Guinea Pig lovers unite for pet show

Casino sisters Ellisha, Kayla and Tamika Patch with their favourite Guinea Pigs Snowflake, Rosy and Pebbles.
Casino sisters Ellisha, Kayla and Tamika Patch with their favourite Guinea Pigs Snowflake, Rosy and Pebbles. Ross Kendall

UP TO 25 family-friendly rodents were on display as part of the Guinea Pig Pet Show at Clunes Coronation Hall yesterday.

It was a chance for guinea pig lovers to get together with other like-minded people.

Show manager Glenys Forrester said it was not "a win-at-all-costs show".

The show was also about exchanging care advice, as well as trading "funny stories" about the well-loved family pets.

Ms Forrester is also the secretary of the Northern Rivers Cavy Society.

Cavy is the technical name for guinea pigs.

At least six families from Ballina to Casino made it to Clunes to see how their pets fared in 22 different judging categories, as well as the four awards for guinea pig handlers.

"It is really about education ... we want to help people to look after and handle their guinea pigs better," Ms Forrester said.

Lindsay Patch from Casino was at the show with his three daughters and their guinea pigs.

The animals made great pets because they didn't need much attention and didn't take up too much room, he said.

They were great companions for his daughters and he often found all six sitting together watching TV in the lounge room.

Shondel O'Connor, from Alstonville, has become besotted by guinea pigs and has close to 20 at home.

"I find them very relaxing and very calming," she said.



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