Watercolour painting of a guinea pig from a photo with a description and information about this loveable pet
Send me a photo of your Guinea Pig or other pet and I will paint its portrait on a canvas, which is ready to
hang straight onto your wall, for only £50.
I can deliver the Guinea Pig paintings to areas near Aberdeen, Scotland, otherwise they are sent by recorded
delivery in protective packaging and wrapping, which is included in the price.
I need at least two photographs sent to the address below.
The canvas size is 20cm x 20cm.
The guinea pig painting above is to the left and the photograph is to the right.
Please send the photograph(s), which will be returned, with a cheque for £30 made payable to Karla
Buswell, and your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address to:
PO Box 18620
Alternatively I can now accept payment for a painting through PayPal and Credit Cards by clicking on the buy now button below:
Prices include UK postage and packing and all paintings are sent in special
Information About Guinea Pigs
Their Latin name is Cavia porcellus and they belong to the family of family Caviidae and the
genus Cavia with the classified order Rodentia. There are nine species.
They are burrowing rodent animals found in the wild in South
America. They are eaten in South America where they are found roaming the deserts, plains, woodlands, rocky areas and
grasslands. They are kept as pets in Western world countries such as the UK.
They make great pets and are especially suitable as pets for children. They were taken to Europe by Dutch
and English traders and quickly became exotic pets, though now they would be called common pets, such is their
popularity. They love being stroked and gently
brushed and tolerate handling. They are known for their high pitched squeals and squeaking - it is thought
that this is why they are known as pigs. They also make
contented purring when happy, this is known as tribbling.
They can live up to 8 years, though most live for about 3 to 5 years.
They are short dumpy looking animals with little legs, short ears, beautiful hairy coats and cute faces.
They have no tails. There are several types which include short haired, long haired, curly and
straight haired. The average guinea pig is about 28cm in length and weighs about 900 grammes. Their teeth are noted
for being long, especially the top front teeth. These continue to grow throughout their life and are kept in check
by their constant gnawing. They have four toes on their front feet and three on the back feet.
They love to eat grass, certain herbs and other plant and vegetable material. A female is called a sow,
a male is called a boar and babies are called pups.
Pups are born with teeth, claws, fur and their full vision and instantly mobile. This is because of their
long gestation period which can be as long as 70 days. They will suckle their mother for a few days and then move
straight onto solid food. It is common for litters to have from 2 to 4 pups and the mums usually clean up all trace
of blood and afterbirth. So much so that it is common for owners to return to a cage to find little pups running around
and no evidence of a birth having taken place.
Two common misconceptions come from their names - they are neither pigs nor come from the Republic of Guinea.
It is thought that traders who brought them to Europe came via Guinea and their name came this way.
Some tribes in South America consider them to be collectors of evil spirits and will use them during
The Swiss naturalist Konrad Gesner described the first one in 1554.
The longest living was 15 years old.
They are crepuscular animals and are much more active from dawn and dusk.
Popcorning is the name of the action when an excited one will jump in the air. They usually precede this with
their customary wheek noise.
I helped with the artwork for the cover of my husband’s book which tells the story of The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital which reveals her origins in the QAIMNS and where she meets a QA veteran of Afghanistan. She still walks her wards and tells her story by taking Scott Grey, a QARANC nurse, to the battlefields of World War One and beyond. This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by CG Buswell. Read the first chapter for free.
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