What would you do if you were in a dark cave and a creature half the size of your body with five sharp horns came after you? You’d fight, right? So why did it take me a year and four months to figure out why Princess Piggy Poo bites me when she’s in my pocket and I stick in my hand?
On the news there was a dog whisperer type of guy telling people to think like their dogs to correct behavioral problems. That’s when it dawned on me that I needed to think like my guinea pig. There’s really not much to think about; cavies aren’t the most complicated of the good Lord’s creatures. Fear is the motivation that causes Princess Piggy Poo’s undesirable biting. And I know my instinctual reactions to her nips are just as undesirable to Princess Piggy Poo.
Guinea pigs are communicative little creatures with all the squeaks and sounds they make—the least I can do is make an effort to understand Princess Piggy Poo. People say that guinea pigs are good pets for children to teach them responsibility; now Princess Piggy Poo is teaching me empathy. It took awhile, but I finally figured it out.