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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Ferrets

  1. Be Proactive: This means to always think ahead of the humans, and always be one step ahead of them.

  2. Begin with the End in Mind: When you really, really want something, think of all the things you can do to obtain your goal. We've got the power! Like to get a treat, just be cute (it's not hard to do, is it?), and your human will soon bow down, and give you anything you want.

  3. Put First Things First: This means always think about yourself first, and that everything that is in the house is yours! It doesn't matter what the humans think, and eventually, if you play your cards right, they will come around to your way of thinking, and will understand that you own everything.

  4. Think Win/Win: This one's very important. Us ferrets always win (as we all know), but you always have to continue being cute and nice to obtain this goal.

  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood: I must admit, this one has me perplexed. Us fuzzies don't have to be understood ... we are just the greatest animals in the world, and our humans know it ... so this habit is a bit obsolete.

  6. Synergies: This is very, very important. It means that in multiple ferret homes, we all stick together (synergy), and we all work together to get what we want ... like treats, getting into places the humans don't want us to be, etc.

  7. Sharpen the Saw: This is the most important rule of all. It means that we need to always have fun so we can always be happy, sharpening our saws. Now, if this means the humans have to let us in the couch, or let us poop outside the box (yeah, like they *let* us do that ... ha!), or if we like to get into anything that they don't want us into, just quote this rule, and they *should* understand that we are just sharpening our saws, to be really happy. They will succumb.

So that's it you fuzzies. Remember these habits, and you can't go wrong.

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