Pignics on the Park Socialize Guinea Pigs and Owners

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At the Boston Pignic, cavy owners assist each other with grooming and nail trimming.

On the Wellesley Town Hall lawn in Wellesley, Massachusetts, guinea pigs are gathering in the spring and fall. Tammy Rao calls these Pignics and they’re aimed at guinea pig owners who want to socialize. The original New England Pignic ran from 1996 to 2003 in Westfield, Massachusetts to accommodate those coming from as far away as New York and Vermont.

The trend started in Massachusetts and has caught on across the US. Tammy also maintains CavyMadness, a website aimed at new and experienced guinea pig owners, which includes Pignic Central. Guinea Pig fans can join a nearby Pignic or start one of their own. There’s three easy steps to getting started: park, permit, and pigs. The Pignic Central page explains, “It only requires a little bit of work at the start. You must find a gathering place that is easily accessible to everyone, is not frequented by dogs, and is free of chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers.” Some parks require a permit which can be obtained through the park’s governing authority. Then it’s time to call in the guinea pigs.

It’s recommended that each Pignic have guinea pig experts on hand to serve as Pig Patrol. For this reason, many rescues have decided to sponsor Pignics to connect with other guinea pig owners in the area. They will ensure everything runs smoothly from checking-in pigs and making sure they’re free of mites and illness to policing pig fanatics who try to bend the rules. Experienced pet owners will help newcomers with nail trimming and offer grooming tips.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their own pen, but community play areas are available to let healthy pigs socialize. Often pigs are sorted into groups of boars and sows with a time out pen for naughty piggies. But whether you’re a pig that enjoys sharing or not, plenty of wet fruits and vegetables will be on hand to keep everyone from withering in the sun.

The Boston Pignic will be Sunday, September 18 in Wellesley, Massachusetts and the Pigstravaganza Pignic will be Sunday, October 2, in Reisterstown, Maryland. Check the Pignic Central website for more information on Pignics in your area.


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Angela, Editor-in-Chief, GPT

Angela founded Guinea Pig Today and guest writes for CavyMadness. She volunteers with Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue and supports the ROUS Foundation. Her guinea pig, Papua, is the star of WHEK-TV/DT.

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  1. cavymadness says:

    Thank you for providing a very cool blog! And for the post-love. :) I look forward to reading more posts about modern pig-living!

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