Guinea Who?

Who are you?

This little guy came to live at our house on Monday. He doesn’t have a name yet. Melly’s been calling him Piig, but I don’t think that is a good name. So we’re going to have a contest with prizes and everything to name my little co-pet. In case you don’t know what he is, he is a guinea pig, a close relative of capybaras.


Here is the Piig with Decoy Piig. Decoy isn’t real but he is the color of a real guinea pig. Papua Piig, whose owner runs the great Guinea Pig Today site,  is just the same color as Decoy (that’s actually how Decoy got his name). Anyway, you can see that gpigs come in a lot more color varieties than capybaras do. I don’t even know how to describe Piig’s color.

What's in there?

Melly has Piig locked up in this little area between the kitchen and the dining room. He hides in a pigloo so I can’t see him, but I am very curious.

Meeting the Piig

Finally she brought him out so I could meet him. She put him up on the coffee table. Is that where piigs belong?

What is that thing?

At first I didn’t know what to make of the Piig. Was it going to eat my peanuts? Okay, those are ones I spilled on the floor and I am not going to eat them myself, but that doesn’t mean someone else can just waltz over and take them. (I’m not sure gpigs can waltz since their legs are so short, but you know what I mean.)

Those are mine, even if I don't want them

Luckily, Piig does not seem to like peanuts. Or maybe he was too afraid to eat. I’ll have to keep an eye on him for a little while yet before I can completely trust him.

Piig on a blanket

Melly put him in my bed so I could get a better look at him. I mostly sniff, I don’t do so much looking. He smells interesting, very interesting.

We have a runner!

Piig made a break for it! He’s a runner! Those who know me know that if someone is willing to run, I am willing to chase! He might be even more fun to chase than Maple WoMER, too early to tell. Melly stopped me right away. She said that is no way to welcome my new co-pet into our house. But I think she is wrong, I think it is the perfect way.

Now on to the names!

We are searching for a cute, clever, unique and appropriate name for little Piig. If you’ve got an idea, put it in a comment on this post. On Sunday I will open a poll so that everyone can vote on their favorite name. Normally I give more time than that to get your entries in but the little guy can’t go for too long without a name.

I’m going to start the name suggestions with three possibilities:

  1. October (because we got him in October)
  2. Goblin (because it’s almost Halloween)
  3. Saturn (’cause he has rings)

Okay, get those suggestions coming!

72 comments to Guinea Who?

  • Connie

    I like Saturn, or if you want to stay with the ring theme, how about Ringo? Can he play the drums? Others that come to mind for no particular reason: Fred, Jerry, Bob, Mike (my dad used to call my cat Mike even though his name was actually Dusty!).

  • Vickie

    His coloring reminds me of chocolate & graham crackers, which makes me think of one of my favorite campfire treats. So how about the name S’more. Besides guinea pigs are like s’mores you can never just have one.

  • James Piccirilli

    I pick Donatello.

  • I think chutney would be cute

  • Pam

    I kinda have preference for Marigold, gender not-with-standing. The Marigold is the flower of The Day of the Dead….and it’s that time of the year. And he looks like a marigold anyway……

  • Claire

    I think you should name him “Fresno”.

  • Isaac

    I have 3 names picked out. Here they are:
    1. Butterscotch
    2. Carmel
    3. Modesto

  • Aliza

    All I can say is that he (she?) looks almost exactly like my guinea pig, and her name is Munkey. I’m sure you wont like the name because it isnt clever or anything, but all I can think of when I look at the cute lil thing is “its my Munkey!!!!”

  • I just though of the name Selven.. I thought about Sylvester, then Selven just came to me.

  • Felicity

    I thought I posted earlier, but it doesn’t seem to have gone through.

    Anyway, the name that jumped to mind when I saw the photo was Bumblebee.

  • Josh James

    How about ‘Chino’?

  • Milana

    Holy expletives, that pig is ADORABLE and so photogenic!

    The only name that immediately popped into my head is Fabio. I have to throw this one in simply because his hair is beautiful and I think that if guinea pigs had romance novels he’d be on the cover.

  • Pica&Bibiana

    Hi Gari,

    We live with a lot of guinea pigs–they’re the best!
    We think your handsome piggie has an “electric voltage” look and a good name would be “Taser.”

  • Vicki Leigh

    My name suggestion is Caramel Latte aka Carl M’lattay

  • Steven Harris

    Mr. Rosewater or Eliot Rosewater

  • Joann Taylor

    I have been giiviing this some more thought…someone mentioned he looked like a S’more…so I thought “Graham” might be a good name. He could be Graham ROSS.

  • Danielle O'Sullivan

    What a beautifully colored guinea pig! Never seen one like that before. Gari, your expressions are priceless.

  • rosie

    I had a piggie named Timothy (called him Timmy sometimes)because he loved Timothy hay.

  • CapyLover

    How about Reese? He’s kind of chocolate and peanut butter colors and he likes peanuts!

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  • Fred Ross

    I like the name “Alabaster” because his fur seems to look vaguely like a black and white marble rock we have. By the way, on the last two photos in this post, the top of your head seems to show some gray or white hairs! Are you getting prematurely gray, Mudskipper? And how big you are getting. Are you 80 pounds yet?

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