Freya was an incredibly sweet and active sable female ferret who belonged to a friend of Elayne's, Jennifer. Jennifer was set to spend six months in the rain forests of Costa Rica doing parrot research, and so Freya came over at the end of 1997 to live with us while Jennifer was gone. Unfortunately when Freya came over she was suffering from a terrible allergic reaction that caused her ears and face to swell up and the fur to fall out on her head. After many trips to the vet, force feedings, and lots of TLC Freya managed to get past her reaction, but only with a constant dose of Prelone (Prednisone) every other day.
Freya was obviously an easy going ferret who lived for other ferrets, and the plan was that when Jennifer came back she would adopt Cherry, a good friend of Freya's. Freya and Cherry were our litmus tests for shelter ferrets (after they passed quarantine): if new ferrets could not get along with Freya and Cherry, then they probably wouldn't get along with any other ferrets. Freya also displayed a great love of people and would kiss them for as long as they held her. Freya also acts as the self appointed nurse around the house: if a ferret is in need of some ferret administered TLC, Freya is there to provide it. as the
Eventually Jennifer returned, but only briefly -- she had an offer she could not refuse: a permanent position in Costa Rica. We adopted Freya as our own and Cherry went north to a friend in Washington (she made great friends with Grover and Onyx, another pair of long term borders, and so she went home to them).
Freya lives with the Hogan group, and although she's not the most active of our ferrets, she is very personable and affectionate. She's a great kid!
Fall of 1999 update: we're trying a new medicine for her immune system problem that doesn't have the side affects of prelone. Freya is still the sweetest ferret on the planet. Freya enjoys walks in the park, and is great on a leash (as good as any dog).
The summer of 2000 finds Freya in good health, and as sweet a ferret that could ever be. Freya is still on medications, and still pretty active and a delight to be around. Freya plays with anyone in her group, and we still use her to help soothe new ferrets (after quarantine).
Freya! If only we could clone the world's most perfect ferret, we'd want for nothing more. It's March 2001 and Freya's doing great! Without a doubt Freya is our biggest moocher of the entire group, but she more than makes up for her excessive begging with an abundance of kisses.
Freya is still holding up well in the summer of 2002, although the tail loss at the base of her tail lets us know she's having adrenal trouble. Unfortunately Freya is still dependent on Prednisone treatments, which supresses her immune system, thus making surgery very risky. Freya is still a doll, still loving, and still fiesty! She's quite a chunk now, probably due to the Prednisone, but also due to her love of all things edible.
Freya has lost some weight over the past year, and now in May of 2003 she is fed soup three times a day, and is on multiple medications to try and keep her going. She's still very sweet, and interested in playing with people and her ferret friends, but she's not as active as a year ago. Like Thistle, Freya longs for the great out doors, but with her immunity problems we limit her exposure to the front porch or back deck, or even the garage.
We lost Freya in December of 2003 while we were on vacation in Belize. We had no phone access, but we were in contact with our house sitter via email (through a satellite link), and so learned of her passing the day after. Freya was old and ill when we left, but we did not think we'd lose her so sudden, and it was quite painful to return home without her bright presence in our lives. It is now June 2006, and we still think of Freya often, and miss her sweet and gentle nature.
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