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April 14, 2006

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Chili, the Pet of the Day
Name: Chili
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Ferret
Home: Center Line, Michigan, USA
   Chili Bean - Chili for short - is a great pet. He was adopted from a ferret rescue. He and his "sister" Pepper sleep 16-18 hours a day but have adjusted to our schedules so they are up when we get up and when we get home from work. They live in a big cage with several hammocks and sleeping sacks, food, water and a litter box. When they are awake we let them have the run of the house. They are litter trained. We have to watch them though since it is hard to ferret-proof the whole house. They climb on and into things and like to knock over things or dig into plants or get into the trash. Our ferrets are not what we considered cuddly. They come over to say hi now and then but usually act like hyper two year olds when we pick them up. They want to be put down to do exploring. They play with each other like kittens romping and running. They like to play in bags and love tunnels (like dryer hose). Our ferrets are not huge fans of water but if we put toys in a small tub of water in the bathtub Chili will go in to "rescue" them. They both hide all their toys under our bed so when we are missing something we always look there first (medicine bottles, inhalers, pens...). It amazes us what they find worth stealing. Ferrets are still kind of rare as pets so we like to walk Chili and Pepper around the neighborhood on their leashes. People ask what kind of dog they are or if they are squirrels or weasels. Our ferrets do not bite (except an occasional dog) so they are safe with kids and by people's faces. They are great pets for us.

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