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The family grows

It was something Scott has often teased about, but today it got serious. We're thinking about getting another ferret. Scott had one, Natasha, when we started dating, and over our years together, that grew to three with the addition of Nikita (Nikki) and Nadezhda (Mutant). Natasha was over nine when she passed away from insulinoma, and both Nikki and Mutant passed from the same thing both around age 7. That was maybe 6 years ago, and we've been ferret free ever since.

Well, today, Scott joked that we were going to get a ferret. Then we got to talking about it. I wanted to make sure he was serious and that he agreed to helping with the upkeep. We almost got one at the pet store, because we were amazed that they had exactly three ferrets and they looked very similar to Nikki, Tasha and Mutant! I said not now. We needed to plan this out, figure out what we still have and what we need to buy after all of these years.

Turns out we gave our big multi-level cage to someone 4 or 5 years ago. Damn. Well, I've done some research and got it down to two or three cages. I've asked some other ferret owners on LJ for their opinions, and told Scott that I would buy the cage if he bought the ferret and other accessories (turns out to be about even).

I'm actually getting excited about this, on the one hand. I loved our ferrets and it would be so nice to have a little carpet shark around again! I think the boys would really enjoy it. I do still have this moment of hesitation, or maybe it's laziness, because I know if we get a kit we'll have to spend a LOT of time training it to use the litter, how rough they can play with a human, and not to bite. Once you get past that stage, they are pure joy!!! Who knows, after training two boys, maybe a single ferret will be a breeze!

Nikki and Scott

Sydney (our cat, who lives with my mom right now because Matthew is allergic), Nikki and Natasha



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Jun. 26th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
Hiya, annoymous post, lol. I belong to both communitys you posted this in!! lol, I was gone for awhile, so I didn't see your post until last night, but I DID leave you a comment in your post on ferretlovers

Jun. 26th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I forgot, if your worried about training a kit from a petstore, why not try adopting?!?

You could try:
just a plain old search engine to bring up your towns or surrounding towns classifieds/shelters.
Jun. 26th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
Hi! Yes, I saw your other post, and welcome :)

I got a bunch of stuff from our local ferret rescue. It was like fate because they had a booth at the pet store when we went by to get some fish food and toothpaste for our dogs yesterday. I'm definately going to check them out too.
Jun. 26th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I put carpet in my first cage when I got my first two [ because I just adopted two girls and my boy ] and I absolutely HATED ever doing it, it was a hassel to clean up, but now that all my babies are older and potty trained in the cage I'm building, I'm putting carpet & those tiles. I seriously bought them for only .79$$ They were pretty cheap, but their nice and durable.
Jun. 26th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
MAN! me & forgeting to mention things, lol.

I checked out your jewelry, it's very beautiful. On to the other part of this post lol:

Me & my mother within the comming weeks are thinking about getting into business, making CHEAP!! ferret beds, toys, bath towels [ with a draw string so you can close them in the towel, so they can still breath, but set them on the floor and let them roll around to get dry - made to the size you would need ], hammocks, and other such various items...

I think we're thinking about selling the items in sets. Like a set of nine made to the size the customer would need, and depending on the fabric price, I think it'd be about 45.00$$, you couldn't buy five hammocks @ a petstore for that price.

But anyway, lol. I was wondering, how & what you did to start up your website??

I hope your back feels better soon, I just read you had something done on it.


Jun. 26th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
Well, the website part was easy. I was already a webmaster in the past, so I know how to create a website. I also already had my own server that was located in a co-lo here in town, with a high speed connection, so I only had to buy a domain for my company and get it set up on our DNS server to point to the web server I had set up.

For online payment, I used the PayPal shopping cart. It's very easy to use. Basically, there is a web form you enter the information in, like name of item, price, shipping and handling, tax, etc. and it creates the code for the 'Order' buttons you just plug into your site. Then there is the code for the 'View Cart' button. It's all free. www.paypal.com and you should be able to dig around and find it in there.

I scan in pictures of my jewelry, and just create a web page for each. That was pretty much it. I haven't put a lot into it the past month or so, and I've scanned in lots of new stuff I really need to add onto the site. It just hasn't been a priority lately *laugh*. Good thing it's just a sideline job.

Thanks for the comments, and my back will be fine for a while :)
Jun. 26th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear your back will be fine.

And thank you for the information on the website thing. I'll be sure to let you know if we decide to do this. That is if your interested, lol. I think we might just go through and post them on the two ferret communitys you posted this very same question in, along with carpet_sharks

But, I'll keep you posted on whether or not we decided to make them.
If your interested. lol.
Jun. 27th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
I've heard that ferrets are pretty dang tasty if prepared cajun style. Gay-rohn-teed!
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