I have talked with a wide variety of animals over the years, but my favorite conversation was with my son’s Hedgehog, “Wedgie”. I don’t know why, but that little animal touched my heart in such a way that I will never forget her.
My son was in college at the time and lived with a group of guys in a house right off of campus. Being college-aged young men, they followed in the pattern of a lot of other people their age, and had house parties. And, being busy young men with active social lives, they really didn’t have the time to clean their house after one of these blowouts…..there were other much more important things to do.
I found out about these parties and the aftermath from Wedgie. In her squeaky little voice, she would tell me about all the people and the loud noises she heard. Occasionally Wedgie would be taken out of her cage and passed around the crowd to many “oohs” and “aahs”. Many of these young people had never seen a Hedgehog before. This was a new and “loud” experience for them. Wedgie didn’t like this very much…..after all, she was just a little Hedgehog minding her own business.
What Wedgie really didn’t like though, was the smell on the floor after one of these “soirees”. Needless to say, Wedgie was talking about the beer that was spilled during the party. When my son would take Wedgie out of her cage and let her wander around on the floor the next day, she would be met with all the smells that can accumulate when a crowd of people gather in a small area. While she really didn’t like the other odors that filled her nose, she was appalled by the smell of the beer. “It was everywhere!” “Icky!”
My son laughed when he heard what Wedgie had to say about the smell of beer on the floor……but he understood completely. He acknowledged that they did have “a few” parties in the house and that yes, beer did get spilled……and no, none of it ever got cleaned up. Why would it?????
My son loved that little Hedgehog and she loved him. They had a very sweet relationship that I came to appreciate over time. I think Wedgie helped my son to understand the unconditional love that flows freely from an animal, even one as small as his Wedgie with the squeaky little voice.
Blessings to you and your furry friends,