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Dee517
Topic :   Chris & Dar

Are we keeping this board open?   This message keeps appearing on the top of the page:  To ensure that your forum is not reported as abandoned, please post a message now and at least once a month.
  


12/28/2014 06:27 AM


Dee517
Topic :   Are we keeping Ferret Lovers alive?

We need to post something at least once a month to keep this board alive.


12/27/2014 08:14 AM


Dee517
Re :   It's Spring!

I love the wild life you and Dar have made friends with. I wish everyone had your good hearts and love of animals.





05/08/2014 06:18 AM


Unclejoe48
Re :   It's Spring!

Recent pics of Dar feeding the pond turtles

Momma (Big Momma Moss) in front, Ruby waiting her turn

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Momma

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Ruby

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This is Jordy, a female soft shell turtle, eating from a spoon.

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 Dar doesn't really trust her 100%.  She's never bitten me, but Ruby has latched onto my finger twice in the past week.  She's usually very gentle.  We feed them bread, chicken hot dogs and catfish pellets.  Maybe the smell of hot dog on my fingers confuses her, but I'm a bit leery of her now.  Missing from the regulars in the pics is Sheldon, Momma's beau.

This spring we also have seen and fed 2 smaller soft shells (Itty Bitty and Sea Shell) a red-eared slider (Red), and a very large female soft shell, Gamera.  She has to have an 18 inch shell and probably weighs a good 30 lb.

This morning we saw Zilly, the snapping turtle, move from the small pond in back to the bigger one in front where the other pics were taken.  He only shows up at night to eat, and we're both working tonight and thurs nite.  Maybe he'll make an appearance in the morning.  Who knows.


05/07/2014 09:42 AM


Dee517
Re :   Smokie goes for rides

Smokie looks like he is just doing his regular thing.  He seems to be letting you know where your next turn is.  He found the right  turn so now he is going to let Dar know to get ready to get out.


04/29/2014 06:37 AM


Unclejoe48
Topic :   Smokie goes for rides

Our little dude, Smokie, is one of those ferrets that sorta hangs around in the background, no drama, but playful.  He hasn't been out muc, but the last week I've been taking him along on errands.  He's the only ferret that doesn't just wander around ethe car for 5 minutes and go to sleep.  He sits on my lap looking out the window, and he's happy to sit on my shoulder to check out the action.  Dar grabbed some pics today.  



Yoshi has done a little ride-along, but only hopped up when he was ready for nappies.



04/28/2014 11:33 AM


Dee517
Topic :   Ferret kit site

Dar, thank you so much for sharing this site with me.  Tom and I are really enjoying the babies.


     http://www.ustream.tv/channel/pvo-ferrets



04/17/2014 06:48 AM


Unclejoe48
Re :   It's Spring!

Prissy and Yoshi got to walk around the yard for a bit today.  
Miss Prissy is over 7, nearly blind and deaf, but she has always loved walkies.  Since she can hardly see, she doesn't require a leash anymore.

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Yoshi-fuzz

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04/07/2014 11:05 AM


Dee517
Re :   It's Spring!

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your shell family.


04/04/2014 14:16 PM


Unclejoe48
Topic :   It's Spring!

Tillie showed up today, and Jordy, a male softshell stopped by on Tuesday.  This is Tillie.  She ate from our hands, and we don't remember her doing that last year.

Tillie between Momma (big muddy shell) and Sheldon

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This is Momma, with Sheldon in tow, from last year.   She reappeared on Mar 22, the first full day of Spring, and she come ashore for hand-feeding on the 23rd, World Turtle Day, lol



04/04/2014 10:53 AM


Dee517


04/04/2014 06:44 AM


Dee517
Re :   Happy National Ferret Day!

Happy National Ferret day from Zoey, Zeus & Dusty!smiley12


04/02/2014 14:25 PM


Unclejoe48
Topic :   Happy National Ferret Day!

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04/02/2014 12:08 PM


Dee517
Re :   DIP Carol aka Poppy

I read your post with tears in my eyes.  Yes she sure looks like my Zoey you met, but her actions are my Twiggy over and over again.  You will always carry that precious memory in your heart.  Sending love to you, Dar and the rest of your dear fuzzy crew.


03/13/2014 07:31 AM


Unclejoe48
Topic :   DIP Carol aka Poppy

ust about 5 years ago, my Heart Ferret, Erika, was killed by a neighbor’s dog. The next day my ex brought home Alice. A week later, she saw a client that had a little sable in a small cage. It turned out that their 12 year old daughter wanted a ferret but after 2 weeks was losing interest in caring for her. She was only 3 months old, skinny and a bit oily. 
[img src="http://i467.photobucket.com/albums/rr36/cpandersb17/phpsO1D1NPM1.jpg" style="max-width:100%;"]

Carol came home and immediately hit it off with Alice. In fact, she got along with every critter she ever met, 

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as long as they recognized her authority. She was no despot, and allowed her subjects, at one point totaling 9, to live as they wished. 

Carol did not fit the mold of ferret as carnivore. Her favorite foods were potatoes, 
[img src="http://i467.photobucket.com/albums/rr36/cpandersb17/Carol/DSCF1863.jpg" style="max-width:100%;"]

sweet peppers (any color), cucumbers and melons (any melons). 
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Of course, she had to eat these in moderation and in secret, in order to maintain not only her public image as a meat eater, but also her girlish figure. 
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Carol’s hobby was spelunking. At her former residence, she discovered a tunnel that had been made by a toad that had lived under the front porch for a year. She began her cave exploration career by ousting Mr. Toad from his residence and relocating him to my closet. Dead, of course. His cave turned out to be too small, so she enlisted the help of her fellow ferrets and eventually excavated 15-20 gallons of sand from under the porch and added an second entrance. 


Her adventures were not limited to the front garden. She had a terrific curiosity for places unseen, both big and small, and she could “weasel” her way through the tiniest crevices. She went on many solo expeditions, but always came home. For a time, her nickname was “Sputnik,” Russian for Little Wanderer. One afternoon, a neighbor 3 Doors Down was watching TV when he saw her trotting across his living room floor. The fact that she was so far from home was an enigma that was secondary to her means of entry to a home she’d visited before with her Daddy escorting. 

When her step-mom, Dar, brought her business of fuzzies from Canada, Dar was not very impressed with the little sable, having heard stories of theft and escape. But it only took a couple months for her to fall in love with the Mistress Heart Thief. By this time her name had evolved to Carolly-Pop because of her energetic war-dancing at play, and the way she would pop up out of a sound sleep for a bout of frenetic scratching, so Dar changed it to Poppy. She was so taken that she commissioned a sculpture of Poppy for a gift to her Daddy.

This

inspired this



Treat times will never be the same without her jumping from the floor to printer to couch to make sure you can’t miss her, even after she’s had more than the rest. She was the first ferret out of 22 that would fall asleep while being held. 


She spilled more drinks, disassembled more centerpieces, 


hid more remotes, and uprooted more house plants than all of her cohorts combined. 

Daddy also spent more hours searching for her at bed time than the other 21 combined. She was a master of finding new sleep spots, and totally ignored the squeakies unless she was ready to be found. It took a year of living in this house to be confident enough that she hadn’t found a new escape route and be able to sleep knowing she was sleeping somewhere inside. A hundred stories, all with happy endings, until now. But now I know where she’s sleeping…

I would have buried Poppy with a remote, her favorite swag, but to be eco-friendly I gave her a potato to crunch on her journey to the Bridge. As for Daddy, he wishes he could be online buying Kimberly-Clark stock between breakdowns, because the price of Kleenex is about to go through the roof. Maybe one day he and Dar could use the proceeds to fund their dream shelter. As much as we love all of her fellow fuzzies, she will never ever be forgotten or replaced in our hearts. If she had been our last ferret, she would have been our last ferret. But we must go on for the rest. The lessons we take out of this are 2 we already knew. Ferrenting is hard. Nothing is minor. Our combined research and experience was not enough to save you, because we got complacent, if only for a moment.

Poppy, there were so many times I wanted to spank you for being so bad, but now Dar and I would give anything for you to spill my coffee on the floor we just mopped or poop in a corner where we just picked up the papers. So unfair… So unfair to the others to look at them and think, “Why her? Why not you?,” because you were such an intricate part of who we are.

I don’t want you to dook in peace. That’s not you. Instead, hiss at all of your cagemates at the Bridge to let them know you are all missed and loved forever. We will never be the same.


03/12/2014 14:05 PM


Dar24
Topic :   Carol/Poppy In loving Memory of the bestest Ferret ever.

Just about 5 years ago, my Heart Ferret, Erika, was killed by a neighbor’s dog. The next day my ex brought home Alice. A week later, she saw a client that had a little sable in a small cage. It turned out that their 12 year old daughter wanted a ferret but after 2 weeks was losing interest in caring for her. She was only 3 months old, skinny and a bit oily.  
    

 Carol came home and immediately hit it off with Alice. In fact, she got along with every critter she ever met,     
as long as they recognized her authority. She was no despot, and allowed her subjects, at one point totaling 9, to live as they wished.  Carol did not fit the mold of ferret as carnivore. Her favorite foods were potatoes,   

sweet peppers (any color), cucumbers and melons (any melons).  
   

Of course, she had to eat these in moderation and in secret, in order to maintain not only her public image as a meat eater, but also her girlish figure.  
   

Carol’s hobby was spelunking. At her former residence, she discovered a tunnel that had been made by a toad that had lived under the front porch for a year. She began her cave exploration career by ousting Mr. Toad from his residence and relocating him to my closet. Dead, of course. His cave turned out to be too small, so she enlisted the help of her fellow ferrets and eventually excavated 15-20 gallons of sand from under the porch and added an second entrance.   
 

Her adventures were not limited to the front garden. She had a terrific curiosity for places unseen, both big and small, and she could “weasel” her way through the tiniest crevices. She went on many solo expeditions, but always came home. For a time, her nickname was “Sputnik,” Russian for Little Wanderer. One afternoon, a neighbor 3 Doors Down was watching TV when he saw her trotting across his living room floor. The fact that she was so far from home was an enigma that was secondary to her means of entry to a home she’d visited before with her Daddy escorting.  When her step-mom, Dar, brought her business of fuzzies from Canada, Dar was not very impressed with the little sable, having heard stories of theft and escape. But it only took a couple months for her to fall in love with the Mistress Heart Thief. By this time her name had evolved to Carolly-Pop because of her energetic war-dancing at play, and the way she would pop up out of a sound sleep for a bout of frenetic scratching, so Dar changed it to Poppy. She was so taken that she commissioned a sculpture of Poppy for a gift to her Daddy. 

 This  

inspired this   

 Treat times will never be the same without her jumping from the floor to printer to couch to make sure you can’t miss her, even after she’s had more than the rest. She was the first ferret out of 22 that would fall asleep while being held.    

She spilled more drinks, disassembled more centerpieces,   

hid more remotes, and uprooted more house plants than all of her cohorts combined.  Daddy also spent more hours searching for her at bed time than the other 21 combined. She was a master of finding new sleep spots, and totally ignored the squeakies unless she was ready to be found. It took a year of living in this house to be confident enough that she hadn’t found a new escape route and be able to sleep knowing she was sleeping somewhere inside. A hundred stories, all with happy endings, until now. But now I know where she’s sleeping… I would have buried Poppy with a remote, her favorite swag, but to be eco-friendly I gave her a potato to crunch on her journey to the Bridge. As for Daddy, he wishes he could be online buying Kimberly-Clark stock between breakdowns, because the price of Kleenex is about to go through the roof. Maybe one day he and Dar could use the proceeds to fund their dream shelter. As much as we love all of her fellow fuzzies, she will never ever be forgotten or replaced in our hearts. If she had been our last ferret, she would have been our last ferret. But we must go on for the rest. The lessons we take out of this are 2 we already knew. Ferrenting is hard. Nothing is minor. Our combined research and experience was not enough to save you, because we got complacent, if only for a moment. Poppy, there were so many times I wanted to spank you for being so bad, but now Dar and I would give anything for you to spill my coffee on the floor we just mopped or poop in a corner where we just picked up the papers. So unfair… So unfair to the others to look at them and think, “Why her? Why not you?,” because you were such an intricate part of who we are. I don’t want you to dook in peace. That’s not you. Instead, hiss at all of your cagemates at the Bridge to let them know you are all missed and loved forever. We will never be the same. 


 
DIP Bella Erik Erik II Booder Uncle Joe Frank Erika Larry Icy Sumo Curly Eddie Moe Rocket Kahlua Boodles Poppy 


02/10/2014 20:29 PM


Dee517
Re :   Poppy's tooth

Thanks for the update.  I'll keep Poppy in my prayers.  Is Poppy also known as Carol?



02/10/2014 06:56 AM


Unclejoe48
Re :   Poppy's tooth

She was doing so poorly we took her to Booboo's old vet who is open Sundays. She got sub q fluids pain meds and clyndomycin, a stronger antibiotic. We syringed her some a/d a d gave her meds before we left the office. She seemed to like the a/d but she can barely lift her head  the next 24 hours are critical. At home Dar says she believes she's now sleeping peacefully. 
Its late now. She's been out of it all day. We think the painkiller may have been too high a dose.  We may give her a smaller dose at 11 or just skip it til tom prow 


02/09/2014 20:57 PM


Dee517
Re :   Poppy's tooth

Oh no!  The poor baby.  Your dear poppy is in my prayers.  Please keep me updated.  Do you give her soup?  That may be easier for her to eat.


02/09/2014 06:34 AM

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