I looked over the Horses and decided that I would take a chance on Titletown Five (Five is my favorite number, after all), a bit on Orb to show (he did made it clear after the Kentucky Derby that he was not going to win the next one), and I looked for a third horse, browsing through all the names.
The only other to stand out was Oxbow. I remembered that I had always bought Oxbow hay for my guinea pigs, so why not give him a shot? So, I made a wager. 15-1, Oxbow was a long shot.
Wouldn't you know, that guinea pig picked horse won the race, AGAIN! Thank you, sweet little, Pi!
We will see what happens at the Belmont Stakes!
My Guinea Pig Made Me Gamble
In 2007 I adopted a guinea pig that looked just like a horse. He had a big blaze on his nose and a star on his forehead. I named him Pi after the horse in National Velvet.
After a few weeks of living with me he declared that he used to be a horse but he didn’t like standing around alone in a pasture all the time. He chose a guinea pig body because he really liked hay. He was still working on the size difference and thanked me for taking care and listening to him.
Just before the 2008 Kentucky Derby Pi made another declaration. "Big Brown is going to win but watch out for the filly". I decided that I would find out how I could place a bet and then proceeded to go completely unconscious and forgot completely.
The next day I found out that Big Brown did win and that the filly (which rarely run) tragically died after breaking 2 ankles; euthanized on the track. WOW!
I asked him how he knew this stuff and he told me he knew Big Brown from other horse lives. It was then that I began to see the connection of horses and guinea pigs.
My, experience up till then, has been very much on the guinea pig side but the following summer I went out to a few stables and began to see so many of these horses that had been guinea pigs and vice-versa. I was amazed at the size difference but there is a great similarity in how they live and what they eat and their social behavior.
In the years since I have always checked in with the Kentucky Derby, sometimes picking the winner but not placing a bet. Finally, last year when I took the plunge to bet I had no sense of who was even running!
But this year, while waiting for a table at one of my favorite restaurants w/*, I found a list of the horses and gave a short glance. Orb was my favorite and of course Golden Soul! This time I took the challenge and placed my bet. There was a lot of energy on that. Odds, trustworthy places to bet, is this legal?
I tuned in for the race and there it all happened! From behind, Orb took the whole show and amazingly Golden Soul came in 2nd!
Pi passed away 4 years ago and when he died I saw him as an amazing horse bounding away. I am so pleased that he turned me onto this amazing communication with horses.
I dedicate my winnings to my sweet, beautiful guinea pig, Velvet Brown Pi.