The Success of Boston’s Cavy Cabaret

Oliver TwistImage courtesy of Rubicat

Guests were given piggy portraits by Rubicat Design and Photography for the price of a donation to Nevins Farm MSPCA.

On Saturday, December 10th, guinea pig enthusiasts in the Boston area were treated to the first Cavy Cabaret. This indoor pignic style event was organized by Tammy Raabe Rao of CavyMadness fame.

Rao tells Guinea Pig Today, “This is new territory for CavyMadness; while Pignics take a little planning, they are a bit of a different animal than an educational event. This inaugural event was more or less an indoor Pignic, but I hope to expand it to more of a guinea pig open house.”

Sweet Meadow Farm products were for sale including their new hay “houses” made of cardboard with side openings for use as a disposable hidey house and chewable toy. Fresh bags of food from the local family farm were also for sale as were fruit and vegetable treats and chew sticks.

Guinea Pig Today was represented with an open table which also displayed materials from Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue. Both are local to the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC area.

Guests were given piggy portraits by Rubicat Design and Photography for the price of a donation to Nevins Farm MSPCA. Decoy of Papua Piig & Friends was visiting the event and made an appearance in some of the photos. You can view the complete photo album on Flickr.

Ulrich Thomann of Nevins Farm was also on hand to give advice on guinea pig care and to assist guests with any cavy related questions. “We have such a great mix of people in the CavyMadness community! It’s wonderful to see people sharing knowledge and stories,” Rao said.

The event was held at The Pet Cabaret, a local Roslindale independently owned holistic pet supply store with a spaced called The Side Show used for dog training and special events. The staff was very friendly and welcoming to the guinea pig enthusiasts assisting with both setting up and breaking down the event.

Twenty guinea pigs in open playpens mingled with their humans while owners discussed the care and behavior of their beloved pets. Some of those in attendance had previously attended the Boston Pignic. This event was a welcomed surprise to the community after the September Pignic had been cancelled due to bad weather. Rao explains, “I love that people came from Maine and Washington D.C. for this event. The Moriarty herd came all the way from Portland, and Guinea Pig Today gained some new fans.”

CavyMadness was represented as well with a table of t-shirts, bags, cards and calendars. Everything guinea pig fans would come to expect of “the Madness.” Rao has more ideas for future events and we’re looking forward to a springtime version of the Cavy Cabaret. “My goal with Cavy Cabaret is to expand upon the offerings of CavyMadness; I’d ideally like to develop an educational component that could be turned into an on-demand podcast,” Rao explains. “For now, though, I’d be happy with a twice-annual event at Pet Cabaret that has adoptable pigs and fundraising opportunities for Nevins Farm MSPCA.”

For more information on future events, connect with CavyMadness on Facebook.


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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. Stephanie says:

    hopefully the spring event will see me more healthy so I can attend! It sounds like it was a smashing success!

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