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November 2, 2006

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Chewie, the Pet of the Day
Name: Chewie
Age: Four and a half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Guinea Pig
Home: Florissant, Missouri, USA
   Here our handsome boy Chewie, who's also affectionately known as "The Big Guy" or "Mr. C." Truly a giant among guinea pigs, Chewie tops - and fills - the scale at 3 pounds, 13 ounces! Our veterinarian has assured us that Chewie is not fat; he just has a very large frame and his weight fits him well. Chewie is not a couch potato; he likes to run around the perimeter of his cage as well as up and down the sofa when it's playtime or cage-cleaning time. We have even seen him hop up on top of his pigloo a time or two.

    There is hardly a fruit or green vegetable that Chewie doesn't like, except for grapes. Chewie is also very fond of his guinea pig pellets, hay, and Oxbow Hay Company's Critical Care nutrition supplement. He won't admit it, but Chewie likes to be brushed while eating his Critical Care treat from the syringe. Chewie is so fond of Critical Care that he almost gets whiplash when he hears us unscrew the canister lid every night!

    In April, we discovered that underneath his orange flowing locks, Chewie had a nasty-looking skin growth on his rear, which our vet surgically removed. Thankfully, the growth was benign, and Chewie was up and around right after surgery, looking for something to eat! Shortly after coming home, Chewie realized that he had lost his hair "skirt", so he was a little shy about his nakedness. His beautiful orange fur has grown back now, and Chewie is as handsome as ever!

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