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I Will Always Protect You by sweetgreychaos I Will Always Protect You by sweetgreychaos
This is Wilbur. He's a hedgehog, and he's 2 and a half years old. I've had him since he was six weeks old, and I love him. Silly little animal doesn't know any better... because I think he loves me, too.

I have six pets. There are many reasons for this, I suppose. ...You could cite a love of animals, which is certainly true, or accidental acquisition, which also has a kernel of honesty for a few of my brood. A case could even be made for a need to have something to keep me at home- a veritable menagerie of "don't you dare give in to your desire to jump in your car and drive away, ala Thelma & Louise style, sans cliff"- 'cause there are critters waiting at home for you.

But sometimes... I think the reason I have the zoo I do... is because when I have a rough day, I can turn to them- and know that there are things that depend on me. It turns burgeoning self pity into the need to protect and to shelter.

The makeup is just something personal. My eyes are always the focus of my images, it seems- and this time I knew they weren't going to be looking at the camera. That's what the blue is about. :heart:


:bulletred:Time: 30 Rock
:bulletred: Medium: Wolfe Brothers
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A1r2i3e4l5 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
I don't know why but it looks like it would hurt having those little spikey things on your hand!!!! But still so adorable!!!!
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
A hedgehog's spines are made of keratin, which is the same substance that fingernails are composed of. When they're "at rest", the spines are held relaxed, and there's no pressure at the point. However, when they're agitated, hedgehogs pull the muscles that the spines are anchored into (with a ball-like follicle) into "alert", and it can hurt... but only if you tense your own skin/muscles up. When my hedgehogs are upset, and their spines are on alert, it doesn't hurt me at all to pick them up, because I stay relaxed. It's the same principle as a swami laying on a bed of nails- they stay calm, their muscles don't tense up, and nothing penetrates the skin. :D
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A1r2i3e4l5 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Oh that makes a lot of sense, Thank you for clearing that up :D, btw, your make-up in this pic is gorgeous. Although I'm am sorry, you lost Wilbur :cries:
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:tighthug: Thank you for your sweet words! (And the condolences.) Wilbur was a very wonderful little hoglet.
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somebody2978 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Poor thing! :( What was the cause of his death?

:floating: R.I.P. :floating:
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Cancer. It's unfortunately somewhat common in hedgehogs. :(
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Darth-Navis Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
CUTE !! *_*
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:blowkiss: Thank you!
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shadowgirl98 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awww!! its a hedgehog!!
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
^__^ His name was Wilbur. :heart:
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octane2 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Was?

:(

Regards,
H
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you- yes, unfortunately, sweet baby Wilbur passed away last summer. :( He's missed terribly.
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shadowgirl98 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww! he is adorable!! i love your artwork!!
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
^_^ Thank you!
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shadowgirl98 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your very welcome :)
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cadillacphunque Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
awh <3
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:blowkiss: :heart:
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immeke Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
aaawhhh so cute!
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:) Thank you!
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immeke Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
you'r welcome!
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Jesalynn Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
i can't breathe. too adorable. it's his little paws, oh my goodness.

i totally understand where you're coming from with all the animals. people are awesome but there's something so relaxing about those little buggers.
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:heart: I agree. I love 'em to death. (And thank you- I think his weensy widdle paws are cute, too. XD)
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SweetDeviance Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think my heart just stopped from the overwhelming cuteness in this picture.

And the makeup is stunning.
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Haha, thanks! Yes, he's the hedgie o' my heart.
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KittyEatsSouls Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
He is totally smiling. Such a cute little hedgie!
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! :heart: He's definitely a sweetie. ^_^
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blackXXraine Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i want.. your hedgehog.. omg. >.<

look at its little legs sticking out.. asking to be hugged... and loved <3
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:heart: Ha! He's definitely a little cutie. ^_~
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blackXXraine Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:D <3
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phethure Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
aren't they cuddly?
it doesn't seem like they should be
but we hoggiemommas know the truth
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
We hedgemommas know the best. :heart: :heart:
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Yeti-Echoer Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
awh that is such a cute picture! I have a hedgehog too c:
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
^__^ Thank you!! What wonderful little critters they are.
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SaveTheHobos Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:c i had a hedgehog...It got really sick though D':
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Sorry to hear that! :(
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MoNyOh Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwww I want one I have a zoo too at home, just rodents ^^
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
^_^ I :heart: rodents!
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MoNyOh Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^ They're adorable, I have 2 hamsters, 1 gerbil, 1 chinchilla, 4 guinea pigs and one of my piggies is pregnant :/ phew!
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
^__^ What a sweet sounding menagerie!! :heart: What color is your chinchilla- a standard? I have the two- love 'em to death, though they're much feistier than the hedgehog.
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MoNyOh Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a standard gray, tough he doesn't have anything of standard lol, he's a rescued chinchilla, he was in a very bad shape when he came home, I was told he was from a fur farm because he has an ID earring with a serial number, the tip of his tail is missing and he was skinny and didn't had fur on his paws, he's so much better now, but I have troubles making him eat :/ he only likes alfalfa, oats, grass, and an ocassional threat like his raisins or veggie puffs, he's very lovable and sociable, I'm glad I have him at home, he's in a 3 story cage, with a family that loves him, with his everyday 2 hour playtime jumping and everything.
:O I talked a lot right?
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:D I asked, I wanted to know! Poor little munchkin- sounds like you got him out of a bad spot. It's a good thing, too, that he's got a bland diet- they need that to have long lifespans. Very delicate, digestive wise, them critters. They're sweeties. I much prefer the critters to the coats. :heart:
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MoNyOh Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, I hope he can manage to eat soon, I want to feed him properly, I got hay yesterday and he ated it, so, it's an advance :)
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Well, it sounds like he's already eating- and he definitely seems to trust you, even with his history of abuse. He sounds like a sweetie.
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CaptainJawa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Student Photographer
I wanted a Hedgehog but they're illegal in my state :(
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I used to live in a state where they were illegal, too. Silly that they are- they're not an exotic animal that could survive North American weather outside, they're hardly an invasive species.
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CaptainJawa Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Student Photographer
Despite lacking in Hedgehogs, I have a veritable zoo myself :3

4 cats, 3 small fish tanks, my bunny, and two hamsters
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:heart: :heart: That beats my menagerie! I only have 6 including the hoglet. ^_^
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itashleys-makeup Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Artist
you have no idea how jealous I am, I want a hedgehog :(
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sweetgreychaos Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
He's my baby!! :blowkiss:
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itashleys-makeup Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artist
hes adorable :D whats his name?
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