August 27, 2010
August 26, 2010
|Fuzzy close up of Peg's quills|
August 21, 2010
|Spike and Mike the Tenrecs|
These little guys look like hedgehogs but actually aren't. They are Lesser Hedgehog Tenrecs! These little guys are living at the Bronx Zoo.
"While they might look like hedgehogs, and even have hedgehog in their name, they are actually a totally different family of mammals. Tenrec species come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, with some looking like hedgehogs, some like mice, and some even like otters!"
|In profile they look more like moles|
A few weeks ago I was looking for a nice wine with dinner and I found this lovely white. I am not going to lie ... this label sucked me in and I had to try this wine. It is a very refreshing white blend and had a fruity flavour of orchard fruit. They have other animals on their labels but I have a particularly obvious bias to the hedgehog label.
|Peggy getting her cuddle on|
On a quiet, lazy night I love to cuddle with Peggy. It is important to pick your hedgehog up bare handed regularly so that she knows your scent, but, if you want to have an extended cuddle you will need a bit of protection between you and the quills. I use the same towel so it always smells like her which she finds comforting. The best part of these cuddles is when I lay on the couch with her resting on my stomach or lap I can feel her little feet padding around as she settles in and even burrow in the folds.She will happily doze in her nest on me for hours or until I twitch... which I do a lot.One night when I was laying there she climbed up my chest and licked the very tip of my nose! It was a very cool moment. I am sure she was just licking a smell but it was very, very memorable. The trick to having a nice mellow cuddle is to let her play until she settles down on her own, then she will love the warm burrow on your belly.
August 05, 2010
|Emma chilling in her box on the patio last summer|
We discussed how to introduce Peggy and Emma and decided that because Emma likes to be in charge they should be introduced at my place which is Peggy's "turf". With Peg playing on the floor Emma stared with confusion and curiosity at the moving spike ball. Emma curiously sniffed at her and eventually got up the courage to "paw" Peg's back (claws sheathed) Peggy Houffed (see: Houff) and Emma jumped away. This is pretty much the depth of their interaction
We were vigilant supervisors the first several times the two met and I won't leave them totally alone yet (this may change with time but they only meet every few months so I will continue to play lifeguard for now).
So far, Emma mostly ignores Peg but is very curious when Peg plays actively and very jealous when Peg is in her owner's lap. She has been known to squish herself onto his lap, carefully avoiding a tail full of spikes. I am happy that neither is aggressive and Peg seems indifferent/unaware of Emma unless Emma taps her with her paw. Then she will Houff at Emma.
Mission: Inter Species Non Aggression Pact successful.
I love hedgehogs ... and I love cheese. Who knew these quirks could come together in such a sleek, fun way!? I am fairly useless in the kitchen but this kitchy grater is something that would be fun to pull out when I pretend to cook.