Hedgie had a fantastic day. After reading many blogs, articles and whatnots it was determined that Breighton should start by holding Hedgie on a towel or fleece cloth until he is a bit more comfy. Hedgie like this idea greatly and really opened up tonight.
Hedgie actually was SO calm he let us pet him very gently.
Hedgie has been a bit icky since his car throw up and pooping in his house while traveling. We decided tonight was a good night for a bath. Of course like any baby he made a little dropping on the sink. Don’t worry Grandma Jo and Grandpa Howie we washed the sink and sanitized well when we finsihed.
After hos quick rinse we dryed him the best we cold and he really perked up!
One happy kiddo with his hedgehog. B wanted to hold hold and hold some more. The clothes really helped him overcome his fear of the spines/quills. B collected about 10 spines/quills tonight to put into his Hedgie Quill Pottery he made at City Museum in Missouri. We will take a photo of that tomorrow.
Grandma Jo even held Hedgie.
Mommy tried to get Hedgie to peak and lay on his back. No luck with this yet. No nipping today. The closer to dark outside the less he seems to nip.
We boughg some remnant no pill fleece today. It makes a nicer liner than the towel we were using. We will have to make some for his mansion when we get back to Florida. Daddy is busy coordinating the new cage while we are out of town. Thanks Daddy!
Hedgie loves his house and his tube. He will need a bigger tube before long as he barely makes it through now. We need to weigh Hedgie soon too.
Learning a lot. Loving him greatly. Glad to see the boy (Breighton) smiling more instead or wincing in pain and fear.
Well, Hedgie safely made it to North Carolina. Only a tiny bit of car sickness. He was not a happy hedgie upon arrival and has taken to nipping and biting when being held. We left him alone to relax and not feel the motion of the car. Aftet a few hours of downtime and getting used to the different smells we did our late evening Hedgie holding. Hedgie nipped Breighton pretty hard but B was a super trooper and only cried after Mom took Hedgie for a minute.
things to google: hedgehog biting, hedgehog litter training, hedgehogs in space
Circus Act Hedgie
Hedgie exploring his tube
Sorry the photos arent great but they were taken through his current container.
We are proud to announce the newest addition to our home… Hedgie!
We are all really nervous to hold him.
He is starting to warm up a bit.
Breighton attempting his first hold on a towel. He is very shy and balls up and his pokies come out. They hurt a little.
Mom got brave first.
Then Dad. Hedgie started to get more brave as well.
Finally I was able to hold him without getting scared. The pokes hurt a little but not too bad since he didnt go full on ball.
I love Hedgie so very much!
We got thos lovely email from Breighton at camp. Mind you, Breighton has never emailed home…ever… from camp.
Can we adopt a hedghog? Because we can adopt different animals here at camp.
There was a follow-up email to Dad as well.
After a phone call to camp to make sure this is a valid adoptable pet… we said yes!
This is where our adventure begins… Life with Hedgie.
Hedgie is apx 7 weeks old and weighs around 4oz. We will get a better weight soon. He is an African Pygmy hedgehog. He is pinto colored. Full grown he can be around 1 pound.