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Everything I Need To Know In Life I Learned From A Hedgehog
One day I was taking pictures of one of my elderly hedgehogs (Puck, who was a bit past 4-1/2) and my daughter (Persephone, who was two) and I started thinking about how much I have learned from my prickly buddies and all that they have to teach my human children.
For example, I am constantly amazed at the range of emotions that hedgehogs can express. They do not beat around the bush. Hedgehogs let you know directly if you upset or scare them (fuff fuff fuff!!!), . They let you know when they are comfortable with your behavior by relaxing their quills and trusting you. Hedgehogs are excellent anger managers. They put themselves in time out and let you know that they need space by rolling into a ball and making huffling noises.
Hedgehogs teach you to slow down and take life at a calm pace and to have confidence in yourself because they relax and respond when you are calm and confident. Hedgehogs seem to have radar for people who are anxious about holding them. They also learn who will call their bluff and wait them out. Hedgehogs eat what bugs them and, while humans ca not necessarily do that, it sure makes a great slogan!
Hedgehogs teach responsibility because you have to clean their cages, meet their special dietary needs, keep them warm, and give them lots of love. They teach you what it is like to be different because they are not the standard pet that everyone has. Hedgehogs teach you that there are creative solutions to every problem, like how to escape the cage to get in with that hottie in the next one.
The lessons we can learn from hedgehogs are endless, if we just take the time to listen and observe.
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