A Bit About Me And My Pineapples (Hedgehogs)
My story thus far began last year when I happened upon a female, who I cheekily named Ngozi. She is not my first hedgehog as I had another one when I was younger.
She is way more skittish than what would be considered normal. Despite the fact that it took her months to open up to me, I refused to give up on my surly little pineapple baby. I quickly grew to love the odd little faces she would make while eating, and watching her run became a favorite pastime of mine.
While I was at the pet store I got her from picking up some supplies, (I learned my lesson and will not be purchasing any more babies from them!) I overheard someone say that you could not really cuddle a hedgehog when debating on whether to buy a hoglet or a sugar glider. I was personally offended and I swear I could hear Ngozi hissing and popping in vexation all the way at home with me! I knew I had to do something to change that, seeing as that was not the first time I had heard a similar comment.
Now months later, she is still a scaredy little prickly pear but she has come a long way from when I first got her but I can proudly say I can cuddle her! The only downside is that I always have to be the big spoon, which I don't mind at all!!
I aspire to produce prickly pineapple babies so gentle, mild-mannered, and even-tempered, that you can cuddle them just like any other four legged friend.
First and foremost, they are my pets; adults and ensuing hoglets alike. I do not have a ton of hedgehogs that stay confined all day in tiny cages popping out babies that I prematurely foist to the first person who approaches me with money.
I want them to go to loving homes where they will receive lots of hugs and cuddles and live their lives with loving parents who are knowledgeable and have their best interest in heart and mind.
Please get in contact with me. You can text me at any time and I will usually get back to you within a day. If you have questions I will try to answer them to the best of my knowledge and with the resources I have.
And if you are thinking of adopting one of my babies, I especially want to get to know you!!
I ultimately hope to change the perception of prickly pears. They do not hate you, they are not mean, and they definitely can be cuddled!!
Hugs For Hogs Adapted Code of Ethics
The Same Code Of Ethics That Was Created By The International Hedgehog Association
As a responsible breeder, I
will not knowingly breed an unhealthy hedgehog
will not sell an animal with significant health issues. If minor health issues that are expected to resolve rapidly, such as a healing scab, are present, I will provide full disclosure and follow-up assistance.
will keep alert for and work to eradicate inherited problems.
will obtain and maintain all required local, regional, and/or federal licensure.
will represent my hedgehogs as honestly as possible to prospective buyers and will try to assist the serious novice in their understanding.
will not knowingly falsify any records, pedigrees, or registrations.
will not perform any line breeding and will not purposely breed first degree relatives.
will ensure that I have experience with hedgehogs as a species and with breeding animals in general before undertaking a hedgehog breeding project.
will ensure adequate health care for my hedgehogs.
will not knowingly breed a hedgehog that may carry a health problem that is suspected of being genetically linked.
will make a written copy of my policies and guarantees available to all customers, including replacement policy.
will feed my hedgehogs a reasonably appropriate diet.
will make reasonable efforts to keep my cages free from filth.
will provide clean food and water.
will provide an environment that is within an appropriate temperature range and understand that atelerix albiventris and/or atelerix algirus are not meant to hibernate.
will keep records of my lineage.
will provide cages that are sufficiently sized for adequate movement, and that provide adequate ventilation.
will make reasonable efforts to ensure that buyers of my hedgehogs are not making an uninformed, impulse purchase and can provide appropriate, long-term care.
will not allow babies to leave my care until they are weaned, recognizing that this is generally around 6 weeks old, unless it is under special circumstances and care is taken to meet the baby's needs.
Will not openly sell hedgehogs to persons in places where they are illegal, regardless of the level of enforcement that takes place and I will not willingly sell or place a hedgehog into a potentially dangerous situation and/or environment.