Beach for Zeke

2014-05-09_0007A lot of people don't know much about ferrets at all. They are considered an "exotic" pet in the pet stores. They're even illegal in some states, including California.

Arnold really let the ferret lovers down.

But it's always amusing when people don't know about ferrets, happen to see Zeke, and either a) ask what he is b) exclaim, "OHMYGOSH is that a ferret!?" or c) alert me with panic that there is a squirrel in my house.

Ferrets love to DIG, so Erik and I thought he might really enjoy digging in the sand at the beach.

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2014-05-09_0004 2014-05-09_0005This was about as far as he came, voluntarily. See, what we forgot was... ferrets DO love to dig, but they really hate open spaces. They're just too smart and know that open spaces are dangerous. It doesn't get much more open than the beach.

2014-05-09_0006 2014-05-09_0008He was much calmer when Erik held him. He's a baby. And Erik is so adorably protective of his little guy.

2014-05-09_0009The pocket ferret. A common occurrence in our house. Sometimes he's in his hood as well.

2014-05-09_0010 2014-05-09_0011 2014-05-09_0012We thought maybe he'd enjoy the dunes/grass, but he just made an automatic beeline for his carrier.

2014-05-09_0013It's actually really fortunate for us that Zeke is not comfortable in open spaces, or outside, alone, at all. There have been a few unfortunate incidences where I or guests of ours have left a door open and Zeke has wandered outside. Every time this has happened, we find Zeke not far from the door, dubiously contemplating his odds of making it any further from the house. It's SUPER terrifying to find him OUTSIDE and to think about what might have happened to him. But it is a small comfort to know he's not like a dog who will bolt as soon as he's given the chance.

Do your pets love the beach? My parents brought their puppies and they had a blast running up and down the beach (it's nice in May when no one else is there!). I'm off to go pack up our stuff as we're hitting the road again this weekend. This  time, destination: Blacksburg!