Karen Hearing

Biography

An animal lover since she was a young girl, Karen has three dogs,one cat, three horses, one husband . . . and four ferrets. It might be better, though, to say that these ferrets share her home. When you have a pet that combines a cat's curiosity and an otter's playfulness and a dog's silly antics, you can't really say you own it.

Karen has been sharing her home with ferrets for about four years (as of this writing – September 2011). They are Rikki, a female albino ferret, and Possum, a male panda ferret, and Loki and Luna. Her adventure with pet ferrets began like this . . .

Karen found Rikki, the fuzzball who started her love affair with ferrets, curled up on the ground beside her truck at work on a cold, rainy December night. Karen scooped her up, dried her off, and took her home. (She did do her best to locate the owners.) Thus began her life with ferrets.

After having Rikki for about a year, Karen began to feel guilty about not being able to give her the attention she needed (because of work and family and all that). So, in early November, she put on her brightest, most-fetching smile and asked her husband for an early Christmas present. And he said, "We'll see" – which was close enough to "Yes" for Karen.

So in a few days they set off to the local pet store to find Rikki a "baby brother." Karen took Rikki with her so she could help pick out her "brother," but Rikki, her furry little mind boogled by ferret speed dating, couldn't make a decision. Karen decided for her, and she made a good choice. Possum is a playmate, cohort in adventure and loving companion to Rikki and both a joy and a trial to Karen.

Now, Karen shares her enthusiasm for fuzzy carpet sharks and growing knowledge of ferrets with anyone willing to listen. Ferrets are fairly high-maintenance pets. They require a lot of care, a lot of attention, in-depth knowledge of diet and health issues, and just the right ferret accessories and ferret toys.

Karen’s goal is to help people who are in the same boat she was when ferrets first came into her life – that is, knowing almost nothing about ferrets or where to turn for help. She hopes to make the journey a little smoother for other ferret owners. For healthy, happy ferrets are worth it.

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Books

A Treasure Chest of Ferret Musings
By Karen Hearing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,170. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
It's strange places your mind will take you – and often unbidden – when you start thinking about pet ferrets. But it's all good and all fun . . . most of the time. Anyhow, here's our fun and informative compendium of ferret musings. Inside, you'll find: What is a Ferret? Basic Ferret-Ownership Facts Some Interesting and Odd Ferret Facts Why a Ferret? My Husband's Take on Pet Ferrets And more.
2 in 1 Ferret Book: Getting Started with Pet Ferrets and Ferret Toys
By Karen Hearing
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 30,680. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Ferrets do make great pets. They are fun, quirky, lovable, playful, mischievous, and entertaining little critters. But they also require a commitment on your part. You will need to invest time, money, and energy to take care of your woozles properly. Reading our "2 in 1 Ferret Book" will aid you in preparing and getting outfitted for your ferret journey.
A Ferret Manual: How to Train and Manage Your Human
By Karen Hearing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
So you really think you "own" your pet ferrets and that they live in "your" house? Well, think again – because it just may be otherwise. And that's exactly why we've written this humorous little book, "A Ferret Manual: How to Train and Manage Your Human." It examines ferret training and ferret care from a ferret's-eye point of view.
Danny and Oliver: A Ferret-Rescue Tale
By Karen Hearing
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 4,510. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2012. Category: Fiction
Twelve-year-old Danny McGuire loves his pet ferret, Oliver – but Danny’s parents don’t. Still, Danny manages to remain fairly cheerful and keep his grades up. Oliver consoles him, his mountain-bike rides bring him solace, and his best friend Mike offers some hard-won advice. It all works out, for the most part, until . . . things go terribly wrong.
Ferret Toys: Keeping Pet Ferrets Happy
By Karen Hearing
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,260. Language: American English. Published: July 25, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Just as we do for our human children, we want the best, most-stimulating toys we can afford for our pet ferrets. But how do we wade through the thousands of choices and the many manufacturers. And where is the best place to get ferret toys? And what about homemade toys? These are the questions this little book, “Ferret Toys,” will answer.
Getting Started with Pet Ferrets
By Karen Hearing
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,750. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Karen's goal in writing this book, Getting Started with Pet Ferrets, is simply to help people who are in the same position she was when she first started out (accidentally) with ferrets. Two years ago she had no knowledge of ferrets and ferret care and no idea about where to turn for help. Her aim is to provide all the basic ferret information in one place, a primer for new and prospective owners.

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