Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Woozel Wednesday : 8 Days

Can you believe it? Only 8 more days until a mob of pet owned hoomans gather just outside of Las Vegas.

The woozels are getting their own groove on by being themselves.

Marylin: Learning the art of the Diva Stink Eye (DSE) as I dared to snap a photo when some hairs were out of place

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Marcuz: Being the nosy part of the business

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Manny: Knows the need to be well rested before getting to Blog Paws 

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then there is me the hooman that seems to be going a mile a minute *chitters* IMG_1840

 

Have a Chittering Good Day,

Jo

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Packing For Blog Paws 2014

Starting to get down to the wire and still feels like I have so much to do yet. One of which is getting us all packed up and ready to go. While I can get much of what I want to take packed before I am ready to leave on Tuesday before Blog Paws I still have to do it in a way that makes sense for both the fur kids and me. For that reason a packing checklist is an absolute must and this is what it looks like at the moment.

Ferret Packing List:

Gray Tub

  • Paper towels (1 roll)    
  • Business cards (Enlightened Travels) 
  • Trash bags
  • Toys ( busy blanket, wonka toys, squeaky monkey)
  • Litter   
  • Food
  • Bottled home water 
  • poop bags
  • Hand sanitizer (extra)
  • Red Ground cloth (for play area)
  • Outfits
  • Sticky Rollers
  • Small whisk broom and dustpan

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Groom Bag

  • Ferretone
  • Cotton swabs
  • Gluc Meter
  • Toothbrushes and paste
  • Nail clippers
  • Furminator
  • Tweezers
  • Small first aid kit
  • alcohol swabs

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Gray Carrier: In the car

  • Hammy
  • litter pan (small corner)
  • Hanging water bottle
  • Clip on Food Cup
  • Photo Ids with Rabies Tag #s and Vet Phone #

Blue Tote

  • Health Certificates
  • Rabies Tags

Car

  • Fold Up Play Area
  • 1 gray tub
  • 1 black roller bag
  • 1jounalist bag
  • 1 blue tote
  • 1 pet carrier

Note to self

DON'T FORGET LEASHES AND HARNESSES

I am sure that last one got a chuckle or two. Believe me it is easy to do and also one of the reasons I try to pack extras as I have driven off without making sure the leashes and harnesses where where they were suppose to be. I am also I'll be adding to the list as I always seem to do as the day to leave grows closer.  What is really bad is I had to buy a new suitcase as the one I had been using was too small.

My Packing list looks like this.

Suitcase

  • 3 day shirts
  • 2 evening shirts
  • Jeans (3/4)
  • Black pants for Red Carpet
  • Gray pants for Opening night
  • Socks (6 pairs)
  • Black shoes ( Opening Night/ Red Carpet)
  • Tennis shoes
  • Photo Album (Fashions)
  • Critter Zone
  • Carol's Ferrets
  • Instant coffee (never have enough in the room)

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Groom Bag

  • Toothbrush
  • Paste
  • Stink juice
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Nail Clippers
  • Small Sew Kit
  • Razor
  • Female Items
  • Ferret Bracelets
  • Stink Pretty

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Journal Bag

  • computer
  • camera
  • Cords for computer, camera, phone
  • Battery Charger for Camera
  • Business cards (blog and Business)
  • Pens
  • Notebook
  • Flash Card for Camera
  • Jump drives

So while it looks like I am packed I am only half way there. So excited!!!

Have a Chittering Good Day,

Jo

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Woozel Wednesday


Woozel is another term many ferret owners use to describe their beloved little fur ball. Which makes sense as they are related to the weasel.

We are on our count down to Blog Paws and on the list of things to do was getting the 3 M's their vaccinations and health certificates.

Many people don't realize that ferrets can be exposed to many cat or dog viruses and occasionally get them. The only thing is that many of them are 100% fatal to ferrets no matter how fast it is discovered.
The two main diseases ferrets should be vaccinated against are rabies and distemper. There didn't use to be a vaccine that was made just for ferrets for either of these diseases and while the canine (puppy) vaccines have been used the effectiveness is relatively unknown.

Many ferret breeders/owners were glad to see the release of vaccines make especially for ferrets. Unfortunately the company that makes the distemper vaccine for ferrets has deemed the manufacturing of the vaccine to expensive and has stopped production. Leaving major shortages across the United States.  (Are you listening Merial?)

The reason I bring this up is because we are back to using puppy distemper vaccine for the 3 M's and only certain brands are recommended for ferrets none of which our vet uses.  But thankfully our favorite vet Dr. Sam Doverspike knows that we travel and has given the boys the vaccine he knew that while there are risks I would be ready for them.
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Marcuz loves the taste of his vet and always gets in a few licks before trying to take a taste. Marcuz will be turning three this year and that means he is moving out of teenage years and into senior it also means he is a candidate for certain diseases that are very common in ferrets.  One of which is adrenal disease.

One of the signs is called Rat Tail and as you can see Marcuz has one but that is the only sign he is showing and we'll be monitoring him to make a decision about how to proceed. The two major options are an implant and/or surgery both of which can wait a little bit.

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Manny has a slightly enlarged spleen also a known issue with ferrets and will be monitored closely. Manny turned 4 in January and really is considered on his way into seniorhood. But you would never tell from the way he was exploring the vet's office.
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Marylin was the healthiest of them all but then she is only celebrating her 2nd birthday on July 1 at that time she will be a teenager.
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While I know my boys are headed into a realm I don't want them to go I've been there done that with adrenal and know what to expect and how to deal with each coming event. The enlarged spleen is new and I will be compiling mounds of research just to keep informed and stay educated about it.

With a total of six shots my fur babies are ready for travel and have their health certificates to prove they've been seen and are allowed to travel the states.

I love that our vet office loves pets as much as we do even the light cover in the bathroom shows off their great sense of humor.

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Have a Chittering Good Day,
Jo
15 days and counting.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Getting the Z's in before Blog Paws

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Wish I could just drop and snooze like my fur kids. I love their little kissable paws though.

 

 

Have a Chittering Good Day,

 

Jo

Monday, April 7, 2014

Harness Training

Now that I know I will be going to Blog Paws with my kids, it is time to get them use to their harnesses again. Normally I would’t have to do this as we would have been on many outings during the winter but this winter was brutally cold and full of snow.

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So my fur kids got to stay inside just being lazy if you can really call it that. Lol. I mean ferrets sleep around eighteen hours a day and the other six hours they play and get into mischief. More about that later.

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So my kids haven’t been in their harnesses since October, well Manny was in his to go to the vet in November but that doesn’t count. So on Sunday I got out their harnesses and of course they had to check out the bag they were in and make sure theirs was in it.

Marylin still hasn’t decided what she thinks about them as they aren’t really stylish at all and she tends to be a bit of a Diva at times.

Manny pulled out his blue one that I am going to have to replace soon which I don’t know how he is going to like that since his harness used to belong to his big brother James of Jessie who went OTRB a couple of months after we went to Bark World. Manny will pout if I put the wrong harness on him. Guess it is like Linus®’s blanket for him.

Then there is Marcuz he has to have red or as close to red as possible. Maybe it is to show off his fiery personality.

While there are other styles of harnesses out there I prefer the H style IMG_1563 as I can adjust it to the right size for each of my kids. Marylin should be done growing but that doesn’t mean she won’t put on weight like Manny and Marcuz do during the winter and then lose a few pounds in the spring when they blow their coats.

It only took Manny and Marcuz a few minutes to adjust to wearing their harnesses again but Marylin isn’t liking her’s and when I took it off she tried to hide it. The second time I put it on her she did the “I can’t walk with this on.” poseIMG_1562 and when I took it off she tried eating it. IMG_1565

 

So while the boys are like okay when are we going somewhere Marylin is still at the training stage for now and I will work with her every day so that she gets use to wearing it again so that she will be safe when she meets her adoring public in May. Well I did say she was something of a Diva.

Have a Chittering Good Day,

Jo

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Semi Wordless Wednesday: National Ferret Day.

Yep you read that right today April 2 is officially National Ferret Day for the first time ever. While ferret owners have recognized this as an "un"official day for several years this is the first time it is official.

 

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and this month Blog Paws is celebrating small pets this month! Can't believe that Blog Paws is just around the corner. 

Have a Chittering Good Day,

Jo