Dog and Hedgehog Become Best Friends to Help Owner Tackle Anxiety

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Dog and Hedgehog Become Best Friends to Help Owner Tackle Anxiety

 

Rosie the Welsch Terrier and Olive the African pygmy hedgehog were adopted by 28-year-old physiotherapy assistant Victoria Wright in April 2014 and July 2019, respectively, reports Laura Abernethy of the UK’s highest-circulating newspaper Metro. Rosie and Olive love playing and snuggling together, as well as helping Victoria cope with anxiety. Her anxiety has escalated to the point she was “afraid to leave the house.” Victoria recalls, “Rosie had a really tough beginning. She was found as a stray in a bad way. She had barely any fur on her ears and scarring on her nose.”

In April 2014, professionals informed Victoria that Rosie might never interact with other dogs, as she was so nervous. However, Victoria pushed Rosie to move out of her comfort zone.

 

Photo Credit: @olive_the_hedgehog_ on Instagram (via Metro UK)

 

Victoria, who is also a lifelong fan of hedgehogs, adopted Olive because the owner “could no longer take care of it.” She brought the hedgehog home and although it took a little while for Olive and Rosie to get used to each other, the two soon became the best of friends.

 

Photo Credit: @olive_the_hedgehog_ on Instagram (via Metro UK)

 

It took four weeks for Rosie and Olive to get along. Rosie is spooked whenever the latter curls into a ball, but what matters now is that they enjoy each other’s company. They love napping together and sharing food. “Olive is the fussiest eater. She doesn’t eat any live food like mealworms or bugs, which are the mainstay of most hedgehogs’ diets,” Victoria notes. Rather, she likes cat biscuits and dried mealworms, “which Rosie is always pinching.” 

Victoria has taken her medication and gone to therapy. However, she admits that Olive and Rosie help improve her mental health. Victoria perceives them as a “therapy pet.” She adds, "They have very similar temperaments really. They’re both gentle, chilled and happy to be handled and cuddled.”

 

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