Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Saturday, January 17, 2015

WHO KNEW?

I had never heard of hedgehogs as family pets.  My soon-to-be 43 year old daughter is getting a hedgehog for her upcoming birthday.  It is almost certain that her daughter who is 12 will assume ownership of this pet right away. Evidentally these cute little critters make great family pets. Do you know anyone who has a hedgehog for a pet? Theirs is already named Mrs Tiggy Winkle and they will call her Winkie.
Talk about a fun tub toy!  Hedgehogs like to swim.
Isn't that a cute little bundle!
 

43 comments:

  1. I imagine if I were still a kid I would just have to have one of those. They are cute. Love the name by the way...

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    1. ALAN GINOCCHIO, I would have wanted one of these for a pet when I was a kid too

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  2. Yes, that is such a cute pet. Adorable. But, does it bite humans?

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    1. GIGIHAWAII, my daughter says they would have to be extremely frightened to bite and that sometimes you feel them nibble if you feed them out of your hand. They are supposed to be very tame.

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  3. Being the curmudgeon I must ask, does it pee in the water?

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    1. TABOR, very good question. I shall inquire but I'm pretty sure the answer is yes.

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  4. I had heard of them making regular visits to accept graciously offered food, but not of having them as permanent pets. I would definitely have wanted one. Or two.

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    1. ELEPHANTS CHILD, well it's never too late

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  5. I have seen them in pet stores and they are SO adorable. A good pet for a cat owner! No cat would risk those spines.

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    1. DITCHINGTHEDOG, as I understand it those spines arent as painful as they look. and that one picture it looks like there's a cat in the background.

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  6. I have a friend with one. It is the cutest little hedgehog and actually a nice pet.

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    1. BRIGHID, does it make you want to have one too?

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  7. That is very cute. This is the first time I have heard of some one getting a Hedgehog as a pet. I am sure they are going to have a lot of fun.

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    1. MUNIR, yes I never knew such a thing either. By the way did you see my post about feeding the cats salmon? I really posted that just for you since you missed my animal stories

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  8. Ha... my mother never allowed me to keep the hedgehogs I found in the street.. probably I should have brought one home that was still alive...

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    1. HOLLAND, I never saw them in the wild and I certainly never saw them in the road. It would be sad to see them squashed!

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  9. How sweet. I've never heard of having one as a pet, either. I'm not sure what my two furry rascals would think! lol

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    1. LEE, maybe you should find out. Lol

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  10. I knew that people had them for pets, but I have never actually seen a real, live one, just pictures.

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    1. OLGA HEBERT, I am very eager to meet Winkie in person.

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  11. As a child, that would have been my pet of choice. I hear not all of them like to swim and that those that do, must be given a way to get out of the water.
    Have fun and take pictures.

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    1. ARKANSAS PATTI, I imagine my blog friends will be seeing lots of pictures of Winky to come. Good point about having a way for them to get out of the water. I have had baby chicks drowned because they couldn't get out of the trough.

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  12. My sister had one years ago, back in her "I want to care for someone other than myself but I can't" phase. She rehomed him, but he was pretty cute. They are prickly.

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    1. HEARTINHAND, I already have enough critters but it sure appeals to me to think about having a little cute hedgehog too. guess I'll wait and see if my daughter has to rehome her because I would end up being the rehome.

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  13. I researched hedgies at one point when I was thinking of getting one. Upside: they are not rodents, so you can let them run around without worrying that they will chew your wires and cables. Downside: they are nocturnal, and often grumpy if you wake them during the day.

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    1. SPARKLING RED, they may not the rodents but they sure have little mouse looking faces. Also I didn't think about them being nocturnal. My granddaughter will give them a run for their money I am sure!

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  14. No kidding? They look so cute but it never occurred to me that they could be pets.

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  15. I never associated them with anyhere except the British Isles. Hope there is a vet closeby who specialises in 'wild animals' in case it ever needs treatment. Wonder if there are any vaccinations needed similar to cat and dog ones
    Cathy

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    1. CATHY, I am hoping that Petsmart can provide them with all the care information they might need. That seems to be the best place in the United States to stay informed on unusual pets.

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  16. Oh, I would love one. They are so cute. When I taught first grade, we had films about a mole. One of them was about the mole and the hedgehog. When I went to Estonia, I found a book in Estonian about that very same mole.

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    1. BEVERLY, my daughter is attracted to the Hedgehog because of the Beatrix Potter stories. there was a little hedgehog named Mrs. Tiggy Winkle.

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  17. Well that sounds fun. Hope you are feeling well today!

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    1. LYNN, thank you. I am feeling very well from this last surgerycan't wait to get the stitches out and to keep moving toward my hip surgery.

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  18. Aww! What a cutie! I haven't heard of them as pets, but how adorable!

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    1. RIOT KITTY, they are adorable and it appears Winky is enjoying her new home.

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  19. super cute, but so many animals are pets now a days...i have heard of this, but never dreamed of seeing it!

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    1. BRITE MIST, even though this was my daughter's birthday present my granddaughter is enjoying the Hedgehog immensely. Winky is entertaining the whole family.

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  20. Hedgehogs are cute as all get out. Look at me, I'm currently a grandmother to a turtle.

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    1. CUBE, never fear I have a turtle too and two dogs and two cats

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    2. CUBE, never fear I have a turtle too and two dogs and two cats

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  21. Those are cute, never knew anyone who had one tho. But my daughter had alot of hamsters n now the bunnies.

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    1. SNAGGLE TOOTH, did I ever tell you about the time I tried to housebreak a rabbit? Not one of my grander moments.

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