Sunshine and Guinea Pigs at the Ninth Annual Boston Spring Pignic

Ninth Annual Boston Spring PignicImage courtesy of Rubicat Design and Photography

Guinea pigs mingle at the Ninth Annual Boston Spring Pignic. Tammy says, "The treats that Liz brought were a hit!"

Last Sunday, June 10th, was the Ninth Annual Boston Spring Pignic in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The guinea pigs in attendance had a beautiful day on the Town Hall Lawn, also called “The Bowl.” Tammy Raabe Rao of Cavymadness, who organized the event, gave Guinea Pig Today the inside scoop on what was going on.

Tammy tells us, “We had quite a few new people at this Pignic, and it was great to see people who knew others online and were meeting in person for the first time. The sense of community is so strong! We had two visitors who traveled a long way to join us – from New York City and New Haven, Connecticut. And a few younger piggy enthusiasts who were eager to learn more about caring for their pigs.”

It seems even the weather was on their side. Since guinea pigs mingle on the lawn, having a dry, sunny day is necessary for everyone’s comfort. Tammy explains, “We really had the perfect day for a Pignic! It had been raining the previous week, but the weather was perfect.”

Guinea pigs were checked and sorted upon arrival at the Pignic. “We had the two large communal pens for girls and boys, and a few “outpost” pens for piggies who weren’t a good fit for the large pens. Sally, Elizabeth, and Margery, the central “Pig Patrol” helpers, checked all arriving piggies for any illnesses, and kept an eye on everyone to make sure that people and piggies were behaving and having fun.”

Unfortunately, Cavymadness’ adoption coordinator and guinea pig expert, Uli of Nevins Farm MSPCA, was unable to attend this event. Uli was staying behind at the shelter to attend to their many guinea pigs seeking new homes.

Lesley DeSantis, the artist behind “When Guinea Pigs Fly,” dropped in for a visit. She mentioned on her Facebook page, “Thank you all for making us feel welcome and letting sweet old little Max have such a wonderful experience mingling with the other boars. He had the BEST time.”

The Boston Pignic gets quite a draw from onlookers who happen to come across the many guinea pigs on the lawn. Tammy tells us, “As always, curious passers-by stopped to see our cute critters cavorting about on the lawn. It’s always wonderful to see the reactions, since guinea pigs come in so many varieties and have such affable personalities!”

Tammy hopes to write two more Pignic inspired articles, filled with wonderful guinea pig photos, in the coming weeks so watch for those on the Guinea Pig Today Facebook page.

The next Boston Pignic is scheduled for mid to late September, and will feature a couple surprises for those attending. Be sure to connect with the Pignic Central Facebook page for more details on this and other Pignic events in your area.

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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5 Responses to “Sunshine and Guinea Pigs at the Ninth Annual Boston Spring Pignic”
  1. Sally says:

    We had one person come to the pignic all the way from the Philippines.

  2. Jeff says:

    I noticed a few Kleenex boxes in the photo and wonder what the ‘low down’ is on them? After reading all the “do not”-s,
    I was afraid of providing anything to my little piggy. Is there another article where this item and other similar ones are
    discussed? I had hoped we would make it to this event but it just wasn’t in the stars.

    • Sally says:

      Most items now-a-days are printed with a soy-based ink, and won’t be poisonous if a guinea pig tastes-tests it. I brought the empty tissue boxes as light weight, disposable, hidey-houses for the pigs. They’re the ones that have a large opening in the top – large enough for a guinea pig to easily get in and out of the box. I just threw them out at the end of the pignic.

      Pigs at the pignic weren’t interested in taste testing them – I don’t know if any of them had scalloped edges – they were just peed and pooped in.

      I use them with my girls as temporary hay racks (they love to squeeze in them and eat the hay). I’ve let mine get rather chewed. I know some people are concerned about the glue used in these as well as the printing. I guess it depends on the owner and their comfort level using printed products. If anyone had objected tot them at the pignic, I would have removed them immediately.

      • Tammy says:

        I just want to add to Sally’s reply – the choice of tissue boxes with large openings is key. don’t ever consider using tissue boxes with plastic attached to them – that’s the biggest hazard.

      • jeff says:

        Ok. Thanks for replying. These are convenient and I do like the idea of how lightweight the Kleenex boxes are as opposed to some others. I thought there might be a higher consideration for them because of the human health association. Cola boxes and I admit to tracking down more “green” or natural shoeboxes but fear of rat/mouse urine kept me from giving them. I feel I could clean these boxes down and just have more piece of mind.

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