Tuesday, May 08, 2007

My ferret Madison

I wish I had a picture of her on this computer, but I'm sure there's one of her buried somewhere in this blog. She passed away last night, and the good ferrety age of about six. I say 'about' because she was a 'rescue' and I don't really know how old she was. Her previous owner could not take care of her or her brother. I've had her about five years.
The sweetest thing is that her brother, Baxter, came down to the floor of the cage to lay next to her--instead of climbing up into his hammock with his buddy, my other ferret Austin. I have been putting Maddie in the hammock myself because she's been unable to climb. Baxter is actually Madison's littermate. (Austin is younger and not related.) He put his head over Maddie's neck and slept close to her. It was as if he knew her time to go was near. Nobody's going to tell me animals don't have feelings.
In the last 2 months or so, I've lost a bird (Cassie), a rat (Noodle) and now Madison the ferret. I'm down to 2 cats, a dog, and 2 ferrets. I suppose Baxter, being of the same age as Maddie, will go soon, too. So far, he looks okay for an old boy. I hope he stays that way.

5 comments:

Maggie said...

We have 2 older ferrets and one is running out of time. Its hard. We lost quite a few critters over the last year and a half and the cat we have had the longest ran away.
Our remaining 3 cats are all over 10. I love having pets but there are times I feel like its to much.

Military Mommy said...

I got all teary eyed reading this. I am sorry for your loss. But I am thankful for the companionship that Madison gave you and her little buddies. I know they - and you will miss her. I agree, animals totally have feelings. No doubt. My dog Maggie cries on my husband's pillow at night every time he deploys for about a week.

Love, Michelle

Old Fashioned Girl said...

Thanks for posting to Old Fashioned Girl. I'm really sorry to hear about Madison. I totally agree with you that animals have feelings and know what's going on ... I do cat rescue and they constantly amaze me. I have one cat just now who, when one of the other fosterlings is sick sits next to them and *purrs* just like a mummy cat. And he's a he, not a she!

Mona said...

Aww :o( I am sorry to hear about your little guy, how neat that the other ferret was "holding" Madison as her time came, you are right these creatures do have feelings!

I hope that you and your family AND ferrets are handling the loss well...

Blessings...

Anonymous said...

im so sorry. i think mine is about to go soon too. she is about 5 or 6 but i dont know because shes a rescue. My other ferret, Alice, is being much more sympathetic to her all of a sudden. Its very hard to lose a pet, I had lost a dog in march. we had also rescued her. she was gonna die the next day.