Pets at Home: A Flatsharing Hedgehog and Dog
An unlikely pair keep each other entertained while the humans are working
Pets at a Glance
Pets: Nova, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Ozzie, an African pygmy hedgehog
Ages: 2 and 3
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Owners: Justy Nusbaum, a graphic and UX/UI designer, and Broderick Carlin, a robotics engineer
Meet Nova: She’s a professional napper and has mastered the pouty face, owner Justy Nusbaum says. She’s the first dog for Nusbaum, who has come to love all the snuggles a dog brings to her life. “She makes a great heater in the winter,” Nusbaum says, “and like any teenager, sleeps in until noon if you let her.”
Meet Ozzie: This little guy moved in with Nusbaum when she was in college. He spends most of his time sleeping, running on his wheel and finding a new place to sleep.
The only thing that had to change when Nova moved in was putting Ozzie’s food up higher so the dog couldn’t eat it.
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“Ozzie is nocturnal and is out sleeping for the entire day unless I wake him up, which I usually do,” Nusbaum says. He gets most active in the evenings. “I typically will hear him start running on his wheel at around 11 each night. He runs marathons on that thing.”
Couch: Ashely HomeStore; table: top from Target, metal pipe legs added; couch pillows: TJ Maxx and HomeGoods; browse cushions
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For food, he eats cat food. “Cat food has all the right nutrients that hedgehogs need, and since they don’t eat much, it’s really easy to buy high-quality brands without breaking the bank,” she says.
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