What’s with the name?

Santo and Hedgehog. Huh? That’s a pretty strange name for a blog, so I figured I better share the story behind it. By now you probably know that Santo is my old man (aka my dog). He’s eight years old, so incredibly sweet, and I got him from the Humane Society this summer.

A few weeks after I had gotten him, my friend John got me a stuffed hedgehog that he saw at Walmart. He knew I’d just gotten a pup and thought Santo might like having his very own toy.

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And so began the love affair between one old dog and one stuffed hedgehog. Santo LOVES his little buddy.

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They frolic in the leaves together, enjoying the warm sun on their bald bellies.

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When it was really cold and I had the space heater out, Santo would bring his friends over to make sure they got warm too. (he’s gotten a few more hedgehogs since the original).

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They snuggle up together under the down comforter and always want to sleep in. Santo has a few more little stuffed buddies now that he adores, including a moose and a puppy, but the original bond between dog and hedgehog will never fade or be forgotten.

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So, that’s where Santo and Hedgehog came from. I plan to write a children’s book with the same title someday. I thought I could do it this semester, but between school and work and wedding planning and figuring out post-graduation life and trying to enjoy my last few months in Missoula, I just plain ran out of time.

Santo and Hedgehog always reminds me to take good care of my friends.

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