Chris Potter’s annual ferret festival at Nynehead at the weekend offered plentiful proof of the popularity of the pets. Owners gathered from across the south west for ferret races in Nynehead Village Hall on Saturday 29 July and for showing and judging on Sunday 30 July at Nynehead Club.
This is the 11th year that Chris has been organising the event and, according to him, followers are as enthusiastic as ever. Chris owns no fewer than 47 ferrets himself and is an authority on their behaviour and habits. He said, “The key to getting ferrets to be friendly is to handle them from when they’re very small.”
Chris became the latest in a long line of ferret-loving Potters from early childhood. His father, Tim, has now handed over the family tradition going back several generations to his son but was on hand to support him behind a busy barbecue.
Asked about the attraction of ferrets as pets one family of owners from Southampton said, “They’re like little puppies that never grow any bigger. They live for about 8 years and you can do everything with them that you do with cats and dogs – even take them for walks.” And they had ferret leads to prove it.
As well as ferret-judging there was a range of ferret supplies on sale including specialist food, nets, baskets, hammocks and cages – everything for the ferret owner, including jewellery.
With trophies and rosettes for prize-winners and multiple entries in each class, the show brought together a ferret fraternity to share a collective and avid interest. Chris Potter can now look ahead to an even bigger show next year.