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fight... Generally speaking they are quite
nice and adorable," says Tsui, a director at
BDO and an Institute member, about his six
long-haired guinea pigs.
Tsui owned guinea pigs as a primary
schoolboy, and his love for them was rekin-
dled when he stumbled upon a pet shop in
Singapore selling guinea pigs "more beauti-
ful" than the ones from his childhood. "In
Singapore they are more varied. I bought one
and my girlfriend -- wife now -- bought one
too. After that we bought another one then
another one," he says.
Tsui's current herd includes six-year-old
Star (the only remaining guinea pig brought
over from Singapore), four-year-old Fei Fei,
two-year-old Little Pea, two-year-old Ah Si,
one-year-old Cathy Chui and one-year-old
When it comes to pet care, Tsui and his
wife have a long to-do list. From clean-
ing, feeding the guinea pigs and changing
the bedding of three cages, to making sure
breeding activity is kept to a minimum, they
take it in turns to supervise.
Keeping a watchful eye on his pets is as
gripping for him as it is beneficial to the crea-
tures. "I like feeding them, I don't see it as a
chore or as time consuming," says Tsui who
feeds them every night after work. "When
you feed them you're actually playing with
them too. It's just amazing when you look
at them. The way they yawn is quite cute
because of their very small mouths. It's so
Tsui's knowledge of guinea pigs parallels
that of an expert's, but balancing his guinea-
pig hobby and work duties didn't always
come so easy. "After moving back to Hong
Kong, my wife used to work for an audit firm
and both of us had to work quite late. It was
quite difficult. There were days when we
can only feed them twice a day: early in the
morning and late at night."
That time commitment is now reaping
"It's just amazing
when you look at
them. The way they
yawn is quite cute
because of their
very small mouths.
It's so sweet."
priceless rewards. "They really make you feel
happy especially, say, if there are problems at
work," he says. "You go back, play with them
and it makes you feel more relaxed. They're
such calm animals."
Penny Leung's pets quite literally walked into
her life. On one rainy day in 1995, a pregnant
cat walked into Leung's house in Montreal
"They welcome me
at the front door
when I return home.
I like the sound they
make even when
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