Meet Bingo. As in, Bingo the Guinea Pig. Although my boys would correct you and say, that’s Achilles. When my daughter decided she wanted guinea pigs, my eldest son declared, on the condition that he gets to name one. Well, she never agreed to this, but my son still says the pig is named Achilles. The other guinea pig is called Racer, because he races about whenever we let him out of his cage. No one disagrees about his name.
My daughter claims when we go to shul (synagogue) on Shabbat, the pigs go to a “guinea pig shul.” This led to some theorizing about what goes on in the guinea pigs’ spiritual lives. While we are celebrating Passover and the going out of Egypt, they must be telling the tale of Yitzeeyat PETCO, the going out of PETCO, the store in which we bought them. While we eat dairy on Shavuot because the Jews at Sinai had not yet learn the laws of meat and dairy, the guinea pigs refrain from eating fruit and only eat vegetables on Shavuot. In general, we suppose they don’t mix fruit and vegetables – thou shalt not mix a strawberry with Timothy Hay.
Mrs. S. told me the Hebrew term for guinea pigs is
tsarhanim ( shriekers?) sharkanim (chirpers?). Do you know how to say guinea pig in any other languages? If you like critters, Mrs. S. has a skink this week.