STOP PRESS … Huff the Hedgehog

When I was a child there was a series of reading books at school by Ainsworth and Ridout and Green Book 5 was “Huff the Hedgehog”.  Huff travelled around looking for food and he had a little rhyme every time he was denied dinner:

I am Huff the Hedgehog and I want my dinner, If I don’t get it soon I will get thinner and thinner

You will remember that Pup had a hedgehog encounter the other evening which the hedgehog won?  Tonight the hedgehog advertised his presence running around (noisy he was – I could hear him form the top of the garden and Pup was immediately off to investigate.  Quick as lightning he was behind the shed and reappeared carrying a prickly ball.  Pup wasn’t really wanting to give the hog to me – he was after bringing it in the house – not a good idea when Dog is inside and would want to join the game and not a good idea if I don’t want a hedgehog loose in the house!

I sopped him and since I didn’t have anything handy to take it from his mouth I persuaded him into the dog run where he put it down and I just had long enough to get Pup out of the run and shut the door.  I went for he camera (would have loved a photo of him carrying it because he had it beautifully in his mouth and it is unharmed.) and a Tesco shopping bag.

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Look really closely and you can just see a black snout to the left of those leaves.  A really clean and healthy looking hog and a good size.  I want it to stay around so Pup is going to have to learn to leave it alone.  I carefully rolled it into a Tesco shopping bag, popped a slip lead on Pup and returned it to the back of the shed.  I let Pup sit a while and look and then brought him back to the patio.  After about 10 minutes I popped the lead off and although he went back and had a paw poke he did then leave it when told.

Think my shopping bag had better come out with me to the patio every day since I don’t expect this will the last hog retrieve!

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I have an interest in how interior design and adapting a home to support living independently for longer can be complementary. The blog Life Long Design is part of an holistic plan for establishing a social enterprise which will offer the people of Tayside opportunities to explore Telecare and the wider scope of assistive technologies. Enabling individuals to make more informed and responsible choices in the care and support they need in their independent living. I am also keen to see public transport more widely adopted and sustainable rural bus services in particular supported. The Blog Travels with a Megarider shares my journey to find serenity in my life as I make that transition form employment to social entrepreneur. One of my methods in increasing serenity is to travel as many miles as I can on a fixed price bus ticket and explore my own local places of interest. Places that I used to go past and had never stopped to look at; places of peace and tranquility; places where I have had some wonderful conversations with complete strangers. I would like to share with you a response to when I described that one paragraph in an e-mail made it sound simple: "Believe me, Cathy, it does not sound simple. You are taking on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons. It is ambitious and admirable - the sort of project that can change lives, including yours." He is right it is ambitious but when did we every achieve anything by settling for the status quo and ignoring what doesn't work for people? So I would welcome your company from time to time on this journey either simply as a reader or if you are brave enough adding your own thoughts to the comments as you feel moved.

One response to “STOP PRESS … Huff the Hedgehog”

  1. Gretchen Del Rio says :

    Wonderful hedgehog post.

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