Tamra Judge is the queen of reinvention. She has gone from real estate agent to gym owner, grandma to bodybuilder. The same woman that tried to get Gretchen Rossi “naked wasted”has seamlessly transitioned to an enthusiastic participant in Lydia McLaughlin’s Bible study group. So the newest side of Tamra we just saw should be no surprise—and yet it is.
Tamra shocked us all on a recent episode of The Real Housewives of Orange Countywhen she super casually mentioned she was just hanging out with Charlie. Shannon Beador, who Tamra was speaking to on the phone with at the time, asked the question we were all thinking: “Who’s Charlie?” Tamra quickly explained she was enjoying her weekly guinea pig play date. We’re sorry, Tam, you’re going to need to back it up and tell us more.
Apparently, Tamra’s newest role is doting guinea pig grandma. While daughter Sophia is away at ex-husband Simon Barney’s for the weekend, Tamra takes some time to connect with Sophia’s pet—this allows her to enjoy some g. pig cuteness while also taking a moment to feel close to her daughter despite missing her. And because it wouldn’t be a Real Housewives pet without it pooping on the floor, Charlie did just that—and fearless Tamra just scooped it up with her bare hands. That’s what you call love, right there.
The Barney-Judge’s family guinea pig love doesn’t end there; they’ve even made Charlie her own instagram account. The account, which kiiiiinnndd of made us wish that we were a Real Guinea Pig of the OC, details Charlie’s daily life and it’s pretty sweet: She hangs out on fitness equipment, chills with new sister Mocha (who joined the fam too late to get airtime), and noshes on guinea pig-specific treats such as “piggy pops” to “big pig salads.” This family knows how to take care of a guinea pig in style! Of all of Tamra’s multifaceted sides, we think “guinea pig enthusiast” may be her best look yet!