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Old 02-28-2011, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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a year ago i had no clue that on this day was born a living being who would bring so much into my life. no clue. it is the day Sweetie was born. even when i brought Sweetie home, i could not possibly know that such a small creature would make such a big difference for me. my first astonishment: as huffy and unfriendly as he was, Sweetie immediately relaxed at my touch. i gently stroked his sides and my stepdad joked that it's a hedgehog spa. as many of you know, our bond exceeded my expectations. my mom always says that Sweetie has such a big heart because his love for me is so big and unwavering. i would hold him in the evening and sometimes just sit like that in the dark, thinking about the unexpected ways love can enter into one's life.

anyway, it is Sweetie's first birthday and i am very lucky to have such a loving, loyal soul in my life!

since my old camera died on me and a new one hasn't arrived yet, i thought i'd post a few classics :P

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n181 ... 6923_n.jpg

i absolutely love this one: http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n181 ... 4219_n.jpg

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n181 ... 9280_n.jpg

another classic: http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n181 ... 4545_n.jpg

he looks like a puppy, doesn't he? http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n181 ... 4260_n.jpg

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n181 ... 1194_n.jpg

more puppy looks: http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n181 ... 1194_n.jpg

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n181 ... 0946_n.jpg

"J'accuse!": http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n181 ... 7414_n.jpg

finally, this is this a toy i got from our own lpercz for him: http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n181 ... t12163.jpg

as far as news goes, i will have you know that Sweetie is becoming such a New Agey dude: he enthusiastically eats his veggies, poops exactly in one spot under the liners to keep his house all clean (yup, yup...), and takes unapologetic delight in my TTouch massage... true, i thought he might turn out an anarchist, but nope, New Age it is.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Happy birthday Sweetie!! tell your mommy you want a special massage tonight!
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aaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwww...fractured...your words are awesome...you made me cry...YOU are so sweet!

Happy Day to you both!!! I am SO glad you found each other!!!
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Happy Birthday! I'm so happy you found each other.
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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aaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwww...fractured...your words are awesome...you made me cry...YOU are so sweet!

Happy Day to you both!!! I am SO glad you found each other!!!
thank you. it's hard to put this into words, especially knowing that words don't mean anything to our hedgies (i mean yes, but not really). i remember Sweetie's first vet visit involving a car drive. knowing how panicky he is, i knew he'd be terrified and i felt so bad because i couldn't *say* to him, "just trust me." i couldn't promise, since promising is strictly linguistic. and panicky he was--until the moment i put my hand into his bag and pressed it against him. i was completely stunned that he actually calmed down--that he didn't forget and didn't doubt--and it was the best sign that our bond wouldn't fall apart in stressful situations (stressful for him, that is).
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Happy Birthday! I'm so happy you found each other.
your advice made a huge difference! i ditched Spike's Delite and took out the dangerous ramp all thanks to you.
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Happy Birthday! I'm so happy you found each other.
your advice made a huge difference! i ditched Spike's Delite and took out the dangerous ramp all thanks to you.

Thanks you!
You also bought that mix sweetie didn't like cause of me!
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thank you. it's hard to put this into words, especially knowing that words don't mean anything to our hedgies (i mean yes, but not really). i remember Sweetie's first vet visit involving a car drive. knowing how panicky he is, i knew he'd be terrified and i felt so bad because i couldn't *say* to him, "just trust me." i couldn't promise, since promising is strictly linguistic. and panicky he was--until the moment i put my hand into his bag and pressed it against him. i was completely stunned that he actually calmed down--that he didn't forget and didn't doubt--and it was the best sign that our bond wouldn't fall apart in stressful situations (stressful for him, that is).
Quit...It...you made me cry again...I guess you're hitting a nerve, huh? Being unable to communicate verbally, then not being able to do what comes naturally and pet their scared little heads, makes it sooooo important to 'check your energy' before you act. I should know this, being a Reiki practitioner and working with healing energy, but LIVING it daily is so much tougher (and unbelievably better).

Intention and energy. That's what it's aaaaaaall about. That and the "Hokey Pokey".
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Sweetie is such a doll. The first picture is one of my all-time-ultimate favorites. Sweetie can make you smile on the worst day. I'm so glad you found each other.



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