Melanie loves her furry friends

Melanie Barnes, of Cooran, with some of her beloved guinea pigs ... they don’t bite and they don’t smell.
Melanie Barnes, of Cooran, with some of her beloved guinea pigs ... they don’t bite and they don’t smell. Geoff Potter

SIZE doesn't matter when you're this cute.

Meet one of the biggest families of guinea pigs in Queensland.

Melanie Barnes owns more than 100 of them and has names for each one.

She has black ones, white ones, yellow ones, brown ones, grey ones and some with brown and black spots.

They have two things in common - they're all tiny and plump and Melanie loves them all equally.

Melanie, who lives at Cooran with her husband, is a proud breeder of the tiny pets, which are actually named cavies.

She has been competing in national guinea pig competitions for more than 20 years and has six different breeds at her home, most imported from purebred bloodlines in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

"They're quite an inoffensive little animal," Melanie said.

"They don't smell, they don't bite you ... they're a great family pet."

Melanie launched the Sunshine Coast Cavy (Guinea Pig) Club last weekend.

The inaugural show attracted more than 85 entrants in competitions ranging from the quickest eater to the heaviest guinea pig and the best-cared for pet.

"It was quite overwhelming; I couldn't believe how many people turned up," Melanie said.

"I would have been happy if half a dozen people turned up with their guinea pigs."

Instead there were about 100 people and plans are afoot for the next guinea pig show at a bigger venue.

Other guinea pig lovers can search for the Sunshine Coast Cavy Club on Facebook.

Topics:  animals, breeder, club, facebook, guinea pigs, pets




Local Real Estate

finda logo
Featured Real Estate
VENDOR WANTS THIS... OFFERS OVER...
House 3 1 10
What a Perfect Place to... $349,990...
House 3 2 2
A home fit for Tradies... $309,000...
House 3 1 2
SOLD BY ROB & GILLIAN... 215,000
Unit 2 1 1

Featured Jobs

finda logo

Ipswich jobs listed daily

Featured Jobs
FULL TIME WEB... Fortitude Valley Full Time 75,000 - 90,000
GENERAL MANAGER ... Gladstone Full Time $120 - $150
SHORT ORDER COOK Walloon Casual


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Free Seed Packets

with token from today's paper
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Property Listings

Post an ad from $30
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

View today's ePaper!

Read the digital edition
Learn More

Horoscopes

Virgo

Move beyond your typical tastes and explore what's possible in cuisine. Cooking will be high on your agenda right now. Someone may make an...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save