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Jan 23, 2009

The Return of Benson Hedges, Private Eye!

In our last chapter of the adventures of Benson Hedges, Private Eye, our hero tracked down the notorious crime boss, "Squeaky" Lowenstein.  Can Benson make this hardened criminal quack under questioning?  Tune in for the next thrilling episode!

You ain't getting a peep outta me, gumshoe!

Remember, no enhanced interrogation techniques, Kate G.

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That's either a big hedgehog or a tiny rubber duck.

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 10:33 AM

i want to kiss the nose!

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Hmmm, my initial post disappeared. Maybe Benson Hedges should get on the case...

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 10:35 AM

so is waterboarding torture for a rubber ducky?

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Wow, short episode. Or was this a trailer?

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 10:50 AM

@Theo: Think of it as a trip down memory lane. :-)

Not That Mike The Other Mike
 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 10:52 AM

1- when you take the HH outside, and it runs around, then, how do you fetch it?, i mean how do you peek it up?
2- HOW come, HH's seems to have real red-rashy looking skins under their furry parts?
dont know anything about HH'es, please educate me ,you HH peoples.
Post is very cute, HH has a new BFF. sweet.

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 10:52 AM


 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Biils & Quills!

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 11:36 AM

We live in an ancient farmhouse, and have several hedgies on our land. They're getting very bold in the spring and summer...they love kitchen scraps but are pickier than our kids. They love left-over pasta, but will eat the cheese off of it and leave the rest. They'll also eat mealworms from my hand if I'm out early or late enough.

Also, badgers like papadoms. Really.

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Duck looks startled by the close-up... I think I'd be!

Boomer's Babysitter
 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Edward -- I must be a badger. Because LOGIC.

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Benmson Hedges will get that duck to Quack or his name is Mud

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 12:13 PM

I would like to see Benson Hedges meet up with the Prickly Kid. "Hewwo." :D

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Welcome back, Benson Hedges. Thanks for the return, NTMTOM.

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 12:34 PM

This guy might actually like waterboarding. Depending on what that en'tails.'

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Squee!! I love Benson, so good to see him again!

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 01:51 PM

Squeeze me all you like, copper, I ain't never gonna sing. Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 01:52 PM

@scooterpants -

1) You scoop 'em up! If your hedgie's well-handled he won't fear your hands, and you can just slid your fingers under his belly and lift. Also, hedgie quills aren't like porcupine quills, so even if you get poked it's not that big a deal.

2) Hedgieskin is very sensitive, just like most furred animals', but they don't have the dense fur covering over their skin like a lot of animals--all their protection is built up on their back. The very pinkish tint is just what it looks like, especially after any sort of exercise.

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 02:01 PM

Scooterpants - that's not a red rashy tummy, that's normal hedgie pink tummies! The fur on their bellehs is quite thin and pale.

You pick them up... carefully. Use both hands, tuck them under the hedgie, and lift gently. Or use a piece of cloth.

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 02:01 PM

Great to get the next installment but when will we get the next installment of Rick Chipmunk, Space Adventurer! (da-da-da-DAAAAA!!). Will months of waiting with bated breath be rewarded?

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 02:04 PM

I like the Velcro Method. Grab a fistful of marshmallows, bop your hedgie gently on the back, and lift. Do it right & he'll stick like a burr on your butt.

Remember -- remove hedgehog before snacking.

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 02:22 PM

thanks! I feel all educated now, and wondering if HHs are legal in my state!

T- interesting, butt sticky. could this method also be used for roasting of the marshmellows? would the HH be able to hang on tightly enough to the stick ya think? maybe not so much.

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 02:39 PM

Benson Hedges looks different from the last installment. Do I smell a conspiracy?

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 02:51 PM

@AlbertaGirl: I can't wait for the continued adventure of the Prickly Kid!

(still want a t-shirt of Prickly Kid saying "hewwo")

With Benson Hedges I'm sure that Squeaky will be ratting out his crew any minute now...

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 03:10 PM

I am a hedgie, too (following Theo's logic)....

....and "gumshoe" FTW (we also would have accepted "shamus").

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 03:18 PM

Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 03:31 PM

@Albertagirl, I also would love to see the Prickly Kid and Benson together! I think they'd make a great team. The Prickly Kid could be the "bad cop" for Benson's gentle questioning. Who could resist those two?

Mary (the first)
 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 03:39 PM

Whoa, Benson's coming back for some more action, after a little butt-biting last time. *wink wink*

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 03:53 PM

I'm cracking up just thinking about the Prickly Kid. A classic.

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 06:20 PM

How come the navigation links which take us one post back and one post forward at the top of the page are gone?

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 06:25 PM

Max, I was just going to ask the same thing. It was my easy way to catch up on earlier posts when real life keeps me from visiting every day. *pout*

Patty P
 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 08:02 PM

Again, peeps, don't forget there's still the "Recent Posts" lineup in the right-hand margin.

The next post & previous post links may yet return; TypePad's doing updates.

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 08:22 PM

My dog has a hedgehog toy -- ts name is "Hedgie Lamar"...

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 08:22 PM

Not nuffin' or nuthin', but I too miss the navigational aids of yore, the headers of previous post, next post and mostly HOME (yes, guess that makes me homesick).
AND Another Thing... the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons at the bottom of each 'section' of comments makes it harder to scroll zippily down to the last comment to see what you've missed. I only say this because I SO love teh Cute!

 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 08:26 PM

Edward, where do you live where hedgies run wild? We just have the occasional possum.

the daily thing
 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 08:36 PM

+1 to donna, for "Hedgie Lamar."

Dexter Fishmore
 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 10:38 PM

SoCalSis--I agree. Can we change it back?

Hedgies slay me! I have a little stuffed hedgie with a tam and bagpipes that plays "Scotland the Brave". I had to hide it in a drawer because my cat likes it too!

Martha in Washington
 |  Jan 23, 2009 at 11:30 PM


What a lovely animal ah~~I am from China, i like your web!I like animals very much!I will come here everyday~~:)!
(my english is so bad~....)

 |  Jan 24, 2009 at 02:05 AM

Welcome, Smigoo.
Cute overcomes all language barriers.

 |  Jan 24, 2009 at 03:26 AM

@Daily; we live a few miles outside Cambridge, UK. We have a huge amount of wildlife around us, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

 |  Jan 24, 2009 at 04:23 AM

I'm glad you are here, Smigoo. Your English is really good compared to my Chinese.

 |  Jan 24, 2009 at 04:41 AM

Hedges thinking: "Bogey had the Maltese Falcon, look who I gotta work with."

 |  Jan 24, 2009 at 05:07 AM


Hedges: I'm lookin' into that bank job, and what I'm sayin' is- Rubber Ducky, you're the one."

'Squeaky' Lowenstein: "Listen flatfoot, I may be a squeaker but i'm not a squealer."

 |  Jan 24, 2009 at 05:18 AM

Hello Smigoo! You will love this site and we are glad to have you!

 |  Jan 24, 2009 at 05:20 AM

'fess up Squeaky.

Linda H.
 |  Jan 24, 2009 at 07:34 AM

Meggy (not Meg) -- not bad. Not bad at all.

 |  Jan 24, 2009 at 08:07 AM

Considering how many bleen-worthy panda posts they have been the source of here, it's about time we gave a little back to our Chinese friends.

And the thing about the badgers and the popadoms? Good to know if you're ever on Jeopardy.

 |  Jan 24, 2009 at 08:30 AM

Theo--Wow. Thanks. And thanks for more Benson Hedges!

 |  Jan 24, 2009 at 08:36 AM

No problem. I didn't do any of this one, but on behalf of Mike and Meg (and Kate G), you're quite welcome.

 |  Jan 24, 2009 at 08:38 AM

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