One of the wonderful things about ferrets is their incredible ability to adapt to a variety of lifestyles. Ferrets seem eager to share those lifestyles with us whether it means being pampered indoors while sleeping in front of the TV, or romping alongside us while hunting on the English hillsides. Ferrets also inspire people to live with them in all different ways and on all different levels.
Learning From Ferrets
Robin Davis of Colorado lives on and owns Mustang Hollow ranch along with her husband, Jay. She is the co-founder of the Holistic Horse Care Cooperative. Both entities practice the mission of promoting holistic horse care. Davis seeks to educate the public about living more naturally with their pets. She is also an advocate of complementary therapy for all creatures.
When ferrets entered Davis’ life, they changed her approach to many things. For example, they altered her more serious, regimented ways with horse care and training. She explains that her little fuzzballs’ short bursts of fun throughout the day helped her lighten up, become more aware of her surroundings, and also become more flexible, “My holistic lifestyle is about wellness, and recognizing little moments of being ‘off’ is key to maintaining the wellness by shifting whatever needs to be shifted in that moment. Ferrets are truly in the moment and demand noticing their wellness to maintain it.”
Davis has always had a very deep spiritual approach to her life. To her delight, she found that ferrets even changed that. How could such tiny unimposing creatures affect someone’s life so deeply? “Ferrets keep me happy and young,” Davis said. “They remind me to seek joy daily and to laugh just because. They have many lessons about manifestation, acceptance, preparing for emergency, enjoying the small things, sleeping with total relaxation wherever and whenever, rolling with the flow and more. They open my heart and keep me happy and open to receiving and giving love freely.” And she applies those lessons well, not just in her personal life but in her teachings.
Robin Jones, also a ferret owner, has spent time at Mustang Hollow. She said her experience there is best described as magical as well as enlightening. Davis treats her ferrets as the special beings that they are, Jones said. “I think what I love most is how Robin treats her animals as she herself is the student and they are the teacher,” Jones said. “She may take care of their physical needs, but she learns life lessons from them and treats them each with great honor.”
Lisa Hart, a friend of Davis who formerly lived in the same town as her, said Davis strives for harmony in her home. “It has an easy comfortableness without pretense in its décor,” Hart said. “Her environment reflects the embodiment of her philosophy.”
Visitors comment that the home is extremely ferret-friendly. “Pretty much the ferrets own the house,” Jay Davis said. “The front room has a corner of ferret stuff and stuffed toys, tubes in various locations, papers and litter boxes strategically placed, child-proof locks on some cabinets, ferret huts and crinkle sacks everywhere.”
Welcoming Ferrets Once Again
Previously, Davis and her husband dedicated 10 years to giving rescued ferrets a second chance when they were able. But she and her husband soon found themselves emotionally burned out; their hearts could not take anymore. After a much-needed break of several years, Davis came to find her heart ached in a much different way — she wanted the company of ferrets once more. One day, she took the plunge by adopting two rescues, unbeknownst to her husband. The little gal was named Allysa and the rowdy white boy was named Lamborghini Countach. “I presented Jay with his dream car — a white Lamborghini Countach — in ferret form as a surprise,” Davis said. “He was pretty mad at me for several weeks. Just couldn’t get the joke and really didn’t want to get started again.”
Around the same time period, Davis had also been in contact with a Facebook friend, Ann Barzda, who is a private ferret breeder living in New Jersey. She had been talking to her about obtaining one of her newly born Hungarian kits, a special dark little girl whom later came to be named Thyra Sorcha Sarkling Tonksie Jr. (Sorcha, meaning bringer of light). Sorcha took to the lifestyle at Mustang Hollow right away. Jay Davis said Sorcha took delight in playing with their two dogs, Bently and Buckwheat, and the free-roam living alongside her new ferret companions LC (Lamborghini Countach) and Alyssa. But, most of all, Sorcha loved the outdoors, as do all of Davis’ animals.
Davis encourages natural outdoor living experiences and relationships among the species for enrichment. “I think the thing that sets Robin apart from other ferret owners is the fact that her ferrets have a ‘place’ in the barn,” said close friend and fellow ferret owner Sloan Foley. LC, Robin’s black-eyed white ferret, follows her down to the barn (with no leash or harness) to help with morning chores. He chases chickens, hunts down mice and the follows her back up to the house. Sorcha goes down to the barn as well, but is usually carried down and turned loose into the barn under watchful eyes.
The adventure with ferrets took a new turn when Davis decided to let Sorcha enjoy the blessings of motherhood. After long consideration, a privately bred UK import named Basil was chosen to father the kits. Davis drove Sorcha to Texas for the carefully planned encounter. Soon the Davis household had three more ferrets. Three more fuzzies to nibble at toes, to run on the prairie, to chase the ducks and chickens simply to hear them quack and cluck — and to express themselves however they choose.