Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Questions and other information



     I’ve been absent from my blog for some time. The reasons are varied but the biggest being I have no idea where to go. I started this blog to enlighten people about the ownership of ferrets. I am glad for followers I have earned. I have no idea if anything I have written has made an impact or not.

     I’ve met some really great people because of my presence on my blog and on twitter. I was able to attend two different conferences that were designed around the pet community. I was the only ferret person at both. Blogpaws brought me in contact with two very special ladies outside of the great founders of Blog Paws. They made me realize that it just takes one person to make a difference in this sometimes cruel world. I can only hope I make an impression like they did on me.

     August found me riding down to Atlanta, GA in a GMC Terrain with a great animal artist and my two boys. What an adventure that turned into. I barely made it through my public speaking class in college and this trip showed me that I could speak in public just as long as it involved talking about my ferrets. I am still impressed with the Terrain and the representatives that made a point of finding out about ferrets so they could get the right treats for the unique riders.

     BarkWorld proved to be informative beyond the sessions. James and Manny showed a lot of people that ferrets and dogs could get along as long as the introductions were done in a controlled and safe manner. The people of Atlanta were inquisitive about my ferrets and asked a lot of questions including several sources I would have never thought would ask. Atlanta proved to be good for James who had been diagnosed in July with insulinoma. He slept most of the conference but when he was awake he did show that he still had some spunk for a senior.

     BarkWorld brought me into contact with a wonderful woman named Peggy Johnson more to come on our association.

     October brought a check up for James and with some relief he has gained weight and seems to be holding his own with the insulinoma. His spleen is still enlarging and I can only hope it slows down.

     November brings NanoWriMo and a vet appointment. For those that don’t know about NanoWriMo it is a challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I’ve done this for the last 5 years and only had one time I didn’t make the goal. This year instead of writing fiction I am going to try my hand at non-fiction and will be dealing with pets.

     Manny will be having a wellness checkup and I’ll be discussing the possibility of getting him certified as a therapy pet. I’d like to have James certified but with him having insulinoma it may disqualify him.

     So what do you the reader want to know about ferrets? What do you think you know about them? There are no dumb questions only ones that won’t be answered are the ones not asked.

Have a Chittering Day,


Friday, October 15, 2010

Be the Change: Helping Those Less Fortunate

     If you have not figured it out yet I am not only a ferret owner but a ferret lover as well. I believe that we are put here for a reason. Sometimes it takes awhile for us to realize just what that reason might be.

     I now know that my reason is to help these little fuzzy clowns but correcting misconceptions and raising awareness of the many in need. Thanks to my followers both here on Enlightened Ferret and on Twitter I helped the senior ferrets at Heart of Ohio Ferret Association and last year I wrote about the Ferret Giving Tree.

     This site allows ferret shelters to post ten pictures of ten ferrets in need while giving the shelter a chance to ask for help in supporting his/her shelter. Mostly they ask for toys, cleaning supplies, and other small items.

     The pictures range from healthy ferrets to those who are sickly or have been abused. Adrenal disease is horrible to watch as it slowly robs a ferret of his/her health. The ones who have Adrenal looks like they have been abused because they are bald and have lost a lot of weight leaving their bones showing through their skin.

     Selection to be a Santa for one or more of these fuzz butts does not begin until November 1st but I am posting a picture of Gibbs a three year old deaf boy who I am going to be Santa for and hope that the readers of Enlightened Ferret will help both Gibbs and his shelter out and any packages you send please add in care of Enlightened

     I would love to help everyone of these little guys on the Ferret Giving Tree but by helping one I know I am giving back to them the love and inspiration my own have given me through the years.



Monday, October 4, 2010

Save the Nose

     Odors are a part of owning a pet. Sometimes the odor dissipates in seconds and other times it lingers on for hours if not days depending on what the odor is from. Many companies have developed ways of covering up the odor but most often it just has a fruity, flowery, or other scent mixed in with the offending odor.

     Nose Offense isn’t like those other sprays it actually works. I was lucky enough to receive a full size bottle from the Rembo corp. to try. Living in a house with more than just ferrets the odors are a bit varied. They include a bloodhound, a bird, a smoker, and now two kittens.

     I’ve tried many other odor sprays that claimed to neutralize the odors but they all failed to neutralize all the odors in the house. So I expected the same out of Nose Offense. Not only did Nose Offense do what they claimed but also it did so on all the odors in the house.

     The main pet odor room is where James and Manny live and play and of late Trixie the bloodhound has decided that she needs to relieve herself in that room. So the combined odors made your eyes water the second you walked in. Nose Offense has removed those odors from the room making it a joy to walk into again.

     The one thing I didn’t like was the initial scent Nose Offense gave off when you first sprayed it and it seems others didn’t care for it either. I was sent a smaller bottle of Nose Offense recently and it doesn’t have the scent but still has the great odor killing effect of the stinky things.

     I love the fact that it is a non-toxic item that is safe for pets and comes in a recyclable bottle. Give Nose Offense a moment of your time and check out their website.

Disclaimer: I was given two free bottles of Nose Offense to try with no other compensation. The opinions of this product are my own.



Friday, October 1, 2010

New Additions

     Our little fur ball family has grown by two. The first new addition is Boyd he is approximately six months old boy kitty. He was on his way to a shelter when we adopted him from a family up the road from us.

     Next is Spotsylvania, Spots for short, he is a 7-8 week old kitty. He is adopted from one of those “Free Kittens” places you see along the road.

     Boyd will let you know what he wants and can be very vocal about it. Roomie calls him mister meow. He also lets her know the moment I am home from work cause he doesn’t stop meowing until I am inside.

     Spots has almost everyone wrapped around his little paw. Trixie hasn’t really gotten to say hi cause Spots does his best to became the big bad kitty and won’t let her near him without hissing and spitting.

     The two play together well and when they have played themselves out they often fall into a cuddle pile and recharge.

So please welcome them to our little family.


cuddle time