Top Guinea Pig Related Stories of 2011

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Melanie Typaldos and Stacy Winnick, both owners of capybaras, feed Garibaldi Caplin Rous in his backyard pool.

What was the top guinea pig story of the year? We asked many of you to help shape our list and these are some of the events that touched you in no particular order.

The Cozy Cavy Destroyed and Rebuilt
Marsha Weaver, creator of soft goods for guinea pigs and other small pets, lost her family home in Alabama to a tornado on April 27th. The family barely escaped with their lives and lost many of their small pets including guinea pigs and rats in the storm. The survivors picked up the pieces and moved on. Through Guinea Lynx and Sponsor a Guinea Pig, cavy lovers across the world sent gifts adding up to more than $6,000 in just 24 hours. The family rebuilt and the Weavers moved back into their new home just before Christmas to spend the holiday together. >> related

150+ Baldwin Park Guinea Pigs Find New Homes
A woman from El Monte, California dropped of more than 150 guinea pigs to The Baldwin Park Animal Shelter. Three Rescues came to their aid – Wee Companions Small Animal Adoption, Orange County Caven Haven, and Arizona’s Piggie Poo Rescue. The cavies had been kept outside and some had been attacked by raccoons. As many of the pigs recovered from illness and malnutrition, others gave birth to even more guinea pigs needing homes. Some of these cavies have found a new beginning while others are still looking for their forever homes. >> related

Guinea Lynx Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
The popular guinea pig forum turned 10 years old on December 16th, 2011. While we’re not aware of any events surrounding this anniversary, it’s a significant landmark in guinea pig online history. Guinea Lynx also moved to Facebook with a fan page in July. >> related

The Passing of A Giant Hamster
While not a guinea pig, the passing of Caplin Rous, The World’s Most Famous Capybara, impacted cavy lovers around the world. Caplin died in early January from liver failure although we may never know exactly what killed him. After his death, owner Melanie Typaldos began to gather resources to launch the Rous Foundation, an organization to support and investigate capybara healthcare. Melanie has since adopted Garibaldi Caplin Rous, a young capybara who needed a home after spending his early years living in an apartment. >> related

GEICO Guinea Pigs Row into Our Hearts
No doubt the biggest media pull for guinea pigs this year was three little cavies featured in a GEICO commercial. With repeated air time and an extended edition on YouTube, the guinea pig that generate power with a tiny row boat were a huge success for The Martin Agency of Richmond, VA. GEICO also released a game app called ‘Guinea Pig Getaway’ that allows adventurers to guide the wayward pigs to safety through obstacles on their way to the beach. >> related

Guinea Pigs Rocked BlogPaws 2011
BlogPaws, a social media conference for pet bloggers, was bookended with two natural disasters – a record breaking East Coast earthquake measuring 5.8 and centered roughly 40 miles south of the conference center occurred just before the conference began. Hurricane Irene roared into the East Coast on the final days of the conference leaving many attendees to leave early or bunker down for safety. Despite the setbacks, Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue managed to save two guinea pigs named Shake and Quake during the conference. Capybara owners, Melanie Typaldos and Stacy Winnick were also in attendance supporting the Rous Foundation. Conference attendees, also welcomed Papua Piig, the famous guinea pig, and supported the launch of Guinea Pig Today. >> related

Cavy Communities Continue to Grow
Guinea pig gatherings continue to be a success. This year, Boston held the first Cavy Cabaret organized by Tammy Raabe Rao of CavyMadness. The Pigstravaganza Pignic held by Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue in Maryland was a success despite the cold this year and a Quiet Festival in New Jersey supported area rescues. The Australian Cavy Sanctuary’s fifth annual Pignic in the Park rolled in just before the holidays and attendees were delighted with games and events throughout the day. From East to West, the UK to the Philippines, Pignic events are now being held around the world. >> related

Guinea Pig Today will continue to cover future events like these in the coming year and let guinea pig enthusiasts know what’s going on in the small pet world. We celebrate the cavy lovers interested in incorporating their pets’ needs into their lives and enjoy keeping them up to date on the latest national trends and activities. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our site these past few months and continue to do so in the coming year.

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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One Response to “Top Guinea Pig Related Stories of 2011”
  1. Cameron says:

    I think the #1 story of 2011 was the launch of Guinea Pig Today!

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