Daisy, My New Guinea Pig From Petsmart!

23 August 2011
As many of you know, my beloved classroom pet, Molly, died after 9 long years with me.  She was an amazing guinea pig and I wrote a tribute to her on my blog (click here to read).  Somehow, J'Lyn at Petsmart read my blog post and contacted me with an incredible offer!  She sent me a $250 dollar gift card and set up a consultation in my local Petsmart to purchase a guinea pig.  Yesterday, I went to Petsmart with my mother and nephew, Dylan.  We picked out an adorable baby guinea pig and named her Daisy.  The manager at Petsmart and the staff were all so wonderful to us.  I cannot thank them enough, or Petsmart for their generosity.  Thank you, Petsmart for making a lot of students very happy.  I hope you enjoy the photos below.
 My nephew Dylan, Daisy, me, Kristin, and Nancy

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  1. Congrats Erica! I love the name you picked!

  2. I love this! How awesome for them to help you out so much.


  3. Woohoo! What a great thing for Petsmart to do!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  4. Awwww, that is amazing! She is adorable. I would love to have a class pet; are guinea pigs easy to raise?


  5. Daisy will have such a great life with you and the kids! = ) Congrats! Di

  6. Thanks everyone! Yes, guinea pigs are pretty hardy and are great class pets because they are up during the day and rarely bite. Right now Daisy is terrified of me, but she has not tried to bite me. With time she will get used to me and being in a classroom. Though, I won't bring her in until, I get the students all settled down.

  7. This is so cool!! This is my first year teaching so I am getting a fish, but eventually I want a pettable pet. so cute and wonderful of petsmart!
    Shana @ shananicoleteaches.blogspot.com

  8. Ooo, I love guinea pigs. Daisy is so pretty!

    Grade ONEderful

  9. Wow, that was so nice of Petsmart! I'm so happy for you (and your students). What a great pet :o)

    Mrs. Lopac Teaches...

  10. That is so awesome! I know Daisy is going to have a wonderful life with you!

  11. That is so cool! People are the best sometimes! :) I just got a gerbil from PetSmart yesterday and I looove her! Can't wait for her to meet my kiddos!

    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

  12. What a beautiful story with such a happy ending! Daisy is adorable - congrats!

    Ѽ Alessia
    Mrs. Albanese’s Kindergarten Class

  13. YAY! Daisy is super sweet. So happy that Petsmart was so kind to you.
    ☺ Tanya
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

  14. Hi Erica!! Your new class pet is sooo precious! Guess what?? PetSmart contacted me with the VERY SAME OFFER!! I got my new bearded dragon today. Check out my post about it at teacherbitsandbobs.blogspot.com.
    So glad you can have a new guinea pig for your class!
    Kerri B

  15. I have a guinea pig name patches that I rescued and I teach Kindergarten at a school in Detroit. I was wondering 1. How long you wait before you bring the guinea pig in? 2. How you teach the students about it? 3. How do you let the parents know that you will be bringing one in (in terms of allergies and all of that). My school gave me the go ahead as long as there are no allergies etc. Any advice you have would be great. I would love to incorporate my new family member into the classroom.

    1. I have them in the first day. I have a lot more info over at Critters in the Classroom if you want to check that blog out.

  16. Hi Erica,
    I've been the very proud owner of two female guinea pigs since last January. Their names are Daisy and Lilly and we love them dearly. I'm wondering where on earth you get the adorable costumes we've seen on Molly (Bless her little soul). My guinea pigs came into my life entirely because of you and Molly. I wanted to say "thank you" for that. You are truly an inspiring teacher!
    Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching

    1. Thanks Dianne! I made some of them, a class mom made the Wonderpet one, and the clown one is from EBay! My two piggies will not wear costumes!


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