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RIP Sweet Hedgehog

We had to put Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen down today. He’d lived such a long and wonderful hedgie life, but we’re so sad.

Hedgehogs typically live between 3 and 5 years, and we were nearing 5 with him, so this wasn’t shocking, but that doesn’t keep our hearts from aching. He’s not been himself for a while, and he really started wobbling. I knew it was time, because he recently stopped eating and drinking. Rather than wait and risk his life becoming too painful, we opted to take him to the humane society for their end of life procedures today.

Before we set out, Claire and I took him outside for one last playtime in the grass.

See his two little teeth? For some reason, this picture cracks me up!

Claire’s handprint and Henry’s little paw. 

The happy memories we have of him will live on forever.

Dinner with a Hedgehog

Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen

Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen

No More Hedeghog’s Poopy Laundry

You know what? I’m tired of doing a Hedgehog’s Poopy Laundry. (That has to be one of the strangest sentences I’ve ever typed out loud.)

I’ve made an Executive Decision to switch to shredded paper bedding. The fleece we’ve used for the last 2.5 years works really well, but you have to launder it. (I’ll let you figure out who the YOU is in that sentence.) I accept all my duties as a Hedgie Momma, but I didn’t change poopy diapers for this long, so I have reached my limit. I have no problem justifying movin’ on to a different way, Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen. You’re on notice, Royalty or not.

Plus, my husband found a quill in his sock. Again. The hard way. He’s on board with whatever I decide.

So, no more quills in the washer and dryer.
No more fleece bedding.
No more poopy laundry.
We’ve switched to shredded paper bedding, which will require more bags going in the trash (maybe?), but use less water & energy. So there. 🙂

New Nest for LHQR

Henry seems to be adjusting just fine with his new nest.

 

New bedding LHQR

Funny side note: I had no idea how much bedding to buy. It was on sale at the pet store: buy 2 big packs, get 1 pack free. I wasn’t sure if I’d need more than one pack, but I was going to start with that until I saw the deal. Three bags for the price of two? Sure! Why not? Well! To cover the entire bottom of Henry’s cage, I used a smidgen of ONE bag. I’ll see how often I need to change it, but odds are, I may have just purchased a year’s supply. Ha!

Science Fair 2015

Will a Hedgehog React to Different Colored Lights?

Will a Hedgehog React to Different Colored Lights?

Doesn't everyone's Science Fair Project come with a Hedgehog Disclaimer?

Doesn’t everyone’s Science Fair Project come with a Hedgehog Disclaimer?

(The school has such silly rules about no flames or live hedgehogs.)

…although Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen HAS visited the school before in person (in hedgehog?).

Claire did all the work herself on this project. I was the Hedgehog Wrangler (again, as you can see from that above link). She learned that he does NOT react to blue, green, or red light! He DOES react to white light, which we knew already. This was a really cool experiment.

…and she knows that The Science Fair is one of my favorite things, so she obliged with “just one more picture.”

Science Fair 2015 More Photos

Go Science!

Here are links to the other Science Fair Projects she’s done:

Paper Chromatography (1st Grade)
Growing Crystals (2nd Grade)

Happy 2nd Birthday, LHQR!

Happy Birthday, Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen!

Happy Birthday, Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Ho Ho Ho 2014

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A ticklish hedgehog

Be sure to have your speakers on when you play this one!

Hedgehog Reflections

Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen (#LHQR)

Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen (#LHQR)

#LHQR November 1st

"'Sup, Peasants?" says Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen, Hedgehog Extraordinaire.

“‘Sup, Peasants?” says Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen, Hedgehog Extraordinaire.

Our Hedgehog is Ticklish

Our hedgehog is ticklish.

Our hedgehog is ticklish.

LHQR Ticklish

It’s true! Right there, behind his left front leg.

LHQR 9.5.14

Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen certainly is a handsome fella.