Today is a very special International Day. It is…
International Ferrets’ Day!
Meet Pippi! Pippi was my little brother’s only pet so far. My parents bought the furry thing for his birthday in 2002. (if my memory is good, and it isn’t, but I am guessing it doesn’t really matter all that much anyway. The exact year, that is, not the quality of my memory.)
I was recovering from a serious surgery at my parents’ house back then, and I was the lucky one who got to babysit the critter for a week or two, before little bro would come home, in Trois-Rivières.
Pippi was just a baby, and I got to name him. Ferrets have a mild musky scent even after being operated on. Nothing unpleasant, but the smell is very recognizable. The first time I got to hold him in my hands, I couldn’t help to tell him “Ooooh tu sens le pipi, toi!” (Ooooh you smell like pee!) And Pippi it was.
The little thing was just adorable. He was very cuddly and playful. The first thing that hit me (after the smell) was that picking up a ferret is a little like holding a furry slinky in your hands…
You remember the “game”, right?
Next thing is that ferrets have 2 speeds… Very-dang-crazy-in-the-head energic, and dead. Here are a few pictures of the “dead” phase (pretty much 70 to 80% of the time)
Comfort, for ferrets, is a very creative concept. I’ll let you judge by the photos!
Another thing the little devils crave is water. Pippi looooooooved taking a bath and swimming around. My parents have a huge bathtub (yes, I love it too!!) and here’s Mr Furball having a blast…
You probably noticed that most of the pictures are a little blurry… Which is absolutely not the photographer or the camera’s fault. Pippi was awake, and therefore in looking-on-a-speed-fix phase!
As much as he loved bathing and being really clean, one of Pippi’s favorite hobbies, beside stealing everything stealable, and hiding it under cabinets, was digging. Dirt digging, and in the messiest ways.
Mom had to hide every pot plant in the house when Pippi and little bro visited. But on his “birthday” we always arranged to offer him something to play with…
(he had just been put in the box… I promise that 15 seconds after this picture, there was dirt everywhere in the room, and Pippi was completely brown, and ready for a second round in the tub!)
I was talking about the stealing stuff just before… Here’s an obvious “caught in the act” of stealing a pen that would have disappeared until the next vacuuming…
Just more shots…. Because… Well, just because. There’s no need for a reason to look at ferret pictures. They’re basically long kittens!
Sadly, in February of 2010, Pippi died, leaving the whole family heartbroken. But after a full life of knicknack hiding, peanut butter cravings and sneacking in the sock drawer. Oh, and sleeping a loooot, in the most bizarre positions.
I can’t end this post on a sad note… so here’s one of my all time favorite YouTube videos. Beware, it is EXTREMELY weird. But I feel like International Ferret Day wouldn’t be complete without multi colored ferrets dancing and singing with an awkward high pitched voice. LOL
Happy Ferret Day to all!! 🙂