Hedgie Was Both

In 2006, my middle daughter became fascinated by hedgehogs. We read a lot of books by Jan Brett, who loves them as well. My daughter decided she wanted a pet hedgehog – a live one.

I wasn’t too sure about this venture. I told her she should call pet stores in town to see if anyplace had hedgehogs. And, even though she was a second grader, she called them all. No place had them.

A month or so later, my sister found a place to buy hedgehogs and got her one as a gift. It was an exciting day!

pet hedgehogOver the years, my girls and I have loved Hedgie a lot. We’ve sure learned a lot about hedgehogs, an animal I previously knew almost nothing about.

She’s celebrated birthdays.

hedgehog birthdayShe’s run mile after mile, night after night, on a “silent spinner” that’s anything but.

hedgehog on wheelMostly, though, Hedgie has been a great companion. My daughter spent hours reading to her. She was always a good listener.

reading to hedgehogSo it was with sadness that we said goodbye to Hedgie yesterday. If I had one thing I could ask God for right now, it would be for some assurance about our pets. I’m taking comfort in John 14:2: My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I not have told you?

I like the last part:  if that were not so, would I not have told you? Jesus says He would have told us if something wasn’t so. So, couldn’t it make sense that if our pets won’t be in heaven, He would have told us that? At least, that’s what I’m hanging my hat on today.

It is not often that a creature comes along who is prickly and a true friend. Hedgie was both.

pet hedgehog

Hedgie, we will miss you. 9/18/2006 – 4/18/2011

8 thoughts on “Hedgie Was Both

  1. I’m so sorry about your loss. Isn’t it funny how those little guys just find their way into your heart?

  2. We are so sorry about Hedgie and will pray for the comfort of Daughter #2 and the rest of your family.

  3. aww I am so sorry! We had a chipmunk as a pet for 3 years when I was younger. Those little guys are so cute! 🙂 It is sad to see them go.

  4. I am so sorry about Hedgie. ((hugs)) I am right there with you about taking comfort in John 14:2 regarding our pets. The hope of being able to be with them once again helps me get through. They certainly are God’s comfort to us.

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