Mildred is the matriarch of an outlaw band of wild guinea pigs. She is clever, intelligent and a fierce fighter. She has gone up against wild dogs, raccoons and more than one possum and she has the scars to prove it. Mildred lives by two rules, “Look and act tough and never let anyone see you quiver.” She is brave and fearless because she holds the picture of her grandmother, who was captured and forced to run in a wheel, in her mind. She will do anything to keep her family free.
Not many beings would believe that a an unarmed guinea pig could take on a wild dog but that’s just what Mildred did. The dog was hungry and the baby guinea pigs were out playing. Mildred rushed the dog and started biting his ankles. She rolled, tumbled and bit faster than he could step on her. The dog finally gave up and limped away. Mildred watched him go and squeaked loudly, warning him not to return. The other guinea pigs rushed to her side but she shooed them away saying that she was fine and to keep watch over the wee guinea pigs.
See, it doesn’t always matter how small you are. It’s all about how much you want to stay free. It’s all about hating the wheel and never wanting those you love to be captured and put into cages. Mildred doesn’t understand why humans build their own cages, walk in, close the door, get on the wheel and then call it life. Mildred knows what freedom is. She knows what the wheel means and she’ll fight to the death before she pretends that that’s what life is all about.