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We are now aboard the guinea pig express!!

Rylan (child No. 2) is 7 years old today.

Do you know what he wanted? A hamster. So I set out to research (which means I asked my Facebook friends) about their experiences with the little rodents. Most was negative and included memories of biting and disappearing acts and strong odors. Doesn’t sound like fun to me (the main person who will be handling and caring for the creatures).

When another Facebook pal of mine offered us some guinea pigs it seemed like the right fit. So we got them. Yesterday. And so far, so good. Rylan named the boys Harry and Bee (because one is hairy and one looks like a bee, ha. Don’t you love kids?).

Patrick Starr (resident feline) doesn’t seem to necessarily hate them but is very curious and stalked them the entire night. That led to lots of guinea pig running which led to lots and lots and lots of guinea pig bedding on the floor (sorry, forgot the picture). Pet owner remorse set in around 6 a.m. But the kids are still enthralled and I believe I’ve come up with a system to help with the mess (similar to a Christmas tree skirt so I can shake the mess outside easily).

This is only day two aboard the guinea pig express. The kids are in love. Patrick Starr and I are not so sure. Matt doesn’t care one way or the other.

I’m sure Bee and Harry will turn out to be characters like all the rest of us on Oehlschlager Farm and I’ll be sure to keep you abreast of all guinea-related developments!

Categories: Animals on the farm


My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

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