Our story began many years ago when I was a young child. I grew up around all kinds of animals on my parent's farm. They had ostriches, longhorn cattle, emus, rheas, horses, pheasants, and llamas to name a few but the one that enchanted me most was a hedgehog. Ever since then I had a dream to have a hedgehog of my own one day. Then, my son mentioned wanting one, so we took the plunge! One led to two...and I KNEW I wanted to breed these prickly lap cactuses. Not all of our hedgehogs were socialized when we brought them home though, and it was tough. Our kids wanted to handle them, but couldn't. We knew we wanted to raise happy, healthy, and socialized hedgehogs.
Great Lakes Hedgehogs is a husband and wife team. We were married in 2009 and have four children together. We live on a small hobby farm outside of town with a huge flock of chickens, 3 dogs, and a cat. When we aren't handling their hedgehogs, we are out on the boat with our kiddos or outside doing something as a family.
Dawn is the hedgehog lady. Dawn handles customer communication, breeding, pedigrees, and most of the care for the hedgehogs.
Jeremiah jumps in where ever he is needed. Jeremiah designed the Giles Jogger bucket wheel, and makes the wheels that GLHH sells.