First we'll learn a little bit about Mash:
Mash was my first ferret and thanks to her wonderfully warm and loving personality, I have been hooked on ferret ownership since then.
When I first got Mash in 1994 I’m ashamed to say I was so disappointed. I had hoped to get one of those “raccoon-looking” ferrets with the cute mask. Instead I got this tiny white ball of fluff with what looked to be angry red eyes that seemed to bore into me when she looked at me.
Angry red eyes? What a joke! Mash was the sweetest little thing ever and the thing I regret to this day is that I wasted the first two weeks of having her because I didn’t know enough about ferrets and their quirky behaviour.
She’d leap up at me to play and I thought it was to attack me. She’d do her very uncoordinated “weasel wardance” and I thought she was having some kind of fit!
In those days information wasn’t particularly easy to come by on the Web and I spent a lot of time trying to research what ferrets were like as pets. I finally came to understand what her antics were all about and that she was inviting me to play with her. Stupid me, wasting those first couple of weeks of bonding with her due to my ignorance.
Mash was so tiny, only 600g, that she couldn’t climb up onto our bed so I used to put a plank of wood, which had a carpet attached to one side of it, so that she could climb up and snuggle under our blanket at night.
She was about 2 years old when we got her and she lived for another 8 years. My vet told me she hoped she would never be on duty if I had to bring Mash in to be helped to the
but, thankfully, that never happened. Rainbow Bridge
One afternoon she seemed to have a stroke of some sort. She slept in our bed that night, not moving very much, and the next morning, while I had her in my arms, she took her last breath and passed over to the Bridge.
I howled like a wounded animal when she died. It was like losing a much loved family member and even now, the memory of that occasion still makes me burst into tears.
Mash taught me everything I needed to know about ferrets.
She showed me that they were not vicious, or smelly, or keen to bite but that they were gentle and loving and cared about us as much as our dog and our cats did.
Thanks to Mash I have been totally head-over-heels in love with these gorgeous little animals since that time and I doubt very much that I’ll ever be without one in my life.
They all have such different personalities and are so unique in their own funny little ways. They bring so much love and laughter into my life and I am forever grateful that I was lucky enough to be owned by Mash and all the other ferrets in my life.
This is some really cool ferret photography.
Ferrets in the English army!
Mojo and Zac are a grea duo.
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