Hoff was more than just a pet. He was a member of the family. He shared with us so many moments of laughter and pain, joy and sorrow. Though we typically referred to him as the poop monster (because of his habit of pooping everywhere), we knew him more as the ferret who wanted nothing more than to eat and spend hours in the arms of my wife, just sleeping or grooming himself, and at times, her hands.
Hoff was the first pet that we got in Texas that we truly fell in love with. His goofy mannerisms, the way he would turn his body sideways while running across the living room, his ability to look adorable in almost any position, his lazy “I just wanna relax” attitude, and so much more. Even now, when I look back at moments of grief, such as having to clean poop off of the living room floor, I find myself able to turn negative memories into positive ones. He was a ferret we could never figure out. We’d attempt to adjust to his pooping habits to make him more comfortable with pooping in a litter bin, and he would instead poop next to the litter bin. We’d put walls along his cage so he wouldn’t poop through the bars, and he would leave the cage just to poop and return moments later. It’s almost endearing how much work we put into fixing the poop problem, only for him to shatter our month(s)-long progress in a matter of minutes. Sometimes we think he was doing it on purpose, but looking back it was obvious that he was just adorably oblivious.
Hoff was there to get tickled when we were happy. He was there to curl up in our arms when we were sad. Sometimes he would run up to us and try to climb our legs while we were sitting in a chair, just so he could relax in our arms for a while. Other times, he would put in a tremendous effort trying to climb over the side of a box, or up the edge of the couch, just to run out of energy half way through, at which point we would help him and he would realize he’d changed his mind and wanted to go somewhere else.
Hoff was our pet. He was our child. He was our best friend.
We love you Hoff, and our home will never be the same without you.