Delta Pet Partners is not only comprised of dogs. It also evaluates and registers cats, horses, pigs and several other species, including pocket pets and one such Guinea pig just passed his evaluation and will begin volunteering in Las Vegas.
Bailey is a three and a half year old Guinea pig who has already spent a year as a second grade class pet. He will now be able, through the Pet Partners program, to spread his love in a broader variety of environments. Bailey will visit hospitals and participate in education programs.
What does the Pet Partners Evaluator look for when testing a Guinea pig:
- Gurgling or murmuring sounds which signify contentment
- A relaxed body when held or in its basket or other container
- The animal may lay on its side or belly
- The eyes should look clear and alert
- The animal may extend its head and/or raise up to investigate
- The animal may stretch for relaxation and comfort
What behaviors are not positive and would cause the animal not to pass:
- The animal raises up with stiff legs
- The animal rattles, hisses or clacks teeth
- The animal shows teeth with mouth wide open
- The animal squeals or squeaks
- The animal lifts the head at right angles
- The animal draws in legs, presses against basket or container for protection
- The animal lies motionless, playing dead
And what are some of the signs of anxiety in a Guinea pig:
- Chattering or grinding teeth
- Whites of eyes show all around eye
- Frozen or huddling in place
- Excessive shedding
In addition to going through the paces of a specific skill set and handling, the pocket pet must meet a neutral dog, a Pet Partners registered animal, to see how the small animal reacts to other species in the room.
So Bailey and his handler are off to educate about small pets, the joy and responsibility of having a Guinea pig and reaching out to those in need of a very special visit.
Let’s welcome Emily and Bailey to the Love Dogs.