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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Thu May 02, 2013 9:03 pm

LINE UP LINE UP FOR SECOND HELPINGS

Two more of our hogs went out to their new homes today -- a regular release site of our s with two lovely people --who feed them .Seems the HEDGEHUGS hogs stick together and come down the path at a regular time scoff the lot and then go into the other hedgehog houses to see what else there is --what clever hogs-- they will have their work cut out from now on as the two newbies released today are woppers and look like they can scoff for btitain --extra rations needed paul and kath !!!
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Fri May 03, 2013 8:18 am

THE LITTLE MISFITS OF HEDGEHUGS

Every year at this time we have a review of our hogs as we try to rehome as many as possible and there are always losers in this .Today we had the hard task of assessing the ones left behind --these are a mixed bag of imperfect little souls and w ehave to try to do the best for them .Theres mcgregor who came in last autumn with a skin condition w e cant ge t on top of .Dot who has an eye missing --had an injured leg and is a bit scrawny .BILLY WHIZZ who is aggressive blind and scabby .BERRY who has a permanent cough and may have lung damage . norma who again is pestered with an awful skin --and now sadly LITTLE JOE --who is a handrear and isnt getting on well in his new home and has to come back .Many of these hogs require extensive treatment and have already had an awful lot of time and money spent on them --so what do we do .There is nothing easy in wildlife rescue and at times it s soul destroying .SOMETimes it seems our best efforts just arent good enough folks
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Thu May 09, 2013 7:25 am

THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Now its a very sad fact but a true one that when our two intrepid founders WENDY and PAULINE were nowt but little lasses-- there were 35 million hedgehogs in this country and the latest survey --two years ago put the numbers at just over a million -- Now we all know how bad the last two years have been for hogs and a new survey has been commissioned this year --we await the results but suspect w e know what they will show .Makes you think doesnt it --especially as w e arent talking a million years ago -- honestly !!!In HEDGEHOG AWARENESS WEEK maybe we should be asking whats changed in the last 40 years to wipe em out -- thats the hogs --not wendy and pauline !!--
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Thu May 09, 2013 7:26 am

TARQUIN UPDATE

the news is good --no more sign of infection and he is eating well but only chicken whiskers in jelly and we think he has finally lost all his teeth --but we have to face the fact that he is a very old hog and cant last for ever .LITTLE JOE is a bit subdued since he came home and wehave yet to make a decision on him --it has got to be the right one this time as so much effort goes into our hand rears and he is the last to go .Mrs bitey is living up to her name and one of our helpers has refused to even handle her or go near the cage --she is currently having imaverol baths and we take our lives in our hand when we do her --but she seems to tolerate pauline and wendy and only threatens to bite them--mrs bitey knows who fills the food dish up and she also knows that bad hogs who rush out and attack hands dont get their suppers as quick .It has been a subdued time at the rescue as family stuff has taken over --and w eare just glad that wehadnt booked any talks etc for this week as it would have been impossible to do them --please watch out for stuff in the media --lets hope the B H P S are doing their stuff and not leaving it all up to small rescues like WILLOWS .
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Thu May 09, 2013 1:51 pm

THE DARKER SIDE OF RESCUING

Today one of the worst things that can happen to a hog rescue has happened --a hog found dead in the road by one of our release gardens --while it didnt have a new hedgehugs mark on it w ecan be almost 100% sure it wa s one of ours .yet another road casualty to add to the figures and alot of hard work wasted --esp as she was probably pregnant .How do we cope ??well we have to ,--has it put a damper on the day yes !! So often w e have heard form recuers that have been devastated by such events --a hog you have loved and cared for hit by a car or found in a terrible state and its heart breaking .Please watch out for all our wildlife on the roads-- there are far too many cars around here in a small village and so few hedgehogs left--we are just glad we found it and moved it out of the way --but it wasnt a good start to the day here .
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Sat May 11, 2013 7:45 pm

SATURDAY SORT OUT

It was an extremely busy morning today several hogs decided to keep their heads down as so much straw and paper was flying it was a mad house as hogs were weighed and checked and slotted into boxes for release.Many thanks to pat for lending a hand and doing one of the worst jobs of the year --deep cleaning the hutches--she has done such an impressive job w e might ask her again !!MRS BITEY has been moved to anew bigger hutch and wasnt amused at all ..the two MUCKY LADS have been shifted to wendys end of the garage and the cage blitzed by pat -- could have done with a sand blaster they are so disgusting --roll on release day for the twins --we all say --they are unbelieveably mucky even by hog standards .Tarkers had a mishap while having his claws trimmed and pauline ha s been sacked for incompetence --tarkers doesnt hold agrudge but pauline insists she has committed a sackable offence-- and will be leaving without passing GO and without a leaving party !!!HOGS have been spotted at our release sites and so far so good-- four more have gone today --little dot to a safe garden as he has an eye missing and had a leg injury and the other three to supported garden sites .--total releases so far 32 !!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Sun May 12, 2013 8:59 pm

THE RUNNERS IN THE CUTENESS STAKES

LITTLE JOE -- Hand reared adored by pauline and the feeling was mutual --couldnt settle in a asafe garden comes to the bars to sniff us each morning

LITTLE HUB -- survived against all the odds .worries her dinner to death /sucks all the meat off the biscuit and beetles around the cage like she has errands to do .

BILLY WHIZZ ==hyperactive and crazy --arrived as a tiny orphan and been mad ever since.
PICK UP = an old girl with mange / and an awful cough cleans every plate each night

MCGREGOR--ALSO KNOWN AS BIT OF MANGE --well that was the diagnosis when he came in and we are s till treating him --he puts up with all his baths and never even bothers .

TARQUIN --also known as THE BRAVE --a very old lad /lop sided grin /no teeth //falls asleep when you hold and stroke him /smells abit /has pink feet and a spongey nose and cant see very much /wont have covers ove r his head sleeps on one bit of DAILY MAIL /only eats mashed up chicken whiskers /has to have the same bowls in exactly the same place --

ADORED BY EVERYONE WHO MEETS HIM --loves ladies !!
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Tue May 14, 2013 5:12 pm

LITTLE DOTS NEW LIFE

one eyed little dot with the old leg injury left us at the weekend for a new life in a safe garden and all is going well POO HAS BEEN SPOTTED and picked up and seems he might even be sleeping in his brand new hedgehog house --result indeed--we wish him and his new family well even if they have changed his name to SPIKE!!More hogs ready to go this weekend --the infamous mucky twins /the last of the spider litter and fidget all ready for pastures new .Tarkers is looking his age and PAULINE is very worried about him /MRS BITEY is much happier in the bigger hutch and w e are now getting down to the hard core of difficult caseswith persistent skin conditions /coughs./weight issues and general hog problems Comet the garden hog has been weighed today and there must be stuff in the garden as she is back up to her usual 1023 gms --so no more treats in her box --good that she has bounced back so quickly after her long sleep .Little joe is still looking soulfully out of the cage and plans are in hand for his release soon we hope .Meanwhile the dreaded bath regime goes on and on -- thank heaven for the boiler cupboard to get them dry in --though goodness knows what the neighbours think when w e say we are cooking them for an hour or so!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Wed May 15, 2013 7:09 pm

LIFE IN THE GARDEN
As hogs are now out and about --just a few updates on things to watch out for
PONDS must have a way out --
NETTING --must be off the ground
SLUG PELLETS ARE A NO NO NO !!
SHRUBS ETC are abig plus --they like the cover
DRAINS mus t be covered
CHECK compost heaps and fire s
STRIMMERS ARE KILLERS WATCH OUT
FEMALE hogs choose the daftest places to have young --watch out for plastic bags /compost bags /garden junk and low shrubs
The babies are being born anytime now --litters can be up to 7/8 if you find youngsters distressed and NO SIGN OF MUM then heat is essential- and consult avet -- but young hogs may have mum around so no kidnapping please .

Injured hogs need vets --take them in a covered box with an old towel -- keep them warm /dark and quiet .

I am sure if you are even reading this page you will know all this but it doesnt hurt to repeat it --
RAIN --hogs hate it -- seriously -- they will be lying low this weekend -- get some food out if you can .
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Wed May 15, 2013 8:16 pm

HEDGEHOGS ON THE ONE SHOW

Hogs made it to primetime tv tonight and w e need more of it -- they were at vale hospital and pointed out the incredible numbers of hogs taken in last year /the mammoth drop in numbers /the effects of the wet winter /loss of habitat and JOY OF JOYS --how hogs only eat more of the dreaded slugs if they are starving which sadly they are .-- making it even more important to get some decent food out for them if you can .Rescue centres struggled with the numbers last year --even the big ones like VALE --we know of one that has had to close through pressure and as you know it s lalmost happened to us .We need more publicity for the hogs plight which is dire -- and more educating of the public--lets hope more appears in the media over the spring --and that the wet weather doesnt carry on too long --if you find a soaking wet hog out in the day this weekend -- take it in /warm it up /and feed it - it might be just save it s life .
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Wed May 15, 2013 10:47 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Thu May 16, 2013 5:51 pm

WHAT IS A SAFE GARDEN FOR A DISABLED HEDGEHOG

This is a question w e get asked all the time --we only release hogs to safe gardens that cannot be returned to the wild --these include
blind /semi blind hogs
3 legged females
handrears who we dont think can cope in the wild
old hogs with only a short while left
hogs who have recovered from an injury /illness and need supporting
A SAFE GARDEN --IS
walled /or a least gravel boarded on ALL SIDES
if there is a pond it must have an easy route out
a gate that has no gap underneath
shrubs and mature plant /places to bug and grub and hide
doesnt have a dog that might attack the hog
is not viewed as a pet for children
is not just there as a slug eater /does not have slug pellets
can be supported all year - it is your responsibility to arrange care if you go away
has a hedgehog house
is not agarden visited by foxes or badgers --yes w e know they can share in the wild but in a no way out situation the hog is too easy a target
So you can see why safe gardens are so hard for us to find and why we take such care in placing the right hog in the right place.
But not all the above apply to our supported release sites which have to be hog friendly and provide a good quality food --HOPE THIS HELPS -- WITH SOME OF THE QUESTIONS PEOPLE ARE ASKING
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Mon May 20, 2013 7:45 pm

WE,RE SO EXCITED AND WE JUST CANT HIDE IT --ETC ETC

Just been in garden to feed COMET and hooray we have had hog visitors--been in the feed box and left several calling cards. Now would like to think its the lure of afree meal but think its more the lure of a young lady. Last year COMET repelled all comers so wewait with interest although pauline thinks it would begreat for her to have alitter -- comets clearly not so sure but the good news is that at least one of our hogs has found his way back ALLELULIA !!!!!!ps PAULINE WOULD ALSO LIKE IT TO BE KNOWN THAT SHE IS WINNING THE CROCHET BATTLE ALL YE WHO HAVE SCOFFED !!
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Mon May 20, 2013 7:49 pm

RELEASING HOGS TO ALLOTMENTS

we are always getting asked if we will let hogs go to allotments and other gardens to "EAT ALL THE SLUGS "--WELL the short answer is NO!!! the LONG ANSWER IS ALSO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.and the reason is slugs are only 5-7% of a / hedgehogs diet .they eat them in desperation when conditions are poor and the result is increased cases of lungworm and the hog will die .Also we spend months and ££££s getting our hogs in peak condition and will only release to places where we know they will be fed --a good quality food --.We dont want to offend anyone who offers a garden but our hogs are important and deserve the best and being seen as organic pest control is not what w e --are about .Also-- allotments are often littered with slug pellets --by other gardeners --need w e say more --As hogs dwindle in numbers at an alarming rate and most of it being our fault we think the least wecan do is feed em well --or risk losing them altogther from vast areas of the country -- come on folks whats abowl of decent hog food -- when the pay off is helping the most adorable little creature w ehave -- TOTALLY UNBIASED VIEW OF COURSE !!!
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Mon May 20, 2013 7:50 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Tue May 21, 2013 4:01 pm

FAT BALLS

YES REALLY!! willows have put a warning on their site as the empty nets are a deathtrap to hogs -- w ehadnt reaalised that so thank you to them --lets bin the empty nets folks --and save tiny little spikey s getting there heads stuck and starving
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Wed May 22, 2013 9:21 am

HOG NEWS UPDATE

News coming in tonightfrom lisa at one of our release sites who has a party going on all having a good time except our rebecca who is huffing and carrying on at everyone else -- and to think we were worried she wouldnt cope --shes a feisty madam ,
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Wed May 22, 2013 3:54 pm

IT S OFFICIALTHE NEW WILDLIFE REPORT IS OUT AND HOGS ARE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE

The BBC has had an item today about the state of wildlife and a s w e feared hogs ar ei n the very threatened category and this is before the big hog survey results come in later next year .We do our best and in garages and sheds all over the country people are doing all they can for hedgehogs but we need help and if you can help us by a donation it will help to keep us going .Our drugs bill is climbing as w e struggle to get hogs well enough to go back to the wild --lungworm and mange in particular cost us over £ 50 a week and that is before food etc and all rescues are in the same position --p-lease help if you can . W e have a donate button on our web site and your local hedgehog rescue will appreciate any support you can give -- THEY ARE ALL OVER THE COUNTRYand w e all work so hard to keep going but it gets harder and harder and there is no support from any official body for wildlife rescues w e are all self funding and every month another rescue closes because of pressure --financial and stresswise -- thank you --
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Sat May 25, 2013 3:14 pm

BANK HOLIDAY GARDENING

As the whole world/his wife and his brother will be gardening this weekend please take care with all the ususal stuff and be hog aware in GRASS/HEDGES /COPMOST HEAPS /DECKING /OLD SHEDS /GREENHOUSES /PILES OF RUBBLE /OLD SACKS AND COMPOST BAGS --THINK TWICE PLEASE --we have already had ahog in with a nasty wound to the face .Any injured hog must go to avet this weekend --dont hesitiate --the leeds emergency vet at morley will be open all bank hoilday and shouldnt charge to treat wildlife -- keep the hog in strong covered box-- and away from flies -any hog out today in the sun is in trouble and prone to flystrike-- fill bowls in your garden please with fresh water for tonights visitors .
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Sun May 26, 2013 4:48 pm

RELEASE UPDATE

News on yesterdays releases --seems helen and paul up all night watching the antics -- the spider sisters incy and web stuck together and peered out of the box before venturing out together and then spent rest of night taking all the stuff in the run back into the hog house -- storm was all excited and trotted around a s happy a s larry and rolling on his back and annointing --sounds a fantastic sight --and it s great to get some feedback on them --think helen and paul will be buining the midnight oil watching them and they have been warned hedgehogs are very addicitive and amazing to watch at close quarters
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Sun May 26, 2013 5:03 pm

MRS MAY UPDATE

Our new hog has survived th e night much to our amazement and it s looking like ahead injury from a car --she huffed at pauline this morning which is good news and the next 48 hours will be crucial .News on little october is that he was probably abandoned by his mum -- there is a definite neurological problem -- which will explain a lot -- its amazing how the mums know when there is something wrong with them --anyway he is doing ok thanks to his foster mum and w ewill see how he get s on /Big change round in the garage as hogs moved into the sparkling hutches-- pity they dont stay like that .Increasing reports of large numbers of hogs squashed on roads over the holiday weekend --makes yousick really -- and w e try not to dwell on it .All the hogs had an excellent supper last night thanks to a local supermarket --empty plates all round -- --yum yum !!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Mon May 27, 2013 7:02 pm

TODAYS RELEASE

Little sparkler gone tonight --she came in on 4th november -- hence the name --than k you to hazel and james for taking her and for all they do to support us --more hogs going this week-- seems madness to still be at this stage when it s almost june. Mrs may STILL WITH US --hoping she might start to eat now --but she is avery poorlyhogand it s touch and go .
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Tue May 28, 2013 3:04 pm

GO GO GO

THREE more to go in next few days --MRS BITEY /BILLY WHIZZ and PLOD -- MRS MAY ha s eaten overnight and is looking betterand it finally looks a s if the bath regime is paying off and we should be able to release some of our hard core cases within the next week /Wendy has her hand done very soon so w e need as clear a garage as possible.Tarquin is in disagrace today as he has pood in his newly cleaned bed --this is not like him a t all and w eare getting abit concerned about him he is usually such a tidy old lad .
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Tue May 28, 2013 7:41 pm

FAREWELL TO BILLY WHIZZ

After being one of the most troublesome and unpleasant of babies and juveniles BILLY WHIZZ has finally gone tonight to a safe garden --he came in at jus t over 100gms and ha s been crackers ever since and hated every minute of his time with us .Sometimes we came very close to calling time on him a s he hit problem after problem and hissed and tried to bite us at every turn but w ekept going having made such a committment to him we couldnt bring ourselves to make the final call and give up on him .Then just a swe were in despair at him pacing all night and ripping his feet to shreds --he was so desperate to go --the offer came of a home .Now w e dont think it will be all plain sailing even now but he has the best chance of a life in a safe garden with another older hog -- and a patient man who will do all he can for him .What more can w eask --good luck billy --it will be such a relief to us to know that he is out enjoying the night air and not unhappy in acage .Please dont ever consider making a pet of a hedgehog --they just dont like it our tarkers is very very unusual and has had a head injury - but most hogs hate to be hemmed in in any way --even comet the rescue garden hog is totally free to go f she chooses --it show it should be -- safe gardens really are for the non --returnables as a last resort --lets keep our hogs out where they should be wherever possible and ahuge thank you to all those who step in to help when that isnt possible --you do a great job --
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PostSubject: Re: Hedgehugs Hedgehog Rescue   Tue May 28, 2013 8:02 pm

THE PATTER OF TINY FEET

jUST been in the garage sorting the shelves which wecan now get to since some hogs have gone and have found all the baby stuff --MILTON /sterilising unit /teets /pipettes /flannel sheets / tiny dishes /aloe gel /esbilac
--all the paraphernalia you would expect with a new born --we even have a little low level cage and designated ne wborn box --ALL JUST IN CASE --YOU UNDERSTAND --heaven forbid a s dont think we could cope just now but you never know -- litters are late and goodness knows what condition this years hoglets will be in --w e had several starving mums in last year and wouldnt want to see that again as it was so upsetting -- HERES to a successful breeding season to all mRS TIGGYWINKLES and hopefully we wont be needed at all !!!!SPRING WATCH TONIGHT FOLKS --hope someone got those mammoth ticks off that poor little hogs ears --we seem to have seen him bofore on the tele you would think they would take better care of their stars --maybe theres a shortage of hogs to appear on screen --wonder why that is then eh.?
PS general opinion of the fashionistas here at hedgehugs is that nice MARTINS hair is much improved this season -- x
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