Edit: Our sweet Tonto has crossed over the rainbow bridge, finally reunited with Annie.
They will both hold a special place in our hearts and will forever be missed.
We purchased our first hedgehog, Tonto, from a breeder roughly 7 hours away from Houston, Texas. Our second hedgehog, Annie, was from a pet store in Houston, Texas, a little over a year later.
We didn’t get the chance to know Annie for very long, but we loved her.
Very shortly after we got Annie~ maybe 24/48 hours later~ she started showing signs of illness. She was rushed to our vet, and he gave us antibiotics to treat her with. Unfortunately, she was too young to fight off her illness. Shortly after her diagnosis, she died in my hands. It was a horrific experience, and we were furious and confused. To make matters worse, Tonto seemed to have caught her illness. Thankfully, he was able to overcome the illness with around-the-clock care and attention for several weeks.
No self-respecting business would knowingly sell sick animals.
We buried Annie in our yard and called the pet store. They asked us to bring Annie into the store so they could examine her and for us to discuss what had happened. We came in the following day with Annie, who we dug up from her resting place. (We understood that they needed proof of her death.) They proceeded to tell us that this was our fault, and they had never had this happen before. We were outraged. We had Tonto for a year, before getting Annie, with no problems, and we have not had any problems like that since. We left the store with Annie and reburied her in our yard. Afterward, when talking to the manager on the phone, she lied to us. The lady told us that after we had left, she examined Annie's body and saw no signs of any illness. She told us this right after we had just reburied Annie in our yard.
They had no possession of her body at any time.
Since then, we decided to sell healthy hedgehogs in hopes that no one will have to go through what we went through with this well known exotic pet store in Houston, Texas. We do NOT breed our hedgehogs for a living. We breed our hedgehogs about two, or three, times before retiring them to new homes.
These are our pets and not our means of income.
This is our sweet Annie. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. We are saddened that her life was cut short, but we are grateful that she showed us a whole new world of hedgehogs.
We know Annie is smiling down on us in hedgehog heaven.