Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Katie, François and Harrison — June 17, 2022

Katie, François and Harrison

~ Katie, François and Harrison ~

About a year ago, Katie and François met Harrison the hedgehog. In the time since then, they have formed a very special bond and have become a family. 

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Katie had just started her work on her PhD in Rehab Science. It was a very stressful time for her as there was so much uncertainty. Wanting to cheer her up, François began searching for a pet hedgehog as Katie had always wanted one. After a while, he found the perfect one and he and Katie arranged a visit. As soon as they met, there was no doubt he had found his home and a new name, Harrison. 

Since day one, Harrison has brought so much joy into François and Katie’s lives, He makes them smile each day, shows unconditional love and so much more. Not only this, but since starting Harrison’s Instagram page, he has been able to share the happiness with people all over the world. 

In 2022, Katie and François got married and Harrison was their ‘Hoglet of Honour.’ He was the ring bearer, had his own signature cocktail and even had his portrait on all the napkins! The day would truly have not been the same without him. Having him there brought more joy to Katie and François’s big day – and some very memorable photos. 

As hedgehogs are nocturnal, Katie and François don’t see much of Harrison during the day. However, when they get home from work, they love seeing him as he wakes up, ready to start his nighttime adventures. Even after a long day, Harrison can always cheer them up. When he wakes up, he’s always ready to play and have cuddles. Not only this, but his favourite thing is to curl up in Katie or François’s hoodies!

No matter what, Harrison never fails to brighten Katie and François’s day. They have formed such a special bond and share so much love for each other.

Anu, Hippu and their Hedgehogs — November 26, 2021

Anu, Hippu and their Hedgehogs

~ Anu, Hippu and their Hedgehogs ~

Ten years ago, Anu and her family welcome Tibetan Spaniel, Hippu, into their home. Since then, they have all formed such a special bond and have helped many animals. 

Anu has always loved animals. When her sister adopted Hippu, she was thrilled. While she wasn’t her dog, Hippu has always loved sitting with Anu. Plus, she knows Anu always has a treat or two for her! 

In September of 2020, Anu had heard that there weren’t enough hedgehog carers in her area. Because of this, Anu contacted someone who was a carer and offered to help. Following this, Anu was given her first hedgehog, Taisto Uljas. Taisto was an orphan and he needed a lot of care. However, Anu was up for the job and helped him to grow into a happy and healthy hedgie. 

After caring for Taisto, Anu rescued a second hedgehog, Mauri. He had lungworm and infections. Sadly, Mauri soon passed away. This devastated Anu, however, she’s relieved that he didn’t die alone, hungry or cold. 

It can be difficult for Anu looking after these hedgehogs, especially if they are unwell. However, it’s immensely rewarding and she feels happy knowing she’s making a difference to the animals around her. 

Soon, Anu welcomed rescued heghie Arhippa into her care. Arhippa did prove to be a bit of a handful! One night, he managed to escape his crib. After some searching, he was found in the closet! He was unhappy to have been caught and pooped in his water bowl to show his displeasure. 

Another hedgehog who found herself in Anu’s care was Akuliina. She needed medicine baths as she had an infection in her little foot. Anu would have to give her a poop boot bath – a bath to clean the poop from her feet – then a medicine bath. Akuliina didn’t enjoy these, but thanks to the care and love she was given, she recovered and is living her best life. 

Because of the care that Anu and other hedgehog carers in her area give, they’ve formed their own wildlife support association. They help hedgehogs and others in their neighbourhood and enjoy helping one another with any animal problems that may arise. 

It is evident the immense impact that Anu has had on the hedgehogs that have found their way into her care. Anu has such a big heart and cares for many animals, from Hippu to all the hedgies. 

S’mores — May 12, 2021

S’mores

~ S’mores ~

Almost 2 years ago, S’mores found his forever home.  His human fell in love with him, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. 

In October of 2019, Smores’ human found him online.  Wanting to adopt a hedgehog, they did an internet search.  Soon enough, they spotted a baby male hedgehog and wanted to know more.  

Unfortunately, it seemed as though this hedgehog had not been well looked after in his short life.  After a while, it was decided this was the hedgehog they wanted to adopt.  Once they went to meet the previous owners, there was no doubt they would be leaving without this hedgehog, with a new name – S’mores.

It was a difficult beginning for S’mores and his new human.  As S’mores hadn’t been properly handled and was neglected, he was very scared and hostile.  His human didn’t even get to see his face at all, apart from when he uncurled to eat.  

Despite S’mores’ challenges, his human knew they were meant to be together.  They spent months handling S’mores, trying to gain trust, and more.  Gradually, S’mores started to open up.  Earlier this year, he sat on his human’s lap for the first time, which was a big step for both of them.  The challenges they’ve both faced together to get where they now have only brought them closer.  

Not only has S’mores’ life improved, but his human has become much happier.  Simply having his company, seeing his cute little face and more, has given his human so much happiness.  On days when it might be difficult, S’mores can always bring a bit of sunshine to a clouded day.  

Due to the amazing effect, S’mores has had, his human has been inspired to start their own hedgehog business – Hugs and Thistles.  Here, they sell products for hedgehogs, and other animals, such as hats, snack bags, toys and more!  Of course, S’mores helps too in testing and modelling the products. 

Both S’mores and his human enjoy simply being in each other’s company.  His human loves when S’mores curls up in their lap as it has taken a lot to get to this point.  They have worked very hard to show S’mores that he can feel safe and comfortable in his home.  While he still has his moments of distrust, he has come such a long way since day one. 

The bond between S’mores and his human is amazing.  It is evident how much they have both helped one another.  S’mores has flourished and his human has gained so much happiness.  The love and care they have for each other is incredible. 

People’s Hog — February 15, 2021

People’s Hog

~ Jen and Streusel ~

In September of 2020, Jen met her beautiful companion, Streusel. Streusel and Jen have formed a very strong bond in the time they have lived with one another. It’s one that will only continue to grow. 

Streusel, an African Pygmy Hedgehog, met her human, Jen, in an unexpected way! Her twin brother was to be adopted by Jen until the breeder detected he may have health issues. It was meant to be. Usually, the breeder has waiting lists that last for months, however, Streusel was there and it was love at first sight. The moment she held her, she knew that Streusel would be coming home.  

Having Streusel has given Jen a lot of happiness. 7 months before adopting Streusel, Jen faced job loss and uncertainty as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. Being a theatre actress, job opportunities faded quickly. It was difficult for Jen, until Streusel took the spotlight. 

No matter what is going on in Jen’s life, Streusel never fails to bring a smile to Jen’s face. Whether she is happily eating, snuggling up to Jen, or just being her usual hedgehog self, she can always brighten Jen’s day. Although it was a challenge at first, Jen and Streusel have fallen into a lovely routine with one another.  

Jen is mindful of Streusel being a naturally nocturnal animal, and so they spend a lot of time together in the evenings. Often they enjoy playing, but mostly enjoy snuggle time, and Streusel is always keen for her next meal!

Recently, Jen went for a 10-day trip to Utah. This was a difficult time for her as she had not been away from Streusel that long before. Jen had previously set up some live cameras in Streusel’s house so she could see her, even while she was away.  

While watching the footage, Jen noticed Streusel would come out around the time they would normally have snuggle time. This meant a lot to Jen as it showed her just how much their bond meant to both her and Streusel. Once Jen returned home, Streusel was ecstatic to see her. Streusel enjoyed reuniting with her human and was very happy to shower Jen with snuggles and affection.  

Both Jen and Streusel enjoy their evenings together.  They relax on the couch together, while Jen watches a movie or program, Streusel likes to snuggle into the hood of whatever hoodie Jen might be wearing.  One of Jen’s favourite things to do with Streusel is giving her tummy rubs.  Once they have finished their time together, Streusel goes back to her house and has some snacks as she prepares for a night of play and running on her wheel.  Although during this time, Jen goes to sleep, she is still able to watch Streusel through the live camera feed, ensuring that Streusel is happy and healthy. 

Not only has Streusel improved Jen’s life, but she has also impacted friends and family, too.  They are always very excited to see Streusel whenever they can.  During Christmas in 2020, Jen sent out a custom holiday card featuring her and Streusel playing dreidel.  This brought a smile to every single person who received one.  Jen often refers to Streusel as being a ‘hog of the people’.  

The bond between Jen and Streusel is a very special one.  It is evident how much happiness Streusel brings to Jen and everyone else around them.  Having Streusel has also introduced Jen to a new community of other hedgehog lovers and owners.  The two bring out the best in one another and the love between them is obvious, simply by how they look at one another.