Monday, August 27, 2007

Hedgies in the News!

Orphaned hedgehogs adopt cleaning brush as their mother

Four tiny orpahned hedgehogs are snuggling up to the bristles of a cleaning brush - because they think it's their mother.

The four inch long creatures are being hand-reared by staff at the New Forest Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park in Ashurst, Hants.

Workers say Mary, Mungo, Midge and Slappy get comfort from playing with the centre's cleaning brush and enjoy rubbing against it.
Daft as a brush: These orphaned hedgehogs snuggle up to thier adoptive brush mother

The smells on the brush, which is used to sweep a yard, remind the hedgehogs of their natural habitat while the texture reminds them of their mother.

Manager John Crooks, 41, said: "They are a bit like human babies - they need activities to keep them busy.

"Because they have very poor eyesight you have to appeal to their sense of smell and touch by giving them different scents and textures.

"They like natural scents and have enjoyed playing with our cleaning brushes, soil, leaves, flower pots and the like.

"They particularly seem to enjoy rubbing against the brush.

"It may sound odd but I imagine the bristles feel a bit like their mum."
Tiny: Two of the little hedgehogs

He added: "Three of the hedgehogs came to us because their mum was sadly crushed by a council palette truck at one of their depots.

"They are only a couple of weeks old.

"The fourth one is a little bit older and was found wandering around a back garden in the middle of the day.

"The home owner left it alone for a while to see if it would find its mum but after a few hours it was still by itself so she brought it into to us."

The hedgehogs will be fed until they are full-sized and then they will be released back into the wild.

John said: "We are feeding them milk powder mixed with kitten food - but they don't like fish flavour - they prefer nice meaty chunks.

"When they get older they will move onto proper cat food and will occasionally be given slugs and snails as a treat.

"There has been a real surge in slugs this year because of the wet weather so hopefully that will mean a good year for hedgehogs too.

"I would urge people not to kill garden slugs with pellets because the poison will be passed on to hedgehogs and a build up of poison could be fatal.

"If the weather is good they could be released in a month or so, otherwise we will feed them over the winter so they do not hibernate and then relase them in spring."
Playtime: The baby hedgehogs enjoy themselves with their 'mother'

He added: "They are quite a handful and each has their own character.

"One is quite snappy and another fairly sleepy."

Thursday, August 23, 2007

More Signs from Razzle

This past weekend, Steve and I went up to Albany, Wisconsin for a little get-away. As mentioned in my earlier post, our first stop of the morning was to grab that cute hedgehog bag.

On the ride up to Wisconsin, I had my new bag in my lap and kept looking down admiring it. Steve would look over at me periodically and laugh saying, "You really like your new purchase, huh?" How could I not? The print so perfectly captures the little poses of hedgehogs that it looks as though they were drawn from photographs I have of Razzle.

The 2-1/2 hour ride up was very relaxing and we were enjoying the views of wide open spaces, horses, cows and corn.

As we were nearing our destination, I heard Steve say: "Oh. My. God." I looked out my passenger side window and saw the sign: Edelweiss Golf Course ahead.

Edelweiss!!! hee hee! :)

We got to our Bed & Breakfast too early to check in, so we decided to go exploring around. The Inn Keeper suggested a cute town that was only a few minutes away, where there were coffee and gift shops. We drove over and walked around all the cute shops, deciding which one to go in first. One in particular caught my eye, and we went inside. We didn't see the name of the store until we were already at the threshold of the doorway:

Edelweiss Bath & Body.

I had to get one of these!

Smells so good, you want to eat it!

On the way home, Steve asked if we could stop off at a store - he wanted to check out a line of lamps that his company reps. We walked around the store, up and down the aisles, looking for the lamps without any luck. Suddenly I spied a bunch of ceramic hedgehogs on one of the shelves and beelined over to it. Strange item to be in this particular store, so we just had to laugh. Steve didn't really like the look of these hedgehogs. I admit, they were no Razzle, but a hedgehog is a hedgehog!

We still were not able to find the lamps, however, and we continued to look around the store. I went back over to the hedgehogs to pick one out, trying to find the "cutest" one of the bunch, when I noticed one of the hedgehogs was facing in a different direction than the rest of the pack. I straightened them all out and then looked behind me to across the aisle: there were the lamps we were looking for! They were across the aisle from the the same direction that the one hedgehog was "looking". Steve had a new respect for the "ugly" hedgehogs.

Of course, one came home with us:

Coincidence? Was Razzle with us? I'd really like to think so. :)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Hanging out with Hedgies!

A friend of mine at work (waves to Maren!) had gone into a cool little local shop and saw a purse with adorable little hedgehogs on it! You know I had to get it.

So Saturday morning, Steve and I went over to
Hanger 18, located in Lincoln Square.

Holy Cuteness.

As soon as you walk in, you can't help but squeal with delight at all the adorable items! When Steve walked in, I heard him exclaim, "Oh boy...." because he knew immediately that I could go crazy in a store like this. Lots of animal items, adorable decorations, dishware, funky cool jewelry. Oh, and of course, this hedgehog bag:

Close up of the print

I mean...doesn't get cuter than that!

Tina, the owner, was just as sweet as her cute items and we were talking about Razzle and her dear little kitty, Nipsy, who she just recently lost as well. She was telling me about an artist that has offered to make her a photo necklace of Nipsy and she wondered if I might be interested in one of Razzle too! :)

I know this isn't hedgie-related, but I also bought this really neat necklace:

And it is reversible!

Hanger 18 will soon have dangerously convenient on-line shopping (*yay*) but luckily for me, they are just a skip, hop & jump away. Click HERE for a link to the store!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

As promised...Hedgehog Items Part II

The most adorable pendant ever! My sister sent me this, along with some great smelling incense and a wishing candle (there will be another post with a picture!). I love this little hedgie necklace!

My hedgehog plant items. I just found this one recently!

My plush hedgie friends...

Cute little guy I saw in a local boutique

This was a birthday card that my sister got me one year - where she found it, I'll never know!!

The sweetest little hedgehog pottery! Razzle's Auntie Janice got us this. It's so adorable!

Bought this off eBay a couple years ago. It's called a "Witches Ladder." What you do with it, I have no idea. But it has a hedgehog on the end!!!

An Iron-on Hedgie Patch. Haven't found the perfect shirt to put it on yet...

Some neat note-cards. I wrote a thank-you note to Razzle's doctor on one of these.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

One Month Ago

It's hard to believe that a month has gone by since the last time we saw Razzle. This morning, I talked to Razzle and told him how much I missed him. At 11:49am, I thought about how one month ago, Razzle began on his new journey. I just wonder what he's been doing. Does he remember us? Does he miss us? Does he come to visit us every once in a while?

We had a leisurely day today, and took a drive out to the 'burbs to go mini-golfing. That's when I noticed the clouds. Just like a month ago today, I saw hedgehogs playing up in the sky.

I sure do miss you Razzle.