I had silkies!!!! Unfortuntaely my babies only lived about 6 months. We believe it was mold in the walls of our apartment . My son named them Sally and Kally. He was 5 and wanted them to rhyme...Woody Taylor said:So at one point in my childhood, my dad was up to about 130 guinea pigs...in our basement...(it was clean, promise)...Abyssinians, Dalmations, AmShorthairs, Teddies, Cresteds, Silkies (long hairs), Whites, blacks, tricolors...he would pull the old Datsun 510 into the driveway and every one of those pigs would light up with this high-pitched whistle (not unlike a real piglet). If you have heard it, it's quite distinctive...spread across 130 of those things it was like a room of power tools. They also growl and to this day I can walk by the open displays in Petsmart, etc. and this sound that will make them all stop and hackle up and chatter at me. :twisted: Sometimes it's the little things in life that make it more enjoyable.
Okay, I'm gonna try it. My guess is she will understand the "run to the food bowl" trick right off the bat.
It was actually kind of cute, he was an NC farm kid but in the military all his life so that was how he stayed involved with animals as we relocated. Dad was pretty knowledgeable about genetics and it was one big testing ground for him. He had a national champion tricolor show pig (still not kidding! :lol in the late 80s. I think silver Agoutis were about my favorite for some reason. Dals were interesting but you had to breed blacks to dals or you'd get dead babies. Recessive genes were really fascinating, I think that's why I get so caught up in GSD breeding stuff now. Had a genetics lab in the basement all my childhood. ;-)Stacia Porter said:130? What a humungous food bill you all had. Did he grow his own vegetables? I bet the farmer's market was thrilled to see him coming...
Pine and ceder shavings before aromatic softwoods went out of style. House smelled great. This was before they figured out all the respitory problems they caused animals...and my dad ...so he switched out to hardwood shavings. I guess that gray stuff is in vogue now, I always liked the smell of pine and ceder, I have to admit.Stacia Porter said:OH, and with so many what on earth did your dad use as bedding??????