‘Recently a family I have been speaking to took the plunge and added guinea pigs Ash and Puffy to their numbers. For those like me that don’t know, the names come from Pokemon characters. The family are busy learning about their first pets and I took the opportunity to find out how they are getting on. I’m told that guinea pigs were first domesticated in 5000bc and that infact they were favourite pets of Queen Elisabeth I . Guinea Pigs can live up to six years in the right environment and as with all pets are a responsibility from day one.