for my Easter present. I picked her out. I named her Ariel because it made me think of Ariel on the little mermaid. Little did I know how much this small animal would impact my life. Ariel has been more to me than just a pet - she has been a companion and a friend.

    About two years after I got Ariel, I decided that I was going to get ariel a mate to mate with her so she could have some little Ariel's. Well, when he wanted to mate with her but she didn't, so they started fighting. I reached down to get Ariel out of harm's way and the other guinea pig bit me. Needless to say, Ariel got away with a bloody lip and I got away with about three or four stitches. I took him back to the pet shop so he could find a better home - one with no bloodshed involved.

    As I look at Ariel, each and every day her health is declining. She has gained so much weight in her old age. I hate for anything to happen to her but I know in time it will and at least I got seven years + with her. That's why I think that Ariel should be honored because in my eyes she is the pet of a lifetime!!

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