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Piggebago Road Trip!
The Guinea Pigs-A-Go-Go Rescue Railroad Trip
Jackie, Becky, Sophie, and Oreo (faithful companion) set off across the country on Monday, August 5th. The album starts the Sunday evening, prior to the trip, with final preparations. They returned safe and sound Friday at 5:30pm on August 16th. An 11-day, 5700-mile trip! One pig was brought back from the mid-west to go to Vancouver, Canada. One pig got mixed up and didn't make his destination and so will be finding a great new home in the Bay Area after touring the States!

Date(s): August 4, 2002. 1 - 214 of 214 Total. 6065 Visits.
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The NIGHT BEFORE
Sunday, Aug 4th
Darkness is approaching, we are all very busy. Finally took a minute to grab a camera and get some candids.


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Seems peaceful
Looking down the back lot. The Animal Control vehicles are all in, the piggie barn at the end seems quiet.

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A look out the RV door
Just some local scenery. The bay breeze is what keeps us cool at PHS -- MOST of the time.

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A look in . . .
Becky is busy making arrangements in the RV. It's parked against the fence with difficult door access--in part to keep folks from poking in.

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Make preparations
Becky and Leah, busy prepping the RV for the tomorrows bon voyage!

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Leah
Leah checks out the cages

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Jim
Jim in the back, working on cages, the mess is up front!

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Jim
Hi from Jim, he noticed the flash!

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Bob and Jim
They took control of getting the cages travel ready!

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The inside scenery!
Pigs get settled in. The pigs were loaded and spent the night in the RV so we didn't have to deal with that in the morning. A number of squabbles had to be sorted out.

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A pigger peaks out!
Hey! Let me outa here!

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The cages
These cages were all custom outfitted with Coroplast. The entire Coroplast production line were some photos worth taking that we didn't have the time to get!

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More special cages
This is how the piggies traveled.

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Top deck
More piggies on top, too.

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Out the front
As parked in the back.

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Relaxing in situ
The pigs didn't take long to settle in.

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More pigs in cages

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Munching
A piggie munches fresh hay.

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Well hello!

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Side of a cage!

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Jim, is that you?!

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The Marchioro cages
Becky and Kara could not say "Marchioro," the name of these cages, to save themselves!  Becky had her name for them and Kara called them "Marachino' as in the cherries!

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Cages EVERYWHERE!

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Custom made "stack" cages
Making these was quite a feat.  Jim and Bob made a lot of them.  They are actually two wire cages integrated into one two story cage.  Pigs on the top and pigs on the bottom!  Won't cleaning these be fun?!

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Leah and a pigger

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Kara

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Becky, Leah and Kara
Oh, God!  We were trying to match this pig to it's picture.  Easier said than done!

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Loving a pig

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"Let me have a turn!"

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Too many mother hens!

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Application and photos.
A copy of the
entire "Adoptables Album" was cut up into individual pigs.  Then we stapled the pigs onto the applicant they were going to.  Actually worked quite well!  These lucky pigs were on their way to Rachel in WI.


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Organized chaos!

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Not so organized chaos!

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Becky and Kara's leg

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LOTS of Lixit water bottles!
At one point in the evening, Jim was using a Lixit water bottle for HIS water.  Funny thing is... none of us even gave it a second thought!

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Kara, Becky and Jim
We were all busy doing "something!"  Notice the push pin smile face on the cork board!

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"She's getting WHAT pigs!?

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Becky in the "bathroom" area
We even had cages built into the shower of the RV.

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Pink piggie ear

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An RV with a view

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Meanwhile, back at the barn...

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Custom made tub cages
Jim and Bob fashioned these tubs into temporary cages for the pigs on their way to Rover.

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The "medical" table
This is where all the pigs received their Ivermectin, Advantage and other medical treatment.

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Moving into Rover

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A bowl for every cage!
Bob made the official announcement that there was no more "crockery!"

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INCOMING!
All of the CareFresh was loaded under Rover.  Leah in the driver's seat, Becky ducking for cover.

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More cargo
We were all SO TIRED!

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There's a latch here somewhere

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"Do you think it will all fit?

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The SEND OFF! Monday, Aug 5th
At the Peninsula Humane Society

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Becky with Piggie

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Becky and Elly
Admiring the little guy

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Becky and Elly
Too cute to resist

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Becky, Teresa, Reporter, Elly
The reporter was from the SF Chronicle

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Telling some kind of story

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Evening Magazine
Out to film the story! AND they filmed their entire 1/2 hour segment from this location. It aired the next Tuesday evening.

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More Evening Magazine

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Filming Evening Magazine
Filming more of their story.

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Teresa and Scott

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Dynamic Duo?

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Scott intros the Cavy Spirit Team

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Ignorance is Bliss
Little did Jackie know what she was in for on the trip!

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Hey, we're ready to go!
Or so we thought!

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Into the wild blue yonder?

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Jackie on Center Stage

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Jackie chips in
. . . where Teresa leaves off. One way or another, we get the messages of adoption & guinea pigs across to whomever is listening!

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Whoohoo!

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We didn't pay them, really!

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Our fans!
Kind of?

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Awwww
The Animal Camp kids at PHS this summer really chipped in to help send us on our way!

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Does it get any better than that?

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Wait for me!

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Rover--ready and waiting
Or waiting anyway!

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Rover
Those cat eyes! Too bad we couldn't repaint them.

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On the road!

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Pulling in to Salt Lake City
Tuesday, August 6th
At the SLC Humane Society


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Tiffini & Sunny
Our SLC adopters

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Tiffini & Becky
Tiffini and her new pigger with Becky.

This photo made the Salt Lake City paper as photo of the day!


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Off the RV at last!

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The unveiling of their new babies!

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Becky
In a good mood as always! Happy at the first stop.

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On board in SLC
According to Sunny, 'Cages were stacked in every nook and cranny. Very Impressive!'

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More cages
I believe the two in foreground are sitting a top the loo!

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On board
Smiling! Not driving!

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Photo shoot
That is the San Jose Mercury News photographer.

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Tiffini posing a pigger

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Is Jackie primping for the press?
Jackie gives one of her insightful interviews in SLC.

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SLC Media
LOTS of media were waiting for us in SLC thanks to Sunny.

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SJ Mercury News Photographer
The photographer for the San Jose Mercury News takes Tiffini's picture.

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The Reporter for the SJ Mercury News
Sunny gives an interview to Tracy from the San Jose Mercury News.  Sunny was an articulate spokesperson for the plight of these and other rescued gps.

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Sunny and Shawn
Sunny and her stepson Shawn hold their new boys while giving a TV interview to a SLC station.

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Sunny and Sophie
Sunny and Sophie finally get a chance to pose for Becky!

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Piggie Stars
The piggers were the real stars in SLC and everywhere we went.

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Tiffini and her new girl!
Tiffini is the BEST mom for her new SLC girl!

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Sophie posing a pigger

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Sophie in a quiet pig moment

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Rover adjustments

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The Mirror Problem!
Somewhere in Nebraska, the ladies lost the rear view mirrors in extremely high winds. The replacements were held together with bungie cords!

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Jay joins in North Platte, NE
Jay was flown out to North Platte at the last minute to help with the very stressful driving of the RV. He joined the ladies and did the bulk of the driving for the rest of the trip!

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Jay and Rita
Rita rides shotgun with Jay!

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Rover arrives in OMAHA, Nebraska
Friday morning, August 9th
Jenny (Nurgle online) meets the Crew in Omaha.

High winds and problems in Nebraska caused a delay, but they started making up time.


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Jenny says HI!
Jenny (AKA Nurgle) was a welcomed sight in Omaha, NE.  They wanted her T-shirt!

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Jenny and her crew

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Another shot of Jenny's Crew

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Becky on Board in NE

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Jackie and Becky and
a new crew member?

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Jay looks on
He's just glad he's not driving!

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Oreo owns the floor

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Jenny's crew on board

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Main cage section in front

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Back cages left

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Back cages right

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Sophie and company
You can't touch this!

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On board
Jenny's darling kids enjoyed meeting the piggers.

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Jenny
Another great mom for these piggers!

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It only LOOKS like we're checking the sex

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Des Moines, Iowa with Julie
Friday afternoon, August 9th

Julie greets her new piggies!
This photo was in the Des Moines newspaper.


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Madison, WI
Saturday afternoon, August 10th

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Happy Campers

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Madison, WI

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Rachel from Baraboo!
Rachel in the unbearable heat of Madison.  Note the bags of produce brought by Rachel and other members of the public in WI.

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Madison, WI

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Madison, WI
Sophie says goodbye to one of her favorites. That was a tough one.

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NBC in Madison
The NBC crew at Madison

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Jay gets to visit home!
Jay and his mom in Madison (and Rita).

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A nice visit with Mom
Jay and Mom catch up.

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Jay at his lake
This is a lake Jay and his family visited when he grew up. Sorry Jay! Can't remember the name! Powell?

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Jay's Nostalgia Trip
They all enjoyed the Jay Nostalgia trip. They learned LOTS of interesting things about him!!

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Joliet, IL
Saturday evening, August 10th
Cavy Spirit meets Critter Corral!
Becky, Sophie, Jackie, Bob and Rose


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Becky, Sophie, Jackie, Bob and Rose
Critter Corral on board the Piggebago!

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Jackie, Rose,Debbie, Ginger, Sophie, Becky  and Oreo

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More piggies in their cages

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Picking Piggies
Becky searches for the 'right' pig!

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Aha!
Found you!

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Off you go, Darlin'
New Piggie Valley Girl

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Getting Packed up to go
A new life awaits!

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Loading them up
All ashore that's going ashore!

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Wait, there's more!

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Don't forget me!
New Piggie Cow!

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Leaving Becky's In-Laws
Leaving Becky's in-laws home in Joliet... That's Sue looking at the pics she took. I'm sad we didn't have time to take more photos there!

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Flying J Flying!
Flying J takes the helm across Indiana and Ohio.

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Oreo
Oreo catching a nap on the way to Toledo.

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Sunday, Aug 11, Hello Toledo!
Rover rolls into Toledo, OH.
These photos compliments of Jill (IAMPM).


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Jackie doing a pig demo!
Jackie giving an outstanding synopsis on guinea pigs and their care - with the assistance of one adorable, and vocal, prop!

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Erin's balancing act
Erin tries to "get a grip" on some wiggly pigs in Toledo.

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Pig passes Becky's inspection
Becky in Toledo, making certain this happy little pig is "road ready".

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Cavy consorting
Two of the Toledo, OH adopters keeping some great company. They are flanked by Jackie on the left and Becky on the right.

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More consorting

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It was a HOT day!
Pigger gets water. Slaves goe thirsty!

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Jackie holding court
With all of this press attention, I think Jackie needs to have some "people"!

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In her face!
Look at that smile!!

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LIVE!
Live on the 6 o'clock news.

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And Sophie, too!
Is that pig coming or going?

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Jackie Smiles On Board!
After Louisville, there actually was time to smile.

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Wonderful Winnebago Weather
Becky thinks this was on the way to Kansas City. This was such a downpour! Fortunately, Jay fixed the windshield wipers.

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Sophie checks the piggers
Sophie just could NOT keep her hands off of the piggers. Who could blame her!

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Cavy Command Central Calling!
This was a very familiar pose. Screaming into the phone while plugging one ear to hear. Hmmm...I wonder who's on the phone? Teresa maybe?

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Sophie and the Little Rascals
Sophie and the Little Rascals.  Again and again and again and...

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Sophie
Sophie was not pleased with Becky's attempts to capture her lovely self on camera!

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Sophie and the piggies
Sophie was so great about giving the piggers extra attention along the way.  Here, she says another goodbye to a Kansas piggy.

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Vicky and Piggie
Vicky from Kansas (of Kansas State Trooper fame) brought a couple of her large family.  Her daughter was wonderful and so thrilled with their new piggers. What a nice family this was!

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Becky's Favorite
This was one of the piggers who deboarded in Kansas. She was one of Becky's favorites!

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Vicky and little one
Vicky and her youngest. What a happy little one! They were very excited about their new family additions.

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Cow Pies
After Vicky left, it was time to get silly. They were in a nice, rural KOA camp with a lovely host. Out came the cow pies from Rachel.

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More cow pies
More cow pies. They were really delicious, by the way!

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Jay, drinking, but not driving
With just the Denver piggers on board, there finally was room in the frig for...BEER!! Here's Jay trying to decide between a MGD or cow pie.  I think he settled for both!

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Flying J
Flying J stretching his leg as we flew through Utah and Nevada.

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Cow Cookies
I don't think any of the rest of us got to sample these cow cookies from Wisconsin, courtesy of Rachel (AKA,Lady Veg).

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Anywhere, USA

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WELCOME HOME!
On Friday, August 16, 5:30 pm, after 11 days of being on the road with 101 guinea pigs, the Great Cavy Crusaders return! Safe and sound, at home at last. Although you can see Jay's handiwork--the strapped on mirrors since Nebraska.

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Welcome home Jackie

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Welcome home Becky

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Welcome home all
Jackie, Sophie, Becky, and Jay

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Can't believe they're back!

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Jackie and Becky

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Sophie and Poppy

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Pig retrieval

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A pig pleaser for the crowd

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Yes, we have one left

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Too cute

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Whoops
And one little piggie comes home!

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Poppy
On to Pinta

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Jay steps down
The great guinea pig savior alights from the cavy caravan.

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Scott says, give me a hug!

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Lots of Hugging!

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Can't believe they are home!

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Looking on . . .
Next to Bob on the left is the San Jose Mercury News reporter/columnist, Linda Goldston

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Jay, come on down!

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Jim observes, with Oreo

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The welcome committee

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Jay, Bob, and Jackie

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Crusader Court

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The Cavy Crusaders hold court

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Telling stories

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And more stories

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Oreo perks up

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Sophie stories, too

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Oreo
Not phased.

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Will the real piggie
please stand up!

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Will the real piggie
please wiggle your butt!

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Welcome Home
Practically Piggyless
Cavy Crusaders


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Side View
By Creative Cakes in San Mateo.

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Yum Yum

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The audience

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with Cameras

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Nice sign

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Informal fun

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What do you mean?
Pinta gets this pig? No way!

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Well, okay . . .

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Ann and Jay and Angel

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Ann and Jay and Angel

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Jackie with Sophie
and piggers -- real and otherwise

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Poppy

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Stowaway

 
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