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June 8, 2007

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Finlay, the Pet of the Day
Name: Finlay
Age: One and a half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: American Shorthaired Guinea Pig
Home: San Diego, California, USA
   I first fell in love with Finlay (formerly named Spunky) about eight months ago. I'm a rep for a pet food company, so I'm in a local Petco three to four times a month. The first time I saw him I was in the office and he was in a cage having been dumped there by his owner the previous night. The nice ladies that manage this particular Petco had made him a sign and put him near the other small animals to be adopted. I wanted him, but at the time already had six piggies of my own (now I have ten). He found a home within a week. A few months later he was back, having been given up again. This time it took about two weeks to get adopted. About a month and a half ago I lost one of my precious pigs during a surgery and was absolutely devastated. When I went to work the following Friday, there he was again! This had been the third time he'd been given up that I knew of, and you could tell his little spirit was nearly completely broken. This time I adopted him. It was meant to be.

    When I first brought him home and put him in his very own seven-square-foot cage he was very quiet and shy, wouldn't eat and stayed in one small corner (I guess he was used to tiny cages). It took a few days, but soon he was running, popcorning, re-arranging his furniture and eating like... well, a pig. I've tired to let him meet my two other males and my one spayed female, but he definitely wants to be an only pig. Maybe that's why he kept getting returned. That's fine with me, he can have his pen all to himself. He is a vocal, sweet, loving pig that gives kisses and loves to be held and brushed. I can't imagine why anyone would ever give him up. Luckily for me they did!

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