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Cavy Champions: Victors’ photos from the 2014 Specialty shows

12 Sep

This is perhaps a little behind the curve, but I figure it’s always better late than never. The following gallery includes 22 photos of some of the best show cavies in the nation — the Best of Breed animals from the 2014 ACBA Specialty shows in Monroe, Washington. You can think of Specialty as a sort of national championship for guinea pigs. Although it is smaller than the ARBA National show — the official national championship for both guinea pigs and rabbits — Specialty is the largest single event dedicated exclusively to cavies. The 2015 Specialty will take place in Berea, Ohio on April 10-12.

All photos included in the gallery below are credited to the Journal of the American Cavy Breeders Association. The gallery includes photos from both the open show and the youth show, but you might notice that there are only 22 photographs, where there should be a total of 26. Unfortunately, we’re missing a couple of photos. We did have all 13 breeds represented in the open show, and all breeds but the Peruvian satin were represented in the youth show. However, for the open show, the Best of Breed silkie and teddy satin are not pictured; for the youth show, the Best of Breed silkie satin and white crested are not pictured.


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We’re back — here’s what we missed, and why we missed it

27 Jun

I am sure by now that most everyone has noticed my year long-absence. Allow myself to explain.

I announced at the end of last summer that I was moving and changing jobs. Which is exactly what I did. It wasn’t a particularly egregious move — I remain in Northern Utah and simply moved slightly west, to the next valley over. It took some time, but obviously not the entire year. Likewise, it took time to adjust to the new job, but not an entire year. So why the long absence?

The short answer is that life happened in relatively rapid succession. After my move, I spent several months working my first full-time, permanent job while simultaneously completing the last requirements for my BA online. So that got busy. Then I graduated, got engaged, and started planning a wedding in a matter of months. Wheekly sort of fell by the wayside during all of this.

However, I had several people come to me to ask about Wheekly at the last Specialty convention in Washington state, and this caused me to realize that the blog has not only found an audience, but that it provides valuable information about cavies that is not often available elsewhere on the internet. So I resolved to get going on the project again.

Speaking of Specialty (an annual guinea pig convention/massive cavy show hosted by the ACBA) — had I been on top of my game, I would have actively covered the convention through the duration of my trip, resulting in a flood of blog content. Unfortunately I was asleep at the switch, so I didn’t. I can, however, provide a list of the top-ranked animals for those who are interested:

In the open Specialty show under judges Steve Lussier and Jason Whitehurst, Best in Show went to a broken color Peruvian exhibited by Carol Anaya; Reserve in Show went to an American black exhibited by John Gray; and a while American Satin, also exhibited by John Gray, received an honorable mention.

In the Specialty youth show under judge Robert Spitzer, awards were as follows: Best in Show went to an American black exhibited by Chloe Geroux; Reserve in Show went to a broken color texel exhibited by Alyssa Welter, and a broken color teddy exhibited by Connor and Kyler Wolfe received an honorable mention.

Two additional, non-Specialty shows were held the following day. Best in Show in the first went to the broken color Peruvian exhibited by Carol Anaya, and best in show in the second went to the black American exhibited by John Gray.

As per long-standing ACBA tradition, the location and host club for the upcoming west coast specialty was also selected during the convention. The San Gabriel Cavy club put in the winning bid, and announced that the 2016 Specialty show will be held in Ventura, California. More details to come on that. In the meantime, the 2015 Specialty show, to be held in Berea, Ohio, is well into the planning stages.

I promise I will post more details on both shows in the weeks to come. However, readers should be aware that I plan to change Wheekly‘s publishing schedule to make the workload a little more manageable as I continue working full-time and planning a wedding. In the past, Wheekly posts went live every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Going forward, Wheekly will publish once a week, on Friday mornings. Of course, all readers are welcome to come and browse new and past posts any time they like. That’s the glory of the internet age.

I run the Wheekly Reader on my own, in my spare time, on an entirely volunteer basis. I am not paid, nor do I obtain any kind of revenue from running the site. The occasional random ad that shows up on this blog is a wonderful new feature WordPress has introduced to make money off blogs like the Wheekly Reader that cannot pay hosting fees. I may have to find a way to remedy that in the future, because my intention was to keep Wheekly ad-free. So please be aware that these ads are not my doing and are not supported or endorsed by the Wheekly Reader.

Also, I would like to put out a call for for crowd-sourced material, particularly photographs. If you have cute guinea pig pictures you would like to share with the world, please feel free to email them to me at I can’t promise that I will use every single photograph, but some, if not most, may be selected to be featured on the blog. Of course, I will always strive to give credit where credit is due. I’d also love to see photographs from cavy shows, and other cavy-related events. I’m also open to any questions, suggestions, or article ideas you’d like to send my way. These kinds of contributions need only take up a few minutes of your time, and they go a long way toward keeping the Wheekly Reader updated, relevant, and interesting to all members of the cavy community.