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Old 06-24-2008, 11:48 AM   #21
 
I didn't know you had 2 dogs. Is the collie new? Do you have him training also? I love the other post showing the progress of the agility training.
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:22 PM   #22
 
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Yup, Nell is the new girl. I now have 2 herding breeds, lol. I'm looking at Obedience, Rally, Canine Good Citizen, and possibly Therapy Dog Training for Nell. She's great with people after warming up to them as well as loves kids and is great with other dogs.
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Old 07-08-2008, 01:51 PM   #23
 
Wow...Great pets...all of them so beautiful!
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:14 PM   #24
 
Some of our fuzzies:














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Old 07-22-2008, 05:24 PM   #25
 
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Ferrets? They're absolutely gorgeous! How many do you have?
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:38 PM   #26
 
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Ferrets? They're absolutely gorgeous! How many do you have?
Thanks !
How many... well...that depends on how you define "have"
We've got 6 that we own right now, and two foster ferrets.
"ours":
Coyle (Beast)
Henry
Meelo
Latte (LaLa)
Tempest (Tempee)
Mari

current Fosters:
Freckles (he had behavioral issues, might have been abused, and is a permanant foster with us, not available for adoption but still considered a shelter ferret)
Preshy


My wife is the assistant director of the local ferret shelter, and we usually are taking care of at least a few foster ferrets (at home) that need more individual care than they can get in the "group home" shelter environment.

Unfortunately, those are generally "hospice care" ferrets - usually with cancer - and its all about making sure they get as much love as possible for their remaining time.
Also, since even young ferrets get cancer way to often, we've also lost a few of our own personal pets to cancer over the last few years.

So some of the pics above are of some of our other fuzzies, including Loki, our very first ferret (or the one who addicted us, if you like).

But yes, they are ferrets, and they are gorgeous, funny, friendly, playful, silly, snuggly little fuzzies !
(as well as alot of work and not the right pet for everyone, despite what some chain stores seem to think...)
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:42 PM   #27
 
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Hmm.. yes, chain stores I was totally unaware that ferrets were so prone to cancer.

It's an admirable job you're doing by taking them in and caring for them - it must be a rewarding one too. I would imagine it can also be heartbreaking at times.. but they are gorgeous little fellas :D
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:43 PM   #28
 
Oh, and this one - Sandy - is technically NOT a ferret, but she insists that sable dogs are actually a cross between wolves and weasels (thus the sable color in both dogs and ferrets) and therefore she's a wolf-weasel.
Who are I to argue with her ?



silly little puppy
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:45 PM   #29
 
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Oh, and this one - Sandy - is technically NOT a ferret, but she insists that sable dogs are actually a cross between wolves and weasels (thus the sable color in both dogs and ferrets) and therefore she's a wolf-weasel.
Who are I to argue with her ?



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And anyway... who could argue with a face like that? Poinless :)
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:50 PM   #30
 
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I was totally unaware that ferrets were so prone to cancer.
Its actually alot less common on your side of the pond - Euro ferrets seem to have much less insulinoma and andrenal disease.

It looks like a combination of diet and early spay/neuter here in the US are a big part of the problem - ferrets in the UK tend to eat mostly raw whole prey (mice, chicks, etc - similar to snakes) and are neutered at a later age.

Ferrets in the US get way to much kibble that contains way to much carbs, and are often neutered at 6 weeks of age (or even less) - because they are more sale-able when "cute and little".

the diet screws up their insulin production and leads to insulinoma. The early nueter seems to affect their hormones and cause adrenal cancer...

sorry - babbling....
thanks for the compliments !
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