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.
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!