After months of researching and preparing, my little hedgehog is finally here! I met her breeder on Monday and brought her home. It was a long drive, but as hedgehogs are nocturnal, she slept through most of it. I let her explore her cage on her own the first night without pestering her too much. She really took to the wheel, ran all night long!
It didn't take long for my husband (Stephen) and me to realize that we needed to do something about our cats trying to stick their paws in her cage. We ended up putting plastic garden netting on the lid and sides, which has been very affective. Last night I introduced Petunia to one of my cats, Hoggle. I held her close to me and let him sniff her. Once his nose touched her quills, he jumped back and ran off! Now he doesn't want to have anything to do with her (with the exception of eating her food).
She is so sweet. We let her crawl all over us and the couch while we watched TV last night, then put her back in her cage so could begin her nightly routine of eating, wheeling, and napping.
So far, she seems to be adjusting very well. More updates and pictures to come!
Like most pets, the hedgehog takes quite a bit of commitment. First of all, finding a place to adopt them from is tricky. The slightest bit of research will reveal that buying a hedgehog from a pet store is not a good idea (which probably applies to a lot of animals, especially exotic ones). Even if you find a breeder in your state, you have to wait until they have babies available and try to get one reserved as soon as possible. I am driving four hours out of state because it was going to be the fastest and easiest solution for me.
Hedgies aren't cheap. I don't know what hamsters run, but I bet it isn't in the $150-$300 range. And that's just the adoption fee. They require a large living space, an exercise wheel, bedding, a hiding place, quality food, toys, and controlled temperature.
Despite all of this, hedgehogs supposedly make excellent pets. They tend to get along fine with other pets (cats want nothing to do with them since they're pokey). They aren't rodents, so they don't chew on things. They don't have an offensive odor, and are relatively quiet. You can snuggle with them on your lap while watching TV. They are good swimmers, so bath time is not too stressful. They aren't known to be biters. Did I mention that they are stinkin' cute?
Enough chatter. I will have more to discuss once I have her in my home. Here are some baby pictures my breeder recently sent me.
So I bought this cute little number at Goodwill yesterday.
So many wonderfully roomy pockets and pouches!
So many, in fact, that the previous owner missed a few when they emptied out their purse before generously donating it to Goodwill. I discovered the following treasures:
A sanitary napkin
A keychain mirror (obviously goes with the purse, so we will let that one slide)
A pill (looks like ibuprofen)
A phone number
Okay, so nothing that unusual. I still enjoy the mystery behind these lost items. I mean, who writes down phone numbers any more? Why were they traveling with only one ibuprofen, when everyone knows that it takes two or three to resolve the problem?
I think I may have to develop a story or a painting out of this...
I am also very nostalgic.
Below is a timeline of various stages my hair has undergone in the last 3 years.
The art therapy class I took last fall really opened my eyes up to different media. I had never painted with watercolors before, and now I'm crazy about them! The painting above was done with watercolors and Sharpie, which I found to be a wonderful combination. See more of my work below.
I encourage you to try watercolors. Just experiment, get to know them. Then if you like them, try adding another media, like ink, crayons (which will resist the paint for lovely effects), or collage materials.
Welcome to the delightful world of Jake Parker. His artwork is warm and wonderful. Upon exploring his website, you will find robots taming birds, a boy with antlers, and rather impressive concept art. I had the pleasure of stumbling upon his comic Hugo Earhart from Vol. 1 of the graphic novel of short stories Flight, which is also available to read at his website (and I highly recommend that you go read it). Parker's imagination is rich with fantasy scenarios that tap into a dreamlike world. Enjoy and share.