NEW 2012 Guinea Pig Olympics Games, London, Calendar

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The new series of Guinea Pig Olympic images are sure to delight cavy enthusiasts the world over. Get your calendar at while supplies last.

Many of you have probably seen images relating to The Guinea Pig Olympics floating around the internet and social media. They’ve gone so far in cyberspace, it’s difficult to know exactly where they came from. Guinea Pig Today was inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games to tell their story and give proper credit to the artists who made this comical team of cavy athletes.

The original images were part of a series titled “The Guinea Pig Games” with artwork created by Maverick Arts Publishing. They were released as a calendar and greeting cards back in 2009. Steve at Maverick Arts tells Guinea Pig Today, “We had the pictures as a double page spread in the Daily Mail, they then published all round the world. We also had the pictures shown the night before the Olympic Games in China with Adrian Chiles hoping our sporting friends would help inspire the athletes!”

Cavy enthusiasts purchased a huge number of calendars and Maverick Arts won one of the prestigious Henries Awards, the ultimate honor in greeting card publishing in the UK.

The 2012 Olympic games in London brought new ideas to the original team and The Guinea Pig Games “Going for Gold” Calendar has just been released. Paul Cocken, an artist who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, brings the guinea pigs to life. The Maverick Shop explains, “Paul is probably the best retoucher and creator of these images working in the world! Our friendship is over many, many years and we all have a huge amount of fun creating the calendar range which has thousands of supporters around the world.”

Animal welfare advocates will be happy to hear the calendar models were inspired by real guinea pigs from a guinea pig rescue in the UK. Steve explains, “For the new calendar we have photographed six new guinea pigs from a guinea pig rescue centre in Crawley and the centre will be featured in the calendar.” With such lifelike models, it’s no wonder the athletes are rendered with such an edge of realism.

The games featured in the new calendar include rowing, hurdles, cycling, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, track, sailing, basketball, synchronized diving, javelin, equestrian, and relay.

If you want to get your hands on this new Olympic calendar, you better hurry. If sales of the 2009 edition are any hint, this new series is sure to move quickly. The Guinea Pig Games “Going for Gold” Calendar is £9.99 and can be found on The Maverick Shop at For more information on adopting guinea pigs from Palace Piggie Rescue located in Crawley, West Sussex, visit their website at

Images Copyright © 2009-2012 Maverick Arts Publishing Used with permission. Images are not to be reproduced, distributed or otherwise used without permission from Maverick Arts Publishing.

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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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5 Responses to “NEW 2012 Guinea Pig Olympics Games, London, Calendar”
  1. Lesley says:

    OH my goodness…this is too cute. I can’t handle it! I just watched and laughed myself silly and then got my husband over here and we both laughed ourselves silly. I went and bought the 2012 calendar just now and I can’t wait to get it! Thank you SO much for sharing this and getting the word out there. It’s so cute, and so nice to know that rescue piggies are getting featured! <3

  2. JB says:

    i know the London Olympics are just about to start, but it seems a little late in the year to sell a 2012 calendar …

    • Thanks for commenting, JB, so I can clarify. The images are the 2012 Olympic event in London, but the calendar covers the 2013 year. You could get some now and tuck them away for holiday gifts!

      • Angela,

        Hurt myself laughing at the calendar!

        I cover exotic pets in Atlanta for, so I wanted to contact Maverick to get images and photo credits, etc., so I can write the calendar up, too.

        Talk about frustration! I put in at least 10 infernal captcha codes just as they appeared, and all were rejected for being “invalid.” How did you reach Maverick? Could it be my browser that makes the codes fail? I used Firefox.

        Georgia Dzurica

  3. nermal pig says:

    piggin purfect !!!!!!!!!!

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