|Willow holds cuddlebug Martin.|
When we got there, Dad had his ferrets out to play. He has four of them, of which two he only brought home a little over a week ago. Sage and Aspen are the two he already had, and Aster and Martin are the newbies.
In the picture to the left, Willow is holding Martin. Martin is a sweet little guy who absolutely loves to cuddle. I've never seen a ferret who will sit still for so long in Willow's hands!
I don't know if you can see it very well, but his right hind leg is shaved (that would be the one on the bottom to the left facing us) because he had a surgery on it to remove a little tumor recently.
|Aster in a box of packing peanuts.|
In the photo to the right, you can see Aster playing in a box of packing peanuts. They are the rice kind, so if one of the ferrets decides to eat one, it won't hurt him. Ferrets are inquisitive, playful little creatures who love to burrow, so the peanuts are great for them to dig around in.
Isn't Aster cute? She looks just like Aspen. The only way you can tell them apart is that Aspen has dark spots on her nose.
Kato the cat doesn't look so sure about how he feels about the addition of the new ferrets, though. He kept moving around the house, looking like he was constantly on alert for being nipped in the derrier by a sneaky little critter.
|Kato the Cat on lookout for marauding ferrets.|
|I think this is Aspen giving Dad kisses. She is a very kissy little girl.|
My dad adores his ferrets. It's funny. He even has portable cages so that he can take him with him when he goes out. They are family to him.
Recently, his ferret Titania died. He was so upset. He got her cremated and added her to his shelf where he keeps the cremated remains of his other two pet ferrets, Puck and Oberon.
I understand why he likes them so much, though. They are so fun to watch and they are amazingly intelligent and determined little creatures. If they want into something, they will work at it and work at it and work at it until they figure out how to open whatever it is they are trying to get into!
|A very determined Sage drags his toy house around the living room.|
They also have shoe fetishes. Puck used to have a treasure trove of shoes Willow outgrew in his cage that he would pull out and re-arrange ever so often. It was hilarious. The other ferrets like shoes, too, but not as much as Puck did. He would try to make off with my shoes, too, but fortunately, they were a bit too big and heavy for him.
|Super Aster and Willow!|
|Willow gets kisses from Aspen.|
It took a while for the ferrets to settle down after we got there. After a bit, they started wandering off to sleep and Dad decided it was a good time to try and remove Martin's stitches. Martin had seven stitches on his leg, and while Martin is very cuddly, I didn't expect that he would be willing to sit still through getting stitches tugged on and taken out.
|Me removing one of Martin's stitches.|
I felt terrible and almost cried because with the last stitch, a teeny bit of scab got pulled off and he started bleeding. I thought I had somehow re-opened the wound. Dad examined it and reassured me that wasn't the case. Whew! I sure didn't want to hurt the little guy!
But all in all, it was a fun time with the ferrets.