Flashback Friday

The Flashback Friday submishe inbox is hopping lately! We always knew CO peeps were AWW-some.

“Since the Spring of 2000”, Motor City Ferrets nose a thing, or thousand, about rescuing ferrets…

But it all really started back in 1978…. :::waves magical wayback wand:::

1978 Summer
“That’s me in the photo, with the first ferret I ever met on a trip to Colorado. We stopped at a rest stop and the baby ferret and it’s owners were enjoying a rest on a lovely summer day. As I always did whenever a furry critters was nearby, I ran in for a snuggle – and of course my Dad was ready with the camera! I totally forgot about the encounter until my Dad presented me with the photo, enlarged and framed, about a year after I opened a ferret shelter (2001). Today I’m 42, and over the past 14 years I’ve rescued nearly 1000 ferrets.” -Nanci F.



  1. Ah, weasels! I had 4 ferrets I adopted from a friend and they were hilarious. And so cute when they snored.

  2. Dog Lover says:

    That’s an amazing story… and how great is her dad to have presented her with that photo all those years later. Hurray to Nanci for following a path chosen so early in life.

    BTW, Nanci looks like a nerdy kid and I just adore nerdy kids. 🙂

  3. What a great story! And Nanci and the ferret are both cute!

  4. Wish the world had more people in it like Nanci. Kudos to you

  5. I second what amyliz said: What a great story! Love the fact that Nanci found her calling so early in life and that her dad so clearly supported her in it.

  6. Rescutetag!!!! 1,000 ferrets? thank you!!

  7. paula fisicaro says:

    the world is a better place with you nanci.

  8. JenDeyan says:

    I lovely picture and a wonderful goal fulfilled. Congratulations. ^_^

  9. sabrina rose says:

    Why aren’t there more smocked sundresses these days??? So adorable! Obviously someone so well dressed will grow up to rescue critters!

  10. Oh cute overload…now I’m going to have to cry myself to sleep tonight. Thanks so much for posting this picture of me. I could never have mammal pets as a child, so whenever a mammal was within my reach, you bet I was all over that critter! And my skilled Dad was always at the ready with the camera, which is why like 40% of the pictures of me as a youth also include animals. One day, when I was 24, I said to myself, “Self, you’re living in your own apartment now, why don’t you have any pets yet?” And after a search to figure out the right pet for me, I got my first ferret. I sought out my first two ferrets, then found a rescue group and started adopting…then I would take critters who really needed a home for several years…then when I was 28 I formally opened my rescue, Motor City Ferrets. My Dad loved animals but he just couldn’t get too close to the ferrets; he appreciated their antics but I think their wee size just made him uncomfortable. Still, he would dutifully come to my home to photograph the critters (back in the day kids, we used to have to use FILM in cameras, which made photographing ferrets even more challenging)…and, you know, just be generally supportive. Then about a year after I opened the rescue Dad came over with a twinkle in his eye and a present. You can imagine my surprise when I found this photo, enlarged and framed, in the box! Of course I didn’t remember that I ever met a ferret…all I remember from that trip to see my Uncle in Colorado was how sick I was (the altitude, we were in Denver) and vomiting at several scenic locations. 🙂 The photo remains one of the all-time most touching gifts I’ve ever received. My Dad passed in February, 2012 from Alzheimer’s disease, and I can only think how delighted he would be over how delighted I am to see this most amazingly special memory from my life on my all-time favorite website. Thanks again!

  11. Dog Lover says:

    Nanci, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I’m so glad you have such lovely memories of your dear dad. The world could use more people like him… and like you. *big hugs*