The ‘G-Force’ Effect
Two things we like about Disney’s new movie, G-Force: The guinea pigs aren’t real (they’re computer-generated), and they totally kick butt.
But here’s something we don’t like: Kids who see the movie are no doubt going to beg Mom and Dad to buy them a guinea pig, pleading their case with the usual promises (“I’ll take out the trash and clean up my room.” “I’ll stop telling my brother he is adopted.” Etc.)
Since we all know these promises are as empty as a box of Teddy Grahams 30 seconds into a PETA volunteer work party: Parents, don’t fall for it. Guinea pigs are not, I repeat not suitable “starter pets” for kids. They are noisy, are messy, have sensitive digestive systems, and are extremely fragile—a fall from a couch can break a guinea pig’s back and paralyze him or her. They may be small, but guinea pigs require huge amounts of time, money, and care—including daily cage cleanings, regular nail trimming and grooming, annual veterinary exams, high-quality food, fresh fruits and vegetables, vitamin C to prevent scurvy, as well as daily exercise and attention.
So, Mom and Dad, repeat after me: “What happens in a Disney movie stays in a Disney movie.” You wouldn’t bring Hannah Montana home, so please don’t bring Suarez, Darwin, and Blaster home either.
Written by Alisa Mullins
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