Harry and Vivian Hedgehog had just moved into a new home and were excited to start decorating.
Vivian: I’d like to do something a little different. It seems like everyone we know is doing rustic. If I see one more pinecone, I swear I’ll scream.
Harry: One of the guys at work says he has a smart house, and he loves it.
Vivian: What’s a smart house? I don’t want anything that orders me around.
Harry: Bob said he has this thing he talks to, and it does what he wants.
Vivian: Bob the Squirrel? The one who tried to get everyone to sign up for satellite TV so he’d earn money?
Harry: Yeah. That didn’t work out so well, did it?
Vivian: You would think the goofball would have known that trees interfere with satellites. He lives in a tree.
Harry: He said that was the problem. The squirrels put their dishes on the top of their trees, so it worked great for them.
Vivian: OK. Tell me what a smart home is.
Harry: You buy this speaker thing from Euphrates. Then you get stuff that connects to it.
Vivian: You mean the house is going to be full of wires and cords? That’s not an improvement over pinecones.
Harry: No. That’s the great part. The speaker is the brains of the whole thing. Her name is Venus, and she talks to the other smart stuff and tells them what we want.
Vivian: Does Venus speak hedgehog, or are we supposed to learn squirrel?
Harry: She speaks a lot of languages: hedgehog, squirrel, rabbit, badger, horse. She even speaks water buffalo.
Vivian: What kinds of things does she control?
Harry: There are a lot of things. She works with lights, thermostats, security cameras, doorbells, TVs. She even order things from Euphrates if you tell her to.
Vivian: That sounds pretty good. Let’s do it. Too bad she doesn’t cook or clean.
They went to the Euphrates website and ordered Venus and her accessories. A few days later, everything arrived.
Vivian: This is so exciting! I’m the first one of my friends to try all of this. I can’t wait to tell Eve and Judy how this works.
They hooked everything up and started talking to Venus to see how she worked.
“Venus, turn on the bedroom lights.”
“Venus, turn the heat up to 70 degrees.”
“Venus, turn on ‘Hector Hedgehog and the Lost Treasure’”
“Venus, let us see outside the burrow.”
“Venus, change the bedroom lights to blue.”
Venus did everything they told her to do without a glitch. They looked around the outside of the burrow before they went to bed, and everything was calm.
Over the next few days, Harry and Vivian discovered that they really liked having Venus around. There were a few small issues, but nothing that they couldn’t work out.
One day, Harry came home from work to a huge television. He stomped into the burrow.
Harry: Vivian! Why on earth did you order that TV? I thought we’d agreed to no more big purchases.
Vivian: What are you talking about? I didn’t order it; you must have. You’re always talking about how much you want a new TV.
Harry: Venus, who ordered the new television?
Venus: I ordered the television exactly one week ago. Is there a problem?
Harry (sighing): That wasn’t helpful. I wonder if we did it by mistake. I’ve heard that Venus picks up everything we say.
Vivian: We’ll have to be more careful when we’re talking. And return the TV.
Vivian returned the TV.
They wanted to show off Venus to their friends, and decided to have a dinner party. Each time there was a knock at the door, Harry would ask Venus “Who is at the door?” The friend and Harry greeted each other before the guest entered the burrow.
Harry and Vivian demonstrated Venus interacting with the other smart products. Their friends agreed that Venus was fantastic. Harry and Vivian were glad they had invested in a smart home.
A few days later, Harry came home to a package. He and Vivian accused each other of ordering whatever it was.
Vivian: Fine. Open it. We can probably tell who ordered it by what it is.
Harry opened the box and pulled out the contents. They both looked at it, confused.
Harry: Badger-b-Gone? We don’t have badgers here.
Vivian: This is very odd. What’s going on?
They both looked at Venus.
Next week: Why is Venus ordering things on her own?
11 thoughts on “The Hedgehogs’ Smart Home”
What an absolute perfect way to start my day! Loved this. Can’t wait for the sequel.
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Yikes, just as well they hadnt been talking about selling their home. Hmm, sounds like someone needs to have a word with Venus and tell NOT to order anything. Maybe one of the neighbours has been sneaking up outside their home and ordering whilst they werent in!? Cant wait till next weeks chapter…..
I hadn’t thought about that. It would have been terrible for Venus to sell their house without them knowing.
Mumsy says she don’t want a Venus, she would be afraid she would hear and do too much. If I could order things I think I may like one though. We hope you get all that ordering situation figured out. Hugs and nose kisses Chancy
I wonder if Venus is actually a double agent for Amazon, I mean Euphrates.
That’s a thought.
Sounds a lot like my Alexa. Luckily, she has not made an unauthorized purchases 🙂
Venus does seem to have a mind of her own
guyz….we cracked up at de ree mark bout see in one mor pine cone… N lurnin squirrelz !!!
N bee care full round venus …..we due knot think her can bee trusted ~~~~~
Thanks! We’re not sure Venus is an improvement. (Did you guys see all the nice things the other animals are saying about you after your interview? You’re welcome to respond if you’d like)