Weekly Creature Photo: Happy Quills

The creatures are hilariously cute and I’ve neglected in sharing their photos because I’m lazy. And this summer has had it’s share of things keeping me away from the computer but that’s a story for another day.ūüėČ ¬†You’ve probably noticed that theme throughout my blogging journey….but I’m working on not being so internet lazy. SOOO I am creating the Weekly Creature Photo series and you’ll see all the critters in all their monstrous glory!

Here is Mistress Henrietta surfing through the grass in our backyard! She was actually a happy little hog after realizing the grass was not out to get her…although the cats were of a different opinion.

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The Hedgehog Royalty

As promised here are the new hedgehogs! There are only a few pictures since I still haven’t checked to see if I can get the pictures off my broken phone and most times I’ve visited the Hedgehog Room when they were out and about I didn’t have my camera or current phone.

First, the backstory of how we ended up with two hedgehogs. I had been inquiring into adoptions and emailed one person but never heard back from them. Eventually I was led to contact another person and we communicated for several days about the “hedgehog for adoption.” I point that particular phrase out because that’s how I got into the debacle of emailing two separate people about two different hedgehogs. Somewhere in the middle of my communications the first person I contacted had emailed me back and since the subject lines were the same I ended up agreeing to adopt both. It was after the agreement that I realized they were different but I decided to go forth with both adoptions.

They’ve been a huge blessing since the passing of Lady B and it’s so rewarding when they start to recognize you… or your smell to be more accurate! So here they are!

Mistress Henrietta

Mistress Henrietta is a big lady with mostly white quills and a small patch of brown on her back. She¬†turned a year old in December. Immediately after I adopted her I found out that she was not very social and her favorite part of being held was biting the person holding her. It’s taken some time and many hand chomps but she’s slowly adjusting to us. She isn’t a huge fan of being held and instead prefers her wheel¬†or roaming¬†around the house in her critter ball.

She is very active and since the Hedgehog Room is dark all day she comes out at random times. We never know when we’ll pop in and find her tearing up her cage or running in the wheel. She loves to splat, or pancake if you’re not familiar with hedgehog terms, and will do it constantly. At first I thought she might be too warm from her heat lamp but no matter what temperature she’s content to just pancake out and chill.

Sir Edwin Tobias Peabody

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Sir Edwin¬†is a brown and white quilled fellow who¬†is just over 2 years old. He can usually be found burrowed in his fleece liner. This cute little guy adores snuggling. He’ll snuffle if he’s pulled away from the burrow but as soon as he smells us he calms down and cuddles.

He enjoys his wheel but I very rarely see him in it. In fact, we very rarely see him out of his cave unless I bring him out. While Mistress Henrietta can be seen throughout the day Ed prefers to roam at 3 or 4 in the morning. Occasionally when we use the Hedgehog Room as a kitten feeding area we’ll see him out getting dinner or burrowing in his litter box. Which is another new thing for me….Sir Edwin is litter box trained! He’s very clean and orderly which makes cleaning his cage a breeze.

Both of the quilled ones love bath time. They run around the entire tub, pushing around the rubber duck or just hanging out. And they both love snacks. For Christmas I got them live mealworms which they really enjoyed. It’s kind of fun to watch how quickly they can catch the worms and gobble them down. I think it’s the way their faces scrunch up while they chew…it’s super cute.

We have¬†turned one of our guest rooms into the Hedgehog Room which stays a nice, tropical temperature of 75-80 degrees year round. It’s dark and cozy; perfect for hedgehogs. Of course, since they are separate genders they can never¬†truly meet.¬†They¬†live on opposite ends of the room so they have no real interaction.

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The kittens¬†are very interested in the hedgehogs. Being kittens they have NO fear whatsoever so even if they are poked by a rolled up hedgie they are not deterred! Often I catch Rosa with his paw in the cage, batting around the fleece to find the hedgehog. Mostly they love basking on top of Henrietta’s cage,¬†under the heat lamp which hangs from above.

There’s the two new members of the Hedgehog Royalty. I hope to have more cute pictures of them soon!

The Legacy of Lady B

The first official post of the year is a bit sad. I really should have posted this months ago but I’ve been putting it off. In early¬†October my favorite little hedgie, Lady B, passed away.

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She had been suffering from Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome for about¬†5 months and had been paralyzed in her hind legs since late July. For those who aren’t familiar with WHS it is a neurological disorder that causes paralysis and eventually death. Plus, at¬†4 years old,¬†she was skirting the edges of being an old hedgehog.

When we found out she was paralyzed Wayne made her a wheelchair out of LEGO’s so she could scoot around the house. It was pretty awesome and she seemed to enjoy it. She just couldn’t use it in the backyard because our yard gets a little bumpy and she would slide out. I also started pet story-time every night. She was never too thrilled with the idea of me reading to her but the cats and dogs loved when it was time to head into Lady B’s room each evening.

The day before she died I noticed that was not eating, drinking or pooping and immediately made her an appointment but she died in my arms on the way to the vet office.

I cried for about 2 weeks. I’m still bummed at the loss but our vet has done some amazing things to help commemorate her memory. They made an imprint of her paw prints and at Christmas they handmade an ornament that hung on their Tree of Memories during the holidays. The tree looked awesome. When I was there picking up¬†the ornament I took pictures but unfortunately the next day¬†I dropped my phone and broke it. The pictures are, presumably, lost. I’ll have it looked at but I’m not holding out hope that I can retrieve them.ūüė¶

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To help ease the pain of losing my little quilled one we adopted another hedgehog a month later which accidentally turned into adopting a second…it’s a story for another day. Needless to say the legacy of Lady B lives on in Mistress Henrietta and Sir Edwin Tobias Peabody. All my pictures of them were lost along with the others and since they are currently snoozing I’ll post about them another day.

To end I’ve put together a little montage of our favorite Lady B memories. The last couple of videos are her awesome wheelchair.

Catching up with the Zu Crew

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

It’s hard to believe it is 2016 already. Last year went by so fast. And even though I wanted to blog I also wanted to take some time off and disconnect from technology.¬†But it’s a new year and I’m excited to share it with you! I’m so excited for this year. In a couple weeks I’ll be returning to school to start the journey to my Masters Degree.¬†We have a couple home remodel¬†plans in the making for the spring.¬†And¬†later this year Wayne and I will celebrate our 10 year anniversary and we’re celebrating by renewing our vows.

So many fun things lie ahead this year and I hope you’ll follow along!

 

How Instagram Distracted Me From Blogging

(This song will be relevant in a few paragraphs. :))

If you’ve been on my blog lately you’ll have noticed that my last post was in June when I was blogging about my latest¬†trip to Nicaragua. If I hadn’t been the official blogger it probably would have been even longer since my last post. Now if you’ve looked at my Instagram account you’ll notice that my last post was probably¬†20 minutes ago.

Actually I should have titled this post How Instagram AND Pinterest Distracted Me From Blogging.¬†Pinterest plays a huge part in keeping me distracted from things like blogging, working, vacuuming, sleeping.¬†I spend way too much time on there. I’ll open the web browser fully intending to log in to the blog and yet I find myself browsing through every¬†meme on the planet or staring at pictures of food that I’ll never make.


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Scratch out YouTube and you’ve described my entire day.¬†But back to the topic at hand. When Instagram first appeared on the social media scene I was skeptical and swore I would never use it. I think it was the hashtags. It took me a long time to figure them out…longer than it should have.¬†I don’t even remember why I signed up for it in the first place and now I just love it.

I do really enjoy blogging though. I’m giddy like a child when someone follows me but the ease with which I can post something to Instagram…very satisfying, considerably faster and simpler than writing a post. ¬†It really comes down to sheer¬†laziness.¬†Or I suspect it may be the fact that I spend more time with the youths of America than I ever have before. To them Facebook is old news and irrelevant. They are all into Snapchat (which I also use on a regular basis…don’t ask my friends their opinions…) and Instagram. Over the summer I took a work trip to Ohio with 6 teenagers. It made me feel old at times (having to explain who The Proclaimers are and how they wrote one of the best songs¬†ever¬†or asking them to explain¬†their teenage slang or the fact that I was graduating high school when they were born)¬†but it was also refreshing (blasting Taylor Swift in the middle of the night…underrated as a way to pass time or making pasta as a midnight snack). I slept on a futon in subzero temps because we couldn’t find the thermostat in our rental house and all of us probably slept a total of 3 hours a night but I¬†learned more about myself in a week than I have in a very long time.

My story got a bit existential there…sorry!¬†Also, I just realized it may not be clear that I work with youth…I’m not just a creepy lady who likes to hang out with them.

Basically what I’m getting at is I¬†don’t know how long I’ll write¬†this blog but for now I’m still here. If I’m absent for a long time it’s probably because my subconscious is trying to be a teenager again. Check Instagram. I’ll be there.