I have had a number of different animals as pets. Bunnies, hamsters, cats, dogs, fish…well…a lot of different pets. But nothing has come as close to my heart, as our pet guinea pig. Not even the adorable, fluffy, long eared bunnies (all 11 of them!).
Our family has been going through a period of great challenge and change. I thought a friendly, furry pal may help my kiddos during this trying season. Boy, was that an understatement! Our pet guinea pig, Oreo, has been a lifesaver. He is sweet, social, gentle, friendly, and always there to listen. Whether my young kiddos want to read him a story or share with him their deepest, darkest secrets; he is there.
Over the past 8 months Oreo has been a part of our family, I have joked that he is our “therapy guinea pig.” I am no longer joking when I say that. Oreo is our therapy guinea pig. He is helping my kiddos and me cope during an extremely challenging time, he continues to help my son with autism socially and emotionally, and he listens and offers encouragement (with squeaks, squeals, and whistles) to my daughter with a speech impairment. I will continue to bring my kiddos to their therapy appointments and reading programs with therapy dogs, but I am a firm believer that guinea pigs can offer similiar support, comfort, and therapy that most (if not all) of us need. Pigs can fly.
Some of our top picks for children’s books about guinea pigs include:
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