MGPR PignicImage courtesy of Jesus Martinez Photography

Guests who braved the cold but decided to leave their guinea pigs home were still greeted by plenty of activities.

The Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue’s PIGSTRAVAGANZA! pignic just outside of Baltimore, MD last Sunday was a success despite the inclement weather. At one point, nearly 70 guests were to be found under the pavillion in Reisterstown Regional Park. The Boston Fall Pignic which was to be on the same day as the PIGSTRAVAGANZA! wasn’t so lucky this year. Their outdoor event was already delayed for two weeks due to the early cold this season. However, picnics across the country continue to gain popularity as cavy owners look for ways to connect with one another.

A boost from an appearance on local tv station, WBFF FOX 45, gave MGPR’s pignic event increased exposure. The four 2-3 minute segments as part of “Hometown Hotspot” aired throughout the five hour morning show featured interviews with some of the volunteers working with MGPR and showcased some of the guinea pigs currently available for adoption. Shake and Quake, two guinea pigs rescued during one of the largest earthquakes to hit the east coast and who survived their first few days with the rescue in a hotel during Hurricane Irene, greeted Meteorologist Emily Gracey in the days leading up to the event to promote guinea pig adoption awareness.

Guests who braved the cold but decided to leave their guinea pigs home were still greeted by hot dogs, hamburgers, plenty of snacks, guinea pig supplies, awards and prizes, and a kids table with guinea pig themed crafts and face painting. Photographer, Jesus Martinez, was available to take guinea pig portraits. The few guinea pigs who attended the event found plenty of warm blankets and welcomed hugs from visitors. A large box of OxBow Orchard Grass was on hand for sharing since cavies were unable to graze in the fresh grass due to wetness from an earlier rain. Profits and donations from this pignic event go to Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue and directly help the guinea pigs in need.


Celebrity guinea pig, Piglet, of Facebook's "You Know You Love Your Guinea Pig When ..." was looking stunning just off the red carpet.

As for celebrity guinea pigs, Piglet of Facebook’s “You Know You Love Your Guinea Pig When…” managed to make it out to the park with her owners. Piglet, also known as Little Pig, has a smile that can melt your heart. It’s impossible to get a bad photo of her. Papua & Phoenix of Papua Piig & Friends unfortunately had to cancel an appearance and photo shoot with visiting guinea pig fans. It’s certain Papua will appear at another adoption event before too long so stay tuned.

If you would like to be a part of a future pignic event or would like information on starting a pignic in your area, please visit Pignic Central to learn more.

If you have a great idea for an article about guinea pigs, please let us know. Guinea Pig Today is a network of guinea pig lovers and we’re always looking for the next great story. View our submissions page for more information on how to submit your idea.

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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