Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Lately Kaia has been lamenting the loss of Snowball. It was just by chance that last week Dana happened to search for hedgehog breeders in our area. And it was by chance that one breeder in Eastern Washington had a 9 month old male up for immediate adoption. I don't believe it was by chance at all. He was completely meant to be with our family. He had been up on the website less than 24 hours when we said we'd take him. It turns out she bought him for an East Coast breeder to add to her breeding stock. He has an excellent pedigree, excellent colors, and great temperament. What she didn't count on... he's gay.
Ok, that's my theory. The truth is he's been with her females, and while he doesn't mind snuggling up to them at night, no babies came of it. She lent him to a friend, who put him with her females, and again no babies. He's either not interested or sterile. But she did laugh when I told her that I thought he was gay.
We met up with her in Ritzville on Sunday. If you've never driven across Eastern Washington, I can tell you this: We drove 2 hours through flat land full of sagebrush and empty farm fields. It's a better drive in the summer, because at least you can look at the crops. We met her at the Zips, which is a great little burger joint found in E WA and Idaho, and a good burger and fries coupled with the most adorable hedgehog made the trip 100% worth it.
He's got deluxe accommodations now, and is settling in. He's a beautiful boy, and I can't wait for him to get used to us (mostly the loud kids) and play.