Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Pincushion

My sister blogged recently about a new arrival in our family -- a not-quite-seven-ounce bundle of prickles that she has donned "Mrs. Tiggy Winkle." Of course. Really, what else could any self-respecting Beatrix Potter fan name her pet hedgehog? Since Miss Tiggy Winkle has always been my favorite Potter character, I highly approve of Tiffany's choice!

Tiffany's had her for almost a week now, and she's already endeared herself to us. She's just now warming up to the family, but fortunately she was already quite social when Tiffany purchased her. Tonight she spent the evening crawling all over us, the sofa, and anything else we let her get into. Who knew that hedgehogs could climb so quickly up nearly vertical surfaces? I certainly didn't!

Over the past few days, we've been coming up with pet names for her -- my new one today was "Miss Grumpy Pins," since she is decidedly unfriendly when roused during the day (hedgehogs are nocturnal). She curls herself up into a tight ball of prickles and gets huffy by shivering and sniffing ominously.

Speaking of sniffing, she's got the cutest little nose imaginable. It's going almost all the time, and it's the first thing you see when she decides to retract her prickly armor. That and four little pink feet. Adorable! I think I'm in love...


  1. A friend of mine loves hedghogs! Your sisters is cute. :)

  2. She's adorable!

    Have a blessed and merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior!

  3. I had two hedgehogs growing up and both of them - get this - loved to swim.

    I would fill a little paint roller thing (unused) with water because it had a sloping surface and they would trundle their way to the deep end and paddle around to their hearts content. it was the cutest thing ever!!!

  4. Thanks for posting such a cute picture! I have to agree with everything you said, and of course I'm not biased or anything! ;-)

    Elizabeth, I love that I idea. I wonder if Mrs. T would. I'll try it and see.


  5. She's a cutie!

    Hedgehogs seem like quaint little animals straight out of an English story...

    I am sure that Mrs. T swimming would be absolutely adorable! :)

  6. How absolutely adorable! I don't think I've ever seen a hedgehog in person, but gosh she is soooo sweet! And I love the name. :)

  7. OH!! Tiffany is the luckiest girl ever! a Hedgehog! how adorable! This photo has stolen my heart and made me smile! Where ever in the world did she get the little darling?!

    I wonder if its too late to write Santa Clause to send me a hedgehog? I've been a good girl!
    I'll ponder it over.

    Now, I'm off to go bake a birthday cake fit for a KING! ;OD

  8. OH my goodness!!! She is SOOOOOO adorable!!!! My mom LOVE LOVE LOVES hedgehogs, and has ALWAYS wanted a "Mrs. Tiggywinkle". Thanks for sharing that adorable picture!


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