||One year old|
I've always wanted to have a ferret from a young age, at least as long as
I can remember. When I was about 14, I came close to persuading my mum
to let me get one but she asked me to find out about what vaccinations
and stuff and I found it said they need a rabies vaccine, though that's
not a legal requirement here. That put her off again, though and was a
Last year I saw a white blur shoot across the road before I was about
to leave for school and when it paused, I noticed it was a ferret that
was lost so I ran out to get it because birds were beginning to follow
it. Unfortunately it hid under the car and I had to go too school so I
thought about it all day. The next day in school it turned out the
ferret had ended up in the school which isn't too far away and the PE
teacher caught it in a potato bag, after it paid a visit to the small
shop on the way there. So of course I told my mum what happene,d and the
ferret ended up at the vets safely.
I still really wanted a ferret. I had a dog at that point but was
struggling to walk him enough as I got bullied when I took him out for
walks and older people than me kicked him. I eventually got too scared
to take him out anymore because I didn't want him to get hurt. So my mum
said. "If you get a ferret, the dog has to go," but that didn't happen
right away. I did agility with him in the back garden which is very big
and that way at least he got some exercise.
I looked in the paper about a few days after and by luck, for first time
I have ever seen kits (baby ferrets) appeared in the paper! It is very
hard to find them at that age here. So of course, I made my mum phone
and we got to go pick him up a day or two later. We went on the bus with
a shoe box and had a large hamster cage for him to stay in until we got
to the city for a proper one. They were adorable and so cute, causing
trouble when we opened the door to their hutch.
Copper was the quieter one and I picked him, because he settled in my
arms and went to sleep. We thought he was independent and would do well
on his own, as I only wanted one to start with so I could train him, and
I am still working on it!
So we got him home, and we kept a secret from the rest of my family as
they don't like pets and definitely wouldn't like a ferret, they are
still iffy with him. My sister heard me playing with him in my room when
she was around one day, and came in thinking I had a mouse but realized
and said he is really cute, so she was won over!
Copper is important to me because my dog did end up getting rehomed
which was sad but it was the right thing for him. Copper keeps me
company when I go out for long walks in the woods to get away from
everything. My relationship with my mum is dificult, she's addicted to
alcohol, and she has good times and bad, but Copper has always been
there for me throughout the past year.
Because he can be easily picked up and people wouldn't be mean to me, I
gained more confidence again. If I'm feeling down, all I have to do is
let him out to play around my room and he laughs and hops about chasing
his toys and cheers me up, although some days when he is grumpy and does
everything he can to annoy me, it still works. He rips the carpet,
crawls in my bed, knocks the bin over, gets into my school work or my
washing basket. Anything he isn't meant to do, he does. I still love him
though and as much trouble as he is, I wouldn't change him for anything.
Ferrets are really easy to care for, they're very clean too. Well when
he isn't having a cage rage and tries to tip his toilet over. They only
go to the toilet in one spot and can eat cat food, although I do have
him on ferret food now. They sleep around 18 hours a day which is handy
with school and what not. I'm not quite sure how I got Copper's name, but
my friend helped me and came up with it. The first two photos are him
recently, and the last three are when I just got him at 8 weeks old.
Here is a video of Copper Playing and laughing with some new toys he got and some
old ones too.
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