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Saturday, January 11, 2014

It's not easy being a ferret.

 Last night my oldest ferret, Jasmine, passed away.  She and Chloe had been together since they were kits. When Chloe died, Jasmine lost a lot of her joy in life.  She was very old, and she died in her sleep. She was in her box, all curled up.  Since everybody dies, I think that's about the best way to go.  No illness, no suffering, you just go to sleep and don't wake up.   As always when one of my ferrets passes on, I buried her in a big jar, with some of her favorite things from her stash, some food, a nice cloth to lay on, and some shiny coins. I miss her but she had a good life.

Ragnar and Rowena are having a rough time. I thought the implant would make them well right off. Instead, it seems to have initially weakened them. My wife says these implants are like chemotherapy for humans, and that it is hard on them.  But the chart that came with the medicine says it takes about two weeks before real improvement can be seen. Until then, I am just keeping them warm and giving them as much vitamin oil and high calories paste as they want.

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  1. Oh Harry I am so sorry. It is so hard when a pet passes. I hope Ragnar and Rowena make a swift recovery.

    Sol x

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    1. Well, with Jasmine it was like when your old grandma passes away. You feel sad and you miss her, but at the same time you feel relieved for her and you hope she is in a better place. I have high hopes for Ragnar and Rowena.This medicine was prescribed by the high and mighty exotic mammal vet two counties over.

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  2. Harry - i am so sorry about little Jasmine...i know how much your ferrets mean to you and i know how much company they have provided, friendship, loyalty and all-around enjoyment. i will keep little Ragnar and Rowena in my prayers.

    one of my cats is getting on in years. he is having a hard time jumping on a chair and then to the table. he has lost a bit of weight and his belly is sagging. i am brushing him and giving him treats and catnip and trying to spend as much time loving him as i can...he often sprawls and loves to be pet but sometimes he has to be "the cranky little old man". i am hoping to have him at least a few more years.

    losing pets that you love is like losing a family member. please be kind to yourself and let yourself grieve. i am glad that Jasmine had such a good life...and such a good death.

    i am very sorry for your loss. i hope for Ragnar and Rowena's quick recovery. your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I am glad to hear from you. I was really getting worried because I know that the weather has been hellish up there. It's hard to lose one of my ferrets but a peaceful, natural passing is easier to deal with. I do believe that animals have an afterlife.

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    2. kymber, i have those dog stairs for my elder cat. theyn come in hard or soft. we have both kinds. that way she can look out the window when she isn't napping.
      djh

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    3. djh - what a great idea! i can have jambaloney (my husband) build some little steps. thanks for the great suggestion!

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  3. Harry - My sympathy on the loss of Jasmine.

    Losing a pet is gut wrenching - one always wonders if one couldn't have done more. I hope you can find consolation in the knowledge that all your ferrets are aware of how important they are to you. They know you love / have loved them.

    Take it easy, and, as kymber says, allow yourself to grieve.

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    1. Dani, my ferrets are good friends and companions. I always get a lot more back from them than I give them.

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  4. Yep sounds like the best way to go to me as well. Yet damn Harry why not mummify them and build a big ass stone tomb with buried servants and Ferret sized chariot to boot?

    Maybe a little Ferret boat made of reeds.

    Seriously though sorry about Rowena.

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    1. Well, I guess I tend to lean towards more ancients religions where people believed you needed to take things with you to the afterlife. I hate to think of the ferrets not having their most prized possessions. It makes me feel better to know that the dirt isn't getting on them and they have well appointed final resting places.

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  5. Passing in the sleep is about the best way to go, except for maybe bedding a hot 29 y/o. Sorry for your loss, but sounds like you are doing well. It's a fitting tribute for Rowena's afterlife.

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    1. K, I'm kind of past that point in life. I'll settle for a quiet, painless departure when my time comes if I'm that lucky.

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  6. I am so, so sorry for the loss of your sweet Jasmine. I do hope the others improve quickly. Sending prayers for all of you.

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  7. Sorry to hear it, man. Pets are hard to lose.

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    1. They are my boon companions, especially since I live alone so much and avoid socializing in person. I should have animal friends who will outlive me instead of those who live their entire life cycle and I am still here.

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    2. Somehow I dont think oud get the same satisfaction with something really long-lived like a turtle or parrot.

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  8. Harry words can't describe how sad we all are when we lose a pet.. Pets become a part of the family. Take care.

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  9. Well she was a rescue so I have the satisfaction of knowing she had a good life with us up here on the mountain.

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  10. Harry,


    (captaincrunch)


    Sorry for your loss.

    Losing a ferret I guess is like losing a dog. It really sucks. I would rather lose a human than a dog. That may sound selfish but losing a human is easier to cope with than losing a cute, fuzzy warm animal that is willing to do anything for you.

    hang in there 'bud.

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    1. Well,I pretty much agree with that except for my wife and kids.

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  11. My condolences sir, our pets often become like family members.

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    1. Especially when most of your family has grown up and moved on.

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  12. I'm sorry about Jasmine. I felt much the same way when our cat disco died in his sleep last summer. I still miss him though. I hope your other two start feeling better.

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    1. I still find myself going over to her corner and looking for her. Force of habit, I guess.

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  13. I am sorry to hear the sad news about Jasmine, but like you said she had a good life and died in the best way ever, peacefully in her sleep. I bet you will miss her, pets become a big part of our families and we become very attached.

    Take care.

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    1. Jasmine had a lot of character. She had great personality, and was an individual. I knew she was getting on and I kind of dreaded that she would get sick, but it was still a very unpleasant surprise. Now I only have four ferrets. Faye, Chloe and Jasmine are gone. Ragnar and Rowena are still sick. Jet and Spike are doing ok. We are just a little microcosm of life up here on the mountain I guess.

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  14. So sorry to hear about Jasmine Harry, must be hard when worrying about your two sick ferrets too. I'm glad you sent her off to her afterlife with all her creature comforts tucked up with her. You rescued her and gave her a good life, and at the end of it she died peacefully and happily in a place she was loved - none of us can wish for more than that x

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    1. There's a poem I like:

      The Rainbow Bridge
      inspired by a Norse legend
      By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
      Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
      Where the friends of man and woman do run,
      When their time on earth is over and done.

      For here, between this world and the next,
      Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
      On this golden land, they wait and they play,
      Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

      No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
      For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
      Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
      Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

      They romp through the grass, without even a care,
      Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
      All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
      Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

      For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
      Together again, both person and pet.
      So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
      The time of their parting is over at last.

      The sadness they felt while they were apart,
      Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
      They embrace with a love that will last forever,
      And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

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    2. Don't tell anyone I posted it. Not very masculine.

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