Since this site isn’t really about me, I’m going to kick things off by introducing you to my two lovable ferrets – Rikki and Possum.
Rikki – My Rescue Ferret
Rikki, whose name comes from Kipling’s children’s story “Rikki Tikki Tavi,” is a female albino ferret. (I found out later that a ferret is only very distantly related to a mongoose.) Rikki is the one who started my love affair with ferrets. (My husband even took to her soon after I found her and brought her home.) Here’s how it happened (although my husband still raises an eyebrow when I tell this story).
I found Rikki at work one cold, wet December night. When I went out to my truck during my break, I spotted a white object on the ground by the front tire. I couldn’t, at first, tell what it was. Then it moved. And I thought: “Oh, crap! It’s a white rat.” Then, the “rat” started walking toward me, and I realized it was a white ferret.
She was soaked through and cold and, apparently, had nowhere to go and no one to go home to. So I scooped her up, dried her off, and took her home. (I did do my best to locate her owners.) And that is how my life with ferrets began.
After a couple of months of observing her eating habits, I finally decided that Rikki is a fairly old ferret. Now, she won’t eat unless I soak her food in water. But she has energy and is never still. One of her favorite activities is “helping” me make my bed.
Possum – My Adopted Marshall Ferret
I got Possum, a male panda ferret, about a year after I found Rikki. He is a playmate to Rikki and both a joy and a trial to me.
After having Rikki for about a year, I began to feel very guilty about not being able to give her the attention she needed (because of work and family and all that). So, in early November that year, I put on my brightest, most-fetching smile and in my sweetest tones asked my husband for an early Christmas present. And he said, “We’ll see” – which was close enough to “Yes” for me.
So in a few days we set off to our local pet store to find Rikki a “baby brother.” I took Rikki with me so she could help me pick out her “brother,” but she couldn’t make up her mind. Right away, she got along well with both candidates. So I decided for her – and it turned out that I made a very good choice.
I really wanted a sable ferret, but they only had two panda ferrets. So I named my new ferret Possum. When he was young, he really did look a lot like a fuzzy-tailed possum.
Possum is a Marshall ferret (and so is Rikki). You may have heard bad things about Marshall, but Possum was healthy and happy and full of life when I got him. Marshall ferrets are spayed or neutered and de-scented when you get them. The females have one small dot tattooed in their ear, and males have two dots to identify them as Marshall ferrets.
And that’s how I adopted two ferrets and became an irredeemable ferret lover. If you have any stories like these, I would love to hear them.