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November 17, 2002

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Mazie Mae, the Pet of the Day
Name: Mazie Mae
Age: Six years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Ferret
Home: Munich, Germany
   This is my special little girl, Mazie Mae. She's almost seven years old at this point. She's a sable ferret that I bought and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and then brought with me to live in Munich, Germany. She's an international traveller! Miss Mae is special because she's such a trooper. About 6 months ago, she had some sort of stroke and had to go through all sorts of organ biopsies, ultrasounds, etc. to rule out any of the normal North American ferret diseases (apparently they are a lot more prevalent in North America than in Europe). She was such a sweetie throughout the whole ordeal that the emergency technicians fell in love with her. The stroke has made her blind, but it's amazing how well she's adapted. She knows where things are in the house and really uses her ears and nose to navigate her way around. Until you try to give her a treat and realize she can't figure out where you put it on the floor, you hardly realize she is blind at all. Mazie is a real Steel Magnolia!

    I call this photo "The Mazie Lounge". It's amazing what positions the little booger can twist herself into... and fall into a deep sleep.

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