In the past 5 years, we have gone from a three cat household, to no pets. (Two cats went to live with the "ex' and Chloe died after 20 wonderful years.) We do have the occasional guest pet, however, and last year it was Gus. He first stayed with us when he was still a cuddly, baby hedgehog.
The visit was great, we could pick him up and watch him run around the kitchen getting into dust balls and odd corners. The second visit was not so great...he was pretty stinky and we had to use a glove to pick him up. He didn't really like being handled, could it have been all those kids in the science room at school poking him with pencils? I think it was that moment that I crossed the hedgehog off my list as desirable pets. (Sure hope I'm not offending any hedgehog owners out there!)
These are my fantasy hedgehogs, cute and wonderful artists!