The pignic was great. Ton of food
and quite a few people this year. It was nice to see new faces
and meet people I've only talked to through emails. Most
people brought their guinea pigs. I loved seeing how proud
folks are of their pets. What really impressed me was the amount
of husbands that came along - and actually seemed to be enjoying
themselves. Heck, some of the guys did more bragging about their
pigs than the wives did!
There were 2 big pens set up with lots
of igloos and hay mounds (boys and girls, of course). The pigs
LOVED it. Always surprises me how little fighting there is when
they put all these pigs together that don't know each other.
Plus add the excitement/stress of strangers petting them, kids
playing with them, pictures being taken, handfuls of treats,
The pigs just seemed to have a good time.
It was funny, the whole bunch would be active and then
napping at the same time. There were lots of interesting coats
and colors. Such beautiful, well cared for pigs.
I was so bummed. I remembered my camera,
but didn't have any film in it. Poop! Luckily other people took
lots of pictures and promised to share. Special thanks go to
Melinda Fierro Westberg and Paula Griffin for letting me use
some of their pictures for this article!
Mabel, who was
adopted from the JPGPR by Becky Hanson in April, 2001, loved
One of our local artists, Lea Martin,
had guinea pig T-shirts, buttons, decals, bumper stickers for
sale - with proceeds going to JPGPR, which ended up being a very
generous donation. I love Lea's work and did a bit of shopping
We lucked out on the weather. Thunderstorms
were forecast for the day. Clouds did get a bit threatening
looking, but it never rained. The park Lynn K. picked out was
great. Pretty and fairly private, the grass was perfect for the
guinea pigs. Lynn and Lea a terrific job of planning this pignic
and putting it together with help from Paula and Ally (anybody
else I missed?).
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