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July 29, 2008

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Alexis, the Pet of the Day
Name: Alexis
Age: One year old
Gender: Female
Kind: Texel Guinea Pig
Home: Ridgeley, West Virginia, USA
   Alexis is a great and energetic guinea pig, but she hasn't always been that way. When she was born, she was the runt. She was weak and grew ill. We didn't know what to do, since she wasn't healing. When it came time for her to be sold, we worried. We finally did send her to the pet store to be with her sisters, thinking maybe she missed them and would do better being with them. When we came to check on her again the next day, she had bite marks on her ears and sat in the corner. We worried until we finally decided to talk to the owner of the store. He said we couldn't have her without buying her for $20, which frustrated me. But we ended up buying her back. She actually began on the road to recovery right away. She got better slowly. This picture is from when she was two months old. And at just two months old, she went to her first guinea pig show, where she brought home a Best of Breed. This shows a pet store pig can accomplish things if you never give up. She much bigger now, of course!

    Alexis is a very spectacular pig now. She has become a wonderful pet. One strange thing is she fears the piano. Whenever played, she runs around and wheeks until stopped. She then is scooped up and falls asleep in my lap. She lays in her cuddle cup and curls up purring. I pet her slowly and lay her back into her huge cage. When night comes she awakens again and is filled with energy. She popcorns around and wheeks her loudest, and I think about how glad I am we rescued her.

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