Doozy, Millie, and Noodles

Female ferrets aged 2 to 4 ½ years old.

Their humans: Evelyn O’Keeffe and Seth Schild (quoted here) of White Plains

Why ferrets: My wife is allergic to dogs and cats, but we still wanted a pet that has a real personality.

Named after: Characters in the Mutts comic strip by Patrick McDonnell.

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Adopted from: A rescue shelter.

What makes them unique: Even though they were all rescues from difficult circumstances, they are the most happy, unafraid, and friendly creatures. They love to check out any new person or animal.

Naughtiest behavior: Contrary to the reputation that some ferrets have, they have never damaged any furniture or wires and or nipped anyone. They have hidden the TV remote, though!

Fun fact: Happy and enthusiastic little fuzzies, they do everything 100 percent. And every ferret we have ever had join our family has had a totally unique personality—no two are alike.

When awake: They are unstoppable.

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When asleep: Even a vacuum can’t wake them.

Most salient personality trait: Curiosity. Combined with their inventiveness, they show why the phrase ‘to ferret out’ was coined.

To ferret out’ in action: Watching them try to get behind a door, inside a bag, or on top of a piece of furniture is endlessly entertaining. Whether they make it or not, they never get frustrated and they never give up.

Most annoying habit: Their ability to sleep anywhere—which makes for some long searches.

Favorite snoozing spots: Our dirty-laundry baskets, the wired bins of a desk, inside an entertainment center with the doors closed, and under the covers of our own bed.

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Word to best describes their personalities: Playful.

Fave pastime: Chasing each other around the house and/or following us wherever we go.

Cutest behavior: Curling up in crazy positions with each other to sleep.

Most annoying habit: Trying to get out the front door with us every time we leave the house.

Preferred music genre: Anything they can dance to.

Preferred toys: Baby teething rings because they can carry and hide them all over the house.

Preferred nibbles: Cheerios.

If they were famous they would be: Houdinis, because they can get out of anything.

Public service announcement: Ferrets are the happiest pets—they never have a bad day. Their endless curiosity and antics keep us amazed and entertained. 

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