Of Love and Loss by Kira Oreol

We have just lost two of our beloved ferrets in a matter of 12 days. David and I have had many ferrets since 2005. Some have lived with us for only a few short weeks, others have stayed for over five years. No matter how long we have had them, their deaths always take a toll on us. With our recent losses my aunt made the comment, “Honestly, I don’t now how you do it. My heart would always be broken…” My response to her was as follows: 

“My heart has many ferret-shaped holes in it. What keeps us going is knowing that we’ve given these guys the best possible life we can. Many of the ferrets we’ve adopted have been abused and neglected. We give them the chance to finally experience unconditional love. We’ve also adopted the sick and old that no one else wants. They’ve all died knowing how it feels to be loved. That is our gift to them.”

 
I was thinking more about this last night, after sending her this message. We have lost a total of 21 ferrets in nearly 12 years. Some years we’ve lost none, during our worst year we lost four. Twenty-one losses is a lot of heartache. I was questioning if this is something we should continue. Then I thought about the response to my Aunt. We do it because we know we can provide them with a wonderful life, however long or short they are on this earth with us. We have never shied away from adopting the severe biters who otherwise would not find a home. We have never turned our backs on one who is sick and is going to need extra special care. The old will always have a place in our home. We have never looked back and regretted our choices. The ferrets bring so much joy to our lives and the joy we get outweighs the heartache when they die. We know that they were happy. We know that they were loved whole-heartedly. No matter what their start in life was like, we know we gave them the best possible end. This always has and always will be our gift to any ferret that finds a permanent home with us. 
 
-Kira
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We Remember: Fiona

Update: Fiona suffered a heart attack and passed away at Ferret Dreams Rescue.  Matthew and Lee performed CPR with the hope of saving her.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t in the plans.  A necropsy was performed and it appears she suffered from Lymphoma of the Spine which caused her paralysis and also affected her heart.  We will miss her terribly!  We want to thank all her DreamAngels for caring for her while she was with us.

Fiona, our paralyzed ferret has touched the hearts of many people.  Soon after posting her story on our website and Facebook pages, many wanted to be a part of her life and become Ferret DreamAngels!  We want to thank Bob & Tiffany, Aiden and Heather and Ben and Laurelin for your involvement in her life through this wonderful program.

Below are their reasons for caring for Fiona.

Aiden and Heather write:

I have wanted to be a Dream Angel for you since I first found your rescue as I felt it is a way I can contribute to a purpose that I am personally passionate about, and it’s not a widely known about charity I would imagine, and the fact you are a “no kill” shelter is absolutely wonderful. Aiden & I became members of the Mile High Ferret Club in March so we could become a part of a community that loves their weasels and take them to have some ferret fun. While I’d love to have a dozen ferrets, it’s not possible and this is a way I can help these little creatures who are at our mercy for loving and caring for them. My 12 year old son Aiden and I now have my 6th & 7th ferrets, Buddy and Gus and they enrich our lives in so many ways. My first four “foofers” were; Leibschen, Amelia, Sasha, Nanook and Maja, and the first four passed from the usual ferret maladies, cardio-myopothy, insulonoma, and adrenal disease. Knowing these sweet-hearted little things are prone to these issues, I can imaging what it must take emotionally, physically and mentally and monetarily to support them, and this is a way I can do something to help, knowing exactly where the help is going to. I am grateful you have established a place where these sweet little souls can live as comfortable as possible for the rest of their days.Why did I choose Fiona? As soon as I saw your FB post about her, my heart just ached, and it hit close to home and I wanted to help her. My first ferret Leibschen was injured (a skull fracture, though he pulled through fine) and so I immediately felt impelled to want to love on her! They are hearty in many ways, but equally fragile, and I can imagine how she may be frustrated on not being able to get around the way she used to.

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Comfort and Love
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Greeting Fiona
Ben and Laurelin write:
“Ben and Laurelin inherited Mumba from an owner who could no longer care for her.  After learning a few things about ferrets they realized they didnt want to
keep Mumba alone any longer and adopted two other lonely ferrets from owners who could no longer care for them.  Ben and Laurelin are very happy to have found
Ferret Dreams for the friendship, support, and advice which they have kindly offered.  Ben and Laurelin’s  small business includes Mumba, 6 years, Chile 5
years, and Boh, 3 years.  While at Ferret Dreams on a visit they met with Annie and Fiona who were each facing ongoing medical issues.  They were pleased and
encouraged to see the care and affection being offered to these vulnerable beings. Laurelin and Ben value the work people do to improve the lives of
animals in our culture, which is usually underappreciated.  They are thankful to know Matt and Lee and look forward to meeting the club soon.”
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Bob & Tiffany write:
I was blessed to have had the opportunity to visit Fiona last Saturday.  She is an absolute sweetheart.  I found her to be curious, full of energy and downright adorable.  She’s gone through so much within a short amount of time, but still seems so positive and happy.  Quite an inspiration!
Thank you!
Bob and Tiffany Kellar
Fiona enjoying some fresh air
Fiona enjoying some fresh air
Tiffany giving Fiona treats
Tiffany giving Fiona treats

We Remember: Selene

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On Saturday, May 31st, we had to say good-bye to Selene.  Her heart disease finally was too much for this old, sweet gal.  Her quality of life had been very poor the last couple days of her life.  We were blessed to have her with us, even if for a short while.

 

Selene was surrendered to Ferret Dreams so that we could provide the medical care she so desperately needed.  Selene is 8 years old and has a very sweet and gentle disposition.

Selene was name after the Goddess of the Moon – She came to us with a very large belly due to either Edema, Enlarged Spleen or Tumor.  She had an appointment with Dr. LaBonde at Homestead Animal Hospital and was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy.  She initially was on several medications but is only on 1 heart medicine now.

She will be a permanent resident and spend the rest of her life here at Ferret Dreams.  When she comes out for playtime, she spends time with Possum and Sophie.

She could use a DreamAngel so if you’d like to sponsor Selene, please contact us.  Thanks for supporting our Medical Fund!

 

We Remember: Wilbur

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Wilbur originally came in with another ferret named Slink.  Unfortunately, Slink passed away due to complications from several medical issues.  Since Slink passed away, Wilbur hasn’t accepted any other ferrets and solely prefers the company of humans.  He has Adrenal Disease and has responded well with treatment.  Wilbur is a friendly Albino ferret with many years ahead of him.

If you would like to sponsor Wilbur and be his DreamAngel, please contact us.

Learn about how you can become a DreamAngel too.

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We Remember: Tootsie

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In 2013, Tootsie was found as a stray in Colorado Springs and turned in to the local Humane Society.  After a week, no one claimed her and due to her advanced Adrenal Disease, we were able to transfer her to Ferret Dreams.  She has since grown a beautiful silver coat and is as beautiful as ever.  She is very sweet and spunky and lives with about 7 other ferrets, mostly elderly permanent residents.  Because we are a no-kill shelter, we were able to give Tootsie a second chance in life and more importantly, receive the medical attention she needed and deserved.

If you would like to be her sponsor and become a DreamAngel, please contact us.

Learn about how you can become a DreamAngel too.

 

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We Remember: Pippin

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Pippin
Pippin

Pippin came in with another ferret named Merry who unfortunately has passed away due to several medical issues.  Pippin thankfully has adjusted to his new ferret friends and is doing well.  Pippin is mostly blind but gets along really well around the rescue.  Pippin also has Adrenal Disease which we have already begun treatment for.  Pippin loves his treat time which consists of Turkey baby food and Peanut Butter Bandits.  Pippin is a elderly ferret who will enjoy his final years here at Ferret Dreams

If you’d like to sponsor Pippin as his DreamAngel, please contact us.

Learn about how you can become a DreamAngel too.

 

 

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We remember: Sophie

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Sophie

On May 31st, we had to free Sophie from her pain and suffering.  She experienced a severe stroke and spent 3 days in the hospital.  We had little signs of recovery but she continued to have mini strokes and Dr. Labonde at Homestead Animal Hospital felt that she had brain damage due to the strokes.

We want to especially thank Tiffany and Bob for being such wonderful DreamAngels to Sophie.  Your visits meant a lot to her.  Thank you

 

Sophie was transferred to Ferret Dreams from the Denver Dumb Friends League in early 2014.  She was disqualified due to her medical condition, her Adrenal Disease.  She has started treatment and we are hoping in a few weeks her new fur will begin to sprout.  Sophie is a loud dooker, making “ferret” sounds wherever she goes.  She likes to be carried around in her pouch whether at the rescue or a ferret club event.  She is a beautiful dark-eyed White ferret with a lot of spunk and personality.

Learn about how you can become a DreamAngel too.

 

 

 

 

 

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