pyza* By: pyza*

The Story of BALBINKA

Balbinka had a sad life.

She was some kids' pet at first. She lived with her sister. I guess she wasn't treated well. Because..

After some time, the kids got bored of Balbinka and her sister. So, the family gave them away to grandmother. Grandmother kept Balbinka and her sister together. She used to overfeed them. I imagine they had no exercise, I think they sat in the cage together all the time.

And then, grandmother got ill and went to hospital.

The family, instead of taking both piggies back home, wanted to get rid of them - so they took the piggies to the pet shop (the one where I get all my hamsters from). And left them there.

And that's where I saw Balbinka. She was sitting there so cute, sad and lonely.. because some kind person had bought her sister, without Balbinka.


I never had a guinea pig, and I never really planned getting one.

But when I saw Balbinka (I named her that, I didn't know her previous name) and when I learned her history, I just knew I had to adopt her.


Balbinka is 1.5 years old, still young. She's very gentle, placid and friendly. She *loves* sitting in my lap and being stroked :)

She doesn't like it when I put her on the floor. In the beginning, she was totally paralysed when I did it, and it seemed like she just didn't know how to walk.

So now it's like I'm teaching her how to walk.

Slowly she makes progress, but usually she runs back straight to her cage. I keep the doors to her cage open but she never even tried going out.


Guinea pigs are supposed to be noisy and squeak a lot, but Balbinka is extremely silent. She sometimes only kind of purrs when I stroke her.


She had a sad life.

ANd I don't know if she will ever be a normal, happy piggie, who gets excited when she sees me, who likes to explore, who squeaks a lot, who popcorns...


But I hope...


Any way, I already really love her :)

  • Sandys Sundries PRO 7y

    Of course she's wearing a hat & already learning to pose!
  • Yanna 7y

    A sad story with a happy ending now that she lives with you!
  • Lindsay 7y

    Beautifull story you are so awsome to take her in and give her a good life, and that little hat just cracks me up!
  • Jennifer M PRO 7y

    The fact that she purrs when you pet her is a good sign-she is new to your house, and will need some time to get to know you and her new surroundings. I bet she does just fine-she's lucky to finally have a good home!
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  • Michelle 7y

    She is so beautiful. Such a sad life, but she's happy now and have all the love and care she needs.
    Welcome Balbinka!!!
  • carlitos.saavedra 7y

    Que lindooooooo!!!!
  • Anne-Miek Bibbe 7y

    The strory is sad...YOU MADE ME SMILE  ;-)But I beleave in a happy ending!!!

    This photo is well deserved explored!
  • Irati von Feen 7y

    Jajaja it's so funny! :D
  • escrinando 7y

  • Keira Keira 7y

    soooo cute
  • Kristina P 7y

    you're so great for taking care of critters the way you do. So caring and loving! Balbinka is a beauty!
  • annia316 7y

    very kind of you to adopt her .. you should get her a piggy friend :) those guys are so poor all alone :(
  • Emma S. PRO 7y

    have you thought of getting her a friend? she might be missing her sister/is lonely for piggie company?

    anyway, i'm glad those people actually thought to give her away, rather than keep her caged up or "set her free". and she's lucky to have found someone so patient and kind to care for her :D she's a beautiful piggie!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Beth L. Alexander 7y

    How wonderful that you brought her home! She's adorable. She will eventually come out of her shell. I'm sure she misses her sister, they are very social animals. Since she isn't used to being out of her cage, it may help to start her off slowly by creating a small area for her to explore, gradually increasing it in size over time. They like places to hide when they are out, like upside down card board boxes with holes cut into the sides.
  • lizard_belly 7y

    She is beautiful, and so are her pictures. I know that she'll have a wonderful life with you. Guinea pigs are lovely pets.
  • Silke 7y

    Oh poor Balbinka. Such a sad story ... but luckily it came to a happy ending. You have found your new loving mommy and forever home. Despite your sorrowsome past you must have been born under a lucky star.
    Personally, I think people should undergo verifications before they should be allowed to have pets. They must know what they engage in. Animals are not toys or objects one can acquire (because they look so cute) and get rid of as one likes. Having pets requires love, dedication, knowledge about their needs and handling, sense of responsibilty and loyality. Having a pet is a lifelong commitment!
  • Avery 7y


    Im soooo excitged you got a guinea pig! Weve had guinea pigs forever! We dont right now, but we have had many. They are great pets that get very attached and are very commpassionate. I hope you have a wonderful time with the newest addition to your household and that this cute piggers knows how lucky she is! She really is sweet and I know youll love her a ton.

    Sorry I havent posted sooner. :\
  • Amelia 6y

    It's so lovely to know there's someone else out there who is potty about furry little rodents!
  • VMG 2015 PRO 6y

    Poor Balbinka! She has been through so much, but sounds like she is very lucky to have you! :)
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