With a husband and daughter who are allergic to cats and with the craziness of having three kiddos in just about four years, we’ve put off getting a pet for obvious reasons (my sanity).
But our kids–I felt–needed some fuzz in their lives to teach them the responsibility of taking care of a living thing, to show them how fun pets can be, and to teach them how to act around other people’s pets.
- Guinea Pig Pets: We went to visit our county animal rescue on Tuesday, and on that day we submitted our application for our furry friends. On Wednesday, thanks to some really awesome websites about guinea pig care, cages, health, and everything else guinea, we set up and created our cage and purchased supplies. On Thursday we picked up our babies. Today, we went through the motions of feeding, cleaning, and playing with Golden and Guinea.
We decided that according to whose day it is, that person will be the one who helps get fresh water and food and who helps mom or dad clean the cage. That person will also be the first to hold and pet one, too.
Today, before rest time, I also created these rules with the help of Maddy, Owen, and Cora so that my little ones are reminded of appropriate ways of interacting with our precious G & G. And–hey–I’ll admit it, I’m always looking for ways of sneaking in a little bit of learning in our days, so this chart won’t hurt with our early literacy skills either, right? The rule, next to a picture of it (or something similar), helps emerging readers to decode unfamiliar words.
We even found a new life for our good ole Sensory Box that had been hanging out in our living room, sadly unused for the last few weeks. I think it’s much happier as a guinea pig hideaway. Or maybe not.
Tomorrow morning, we’re heading to the library to search for some good Guinea pig books. We only have a few Max and Mo books which feature hamsters as the main characters, which (I think) might be as close as we’ll get, but it’s worth a try. I see a new series in the making. . .
We’ll see how it goes. Our New for Us Fridays won’t get much more awesome than this, I fear. Maddy, Owen, and Cora are in heaven right now, and although I know the excitement will not last forever, it’s been fun for us today.
Welcome, Golden and Guinea, to the family!