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Please Pray For Our Son and His Ferret

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  1. justboringsarah

    justboringsarah Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    IN
    Our oldest son is 10. When he was 6 he desperately wanted a ferret,we allowed him to have one and picked out a sweet baby. She ended up being ill from the very beginning and only lived for 2 weeks(15 days exactly)from when we brought her into our home. He was destroyed by her death and we promptly sought out to adopt another ferret.
    We found 2 sweet boys that needed adopting,ie the other family didn't want them anymore. We were told they were 9 weeks and 18 months. Obviously the baby was a baby,but we came to find out the older,Smokey wasn't 18 months he was closer to 5 years old.
    About 2 years ago Smokey started to get sick,and we found out he has insulinoma. At that time he was 7 years old and deemed too old for the surgery,so we started him on prednisone,that therapy has worked well for 2 years. Smokey is now about 9 years old(which is pretty old for a ferret)and the prednisone isn't working anymore. We are doing what we can to keep him happy and painfree for as long as possible,but it's not going to be much longer.
    I'm asking anyone who has any spare prayers/good thoughts or anything to think of Ian and Smokey. Ian is the sweetest little boy you could ever meet and Smokey means the world to him and Smokey has been the best pet/friend we could have ever wished for.
     
  2. whiskey

    whiskey Moved On

    Jan 13, 2010
    Prayers said...hug your son close...it is hard for them to understand....
     
  3. Barkingmad

    Barkingmad Full Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 5, 2009
    South Africa
    Praying for Ian, Smokey and you.
     
  4. GypsyVisions

    GypsyVisions Full Member

    Aug 29, 2010
    Tennessee
    Thoughts and prayers going up for Ian & Smokey. My pet birds are my babies and even at 45 I'd be devastated to lose one. My heart goes out to your son.
     
  5. Xanax

    Xanax Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 28, 2010
    East Coast
    Aw. Your little boy reminds me a lot of myself when I was little. I loooooooved animals so much. I had so so many pets growing up and they were all a part of me. I'll keep your boy and his Smokey in my prayers.
     
  6. justboringsarah

    justboringsarah Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    IN
    We have 2 parrots as well,them and the kids were the biggest factors in us switching to vaping.
     
  7. glowgirl

    glowgirl Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 26, 2010
    A, A
    I'm sending prayers your way! It's so hard to lose a pet.
     
  8. ddracer

    ddracer Full Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Lowestoft, Suffolk
    Being animal loves here we are thinking of them both. It's really hard no matter what age you are. Last year I had to take my rat Smirnof to the vet to be put down. So there I was a 34 year old, 6' 1" rugby player type standing in the vets crying like a baby.


    Same here we have two Grey's (Charlie and Milo) two Chinchilla's (Chilli and Costa) one hampster (Fifi) and a chameleon (Google) as the number of pets grew smoking in the house wasn't fair on them.
     
  9. justboringsarah

    justboringsarah Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    IN
    Smokey seems to have perked up some in the last couple days. When I posted this,I did't think we had more then a week left. Ian has been handfeeding him to make sure he gets lots of good food,and letting him sleep in the bed. I feel bad because he is putting so much more into Smokey,and I worry that this will make the lost so much worse
     
  10. vapour Dwarf

    vapour Dwarf Full Member

    Jul 2, 2010
    u.k.
    my heart goes out to you and your son it's so hard dealing with this sort of thing no matter how old you are, the worse thing is your pets cannot really tell you what is up with them so it is so frustrating. my hamster has died today and i'm a 35 year old man but still i am devastated and have shed a tear over her. I hope all goes well for all of you, just make your pet as comfortable as possible and you will know youv'e done the best you can. I have no experience of helping children come to terms with this sort of thing and don't have any advice, I can only say that maybe you could somehow prepare your son for this in the best way so it won't be as painful for him. I hope all goes well.
     
  11. GypsyVisions

    GypsyVisions Full Member

    Aug 29, 2010
    Tennessee
    Sarah, just wondering how things are with your son and Smokey...
     
  12. justboringsarah

    justboringsarah Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    IN
    I'm happy to say that Smokey is still with us and actually looks and feels better then when I wrote the OP. He continues to get extra love from Ian,and definately enjoys sleeping on the bed and getting all the TLC
     
  13. whiskey

    whiskey Moved On

    Jan 13, 2010
    Great to hear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  14. trukinlady

    trukinlady Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    Feb 24, 2010
    Missouri, USA
    I will keep Smokey and Ian in my prayers! I'm glad he's doing better!
     
  15. lynleestar

    lynleestar Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2010
    NW Indiana
    aww, I will keep your son in my thoughts. I've had ferrets since 2003, basically turned into a rescue and had 15 within 6 months~! My last one, Whitey is ailing now and I'm afraid it won't be long until it's his time.
     
  16. GypsyVisions

    GypsyVisions Full Member

    Aug 29, 2010
    Tennessee

    That is great news :banana:
     
  17. doots

    doots Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 22, 2009
    prayers sent.. :)
     
  18. Eekaa Chu

    Eekaa Chu Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Aug 18, 2010
    Texas USA
    Sending well wishes and good thought for you, Ian and Smokey!
     
  19. akingsley9000

    akingsley9000 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 6, 2009
    My thoughts are with your family and Smokey.

    I had two ferrets and my brother had one. Insulinoma is unfortunately a very common problem for these little guys. It claimed both my male, Socks, and my brother's, Rocky. Both were on the predisone treatment and it did work for quite sometime. After my male passed away, my female was never the same. I firmly believe that she went into depression. She would no longer eat on her own and I had to force feed her everyday. She however was eventually diagnosed with a tumor and was told that she was too small to operate on so I had to have her put to sleep.

    I completely understand what your son and your whole family are going through.
     
  20. justboringsarah

    justboringsarah Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    IN
    I'm just bumping this back up to let everyone know that Smokey is still hanging in there. We had a scare,but he's still here and doing OK
     
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