Some of you may be familiar with this factoid,
But for others, this would be new knowledge:
Circa 3 years ago, as an early Christmas present,
I got a hedgehog -- an albino one at that.
I wanted an albino hedgie for the longest,
Up until the day prior
to obtaining him.
My mother had something in her hand that was my gift,
Hidden by a small hand towel covering it, top and bottom;
I instinctively poked it, which startled her and my sis both.
I finally opened it, and there he was: a tiny hedgehog.
At first I was going to name him Queblanc--
A bastardization of sorts: queso and blanc combined,
Because he made me think of queso blanco, the food.
I eventually went with Blaise because it meant lisping
(He balled up every time a "sss" sound was made)
And the fact that it sounds like "blaze", as in fast.
Seriously, he ran really fast on his little legs.
Definitely got that from his father as well
(Named Sonic by my class, of 2012).
[He was named Stewart by c/o '11]
I remember that we had no clue what to do with him;
He wouldn't eat anything that we gave him to eat
(until immediately after he was offered cat food).
We eventually got him a legitimate cage,
Because the carrier he was carried in
Belonged to my former Vet class.
Needless to say, it felt as though he died because of me;
You can ask what was deemed as "Pepsiman Chat":
I was infuriated because I was stressed over school,
Only to find Blaise lying dead in his cage.
It's because I put my "needs" over his.
I shrugged at him not eating much,
Or running around in his cage.
I felt depressed during.
He died at 2 years old,
Hedgehogs' lifespans are 4 years old,
(Though some sources say it is 7 years)
And what he possibly got was curable,
Because it is a common sickness.
It's been a year (give or take some days/weeks)
Since Blaise was laid to rest next to Baby
(My sister's hamster of a few years).
Unlike Baby, Blaise had no doc visits,
So I couldn't prepare for his death.
That is what kills me the most.
Nevertheless, if Blaise were a Pokemon,
He would be a shiny Cyndaquil, but
As a Ghost, he would be a Sableye.I tried designing him earlier
But the outcome was bad.
I'll make Blaise an original character in some fashion,
And probably have him cameo in one of my games.
I really cared about him, but he came to me late,
And for that, I am truly sorry for his loss.
Drawn in about a few hours in Photoshop.Tumblr version is located here.