Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Recently I've been having a second love affair with Unazukin, the cute nodding Matryoshka-esque toy. These little dolls listen to your problems and answer your yes/no questions by nodding their heads, giving you their sage wisdom. Or something. Mostly I just like to take pictures of them!

Ira had some fun posing with this one the other day -- I can only imagine the problems he has for Unazukin to listen to!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


While cleaning the other day I found the papers that came with Ira when I bought him, including his pedigree. Curious, I decided to check out the breeder he came from -- Hedgehog Valley. Besides having a wealth of information about hog pet-ownership and breeding, HV also has pictures of their own breeding hedgies, including Ira's parents, Kopo and Baignette!

You can see the family resemblance :) It was really exciting to find out more about where he came from!

The weather has been snowy and generally horrid here, and I've been doing my best to make sure Ira stays warm and happy. My stress levels have been through the roof worrying that the power will go out! He seems pretty content to burrow around and snuggle up to his heat pad, though.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Time for a light snack!

Friday, December 12, 2008

New Pocket

An old sweater has found a new life as a hedgehog bag! Ira's not really sure what to make of his new little pocket and doesn't want to sleep in it, but he does like to spend time there when he's outside of his cage. It's been getting colder recently, and I've been really concerned about keeping Ira at a cozy temperature. African Pygmy Hedgehogs should be kept at a temperature at least 70 degrees to ensure that they don't make an attempt at hibernation -- if they do it could be fatal.

Now, with the bag, I'm not so worried he's going to get chilly when we spend time together!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Ira seems to share my love of these microfiber blankets that come out of the closet during these colder winter days, or at least he likes chewing on them and then trying to burrow into them.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Welcome to Another no mail day

Welcome to the new home of Ira the hedgehog and his snuffly adventures. Ira is an African Pygmy Hedgehog, the most common type of hedgehog kept as a pet. His main interests are harumphing, eating mealworms, and cuddling in his blanket.

This is also occasionally the home of the various ramblings and fancies of some Michelle girl, lover of cute, sender of mail, and taker of pictures. Mostly of Ira.