||Two years old|
||Mountain Home, Arkansas, USA|
Ron, our Red Fox. Ron's full name is Ron 'Weasley' Mason.
His middle name derived from the red-headed Harry Potter character, Ron
Weasley, because his first name is Ron. We also call him RonRon. We do
have a permit to have him, though whether or not you need a permit
definitely depends on your state or county. I wouldn't say you need any
special training to have a fox as a pet, but you definitely need some
experience with more exotic animals, as foxes are extremely advanced pets
to have. It takes careful consideration for deciding whether or not to add
one to your household.
Ron is a wonderful family member, constantly there and full of energy as a
fox should be. He came to us when he was about six weeks old. We got him
from an exotic animal breeder in Oklahoma after careful consideration.
Owning a fox is not easy work, as they need lots of space to make them
feel in their natural habitat and can be hard to have around home for some
people. Ron is a smart little guy, but he was still lots of work. He has a
huge playpen in the backyard, which he enjoys running around and enjoying
his treats in. He also has a bed for inside bought from Petco, which he
enjoys snuggling up in when it's raining or when he just wants to be
inside. He's a clown, always trying to see what we're doing and trying to
steal food from the tables at every chance!
Despite any trouble, Ron is still a great friend. He will cuddle with me
sometimes on the couch or on the floor, sometimes even climbing aboard my
head. He also loves a good chin scratch, or a scratch behind the ears. We
take him for daily walks around the paths, and he always loves running
ahead, sniffing things and rolling around in the mud, getting himself
filthy in the process! He's just full of character. He loves the snow too,
rolling around in it and getting it all over his snout. He chases his tail
sometimes, pounces around and runs laps around his pen daily. On Easter
this year, he got a very special treat, some Easter Peeps. He enjoyed
jumping up, ripping them off the stick and proceeding to eat them
afterwards! To think, when he was just a wee little kit all it took was a
$1 bag of cat toys from Dollar Tree to occupy him!
He eats many things now! But there is one certain recipe he likes that we
whip up for him often. We just call it his "Maintenance Diet" considering
it does him well and he loves it. I don't think I should list everything
(there's quite a bit) but it consists of things like raw Ground Chuck,
cooked rolled oats, chopped hardboiled eggs, cooked boneless pink salmon
and cooked green beans (though he sometimes eats around those).
He'll really play with anything! He likes playing with your general dog
toys (balls, Frisbee, stuffed animals) and enjoys ripping most stuffed
toys to shreds. He also has a liking for things that make noise, like
little jingle balls. He even likes coming outside with a soccer ball and
rolling it around.
When Ron was a little baby, he was a nibbler. He tried nibbling on my
fingers all the time, not full-blown biting down on my finger, just little
nibbles. We never got him fully out of that habit, as he is a fox and they
are natural biters of course. He is still a little bit of a finger
nibbler! He was always very photogenic, so whenever I take out the camera
he gives a little canine smile, an i'm-so-cool look, or a natural fox pose
like a mid-roll or a hind leg stand. He always puts a smile on my face
with his silly antics.
So though foxes are quite a challenge, RonRon made my life complete, and I
couldn't have asked for a better little dude for the family.
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