Category: Ferrets

  • Nikita (January 2002 – June 6, 2009)

    Our funny little Nikita passed away this week, quietly curled up in her favorite bedding spot. Niki was a tiny little ferret with a huge personality. We hardly knew what to make of her when we first brought her home, 8 weeks old and pouncing all over toys that were bigger than she was. She…

  • Pandora (April 1999 – August 28, 2007)

    Pandora (April 1999 – August 28, 2007)

    Pandora was the queen of our busyness. She was the first ferret to join our family; actually, she was the first pet to join our home. We adopted Pandora on Labor Day weekend, just a couple of months after Julie and I were married in 1999, so she was with us just shy of a…

  • Freyja, 9 Weeks

    Freyja had a good third week with us. She had a vaccination last weekend and already weighed 16 pounds, so she is growing by leaps and bounds. She is definitely taller than she used to be, and can’t fit under the sofa anymore, though she is still running behind it. Freyja’s fear period is pretty…

  • Close Encounters, Continued

    After we had a few successful interactions between Niki and Freyja, we decided to introduce her to Ajax. Now, Jaxie has shown that he is not a friend to cats, and since he also antagonizes Pandora, we were a little more cautious when it came to him. We first did it when Freyja was a…

  • Close Encounters of the Fuzzy Kind

    We’ve been eager to find out how Freyja’s interactions with the ferrets would go. The fuzzies have met dogs before, so we anticipated a good response on their part, but we were unsure of how rough the puppy might want to play with them. We started off introducing Freyja to Nikita, who is pretty easy-going…

  • Our Fine Four-Fendered Friend

    This weekend, Jeremy and I rented a car to do errands, take the ferrets up to the vet, and generally get out of Salem. The rental agency gave us a PT Cruiser, a car we had both been a bit enamored of, but after riding around in it for two and a half days, I…

  • Ragnarok ‘Rocky’ (April 2000 – June 26, 2006)

    Rocky was our little ambassador, a model representative for his kind. He never played too roughly and didn’t have it in him to bite. He had a congenital eye defect that diminished his sight somewhat, but it only made him more endearing: he tried to greet everyone with a polite sniff on the mouth, sort…

  • Loki : October 31, 1999 – April 9, 2005

    Loki passed away this afternoon. She was an excellent ferret and constant friend. Despite her namesake, she was never much of any trouble — unless you count the times she would abscond with a ball of yarn. She loved to roll on plastic lids and play in tubes. She broke one of her canines in…

  • Back to the Grind

    Well, spring break is over already, and Jeremy is winging his way back to NYC as I write. I took several days off to hang out with him, and even though we didn’t do much worth mentioning, it was a lovely week. I have a brief update about little Loki: we took her to the…

  • News about Loki

    Over the past few months, I’ve been watching with concern as Loki, our second-oldest girl, has lost weight and energy. Finally I was able to take her to a vet for examination, and have some bad news for those of you that know Loki: she has been diagnosed with lymphosarcoma (lymphoma). This is basically a…

  • FOW: Treats and Toys

    (I apologize for the delay in the final Ferret of the Week post; I was at Portland State University all day Friday for a book repair workshop.) I think by this time we have about run the gamut of ferret opinions on treats and toys. Ajax loves treats, though like Niki, he has never been…

  • FOW: Ajax with People

    Ajax has a very sweet personality, and for the most part, is very patient with being held. I cart him around cradled like a baby (as in Tuesday’s photo) because he is so large, and he rarely struggles. He doesn’t seem to like being held by Jeremy quite so well, which I think is because…