|One of the early pignics - guinea pigs outnumbered humans|
I had been frequenting Wellesley parks at the time and a friend of mine pointed out that dogs were discouraged from the town hall property because of the duck pond. The few dogs that did come to visit were normally leashed. A call to the town hall confirmed they did not treat the lawn. A commuter rail train stop was a block away. I found out a permit could secure the site. We picked a date, posted it on the forums and the Boston Pignic was born.
Our first pignic was August 31st, 2003 (and I don't have a single photo of that pignic). Sadly , Eclair was unable to come due a difficult spay. But her sister, Teddi, attended the inaugural event. There were several sows and one neurotic, frustrated boar named Eugene. He spent most of the pignic trying to chew through the bars to get to those girls. The sows largely ignored him. Poor Eugene. About a dozen people showed up, mostly adults and long-time guinea pig slaves. Many people knew each other from the guinea pig forums. We chatted about our pigs, watched them eat grass, took a group photo and decided this was a good thing. Tammy decreed we should hold the pignic twice a year. And we have (barring bad weather).
|Fall 2007 - before a group photo became unwieldy|
I am sure this pignic will continue to grow and change over the years as we adjust to our pignic-goers' needs. So huzzah to a decade of Boston pignics! May they continue for many more years.