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kid & ferret

First, we misgendered the ferret. Probably because we got her off a craigslist post looking to rehome "male ferrets", and it wasn't that important anyway so we just shrugged off and assumed, but we took her to the vet who looked crazy at marc and asked "Why are you calling it a he? It's obviously a SHE! LOOK!" and held underside of the ferret up to him for examination. Maybe our vet thought that marc really cared about this issue and had spent hours looking at our ferret's junk before he made the wrong call. That was not the case.

So frankie is a she - good thing we like gender neutral names! our dog judy is female. we're not sure about the fish, but marc might be the only male in the house now.

On previous episodes, Josie my nine year old became obsessed with ferrets for something like a full year until we got her Frankie, and now she is even more obsessed with ferrets. What is it about this age? I remember being young and childless and running into a kid about that age at a party who told me all about football games, especially the superbowl. he practically gave me a play by play of the superbowl complete with "and then remember when so-and-so threw that pass to so-and-so and he ALMOST got a touchdown but they'd been at the 27 yard line and they only made it 25 yards!" It was that level of detail. What is with kids?

Josie is there now. She spent three days at her aunt's house, she's a pretty quiet kid but on walks with my sister she'd get chatty and tell her all about life, but mostly about ferrets. She can tell you their history, how they fit into the weasel family, genus, species, the endangered wild black-footed ferret and efforts towards its conservation. She's read most ferret books from the library because they're not that long.

meanwhile our own ferret continues to annoy me rule the house. we keep finding weird stashes of her stuff in places. I bagged up some bathroom trash, tied the plastic grocery bag knot and threw it down our stairs to take out when I got down there, then minutes later I hear it MOVING because frankie was out and wanted to drag the whole thing under the bed in the guestroom. why frankie, why?

days later josie said she was so happy to have an "exotic pet" and I told her that term seemed weird. "Exotic" things are supposed to make you feel privileged and luxurious, that is not how frankie makes me feel, but she smiled and said frankie DEFINITELY makes her feel wonderful and frankie just licked her face. frankie does not lick anybody else's face. she sneaks out and bites toes.

ferrets really do well with other ferrets so we're thinking about getting another one, but people want stupid "rehoming" fees of $100 plus because ferrets are $250 from petstores. The humane society wants $70, that seems like a better rate. I don't want to pay $100, especially if I find out the owners haven't taken their ferret to the vet EVER so I'm going to have to shell out more money in the immediate weeks. So I'm lowball offering the craigslist ads. No luck yet, and no new ones at the humane society, so frankie is alone.

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lookfar
Aug. 23rd, 2019 04:17 pm (UTC)
I wonder if kids at latency age just have the cognitive ability finally to see how much they don't know, and to try and remedy this by being experts in something, And in fact, you are very educated, so perhaps Josie is taking you as a role model.
lantairvlea
Aug. 24th, 2019 05:04 am (UTC)
Our oldest has a few obsessions, one of them is warships from aircraft carriers to cruisers. His latest obsession is the USS Arizona.

Good luck finding Frankie a buddy. Ferrets are odd, funny little creatures. My aunt had one for a time and it was a riot.

Edited at 2019-08-24 05:04 am (UTC)
gilda_elise
Aug. 24th, 2019 12:02 pm (UTC)
I always thought it would be great to have a ferret or two as pets. Not an option with our two crazy mutts! Hope you find a friend for Frankie.
siglinde99
Aug. 24th, 2019 10:35 pm (UTC)
I’m with Josie. Frankie is an exotic pet to me too.
petrini1
Aug. 25th, 2019 02:47 pm (UTC)
At that age, my son could reel off facts about roller coasters: tallest in the world, longest incline, g-force numbers for all of the greats, wooden vs. steel, history of his favorites, and so forth. (He'd never actually been on a roller coaster at the time, but that did not deter him.) I guess it's no different from kids in past generations (and probably still some today) who memorized batting averages of baseball players.

By the way, "First, we misgendered the ferret" would be an awesome first line for a novel.
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