THIS JUST IN: Barnaby Cleans Up At Hedgehog Fest

From Cuteporter Christine L., who has been workin’ that Send button hard today: “On Saturday, October 5, Barnaby went to Hedgehog Fest.

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First he won Best Adult Patterned Male and won a small pumpkin trophy.”

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He progressed in the show and then won Best Adult Male (patterned or non-patterned) and received a medium-sized star trophy.”

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Then he won Best Male Overall (junior or adult, patterned or non-patterned) and received a tall witch trophy.”

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He won Best Costume, participated in the Hedgie Games (where he took home ribbons in two events), and competed in the conformation show.” [The what? -Ed]

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This weekend was especially exciting because in addition to winning at Hedgehog Fest…”

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…Barnaby passed 2,000 followers on Instagram!”

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(And heck, here’s The Man at The Beach The King Of The World c/o Smartypants.)

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Hat Trick

And now, ladies and gentlemen, we present The Amazing Hedgeini, the mystifying reappearing, then re-disappearing hedgehog!

Regina, Where Did You Learn THIS From?

From Cuteporter Jen S.: “Ok. I have it for you this time. Regina the Hedgehog is the fattest hedgehog in the world (we like to think) because of a medical condition, not from abuse or overfeeding.”

[Nuffers, take note! -Ed]

“On her Facebook page she does a parody of Miley Cyrus’s video for “Wrecking Ball.” It is hi-larious. Regina is owned by my friend, Caroline C.”

Benson Hedges, Private Eye! in: The Case of the Soccer Punch

It was a hazy L.A. morning, the kind of day when the city slept under a blanket of smog and broken dreams. I hadn’t seen the sun in so long, my quills were pale.

I was on my second pack of Luckies when the call came. It concerned Vivien Brooke-Troute, star soccer player for the Keosaqua Kicks. His legs were insured for a cool million, but now those legs were missing, along with the rest of him. Before you could say “bend it like baked ham,” I was on the next plane to Iowa.


Brooke-Troute had been imported all the way from England, and he was last seen enjoying afternoon tea with a mysterious brunette. The table was set for two, but somebody didn’t have time to finish his biscuit.


I went to the soccer field and looked for clues. The place was deserted, except for a lone soccer ball — and judging by the smell, it had been freshly kicked.


The lead pipe stung the back of my head like a nearsighted dentist had put me in the chair face down and started drilling. When I came to, I was at the wharf wearing cement galoshes. “Since you’re so keen on findin’ dis guy, shamus,” said a voice, “we’ll take you ta’ meet ‘im — at da bottom o’ da river!

Is this the end for Benson Hedges? Tune in for the next episode whenever we get more pictures and I feel like writing it!


Christine L. checks in: “In January you featured my hedgie, Barnaby, typing at his little desk. I thought you might like to know that Barnaby now has his own Instagram account! You can follow him at @barnabyhedgehog. Here are a few of my favorite pics.”

Toothpeeck, Anyonne’?

Offers elegant toothpeeck holdere’. Delicately extends peenkay.

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“This is my hedgie, Henry Hazelnut, in a Hedgehog Measuring Cup. You can follow Henry at  Henry Hazelnut on Facebook.” -Ann Cordis

Head Asplodey Hazard Ahead

But it’s totally worth the reesk! Hedgie. Leecks. Feets! Th- th- th- that’s all folks!

“I have found it. The cutest video ever. Cute Overload can just pack up and close shop after this. The internet is done.  I’m dead over here. Dead from cuteness. I watch the video on repeat all the time, so I can remain dead. You can thank me when you are also dead. It’s Nuala, a sweet little hedgie girl, and her mama is my friend, Colleen Regan.” -Jen S.

Fleur du Jour

Tres ooh la la. Zat one and zat one and zat one.

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Le sneef, sneef, sneef ?

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Le chomp, chomp, chomp!

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“Un grand merci for your work and your website! I thought you might appreciate these photos of a cute hedgehog discovering my parents’ garden on a sunny afternoon. Monsieur Hérisson is rather photogenic, and didn’t seem to be too scared when my dad took it in picture. à bientôt!” -Emma (from Paris, France)

Alternative Caption Theater

Sender-inner Sarah Q. helpfully pre-captioned this photo of this hedge and bear. Well if there’s anything our readers love, it’s putting words in the mouths of cute animals — and a challenge. So, what else might these two be saying?

Dr. Who Hog

Cory C. sent us photos with this note: These are pictures I took of my wife’s pet hedgehog, Pertwee. He is named for Jon Pertwee who played the third Doctor on Doctor Who in the 1970’s.

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“Weverse teh polawity of teh neutwon flow.”

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See the resemblance?

Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who

File photo via the Guardian

The Folks Back Home Are Never Gonna Believe This

Golly gracious, Hedgeopolis is such a big city! It’s been an thrilling vacation so far: skating at Rockquillfeller Center, a show at Radio City Nosicle…


… and the view from the Statue of Prickly is simply breathtaking!


It’s a good thing that Sarah McManiman took pictures!

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