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Hedgehog FAQ #2: Finding More Information
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HEDGEHOG FAQ (part 2 of 5) -- FINDING MORE INFORMATION
Compiled and edited by Brian MacNamara (email@example.com)
Additions, corrections, and suggestions for this file are welcomed
(in fact, desperately begged for, is probably closer to the truth)!
This document is copyright 1995 by Brian MacNamara. See section 0.5
for authorship information and redistribution rights. In short, you
can give it away, but you can't charge for it.
The basic Hedgehog FAQ has five parts, all of which should be available
from wherever you obtained this one. A complete table of contents for
all five parts is given in part I.
Please note: I am not a hedgehog expert (in fact I am a relative novice),
and I did not write, or verify, all the information in this FAQ. I have
done my best to include only accurate and useful information, but I cannot
guarantee the correctness of what is contained in this FAQ, regardless of
the source, or even that it will not be harmful to you or your hedgehog in
some way. For advice from an expert, I recommend you consult the books
listed below [2.1], or, especially in the case of a suspected medical
problem, a veterinarian who is familiar with hedgehogs.
Subject: CONTENTS OF THIS FILE
2. *** Where to get more information ***
<2.1> What books are there on pet hedgehogs?
<2.2> What other hedgehog books are there?
<2.3> Is there any other information available on-line?
<2.4> How can I find a hedgehog breeder/contact in my area?
<2.5> Where are hedgehogs illegal?
<2.6> North American Hedgehog Association
<2.7> Other Hedgehog Organizations
<2.8> Miscellaneous Hedgehog stuff and sources
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2. *** Where to get more information ***
Subject: <2.1> What books are there on pet hedgehogs?
Until quite recently there was only a single tome available on our prickly
little friends, which was often referred to as "The Hedgehog Book." With
the increasing popularity of hedgehogs, a number of books are now becoming
available. There still seems to be little information on hedgehogs in print,
especially compared to most other animals, but this, fortunately, appears to
be rapidly changing.
"The Hedgehog book" as it is often referred to, is actually titled
"Everything You Wanted to Know About Hedgehogs But you didn't know
who to ask" by Pat Storer. This is one of the books available on hedgehogs.
Pat Storer now has two books available on hedgehogs, and while there is
considerable crossover between the two, her newer book "Hedgehogs As Pets"
(my thanks to John Ofner, my breeder, for my copy) is targeted more at pet
owners, while the original "Everything..." is more oriented towards breeders.
These books are, for all intents and purposes, the premier formal tomes on
hedgehogs, and having one or the other virtually a must for any hedgehog
owner. While they don't cover absolutely everything (they get better with
each edition), they do provide a lot of information. As I mentioned, one is
oriented more to the pet owner and the other towards breeders, so you can
choose the book appropriate to your needs. Both books cover areas of the
other to some extent, so a pet owner looking for basics on breeding will find
it in "Hedgehogs As Pets" while a breeder can find pet level information in
Probably the most essential thing both offer are a reference section on
hedgehog health, body chemistry norms, and drugs (including quantities) that
have been safely used to treat hedgehog maladies. Given that very few
veterinarians, in North America, have even heard of hedgehogs as pets, let
alone ever treated them, taking one of these books with you to a vet in time
of emergency could easily be a life saving act.
That's the good news; the problem is that these books are generally only
available directly from Pat Storer herself, although the Ain't No Creek Ranch
[2.8] also carries them. Fortunately, they are not expensive, and delivery
is quick (my copy of "Everything..." arrived within 2 weeks of my dropping
the order in the mail, and given the delivery speed of snail mail up here
that's quite a feat). In any case, here are the details:
Everything You Wanted to Know About Hedgehogs
But you didn't know who to ask
Written and Compiled by Pat Storer
Country Storer Enterprises, Publisher
P.O. Box 160
Columbus, Texas 78934
Phone: (409) 732-3562
Fax: (409) 732-9417
Single Copies (In U.S.): $24.00 US dollars
by 4th Class Mail
Priority Mail or to Canada: $26.00 US dollars
Hedgehogs As Pets
By Pat Storer
Country Storer Enterprises, Publisher
P.O. Box 160
Columbus, Texas 78934
Phone: (409) 732-3562
Fax: (409) 732-9417
Single Copies (In U.S.): $16.50 US dollars
by 4th Class Mail
Priority Mail or to Canada: $18.50 US dollars
She doesn't take credit cards, but money orders are fine. The information
above is accurate as of November 1994 (and taken directly from the books).
There is one minor correction to "Everything..." that should be noted:
The correct number for Rainbow Mealworms (mentioned in Storer's
book) is 310-635-1494. -- Katherine Long
Other books on pet hedgehogs have recently come into being, for which we can
all be happy. I've listed the information I have on them below with thanks
to Elizabeth Jane Monroe and Znofyl.
African Pygmy Hedgehogs as your New Pet
Dennis Kelsey-Wood, pics. by Ralph Lermayer
distributed by T.F.H. Publications, Inc.,
One T.F.H. Plaza, Neptune City, NJ 07753
or National Book Network, Inc.
4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706
or in Canada, H & L Pet Supplies Inc.,
27 Kingston Crescent, Kitchener, Ontario N2B 2T6
and other places. ISBN # is 079380192-3
Abstract: "This book represents the culmination of years of research by
dedicated hedgehog breeders. Dennis Kelsey-Wood has compiled, through
intense research, interviews, and study, what I feel is the finest, most
accurate, and complete gathering of hedgehog facts on husbandry,
breeding, and care that has ever been assembled in one book. From its
accurate text to its superb photos, it is destined to become a classic
and will no doubt be the standard for anyone interested in these
fascinating animals. Enjoy it and Happy Hedgehoggin!"
Ralph M. Lermayer, President, North American Hedgehog Association
It has chapters on housing, feeding, healthcare, and the photos really
For anyone having a hard time finding it, you can call TFH directly
at 1-908-988-8400, ext. 117 and order it from their customer service
department for $14.95 plus $3.00 shipping and handling (no tax for
non-New Jersey residents). [editor's note: orders from Canada are
welcome and are shipped quickly.]
This is a good book, especially for beginners (which is really where it is
directed). As a result of being a beginners book, it does not contain the
health standards, and medicine usage that are in Pat Storer's books, listed
above, and is to my mind a good supplement, but not a replacement for them
-- especially if your veterinarian is not well acquainted with hedgehogs. I
found it to be good reading, but it always seemed to avoid a direct answer to
most questions, lacking in real detail. I must admit, however, that the
pictures alone were both great entertainment, and very useful, giving
probably the best glimpse of what a healthy hedgehog should look like. I'm
still trying to figure out how the photographer managed to avoid getting
blurred pictures of all those busy noses. Considering its low price, and
the fact that it's only the first edition, don't hesitate to get it -- I
didn't and I don't regret it for a moment.
It seems it's bonus time when it comes to hedgehog books. Chris Twedt sent
me information on yet another new book that is out:
_Hedgehogs: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual_
by Matthew M. Vriends, Ph.D
pub: Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
Barron's Price: $5.95 US
Barron's has published numerous other pet books in their series, and
they all seem to be well-received and easily available in pet shops.
It's geared primarily towards the African, though it has a chapter on
the European as kind of a compare/contrast thing. It also has a
chapter on breeding by Pat Storer. A lot of good pictures and
information, in an easy-to-read style, plus a chapter on "Understanding
Hedgehogs" covering body language and sounds. While it's by no means
all-inclusive (is there a hedgie book yet that is?) it's a good read.
-- Chris Twedt
Being very lucky, I was able to get a copy of this and agree that it is a
very worthwhile addition to any hedgehog library -- especially at the low
price (isn't your hedgehog worth it?). The book contains some medical
information that complements Pat Storer's books quite well, but, again,
does not replace it. I also got the impression that the author wrote the
book over a number of years and didn't bother to re-read what he had written
in earlier chapters when writing later ones. There were a couple of minor
places where he seemed to contradict himself, in particular with respect to
foods. The chapter by Pat Storer is taken almost verbatim out of her books,
but is a worthwhile addition. The book tends to answer questions in relation
to European hedgehogs almost more so than African Pigmy hedgehogs, and many
of the pictures seem to show Egyptian (long-eared) hedgehogs. However,
these points are minor quibbles at most and if taken as a whole, the book is
very good, and is probably the ideal starting place.
Now that hedgehogs are becomming so popular in so many ways, books are happily
appearing at a fast and furious rate. One of the latest I've become aware of
by Nigel Reeve
I have little information on this one, other than it is available through the
_Exclusively_Hedgehogs_ catalog [2.8] for $49.95 U.S., and although apparently
focused on European hedgehogs, it does deal with other varieties as well.
According to the brief write-up in the catalog, it grew out of a thesis that
Nigel Reeve wrote on hedgehogs, and is on the order of 350 pages in length,
covering most topics, including health and veterinary treatment.
While I am at it, Richard Saunders passed along word of another book that he
found. This one appears to possibly be a local effort by a hedgehog breeder
on the west coast of Canada, but just in case, here is the information that
_Hedgehog Handbook - Everything You Need To Know To Raise Happy Healthy
Written & Illustrated by Joan Baydala (Copyright, 1994)
The small paperback book (64 pages) indicated Joan Baydala is located in
Kelowna, B.C. The book doesn't indicate a publisher (weird?) or any ISBN
Outline of the book is:
A Brief History (page 1-10)
Survival In The Wild (11-18)
Selecting Your Hedgehog (20-26)
Care and Management (35-46)
A Few Last Words (58-59)
Another resource for hedgehog information is the "Exotic Market Review." This
is a magazine about exotic animals and pets, and is primarily intended for
breeders. It contains articles on innumerable different animals that most of
us will never have heard of, but also contains an abundance of info on
hedgehogs. Subscription rates are $10.00/yr in the U.S., $30.00/US/yr for
Canada, and $60.00/US/yr foreign (gee, I didn't know the U.S. had invaded
Canada again?). They can be contacted at:
EXOTIC Market Review
P.O. Box 1203
Bowie, Texas 76230
Subject: <2.2> What other hedgehog books are there?
In addition to the books listed in [2.1], several other sources are listed
here. Katherine Long has passed along word of another book that appears to
be promising. Here is the bibliographic info:
Stocker, Les. The Complete Hedgehog. (Illus.) 128 p. 09/1994.
Paper. $19.95. (ISBN 0-7011-3272-8, Chatto & Windus UK). Trafalgar
This book concentrates on European hedgehogs, but certainly contains
relevant information on hedgehogs in general and is generally applicable
for pet hedgehogs.
Les Stocker's _The Complete Hedgehog_ is basically about European
hedgehogs, and a couple of people have said that it takes a fairly
strong position against keeping them as pets; so it will probably be
of interest to hedgehog lovers, but not as a care manual.
-- Nathan Tenny
Another book suggested by Bill Corner is:
"Hedgehogs", by Pat Morris.
Published by: Whittet Books. 1983.
[This] is a book by a researcher whose spent his post-doctorate research
studying Hedgehog behaviour. Not as comprehensive as the above one
(Les Stocker's), but a good read. -- Bill Corner
While the following doesn't deal directly with pet hedgehogs, it may
well be of interest to us hedgehog addicts (thanks again Katherine for
There is a book by the British Hedgehog Society Staff called
Prickly Poems. (Illus.) 64p. Juv (gr 3-5) 03/1993.
$18.95 (ISBN 0-09-176379-7, Hutchinson UK). Trafalgar Square.
One more for good measure:
In looking for chinchilla information, I ran across a book that has
hedgehog health information. MANUAL OF EXOTIC PETS, written by the
BRITISH SMALL ANIMAL VETERINARY ASSOCIATION, KINGSLEY HOUSE, CHURCH
LANE, SHURDINGTON, CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE GL51 5TQ. UK Cost
is L56.60 and you can pay by mastercard or visa. The hedgehog they are
referring to is probably the Eurasian hedgehog but the English do have
hedgehog hospitals for the ones that are hit by cars during the mating
season. For the African ones, I don't Know. -- Chingur
Hedgehogs get killed on the roads ALL the time (apart from when they
are hibernating, of course) not just during the mating season. And
there are thousands of the little critters that get killed on British
roads annually... :( -- Bill Corner
Peter Captijn, has sent along the following (almost endless) list of books
all EUROPEAN (Erinaceaous europaeus), never pet-owners books:
- The hedgehog and friends, more tales from St. Tiggywinkles
by Les Stocker, Chatto & Windus, London, 1990, ISBN 0 7011
3655 3, 8.99 UK pounds.
I name this because it is NOT a hedgehog book. It's a book
relating the work Les Stocker does in his animal care
center. Although it has a few pages about hedgehogs, nice
photo's and nice pencil drawings, I think you should leave
it unless you have money to burn.
In the literature list of Shire Natural History's book on
hedgehogs (see below) the following books are mentioned:
- The hedgehog by M. Burton Andre Deutsch 1969. Reprinted
as a Corgi `Survival' paperback. Now out of print but often
available through local libraries.
- Hedgehogs by K. Herter, Phoenix House 1969. Now out of
print but often available through local libraries.
Various leaflets, books, hedgehog toys and other items are
available from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society,
Knowbury, Shropshire. [2.7]
Further information on hedgehogs and other mammals is
available from the Mammal Society Conservation Officer,
Zoology Dept., Woodland Road, Avon BS8 1UG.
Shire Natural History has published a condensed (24 pages)
booklet based on P.A. Morris and Les Stocker's work. It's very
colorful, with lots of (very nice) photos and surprisingly
good information, and it is CHEAP. It's probably the best
gift for people who want to be introduced to hedgehogs:
- The hedgehog, P.A. Morris, Shire Natural History, ISBN 0
85263 958 9, 1.95 UK pounds, reprinted last in 1992. (Would
be about 2.5 dollar without shipment.)
- Hedgehogs by Maxwell Knight, a Sunday times book
publication, Animals of Britain No. 3 edited by L. Harrison
Matthews, 24 pages, 1962. Almost no information at all,
advises to give bread and milk (for crying out loud) but has
one nice sentence: `I do not favor keeping hedgehogs in any
kind of cage - they are not suited to these conditions and
seldom thrive.' He advises `semi-captivity' meaning trying
to lure and keep them in your garden by providing suitable
housing and conditions.
I have more books about hedgehogs, but these are original
GERMAN books, translated to DUTCH, and probably not
available in English. I will list them because the FAQ is
read all over the world.
- Igel in Pension by Claudia Bestajovsky, Franckh'sche
Verlagshandlung, W. Keller & Co., Stuttgart, 1975
published in Holland as: Egel te gast, Thieme-Zutphen, ISBN
90 03 94990 5, 1975
This book is about caring for late autumn hedgehogs who are
too small to survive the winter, it's based on her own
experience in helping 50+ hedgehogs.
- Geliebtes Stacheltier by Christl Poduschka, Landbuch-
Verlag GmbH, Hannover, Germany, 1972
published in Holland as: Onze eigen egel, Nijgh & Van
Ditmar, Den Haag, 1974, ISBN 90 236 3334 2
Tales about their garden-hedgehogs and quite some
information about feeding and caring of them.
- Igel als Wintergaste by Helga Fritzsche, Grafe und Unzer
published in Holland as: Egels, Elsevier, 1981, ISBN 90 10
Very good book about the medical care hedgehogs need, very
thorough on diseases, actually very good in everything. Has
read Poduschka and improves on her.
It will be possible to list about 10 scientific articles
about hedgehogs, all in German, but only if you're really,
really interested (between 1958-1979, almost impossible to
And if you are still in need of a hedgehog fix, there's always the Sonic
the Hedgehog series of video games, cartoons, etc.
Subject: <2.3> Is there any other information available on-line?
Discussions of hedgehogs often come up in the Usenet newsgroup rec.pets.
The FAQ "Fleas, Ticks and Your Pet" is distributed there, as well as listed
in [9.3]. Several bulletin board systems keep pet FAQs and discussions, as
does the CompuServe Small Mammals forum.
Mike McGary maintains a Hedgehog WWW page that can be accessed at:
He generally keeps pointers to almost anything to do with hedgehogs that
can be found on the Net, although depending on how busy he is, some of his
pointer can run a little out of date.
I also have a set of Hedgehog WWW pages that can be accessed at:
Jesse Ephraim has also put together an interesting set of web pages on
hedgehogs, including the longest list of books I have ever seen at:
The list of hedgehog web pages pages is growing rapidly -- I've been trying
to keep pointers to most of them off my own web page, but by now I'm starting
to miss many, I'm sure.
In addition to the web, John Lester as set up a Hedgehog Mailing List. To
subscribe, send email, with the subject line simply reading "subscribe" to
Or you can do it via the web at:
In the short time it's been up and running, the traffic has grown from one
message every couple of days to a few per day, and promises to become a
very useful resource to hedgehog lovers. The people on the list are quite
friendly and helpful, and are not stuffy in the least (blatent plug for
the author here, who often babbles at length on the list). Many of the
people there are ordinary hedgehog owners (who really owns who?) rather
than sophisticated breeders, although there are experienced breeders too,
so feel free to join on, even if all you do is lurk in the background.
Subject: <2.4> How can I find a hedgehog breeder/contact in my area?
One of the best options here is to contact the North American Hedgehog
Association (N.A.H.A.) [2.6] who can probably direct you to a reputable local
breeder, and who may be the best source of information. In addition, you can
check in the yellow pages under exotic animals, or look in the classified ads
section of your local newspapers.
Hedgehogs are becoming more readily available, and are showing up in better
pet stores, and I've even heard rumours of them occasionally being available
at the pound.
Breeders in the U.S. are generally supposed to be registered with the
U.S.D.A. This is generally not observed very seriously, but is a requirement
for N.A.H.A. registered breeders (at least within the U.S.). Still, the
U.S.D.A. may be able to provide names and addresses of large breeders in the
Depending on interest, and information, I may expand this section to
include breeder's names and addresses.
Subject: <2.5> Where are hedgehogs illegal?
Unfortunately, there are some areas that do not yet allow pet hedgehogs. The
best source for an accurate list of various hedgehog restrictions is the
N.A.H.A. [2.6] which maintains an up to date list. In addition, the N.A.H.A.
can help provide guidance on how you can enlighten any backward bureaucracies
you run into. I hope to be able to add the details of their list in the near
future. For now, the following is the best that I can offer.
At the moment hedgehogs are not permitted in the U.S. in the states of
Alabama, Alaska, California, Idaho, and Utah, although I've been told that
hedgehogs are quite available in Utah (the official word there seems to be
somewhat uncertain). This is a very stripped down version of the list
published by the N.A.H.A., who are maintaining a detailed list of hedgehog
legality and registration requirements.
Maryland has recently seen the light (in November of 1994 -- Woobie), and is
now legit for hedgehogs, as is Colorado.
In Canada the best information I have been able to find (courtesy of John
Ofner) is that hedgehogs are permitted in all provinces except Quebec.
There had been conflicting reports that hedgehogs are illegal in the province
of Alberta, but it appears that this is now something for the history books.
There are a number of U.S. states that require permits, and various
localities throughout both Canada and the U.S. may also require special
I have heard rumours that African Pigmy hedgehogs are permitted as pets in
the U.K., but NOT European hedgehogs. The best information I have for the
rest of Europe is that hedgehogs (of any variety) may NOT be kept as pets
anywhere else in Europe.
Pennsylvania apparently has a law to protect its own animal breeders, making
it illegal to import hedgehogs into PA (which thereby manages to make it
impossible for PA breeders to legally get new stock), although PA-bred
hedgehogs are legal. Note: the latest N.A.H.A. list appears to make this
somewhat questionable, so maybe common sense has prevailed.
Again, I have no real confirmation of most of these (although the bans listed
at the beginning are pretty certain), and you should probably check first.
Keep in mind that many local laws may also affect the legality of hedgehogs
as pets, or at least require a permit. For a detailed list of legal
requirements, you should contact the N.A.H.A. [2.6].
Subject: <2.6> North American Hedgehog Association
Formed in 1993, the North American Hedgehog Association (N.A.H.A.) exists
to assist and guide the pet hedgehog hobby. It is involved in such
activities as clarifying the status of hedgehogs as pets in various places
(see [2.5]), overseeing breeding registries, acting as a repository and focus
for hedgehog veterinary information, and setting up judges and standards
for hedgehog shows. It has recently expanded, and now publishes its
magazine 6 times per year, rather than just quarterly (and changing
the name of the publication from _The_Hedgehog_News_ to
The N.A.H.A. can be contacted at (address accurate as of July 1995):
North American Hedgehog Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 1224
Nogal, New Mexico
Phone: (505) 648-2835
Here is a rough overview of the Membership options (valid as of July 1995):
- Subscriber: Includes 6 issues of _Hedgehog_World_International_. Fee
is $25.00 U.S./year.
- Member: Includes participation in the organization, 6 issues of
_Hedgehog_World_International_, discount on advertizing, and various
free merchandise. Fee is $50.00 U.S./year.
- Registered Breeder: Includes participation in the organization,
access to the breeder referral network and listing, 6 issues of
_Hedgehog_World_International_, various free merchandise (N.A.H.A.
registered breeders in the U.S. must be U.S.D.A. registered, non-U.S.
breeders are exempt (at least until equivalent programs can be
determined in other countries), and numerous other items of interest
to breeders. Fee is $120.00 U.S./year.
I will continue to fill in information about the N.A.H.A., here, as I
learn more about them and their services.
Subject: <2.7> Other Hedgehog Organizations
Aside from the N.A.H.A. [2.6], there exist a number of organizations
dedicated to hedgehogs. Many of these organizations discussed in this
section are generally involved with the wild European hedgehogs, rather
than pet hedgehogs.
Doug Dorer passed along the following information on one of the other pet
hedgehog oriented organizations:
There is a monthly newsletter called Hedgehog Central that is put out by
Bryan and Anna Smith, PO Box 426 Keremeos BC Canada 604-499-5143. This
is also the address for the Hedgehog Fanciers Society.
Moving on to the European hedgehog organizations, first is the British
Hedgehog Preservation Society, run by Major Adrian Cole, sent to me courtesy
of Bill Corner, Vanessa Purvis, and Seabury Salmon:
I thought I would let you know that here in the UK there exists a
society called "the British Hedgehog Presevation Society" (BHPS).
Their address - in case you want some more info! - is:
-- Bill Corner
Tel: 44 1584 890801 or 890287.
Tom Weston sent the following around about another organization dedicated to
rescuing and helping hedgehogs:
Having looked after hedgehogs for a number of years, Janet Peto founded
Hedgehog Welfare officially in December 1993. It is a small rescue
centre, based in Misterton [U.K.], taking in and caring for sick, injured
and orphaned hedgehogs. No hedgehog is ever turned away.
The aims of Hedgehog Welfare are:
To take in sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs, to care for them and
return them to the wild.
To encourage the finders of hedgehogs to care for them wherever possible
with full assistance from Hedgehog Welfare, including the loan of
equipment (when available) to do so.
To promote public awareness of the hedgehog in the wild (and of
conservation in general) and how everyone can assist.
To run courses which will improve the general knowledge and standards of
carers and veterinary surgeons.
If you would like to help or just know more about Hedgehog Welfare, its
work, or its courses, please write to or phone:
P.O. Box 1003,
Doncaster DN10 4JT
Tel. No. (0427) 891532
Barry Turner (who is the Newsletter Editor/SWRRC) contacted me recently with
info on the SWRRC:
I help out with the Staffordshire Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Centre, an animal Sanctuary at Kingsley near Cheadle, Staffordshire,
Jonathon Hodges, the Curator, takes in large numbers of rescued, sick or
injured hogs and hoglets throughout the year.
I hope to have more details from Barry in the future, but for those of you
in the area, it's probably pretty easy to track down and contact.
Last, and certainly far from least (how can anything hedgehog related be
least?) is "St. Tiggywinkle's" hospital, etc. The following information
on it was sent along by Willard B. "Skip" Nelson, DVM:
I see that you are looking for Mrs Tiggywinkle's hospital in the UK.
I have corresponded with Mr. Les Stocker, M.B.E. of the Wildlife
Hospital Trust aka "St. Tiggywinkle's" and I can report that his
Buckinghamshire HP17 8AF
Subject: <2.8> Miscellaneous Hedgehog stuff and sources
This section contains information on various hedgehog thing and places to
get hedgehog stuff that just doesn't easily fit into any of the more
organized categories. In short, the things here probably mean I need to
reorganize the FAQ in some way, but either I haven't figured out how to
do it in a way I'm happy with, or I'm just too lazy just yet (or maybe both).
The first item on our list of interesting stuff is the
_Spike_&_Friends_Collection_ is a catalog of miscellaneous hedgehoggery,
and stuff relating to other exotic pets put out by the "Ain't No Creek
Ain't No Creek Ranch
2553 W Offner Road
Phone: (708) 534-3296
Fax: (708) 534-3277
If you are into pet hedgehogs or just like hedgehogs in general, this
catalog is really neat! As a quick overview, it contains most of the
books available for pet hedgehogs, t-shirts and sweatshirts, hedgehog toys,
and toy-hedgehogs, and is just starting out, so I can only try to imagine
what will be there in the future. They seem to be primarily hedgehog
oriented (in fact they breed hedgehogs -- a good sign :-), but the catalog
also has items that are related to other exotic pets like ferrets, sugar
gliders, rheas, goats, etc.
Here's part of the welcome message from the catalog to give you a feeling of
what they are all about:
Welcome to the first edition of the Spike and Friends Collection.
This brochure is an outgrowth of our hedgehog mania here at Ain't No
Creek Ranch. In attempting to locate hedgehogabilia for ourselves --
we found a lot of other hedgehog lovers looking for the same things. So
we began accumulating items as well as designing out own. And we've even
included books, toys, and t-shirts for a few other exotic/alternative
animals as well.
In addition to the catalog, we publish a quarterly newsletter, The
Hedgehog Herald. A one year, four issue subscription is just $3.00(US).
Sample copies are $1.00(US). Just write in item number HH-4 and a price
of $1.00 for a sample, or add $3.00 in the subscription box on the order
form for four issues.
Ain't No Creek Ranch
Disclaimer: I have no connection with the Ain't No Creek Ranch, other than as
a happy customer. I found Dawn Wrobel to be very cheerful and pleasant to
deal with, and the items in their catalog a little too interesting to
A second hedgehog catalog has now come out, called _Exclusively_Hedgehogs_.
The wonder of this is that there is virtually no overlap in what they carry
with what is in the previous catalog. It is indeed a good time for hedgehog
lovers! Like the _Spike_and_Friends_Collection_, _Exclusively_Hedgehogs_
carries both hedgehog pet supplies and hedgehogabilia, and is available from:
145 S.E. Ankeny Circle
Portland OR. 97233-3121
Among the items carried for pet hedgehogs are hedgehog food and treats, and
Roadrunner Play Safe wheels (I would recommend at least the 11" and preferably
the 14-inch model for hedgehogs). They also carry the largest selection of
hedgehog figurines that I have seen.
As mentioned above, there is virtually no overlap in what is carried by
Exclusively Hedgehogs, and the Ain't No Creek Ranch, which I find quite
amazing, and an incredible bonus to "hedgehogians" like myself. Aside from a
couple of the more common books being available from both, and both carrying
different brands of hedgehog wheel, everything is different. If you already
have either catalog, the other it worth getting too.
Here's part of the introduction from their catalog:
Welcome to our updated catalog. We have recently traveled to
England, France and Canada, as well as parts of the United States
in search of new hedgehog items. We are proud to bring you two
new items carried exclusively by us, the Roadrunner wheel and the
hedgehog food. We also found some great gift items imported
directly from England. It would be remiss not to mention the book
by Nigel Reeve. It is also imported directly to Exclusively
Hedgehogs from England.
Happy heggie shopping
Val and Julie
Disclaimer: I have no connection with the Exclusively Hedgehogs, and, as yet,
I cannot comment on service or quality, although they certainly present
themselves in a pleasant way, and what they offer does appear interesting
to anyone with an interest in hedgehogs.
Peter Captijn sends along this item of interest to European hedgehog lovers:
Special hedgehog nest boxes are available from Garden
Wildlife Product, 15 Malvern Buildings, Fairfield Park,
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