My biggest hassle with Greek customs (which I obviously sorted out before hand) was repeatedly being asked 'what's a guinea pig?' I still don't think it's what they were expecting when they turned up - I think they thought they were royalty when they arrived first class!!
My husband grumbled all the way about having less leg room than the critters ;)
They did have both food (the carriers had bowls screwed into the floor) and water the whole way. Every time I checked on them they were scoffing!!
I run a guinea pig rescue in Canada. I am the co-director with my wife.
My wife is at a pet store today showcasing the pigs we have available. She does this often. She just sent me a text message asking me if I remembered a particular pig we adopted-out about six or so months ago.
The short version of the story is that the pig was again in front of her. The owner didn't bring him back. Somebody completely unknown to us found it in a box on the side of the road. We're in Canada. The temperature last night was below freezing.
Based on the location that the pig was discovered, and our photographs of the pig, we are ONE HUNDRED PERCENT SURE this is the same pig.
But because the pig is not chipped, the SPCA won't do a damn thing.
I would love NOTHING MORE than to spend my Saturday on the former adopters' doorstep with empirical proof of animal abandonment with two SPCA officers behind me. But I can't. Because the pig isn't chipped.
Trust me. I get the viewpoints of all the people who have posted. *I* don't want to chip pigs either. But right now there is nothing I would like more than to go back in time and get that pig chipped before we adopted him out. He didn't deserve to be left on the side of the road in a shoebox. He's lucky to be alive.
I get it. You don't see the point when your pigs are in confined in your homes. I get it. But it doesn't mean it's wrong.