||Three and a half years old|
||Waltham, Massachusetts, USA|
is my first guinea pig. After receiving a stuffed animal guinea
pig for a birthday present, my wife remembered how much she loved the
guinea pigs she had as a child and started looking at the websites for
the local animal shelters for guinea pigs.
We found Lennie at the MSPCA hiding in a pen with a bunny next to the
two doorways that led to the shelter's cat and dog areas. Quite nervous
when a hand reached into his makeshift home, Lennie instantly calmed
down as soon as my wife held him. After rescuing him from his much
larger bunny roommate, we named him after Lennie Brisco, Jerry Orbach's
character from Law & Order.
Lennie is a rather spoiled cavy, enjoying a variety of lettuce, carrots,
red bell pepper, cilantro, parsley, and dandelion greens year round,
plus seasonal treats like corn husks, clementines, and basil. He is
kinda picky sometimes and doesn't have nearly the taste for sloppy
dining on such succulent morsels as watermelon and strawberries like his
brother, Pigwidgeon. He does, however, have a much stronger timothy hay
and hay pellet addiction compared to his brother. It's gotten to the
point that he has developed a particularly refined technique of picking
the absolute best pieces of hay from his hay rack, by way of half way
climbing into the hay rack to get them when they're on the top. It's
kind of embarrassing, really; he's got really ripped abs that flex when
he's trying to get to the very top of his hay rack.
He has a particular way of staring at me in the evening from his house.
He rests his front paws on the front wall of the upstairs level of his
house and looks out at us, wheeking if we make the slightest motion
towards the kitchen. Then, as soon as he hears the refrigerator door
move, he vaults over onto his ramp, zooms downstairs and rushes to the
front of the lower floor (which is a little closer) to make sure we
serve him before we serve his brother.