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Old 10-11-2011, 08:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, I thought it was time I stopped lurking and properly introduced myself! My husband and I have one permanent hedgie, Sir Huffalump, and just recently adopted Atilla the Huff for possible rehoming. His Lordship is almost one year old now (hmm...how to squish mealies into a cake-like shape...) and Atilla is 21/2 (formerly Chloe from Alberta) I've volunteered for years with small animal rescue groups and set up a nice area in our home so we can always have one extra hedgie.

His Lordship, Sir Huffalump, is our first hedgie. My mum grew up in Estonia, where wild hedgies are abundant. One of her favourite memories of childhood was watching the hedgies come out at dusk to rummage through the garden looking for grubs. She's old and creaky now, in a rest home. I had the idea to find a hedgie of my own so I could take it in to visit her...and wow, what a great idea! Not only does she love to cuddle with him, he's very well socialized and the rest of the oldsters at the home so look forward to his visits...I bring him along once a week. He's so patient for tolerating being stroked with shaky, arthritic hands...we just love him so!

Atilla the Huff has been with us for a couple of weeks now, she's still super huffy but does like to have her belly rubbed. We have tummy time for a couple of hours each day and I'm sure that eventually she'll get much more relaxed

It was really great to discover this website, so much useful information. Also I really like the friendly and respectful tone of the members, especially with new owners. I look forward to getting to know this online community
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to HHC! To you and your hedgies!

What a neat reason to get a hedgie! Its so wonderful that you take Sir Huffalump with you to visit your mom & the other residents.

I love the pictures. Atilla's nose is adorable, and Sir Huffalump does look like royalty!
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome they are adorable and I can just see the smile on your mothers face as your two come through the door...priceless.
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Welcome to HHC! I love that you bring your Mom a bit of joy.

Your hedgies are lovely and have such great names!



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Old 10-11-2011, 09:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That is so wonderful that you take them and the joy that your visits bring to everyone. I bet that was very exciting for your mom to see one again and to be able to reminisce
Great pics!
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Bless your heart! Welcome to the forum, your hogs are to die for and I LOVE the names!
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I third (?) that! Some of the best hedgie names I've heard
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks, everyone! We try hard to match their names with their personalities...And Larry T, Sir Huffalump is sure rockin' the heck out of his new Storm Wheel. He's got full run of a large room, and it's so funny to watch him darting around the furniture, then onto his wheel..then some nibbles...then more darting...it goes on for hours
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I love your babies!!! I think it is wonderful how you have established a relationship between Sir Huffalump and the elderly. I look forward to hearing more about your hedgies.
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