Two things have inspired me to write it. The first was a comment from Dolly koolkosherkitchen, the second: our (mine & Hedgehog’s a.k.a ‘the husband’s’) conversation a couple of days ago.
We like animals. Most of our pets are ‘accidental’. We try not to discriminate against anyone for any reason (colour, origin, species, breed, size, messiness or smell). I can’t force myself to like ladybirds, but nobody’s perfect.
Two days ago, me and Hedgehog saw two spiders in the kitchen. One was substantially bigger than the other who was devouring the giant’s leg (three time the size of him). We stood in the kitchen for a moment, watching with concern as the little one seemed to be picking at the big one with ever increasing fury. They were beyond our reach. ‘Why do they do that?’ I asked ‘I don’t know’ answered Hedgehog. ‘Are spiders territorial? Maybe the little one is just protecting his home?’ he added. I looked at him. ‘but I thought it was our home’. Hedgehog looked at me and said seriously: ‘I’m not going to fight the spider’.
He wouldn’t. We don’t kill anyone who finds shelter in our house.
I wanted to illustrate the post with photos of Alex and the finches, but Alex is shedding and doesn’t wish to be photographed when he’s not quite decent. And Pip and Poppy need a better photographer (all I can see is the cage). I’ll try harder and will introduce them to you.