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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Ferret toys on: December 17, 2007 01:33:13 PM
I was looking for something to make for ferrets and found references to egg toys. The instructions I found said to put unpopped popcorn into a child's plastic easter egg, tape it closed and crochet around it with acrylic yarn. I didn't want to use organic material that might mold and I didn't like the idea of using tape or the acrylic yarn. Ferrets can easily get intestinal blockages and if they ingest tape or acrylic yarn I'm sure that could cause a nasty one.

I decided to use cheap plastic beads for the rattle, my favorite are the "snowflake" beads that were popular in the 1970's. I found some size 3 cotton thread in my stash and crocheted tightly around the egg to keep the pieces together instead of using tape. Because I didn't use any organic material they can go in the washer with the ferret bedding and they air dry pretty quickly.
I gave the first ones I made to my ferrets to test them out. I also gave some to the shelter where we adopted 3 of our 4 ferrets. The shelter moms love them because they are safe for the ferrets and they wash up easily. The ferrets like them because they make noise and even the smallest can get a grip on the egg to carry it off.
I didn't really use a pattern for these because the plastic eggs are all different sizes. If you can crochet in the round, and increase and decrease you can make these toys.

2  Washington / Washington: West / Bellingham/Ferndale, anything for crafters there? on: March 20, 2007 02:19:44 PM
My husband is looking for work in the Bellingham area with the intention of moving us up there in the next month or so. We'll be coming up on a "scouting trip" next week and I was wondering what stores to look up in the phone book. I know there's a Michael's in Bellingham, but I was wondering about yarn stores, bead stores and thrift stores. I was also wondering if anyone knows about a crafting group in the area.
Thanks for your time. Grin
3  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Need some advice from the PDXers on: July 20, 2006 01:40:25 AM
The Oregon Ferret Shelter http://www.oregonferretshelter.org/home.htm  in Oregon City has had craft bazaars at the PGE building in the past and I've been told that they didn't work well in that location. Since I don't get up to Portland much I have no idea where that is or why it wouldn't have worked for a craft bazaar. I'd like your input on why it didn't work and some suggestions for places that would work better. The shelter is in dire need at the moment and they could really use fundraisers that work. Chris, the shelter mom, could also use donations of money,time and/or handcrafted items if anyone is so inclined.

Some facts about the shelter for anyone who's read this far and wants to know more about it: They are a no-kill shelter which means that they will not euthanize the ferrets unless medically neccessary. Some of the ferrets at the shelter are non-adoptable because they have special needs, medical conditions or are too old. At the moment there are upwards of 135 ferrets at the main shelter, more than they've ever had before. There are numerous foster families and a few satellite shelters who work with the shelter mom. The shelter provides cages and money for medical care to the foster families. They also do "rescues" and will pick up ferrets from the Humane Society when they get them in.
I've just recently started working with the woman who runs the satellite shelter in my area so I'm still new to this and I don't have all the numbers handy.
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