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December 8, 2012

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Flöckchen, the Pet of the Day
Name: Flöckchen
Age: Unknown
Gender: Female
Kind: Guinea Pig
Home: Germany
   I wanted to introduce my new family member Flöckchen (german: Flake, from Snowflake). It really is the story of the Beauty and the "Beast"!

    Actually, I bought two rabbits, a female and a male, and didn't want any other pets, but someone asked me to adopt a Guinea pig male, because it was bitten by his five buddies. I didn't hesitate for long. This poor Guinea pig was totally dazed and only had left his wooden house to eat and drink something. When a rabbit stood in his way he just ran it over, so: social skills = zero. If he would not get a pal, he would grow lonely completely, because he also had no interest in interacting with me. Other males were the last reason why he was given away, so he needed a female.

    After a quite long waiting period he got his female buddy. That is how Flöckchen came to be my Guinea pig! I'm not exactly sure how old she is, but she's definitely young (300 grams). The first time he saw her he only had eyes for her. Although he's neutered, he was flirting with her every second of a day, but she doesn't like his manners; he steals her salad or runs her over (and he is twice her size!). But she does not put up with anything. If he treats her badly, she reacts nastily and goes to the other end of the room, but if he's friendly, she is, too.

    Flöckchen is incredibly incorruptible and knows how to put her buddy in his place. She's smart, she knows where to hide. She is not scared, if I take her on my hand she immediately climbs up me and sits down by my neck, to have a better view. In spite of her "fighting weight" of 300 grams this cutie knows what she wants.

    And don't misunderstand me: I'm happy with these both Guinea pigs; I enjoy watching them while they are marching through the room and I enjoy listening to their talks! I never thought that Guinea pigs could have so much character. We are all happier now that Flöckchen is here, so we thought she should be honored!

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